Now, you are going to look at an example of summary writing from architecture.
Task: Read the original source text and the three summaries and consider the following question: which summary is the best summary of the original source text: 1, 2 or 3? Check your answer under the summaries.
Original Source Text
The limits of architecture are variable: each decade has its own ideal themes, its own confused fashions. Yet each of these periodical shifts and digressions raises the same question: are there recurrent themes, constants that are specifically architectural and yet always under scrutiny – an architecture of limits?
Adapted from: Tshcumi, Bernard. “Architecture and Limits.” Theorizing a New Agenda for Architecture: An Anthology of Architectural Theory. Kate Nesbitt, ed. New York: Princeton University Press, 1996.
The limits of architecture vary: each decade has its own ideal themes and confused fashions. Yet every shift and digression raises the same question: are there recurrent themes that are specifically architectural but are always being scrutinized – an architecture of limits? (Tshcumi, 1996).
The boundaries of design vary: every ten years have seen specific themes and offbeat new fashions. Yet each movement and alteration has raised identical queries: are there themes that appear over and over again, that are very much design-specific, but are forever being examined – a design of boundaries? (Tshcumi, 1996).
Tshcumi (1996) observes how architectural boundaries are in a constant state of flux. However, despite this, there seem to be “constants,” recurring ideas that lie at the heart of design; he labels these constants “an architecture of limits”.