In the Spirit of Texas Rangers
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"But we see their greatness... We must look to it for continuity; to transmit to the future generations." Bernhard Hoesli In short years between 1951 and 1956 at the University of Texas at Austin, a young group of architects, later named the "Texas Rangers"-- Bernhard Hoesli, Colin Rowe, John Hejduk, Robert Slutzky, Lee Hodgden, John Shaw, and Werner Seligmann -- set out to restructure architectural curricula. The new curricula emphasized space embraced history with the use of precedent and included urban context stressing regionalism. This was radically different from the Harvard / Bauhaus model, which was devoid of history, regionalism and phenomenology. The program was short lived and within three years of its initiation the original members of the group left the University of Texas. As the original faculty dispersed, the new pedagogies were adopted and adapted by other schools as members of the Texas Rangers disseminated their ideas. Bernhard Hoesli went to Eidgenossische Technische Hochshule (ETH), John Hejduk to Cooper Union, and Colin Rowe to Cornell University. The impact of this curricula reverberates years later both in the U.S. and Switzerland. Generations of students have been impacted in various ways. The pedagogy of the 1950's is alive and well at the University of Texas today. This paper will address the current design pedagogy of the University of Texas with comparisons to first year design at ETH. Hoesli's legacy will be examined and contrasted to its evolution at the University of Texas.