GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2012
01305: Pursuing Figuration: Questions of Process, Structure, Scale and Enclosure (STU 0130500)
Option Studio - 8 credits - Limited enrollment
This course has an IRREGULAR meeting schedule. Please see full course description.
Tuesday Thursday 2:00 - 6:00
Lawrence Scarpa, Brian Healy
In a story, the narrative is captured in the telling; it is the selective details and descriptive moments that evoke a tone or mood. The plot is what actually happens, and a good plot can produce countless stories. We are interested in an architecture that suggests an equivalent multiplicity of tellings, and in plots that suggest narratives that are complex and layered. We look for the stories within stories.
Architecture is made not of intentions but of works. There is no such thing as a good idea ... only good expression. In its very essence, it involves a renunciation of words and an engagement with the physical. As architecture students, you are developing ideas about architecture and how architects can create environments that promote occupation. This studio will focus on the translation of your ideas into legible architectural form that engages plot and narration.
In the process the studio will focus primarily on:
- The prerogative of the architect as he/she balances aesthetic ambition with programmatic demands/development (what is useful, essential, and the role of embellishment).
- The pivotal role of scale, material selection and exploration, and detailing in the evolution of an architectural idea.
- Exploration of materials, processes and their technologies and how they can inspire architectural form.
- Investigation of material expression and sensual experience and how it can transcend simple object making.
The official studio days for this course are Tuesday and Thursday. However, Brian Healey will be here on Thursdays and Fridays. Students may wish to keep this in mind and avoid electives on Friday afternoons, but the instructors will hold crits around student availability on Friday.
The official studio days for this course are Tuesday and Thursday. Brian Healy will be in studio on Tuesdays and Thursdays every other week. Larry Scarpa will meet with students on Thursdays and Fridays (as well as Saturdays as necessary) in between Brian’s visits. Students may wish to consider this schedule when selecting Friday electives, but Friday crits will be scheduled around student availability.
Class will meet on the following dates:
F 31th LS/BH
T 4th BH
TH 6th BH
TH 13th LS
F 14th LS
T 18th BH
TH 20th BH
TH 27th LS
F 28th LS
T 2nd BH
TH 4th BH
TH 11th LS
F 12th LS
T 23rd BH
TH 25th BH