During week 59, I started preparing for a workshop I will be teaching during the minor Design Thinking. The central theme of the workshop is how designers can ask themselves not only the common questions about their work, but how they can take their critical thinking a step further. To prepare for this I am reading papers from different fields that concern Desing Thinking, like design theorie, design expertise, design process and problem solving. This is a start and I will start preparing for the workshop next week.
Besides that I did some work for the curriculimcommissie. I started to make an inventory of all the culture courses, what they teach and how they connect to eachother. Quite some work while non of the courses are described fully and it is hard to gain insight in what is actually taught.
I stopped working early this week to go to Bremen on Friday to spend the weekend with my in-laws. This was the start of a week much needed holiday for me. During this week I did a lot of reading for the Design Thinking workshop, but also relaxed, went to parties during ADE and gained energy for the coming period.
Raymond Chow for Archdaily
Raymond Chow for Archdaily
Last Advent I made a ‘calendar’ for Alex. A present each day. Amongst those presents were also a few gift certificates that I made myself. One of them was for a home baked pie. I thought Alex had already lost the coupon, but a few weeks ago he suddenly handed it to me with the request to make him a pie, a Russischer Zupfkuchen. I thought this was a russian type of cake, after it’s name. But it turns out to be a German classic [Alex is German] and it comes from the word ‘Zupf’ which is basically ‘to pluck’.
I have to warn you, this is not a pie for pussies. It is extremely heavy, but reaaaally good.
Dough: 375gr self-raising flour | 60gr cacao | 200gr white sugar | 1 bag vanilla sugar | 1 egg | 200gr butter
Filling: 250gr butter | 500gr low fat cottage cheese | 200gr white sugar | 1 bag vanilla sugar | 3 eggs | 1 package vanilla pudding powder.
First you will make the dough. Take a bowl, add the flour and cacao and mix it. Add the vanilla sugar, sugar, egg and butter. [If the butter is still hard, put it in the microwave for a few seconds, this helps to make it soft]. Mix this all into a dough. I used my hands but you can also use a spoon. Make the dough into a ball, wrap it up with foil and put in the refrigerator for 30 mins.
Take a 26cm cake tin and cover it in butter. Heat the butter up in a pan. Pre-heat the oven at 180 degrees.
Take a new bowl, add the cottage cheese, sugar, vanilla sugar, the eggs, the pudding powder and add the melted butter. Mix this into a smooth mixture [make sure there is no more butter laying on top of the mixture].
Take 3/4th of the dough and add this as a bottom and sides in the cake tin. I used a spoon to flatten the dough out. Add the mixture. Take the remaining dough, ‘pluck’ it into pieces and add on top of the pie. Put the cake in the oven and take it out after about 65 to 70 minutes. Let it cool down before you cut it. I know this is hard because the cake is going to smell really good and you want to try it, but if you cut it while it is still warm the filling will run out of the cake.
At the HvA I finished the reader for Mediatheory, which I will send to the printer today. Excited about it, this is the first course I am designing fro scratch and I made sure I integrated as many different work forms as possible. This week I also finalized the forms of testing.
I took the role as primus interpares of the Culture group on me this week and organized a meeting with all persons involved in this group. We talked about integrating more culture in the curriculum, asked ourselves what culture means to us and what a designer should learn. It was really interesting and I will take the most important thoughts to the curriculum meeting this week.
On Thursday I went to a special evening at the Stedelijk museum. The exhibition of Marlene Dumas opened there this week. Around this exhibition there was an evening planned of talking about her work and a speedtour through the museum where we looked at 4 works and tried to interpret them.
Last week one of my friends made the perfect spread for bread [that rhymes!] It is a Turkish recipe called Acili ezme. This is the ‘easy’ version. If you google on the name of the dish you will probably find the real Turkish version with lots of different ingredients.
200gr walnuts | 200gr [soft] feta cheese | 100gr tomato mash | garlic | chili flakes [pul biber] | parsley | oil | pepper and salt
Fry the walnuts and take out of the pan. Put some oil in the hot pan, and add the tomato mash. Let it fry for a few minutes.
Cut the nuts in tiny pieces [not too small!] and add the tomato mash, cheese, chili, garlic and parsley. Mix it into a smooth mixture with a fork. Add some more oil to make it smoother and add the pepper and salt to taste.
[the picture is of whats left after I made it, my guests couldn’t resist]