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Producing fact, affect and identity in architecture critiques a discourse analysis of student and faculty discourse interaction

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Among the academic genres that architecture students must learn to produce, the architecture critique or crit is a significant moment in student enculturation to disciplinary norms. Students must simultaneously re-present the visuals representing the conceptual design of a built environment space and negotiate the social and affective dimensions of peer critique. Academic skills textbooks emphasize the informational structuring and staging of presentations while paying little attention to the social and affective dimension of the group social interaction. Building on recent linguistic critique of the separation of cognition and affect (including emotion), this study focuses on the affective and factual nature of the discourse of architecture critique and its constitutive role in student and faculty identities. I examine extracts from four architecture critique presentations recorded during a two hour session (123 minutes) at the University of Michigan for the Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English (MICASE). This discourse analysis demonstrates how fact and affect (including emotion) and identity is produced in the turns of student presenters. The paper concludes with how a discursive focus may contribute to more transparent student and faculty approaches to managing emotion.
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Keywords: Architecture critique; affective; discourse analysis

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Faculty of Design, Swinburne University, Melbourne (Australia).

Publication date: 2008-05-19

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