International Journal of Art & Design Education

Discourse as Representation of Design Thinking and Beyond: Considering the Tripod of Architecture – Media, Education, & Practice

Volume 19.1   2000



Discourse is often considered as a taken-for-granted notion, however, it is already a representational genre of design thinking whether written/unwritten, spoken/unspoken, designed/undesigned, realised/unrealised. This article explores current architectural discourse to understand its relations with the design thinking transmitted through various modes of representations in media, education and practice, and to find out how such discourse might implicitly influence design ideas. The article argues that discourse, in this context, will stand as a product in itself in architectural culture. Moreover, a cross-view of today’s architectural discourses will inform us about the present state of architecture, how contemporary architects express themselves or communicate from such points of view, and what might be the emergent issues and possibilities in architecture and design representation.