I found the 8th tenet of the Critical Engineering Manifesto to be most interesting. It says that the Critical Engineer needs to look at the past’s exemplary works in art, architecture, activism, philosophy, and invention to understand the ideas and goals that should be reconsidered and deployed in the present.
I like this tenet, and feel I can relate. My modern visual culture professor would have many examples of looking to the past for reassurance of where our attention ought to be focused on. As artists we study the pasts struggles, triumphs, and decisions in art and in the general culture of the time period being observed. It has not yet crossed my mind that I should really try to understand the solutions of the past and revamp them. That sounds like fun and I will now consider it something I should do.