This three-hour workshop looks at critique structure and technique. It aims to make the process more focussed and relevant, covering structures and methods to improve dialogue and effectiveness. It is designed for teams of 8-12 people and is ‘hands on’, built around a central drawing component. This acts as a vehicle for discussion and offers concrete outcomes around which the crit is built.
Working outside a familiar frame of reference can be extremely useful. It allows teams to rehearse critiquing skills without the distractions associated with ongoing projects, and fosters a shared sense of engagement. This makes it easier to see how the process is working and also where assumptions are made.
The workshop grows out of a carefully designed brief and looks at ways to make critique an integral and efficient part of the design process. It considers the relationship between brief, outcome and crit, and how to ensure clarity of assessment and feedback. The workshop provides a toolbox empowering teams to build apt and rigorous structures for critique, with the aim of delivering a more efficient design process.
At three key stages the work is assessed and feedback given. Initially led, the group takes increasing responsibility for the critiquing process as the session progresses. By outlining ways to frame criticisms so they can be heard, and receive feedback intelligently, the course proposes strategies to achieve effective dialogue.
The workshop concludes with a 35 minute PPT presentation clarifying the points raised. It outlines ways to maintain objectivity throughout the process and proposes effective structures for critique.
The session ends with a Q and A.