ARC 633 - Thingly

Image: Simon Starling, Autoxylopyrocycloboros, boat cut to firewood to fuel its steam engine.

Image: Simon Starling, Autoxylopyrocycloboros, boat cut to firewood to fuel its steam engine.

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This Material Culture Intellectual Domain reading seminar investigates distinct theoretical frameworks addressing our relationship to the physical world. The course is structured around ten theoretical lenses. 

The common denominator of the readings is a carefully articulated and distinct proposal of how the material world could relate to us. The texts are meant as offerings for the students’ own explorations. Classes are organized around in-depth class discussion. The course requires an in-depth reading of the texts and students are expected to proactively and independently address gaps in architectural history and theory.

The objective is to broaden the range of theoretical tools and arguments available to students to critically evaluate and contextualize architectural works and also their own studio projects.

 

Eligibility: Graduate / Undergraduate / Minors / Prerequisites

 

Faculty

10/16/18
Associate Professor Georg Rafailidis investigates new building forms and construction systems in which notions of materiality, time and authorship are stretched to new frontiers.