How to nurture the student's professional consciousness and skills in practice are essential issues for architectural educators. This article discusses the project of "Akashi City Walk Maps", a booklet with maps and explanations that introduces historical and cultural resources of the city of Akashi to the residents. 1) How the "Heritage Manager", which is a group of architects that worked together with students, has developed "Akashi City Walk Maps", and how those maps help the residents to become aware of the cultural and historical buildings of their city, 2) How "Akashi City Walk Maps" have contributed to the development of the student's several architectural skills, 3) How the students, who participated in the project, have improved their professional consciousness. The students walked around Akashi city based on the information provided by the Heritage Managers, for instance, the topography of the area, the shape of roads, the materials and design of the building, or examples of the old urban tissue. Therefore, the "Akashi City Walk Maps" project gave the students an opportunity to train the following skills: to read and understand the town/city and discover historical and cultural resources. Those skills are difficult to acquire in a classroom, and based on interviews with the students who participated in this activity it became clear that this experience helped to improve the student's communication skills, broaden their point of view, instigate their interest in fieldwork, and helped them to improve their design and project management skills.
|Publication status||Submitted - 14 Oct 2019|