Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsTeaching is done not only, nor primarily through long discourses, but through sharing experiences, knowledge and values. Thanks to that, one learns not only what a professional should know and how should behave, but also what does it mean to be an expert. This is particularly true about architecture. This MOOC will guide you in a reflection on the very meaning of being an architect. The MOOC is based on an interview with the famous architect Mario Botta, who is also the founder of the Academy of Architecture of USI (Università della Svizzera italiana) in Mendrisio.
Skip to 0 minutes and 52 secondsI've got several opportunities to meet Mario Botta, especially when he was the director of the Academy of Architecture, and I was the Dean of the Faculty of Communication sciences. I always appreciated his capacity to listen to the place and to its history, and to reconcile every activity which is done by an architect to the very fundamental act of putting a stone on the ground. This MOOC was born as a conversation we had with Mario Botta in his office, together with several eLearning Lab members discussing the very nature of being an architect. It is with great pleasure that the Academy of Architecture offers this online course in order to promote a careful reflection on architecture.