Part two of a two semester sequence in which fundamental design skills are taught in the context of the architect's wider responsibilities to society, culture and the environment. Students acquire a command of the techniques of design and representation through a series of specific architectural problems of increasing complexity. Both semesters are required for three-year M.Arch. students.
Integrated design studios approach architecture from a synthetic perspective. Considerations of structure, environmental technology, building materials and systems, exterior envelope, and site design are integrated directly into the design process through the participation of technical faculty and outside advisors in critiques and reviews. Projects are developed to a high level of detail. At least one course is required for professional M.Arch. students.
Vertical Design Studios examine architecture as cultural production, taking into account its capacity to structure both physical environments and social organizations. Projects include a broad range of project types, including individual buildings, urban districts and landscapes.
Vertical Design Studios examine architectural design in the intersection of materiality, technology, sociality and politics; taking into account its capacity to rearticulate physical environments and social organizations. Projects are intended to explore the role of architectural apparatus to intervene daily urban enactments, by the development of a broad range of architectural devices: including buildings, urban districts, landscape and the interactions that bring them all into shared performances.
The Master of Architecture Thesis is an independent design project on a theme selected by the student. The student begins with a thesis statement outlining an area of study or a problem that has consequences for contemporary architectural production. Marking the transition between the academic and professional worlds, the thesis project is an opportunity for each student to define an individual position with regard to a specific aspect of architectural practice. As an integral part of the design process, it is intended that the thesis project incorporate research, programming and site definition.
The Master of Architecture Thesis is an independent design project on a theme selected by the student. The student begins with a thesis statement outlining an area of study or a problem that has consequences for contemporary architectural production. Marking the transition between the academic and professional worlds, the thesis project is an opportunity for each student to define an individual position with regard to a specific aspect of architectural practice. As an integral part of the design process, it is intended that the thesis project will incorporate research, programming and site definition.
An introduction to building systems and the methods of construction used to realize design in built form. First half of the course is an overview of the primary systems, materials and principles used in construction of buildings and the fabrication of elements, through lectures and accompanying lab sessions. The second half allows students to design, detail and fabricate a custom fabrication utilizing principals explored in the lectures.
Introduction to the design of building structures of steel, timber and reinforced concrete.
The course introduces the students to the main themes of performance oriented technical design of the building enclosure while reinforcing the generally understood idea of the facade as the primary language for communication of the architectural idea, developed in harmony with material, its techniques and several other forces of the industry. The students will develop a historical, theoretical and practical understanding of the contemporary building enclosure and the architect's role within the process of its design and execution.
Design and analysis of a 100,000sf net-zero energy building using techniques and information from ARC 514 or similar. Selection, design and evaluation of mechanical and electrical systems including air conditioning, ventilation, lighting and renewable energy systems with an emphasis on design integration with architecture and structure. Selection of building envelope components and materials for optimum thermal performance. Sustainable design and energy conservation are stressed throughout.
This course explores post-medium specificity in architecture and the potential consequences for architectural thinking (a.k.a. the quote-unquote discipline) through representation. This is a design seminar with an emphasis on experimentation and the integration of diverse analytical methods. The results are hardly predictable. The format of the course will combine a seminar and design workshop - our readings/discussion are in the service of hands-on experimentation.
In three essays written in 1994, "Bigness, or the problem of Large Manifesto," "Whatever Happened to Urbanism?" and "The Generic City," Koolhaas blames architects for ignoring the facts of urban existence, its increasing complexity, formlessness, incessant flux and variations. And he mocks city planners, likening them to chess players who have lost to computers, threatened by processes that go on of their own accord expanding towards infinity. Taking Rem Koolhaas' statements as a framework, this course asks what has happened to architectural research on `Urbanism' since the 1970s?
Introduction to the theory and practice of planning. Analysis and discussion are devoted to planning models, planning decisions, and alternative planning roles. Focused study of comprehensive and strategic planning, community participation, new urbanism concepts, equity concerns, and planning at local, regional, and state levels.
The course addresses the historical and geographic interconnections between the rise of modern architecture and the dissolution of the colonial system after 1919. That modernism and colonialism were implicated has become a well-known fact, yet architectural history remains centered around European and American metropoles. We take aim at this provincialism by testing one hypothesis: that modern architecture's place-making promise was a crucial part of its global success. The class combines architectural texts and case studies with readings from post-colonial theory in history, anthropology, history of science and technology, and media studies.
Microhistory is a specific methodological approach to the study and writing of history. It applies an extremely detailed scale of investigation to any object of inquiry, including a particular person, community, infrastructure, building, map, plan, law, protocol, record, and event. The seminar scrutinizes this methodology, challenges teleological narratives, and examines microhistories around the world and from different historical periods. The aim is to anchor seemingly insignificant circumstances and untapped spaces in order to unravel macro historical tendencies.
Review and analysis of the dynamics and process inherent in starting, developing, managing and operating an architectural practice, including marketing, finance, human resources, project process, liability, insurance, and general management. Areas of particular emphasis include project accounting, public presentations, and the development of a business plan.
This advanced pro-seminar investigates research methodologies in architectural discourse and practice. Each year the pro-seminar focuses on a specific theme addressing the history of the discipline from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students engage as a group in an in-depth reading of theoretical and historiographic sources on architecture and related fields.
Modern architecture was never straightforward. Despite the surface rhetoric of rationality, clarity and efficiency, modern architects were engaged with everything that escapes rationality: sexuality, violence, exoteric philosophies, occultism, disease, the psyche, pharmacology, extraterrestrial life, artificial intelligence, chance, the primitive, the fetish, etc. Through a series of case studies from the early twentieth century till today, of both mainstream figures and misfits, the class will explore the backwaters of modern architecture to reveal the astonishing richness and eccentricity of the field.
The seminar proposes to undertake a close historical analysis of Frank Gehry's projects, focusing on the drawings he has systematically used to develop his ideas, even in the age of computer-aided design and fabrication, of which he has unquestionably been a pioneer.
Gehry's path-breaking concepts are interpreted not only as a response to the urban condition of Los Angeles and other cities, but also in their engagement with issues in contemporary art, and technology.
This seminar constructs an archaeology of architectural travel and pays particular attention to the media systems that developed in relation to various kinds of journey, from the travel diary to the explorer's report, in order to consider the potential of travel today to constitute a basis of design or a form of knowledge. The seminar focuses on readings in the history and theory of travel, conducts interviews with architects whose travels have had an impact on the field and of course, travel.
Computational design is often presented as a problem solving tool for design implementation rather than as an integral part of design conceptualization and exploration. This seminar focuses on approaching computational design from the conceptual design direction extending existing or defining novel models of design along the way. A strong emphasis is put on prototyping as a mode of design iteration using both computational prototypes and computationally generated physical prototypes as embodiments of the design process.