Course #: DES-03454
Wed 10:00-1:00 Gund 505
The seminar is a one yearlong study of Light Structure spanning two semesters, fall 2014 and spring 2015. The students can choose to take either or both courses.
The fall semester will focus on analysis, survey, inquiries of history, theory and technology of light structures. We will also question conventional building typologies to see how one can transform them into light structure to shift and create new paradigm for building typology. During the spring semester, it becomes a series of workshops to work on models, prototypes, detail studies and a mock up. In particular we will focus on membrane and textile based structures because our seminar has a sponsorship and a collaborative partner, Taiyo Kogyo, one of the largest membrane manufacturers in the world, based in Japan with whom we can test concepts, techniques and prototype fabrication. Their expertise includes deployment, assembly and reassembly transportation logistics.
Lightness is an attribute that spans structure, performance, materiality, assembly and transportation as well as an experience and perception of built environment. It also relates to social conditions and programming based on its use and potential of sharing thus lessening burden on economy of places. The seminar considers impact of buildings, infrastructures and systems on its environment from many different angles and perspectives. For example, from the stand point of structures, one would study weight of buildings. From environmental view point, we will look at its impact on energy consumption and carbon foot print. We will also look at how resources and its deployment may affect its lightness through studies of materials, fabrication and assembly.
The concept of lightness, how that is perceived and experienced and its meaning in various cultural contexts is studied through literature and film to address its meaning and value.
We will also question building typology to see how and what building types can be portable, nomadic, temporal and mobile. We will look at typology such as housing, concert hall, library, museum, visitor centers, and schools, to see if mobility, temporality and nomadic programming may produce a new paradigm which may encourage seasonal or shared use.