Laboratory on Writing Day 1 : MA History and Critical Thinking
Exercise: Write about the physical, sensorial, emotional experience of a specific location (restaurant, bar, club, art gallery, theatre, etc.).
Example: Restaurant reviews from the New Yorker magazine.
In this one-week intensive workshop, writing is considered as a tool to communicate ideas in a clear and direct way, moving away from the complexities of architectural jargon and academic writing. Each day consists of the introduction of a writing example, the discussion of it, and then the writing and reading in public of a short piece. There will be a final presentation at the end of the week.
The two main references are:
Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millenium, 1988
David Foster Wallace, Authority and the American Usage, in: Consider the Lobster and Other Essays, 2005.