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Practice : Spring 2012
design profes sions in many ways, partici- pants suggested that this exploration can go much f urther. Steve Brittan argued that urbanization and climate change not only threaten the planet but al so provide ne w opportunities for the entire building industry in the creation of new systems and models for development such a s Living Pla net. Students, he sa id, a re much more interested in these ideas than ma ny current teaching faculty. A single “cha nge order” a ffe cts one project that has, in large part, already been negotiated bet ween known parties. At the end of the Change Order conference partic- ipants had imagined not just one cha nge order, but many. The c onclusion wa s clea rly that almost everything about current design practice and educ ation is up for negotia- tion —the participants, the purpose, the a ctivities, the length of time involved, the cost, the significance to society and the global community. The day’s discussions a cknowledged that design educ ation needs to change. At least one speaker argued that “the current educ ationa l model is broken but a lot of educators don’t know that.” A nother pointed out “there’s only so much we can squeeze out of our fee” and in the same vein, there’s only so much we can squeeze into a particular degree —leading to the need for clear thinking about difficult choices ahead. Change Order Exhibition, McCormick Galler y RESEARCH TEAM MEMBERS BAC FACULTY AND STAFF Herb Childress, BAC Dean of Research and Assessment Denise Dea, BAC Faculty Susan Deily-Swearingen, BAC Faculty STUDENTS Brien Baker, M.Arch Reed Harmon, M.Arch Andrew Hovey, BDS Melissa Iannucci, M.Arch Rebecca Maisch, M.Arch Perla Muller, B .Arch Toa Rivera, BID Kionna Walker, M .Arch Jason Weldon, B.Arch Randolph Wolters, B.Arch Mauricio Zambrano, B.Arch PRACTICE 49 FEATURE ] CHANGE ORDER