Technical Methods seminars explore strategies for conducting research in different focus areas of architecture, from visualization techniques, skill-building in the use of tools, and developing specific methods for technically-driven inquiry.
The ground condition remains the most primordial connection to a place. In fact, ground-related strategies constitute the single most relevant decision of any architectural action on a given site. This course addresses architectural engagement with the ground through the geometric boundaries and the material operations that take place in ground actions, thus determining the continuity or discontinuity of transitions and the inside-outside narratives.
In 1957, American industrialist J. Irwin Miller made an offer to his hometown of Columbus, Indiana that would change the course of the town's history, and build—quite literally—a legacy that continues to define Columbus today. The offer: that his foundation would pay the architects' fees for all new public buildings in town, so long as they chose an architect from a list drawn up by the foundation. The result: a city with a population of 48,000 and a collection of architecture to rival any major U.S. city. Home to buildings by such leading architects as Eliel and Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei, Robert Venturi, Kevin Roche, Harry Weese, Deborah Berke, and many others, Columbus offers a unique cross section of projects and ideas that span generations. But Columbus is also rich in landscape architecture. Parks, gardens, and plazas by Dan Kiley, Michael van Valkenburgh, and Jack Curtis stand as commensurate contributions to the design legacy of the city, offering meaningful context and complement to Columbus's architecture. For this Ecological Practices technical methods course, we will focus our attention on the study of these landscapes as sites for research, documentation, and interpretation—building directly on the conversation and design work to place in the Ecological Practices studio.
This lecture course provides a broad overview of technical concepts fundamental to the design and practice of architecture within the urban realm. The material is intended to construct a foundation of technical knowledge that includes, but is not limited to urban form, site analysis, infrastructure, soil and substrate characteristics, urban ecology, public ground, storm water management, water-dependent development, smartness, and stakeholder engagement. These topics will be explored through lectures, discussions, and workshops. An introduction to and application of mapping software will also be part of the class and it is intended that the material from the course be directly applied within design studios.
Course title: Tempered Environments
This technical methods class will draw, model, and build digital and physical prototypes to explore tempered environments. Starting with the theoretical framework of Reyner Banham’s “Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment”, the class will explore mapping as a practice that engages the individual and the collective with larger environmental ecosystems, infrastructure, and networks. The class will seek to materialize the seemingly imperceptible through fabricated, collected, and assembled artifacts, while exploring ways to reveal the physical and social complexities of the built environment.
This seminar will explore methods for developing real-time, evidenced-based design research. We will use inclusive design methodology to re-imagine a post-pandemic future for the School of Architecture and Planning. We will use current building users as our research base to explore both qualitative and quantitative information gathering methods, including trace measures, archival methods, spatial syntax analysis, surveys, interviews and observational techniques.
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