Getting ready for a new era with COVID-19
Prof.Dr. Şebnem Önal Hoşkara
I see the transition to online education as “compulsory" for the universities, “challenging" for the instructors, “collaborative" for colleagues and “motivating" for the students.
For architectural education, it is a new culture of “experimentation" which can lead us to richer and more collaborative educational platforms and can increase and even support mobility for all of us, including our students. For the profession of architecture and urban design, the transition to online education means getting ready (in our design solutions as well) for “change" in the use of 'home', use of personal space, use of public space, use of city space; it is a means to convert 'domestic space' to an 'educational space' as well as a 'multi-functional' one with other activities such as sporting, dancing, entertaining, etc.
For all these reasons I intend to use this period as a “learning process" in collaboration with my friends, colleagues, and students, trying to turn this “negative" situation into a more “positive" one (Not Covid19 positive of course!!!). Learning new methods of teaching, learning new communication means, learning how to cope with struggles in life, learning to adapt myself, etc.
Let us hope that we will go back to our studios, classrooms, offices as soon as possible and meet our friends, colleagues and students; however, I believe, we should all be aware of the fact that nothing – including architecture and architectural education – will be the same as before Covid-19.
Therefore, let us get prepared for this, for a new era, all together at the EMU Faculty of Architecture. #staysafe #stayhome #stayhealthy