GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2011
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Courses taught by Farshid Moussavi
01312: The Function of Time: The Contemporary Art Museum (STU 0131200)
Option Studio - 8 credits - Limited enrollment
Tuesday Thursday 2:00 - 6:00
During the last two decades, a new type of art museum has arisen which promotes art without history, dedicated to contemporary issues. This has been prompted by globalization and its associated awareness of global concerns and the rise of digital technologies. The media used by artists, their subject matter as well as the scale of their artworks have as a result been differentiated to a limitless degree. These can no longer be hosted by white and black boxes that define modern art museum interiors. To be a platform for contemporary art, the contemporary art museum interior needs to embody spatial diversity and it needs to accommodate change and the unpredictability that is inherent in the condition of contemporary art. By contrast, the exterior needs to respond to local and urban considerations that are unique to their specific context. The growth of contemporary art has promoted a surge in the construction of new contemporary museums in the last decade. However, we have yet to discover typological definitions for a contemporary art museum which distinguish it from a modern art museum. This studio is one of a series at the GSD focused on exploring the architectural potentials of "Blank Typologies", which include shopping malls, cineplexes, airports, auditoriums and sport halls. These are buildings that engulf a very large amount of interior space which, with the aid of air conditioning and artificial lighting, remains free of restrictions of the external environment, and can provide spatial variety and infinite choice. Meanwhile, their exterior is blank of any interior representation and is free to explore exterior functions. Capitalizing on the ambition behind Cedric Price's Fun Palace proposal in the 1960's, the studio will examine the ways in which a complex shed structure can be varied over time to address ideas of transience and incompleteness while playing host to the wide variety of media provided by contemporary artists. The studio will draw on a variety of sources including discussions on contemporary art by Hans Ulrich Obriest, Philippe Parreno and Mathew Barney.
03409: The Function of Style (DES 0340900)
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Wednesday 9:00 - 11:30
The "generic city" of the late 20th century, which was defined by senselessness and anonymity, has given way to a new type of urbanism. Whether located in Europe, the Middle East or the Far East, this new generic city is the product of a "prudent"urbanism, characterized by the excitement of its architecture, with each of its districts themed to appeal to a particular type of individual. Airports, museums, shopping centers, office towers, social housing blocks and schools -- all are designed to be equally exciting and spectacular, often resulting in an array of divergent styles as well as considerable similarity, whether they are the product of the public or the private sector, or of public???private partnerships. This new urban condition raises many questions: Is there a common ground for or foundation to all this divergent design experimentation? Are there any social or political ambitions or implications underlying this diversity or is it merely a product of market forces? What about freedom from the marketplace or offering a critique of the economic forces that drive it? How is it possible that so many commercial and cultural projects look so much alike? Have publicly funded projects lost their political vision? Can a city which is composed of differently "styled" buildings standing alongside one another be considered in good taste? The first year of The Function of Style research in 2010 examined historical debates surrounding the idea of style and examined a range of projects of the last decade with the aim to move the discussions on good and bad taste to the production of difference. During Spring 2011, we will focus on the relationship between style and function as constructed by the architectural production of the last decade to address architecture's relationship to the market, innovation and authorship. As with the previous research projects, the seminar will combine reading texts related the topic with a case study method of research. Students will be evaluated based on their level of participation in analyzing contemporary architecture through detailed drawings as well as their participation in round table discussions of the course reader. The seminar aims to produce a critical evaluation of projects to be documented in a publication after the semester ends. Those students who are to participate in the publication are invited to express their interest at the end of the semester.Please note: The seminar meets weekly. Farshid Moussavi will not be present at all course meetings. Jonathan Scelsa will be the Teaching Assistant for the course.