Recently when I presented my ideas on the use of langauge in schools of architecture (a thesis topic) & used the crit scenario as a case study however the Professors at my school claimed that the crit as a means of educating Architects is dead. They did not offer an alternative but claimed that it lacks a pedgagocial structure & is undermined by certain critics (those who play the audience with foul language & those who think students will hold anything they say as valuable & feel they can ignore the context of the discussion ie. by not reading the brief)
However I as student feel the crit helps me to focus my efforts & the scenario itself helps me to develop my communication & presentation skills particularly my verbal skills. I cant see any other format being as successful as the crit with these aims in mind.
What I'd like to know is what do people think of the crit as a learning tool & can anyone think of any alternatives to the crit?