Earth Curvature: Context as Material / How to Read Place

Students will craft their own architectural language, guided by personal ethics and an original vision towards a sustainable architecture that also strives to timelessly resonate with its 'special place'. The site with the Earth Curvature art installation expands the scope of your work to include the planet and our place in the universe in the largest sense and America and its’ Great Salt Lake Desert in another sense. Early assignments will require you to model and draw analytic-like drawings of the site and its art installation before a site visit early in the semester. Other analytic-like drawing assignments will include the work of certain artists concerned with light, place, and similarly related themes. Others will include envelope and building skin performance (environmental/phenomenological). In the end, you will be expected to develop and defend your own architecture for this site and program at a Design Development level at the conclusion of the semester.