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Keeping Students Engaged in the Past: How History can become a Current Event

Author: Susan Hutzler Venatta
Date: 2007
Program: Master of Science in Interior Architecture, Chatham University

Le Corbusier once described experiencing architecture as the foot that walks, the head that turns, the eye that sees (Kostof, 1995, p. 3). Students studying the history of architecture and interior design may not be able to truly experience the beauty and significance of the past by looking at pages in a textbook or slides on a screen. Certainly, names of buildings can be memorized and design characteristics identified, but are these lists and two dimensional images enough to connect the past to present day design?