This course maps the terrain of ecological practices through examination of ten canonical project + text pairs. The collection of ten buildings circumscribe a wide landscape of practices defined by differing agendas, logics, locations, and times. The close examination allows one to better situate each in its technological and critical context, and gain insight into how such practices emerged.
For ten weeks we will look deeply at one exemplar building and read one text. The two are paired for each to bring out new understandings in the other: a text will be a lens through which to view a building, and a building a physical gloss on a text. In addition to exploring the fruits of these pairings, discussions will draw connections among and distinctions between concepts within ecological design. How does built and discursive work track emerging thoughts about how our buildings connect us to (or disconnect us from) “nature”? What roles does innovative architectural technology play in ecological practices? How has architecture evolved in response to a dramatically changed energy context over the last five decades? What does a given project suggest about the ethics of ecological practice? About aesthetics? How does the project frame a role for the architect not only in the practice, but in the community?
Course No.: Arc 628 SEM
Semester: Spring 2019
Location: GRoW Home/Hayes 402
Meeting Day(s): Tues
Meeting Time: 8:10 am - 10:50 am
Students will also identify, study, and present the ecological practices of an additional built project from the vantage of the semester’s readings.
Eligibility: This is the intellectual domain seminar for the Ecological Practices graduate research group. Open to others with instructor approval.
Co-requisites: Ecological practices technical methods and studio courses.