International Journal of Art & Design Education

Strategies for the Convivial City: A New Agenda for Education for the Built Environment

Volume 17.1   1998



The problem of urban sustainability will concern many disciplines during the first decade of the 21st century. One aspect of this will be an urgent reappraisal of notions of 'the city' in face of the crises of urban living represented in popular culture and substantiated by actuality; another, a search for alternative models of what urban professional practice, and urban settlement, might be. A possible third aspect may be a multi-disciplinary approach underpinned by critical attitudes to the professional ideologies of planners, architects, designers and artists. Education has a responsibility to interrogate received notions of both urban form and the methodologies through which it is produced. This paper asks how education might construct design as a critical practice, how imagination might reconfigure notions of 'the city'.