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...apping the Learning Quarter brings it into being. There are few clues as to what the development entails other than drawing lines. A map, or a set of instructions? Maps exist to lead us somewhere, and as such have always been tools of education (educare, ‘to lead forth’). Reorienting our worlds from above, they teach what can be seen, heard and done within them, and what cannot. —Argos The Learning Quarter is bound by the Motorway on its eastern...

...being accredited, patented and strategically organised is not a full account of how we come to think what we think. We are regulated thinkers, but we are regulated through interactions with multiple knowers, technologies and tools beyond the bounds of the institute. As all participants in an economically structured society must, we regulate ourselves to take part in the great social reverie – the great ‘growth’ project – through external regulat...

...the Learning Quarter brings it into being. There are few clues as to what the development entails other than the drawing of lines. A map, or a set of instructions? Maps exist to lead us somewhere, and as such have always been tools of education (related to educere, ‘to lead forth’). Reorienting our worlds from above, they teach what can be seen, heard and done within them, and what cannot. http://www.auckland.ac.nz/webdav/site/central/shared/abou...

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