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Rekindling Imagination in Architecture Education: A Critical Foundation for Creativity, Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship
Jorge Vanegas, Texas A&M University
Rodney Hill, Texas A&M University
This session addresses rekindling imagination as a critical precursor to creativity, innovation, design, and entrepreneurship within the Architecture K–Grey life-long learning education pipeline. This is a critical imperative (1) to creatively envision the future, and (2) to create the knowledge to make these visions a reality through design, innovation, and entrepreneurship in every sector and dimension of society. As education becomes more standardized, generations of learners are being precluded from exposure to creative, holistic, transdisciplinary, and global thinking, all critical in the creation of future vision states, particularly for anyone entering, within, and beyond the formal architecture education pipeline. Currently, imagination is stifled from most public K-12 education programs across the Nation by omission and direct action; universities do not fare any better. For example, divergent thinking in the classroom has become an unwelcome daydreaming pastime, perceived as keeping students from focusing on the more important task of learning facts. Consequently, we need to plan, design, and implement courses that encourage future theories study, and promote projects in which students are rewarded for envisioning the future and creating new knowledge.