Advanced Studio in Architecture.
Section 01: Kyoto Japan A Collaged Reading of "The Water City"
Trained collagists require the act of collage making to be contemplative, they know that there is something within the soul that longs to come forward, so they engage in collage making to advance it. To express this longing all the printed ephemera, forming the mirror world of modern existence, is mustered for use. Thousands of pictures of things varying in scale and perspective are conscripted to trigger trains of thoughts, comprehensible or not. Pictures are snipped without care for their actual context, and splicing together of this unique selection of things can begin. Acts are turned against pictorial depictions, recognizable or not. Things are done to pictures that have always wanted to be done but, because of circumstances, they never took place. Thendepending on the interest, skill, and dexterity, thoughts can be articulated. When the work is complete, a map of hunches exists and, due entirely to the act of making, the soul temporarily exorcised of what appeared to be coagulating within. Like all maps, collage can exist as a guide to what exists on the ground or it can prompt a new set of thoughts suggested by interconnections of terrain and cities. The activity of collage, like every visual activity, can profoundly alter the way things, places, and ideas are viewed." -(Ben Nicholson)
Section 02 Paris, France Rural Architecture
In a recent article titled "Architecture in the Country" Rem Koolhaas observes radical changes in the rural landscape which are equally as important but more volatile than changes happening within cities. He calls this new pattern of development "the intermediate - a well-manicured place where surface appearances bear almost no relation to what is actually happening on the land and in the buildings." Koolhaas attributes the transformation partially to the flight of the traditional farmer due to industrial and digital practices and also to the influx of urbanites who regularly visit to "sample" the aura of an authentic life. In addition, large-scale infrastructures have created zones of what biologist term "novel ecologies" where new combinations of flora and fauna co-exist. Koolhaas explains, "The countryside is now the frontline of transformation. A world formerly dictated by the seasons and the organization of agriculture is now a toxic mix of genetic experiment, science, industrial nostalgia, seasonal immigration, territorial buying sprees, massive subsidies, incidental inhabitation, tax incentives, investment, political turmoil. In other words, more volatile than the most accelerated city."
The studio will emphasize techniques and design solutions, both passive and active, that determine the energetic performance of building enclosures. Methods of energy, thermal, and moisture simulations for whole buildings and individual building components will be utilized. The design will be influenced by the results of these simulations through an iterative process. Students will have the option to choose an UNESCO World Heritage Site by which to situate their project. These sites offer opportunities and constraints for design including, but not limited to, natural phenomena, historical precedents, vernacular context, climate, and program requirements. All of these requirements will be synthesized into a small, energy efficient visitor center tailored to the chosen site.
Section 04: Augmented Body
Course is cross-listed as APPAR-3047-01. Please see APPAR-3047-01 course description.
Please contact the Architecture Department via email at email@example.com for course description and to register.
When space permits, this class may be available in a three credit version, ARCH W220, to undergraduates in majors outside of Architecture.
Wintersession 2015 Estimated Travel Costs:
Section 01 Kyoto, Japan $2,278.00
Section 02 Paris, France $2,058.00