Introduction to Architectural Literacy

Introduction to Architectural Literacy

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Join architect Dr. Nir Buras for a 1-hour online Introduction to Architectural Literacy followed by interactive Q&A!

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Reading literacy is second nature. We take it for granted, forgetting what a crippling disability it is to be unable to read. Architectural Literacy is arguably the most important thing one can learn with regard to the built environment. Stemming from a holistic understanding of components and concepts, it facilitates the design and construction of durable—genuinely sustainable—urbanism.

Architectural literacy serves the same purpose in the built environment as reading literacy does in life, enabling us to engage in discourse effectively. Architectural literacy is the ability to read the built fabric at a practical level. It enables an individual untrained in urbanism to engage in a productive exchange of planning ideas free of jargon in real time. It liberates us to decipher “mysterious” expertise, and levels the field in the community dialog.

Architectural literacy empowers the urban design dialog, and it enables planners and designers to propose forms that people can understand. It is a key to breaking out of visual poverty, participatory nimbyism, deadlock, and sidelining. It enables the lay citizen to engage in the fundamental thinking required to realize important civic goals.

This 1-hour presentation walks you step-by-step through the first part of Chapter 7 in The Art of Classic Planning --- Architectural Literacy.