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"In the Scheme of Things" by Thomas Fisher
pages 1-12

Discussion Questions:

1.) To quote the text, "Universities have traditionally been bulwarks against the most extreme aspects of the marketplace, but even here, survival of the fittest has begun to take hold on many campuses. Departments are increasingly valued according to the amount of money they bring in..." In your day to day life, how have you seen examples of this here at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities?
2.) The world calls for architecture grads that can recruit and lead the most versatile teams and be entrepreneurial in the application of their knowledge. As undergrads, what can we do to be entrepreneurial in our knowledge now?


Keywords:

1.) "world of flows" - This term is used to describe our world today. A "world of flows" has no boundaries and work/capital can move across the globe to areas where it can be best produced or used. Information travels within seconds to anywhere and people drift in and out of jobs without much stability.
2.) transdisciplinary - Transdisciplinary means across many disciplines. It is used in the text to help illustrate the needs of modern architects to have a broad range of knowledge and to be able to collaborate with many other professions.


Summary:
Thomas Fisher talks greatly about how our world is changing and what that means for the modern architect. There is a growing skepticism of professionalism and a socioeconomic drift to a state more like the natural world. Even the universities, which have previously been firm against such change, have become a more "survival of the fittest" and darwinist environment. But stemming from this, there has been great innovation. There is a call for designers and architects to participate in more project based learning and to be engaged in the all aspects of the life cycle of a project. It stresses that architects need to depend more on their ability to cross into other disciplines and to become counselors to clients, even if there is "no major construction project on the horizon."