In its historical context, architecture has demonstrated an extensive capacity for the adaptation of typologies or forms to different sites, programs, and circumstances. In opposition to functionalist or contextualist philosophies, a good idea in architecture is independent of time, context, scale or function, and is therefore open to multiple explorations.
This course will aim to demonstrate the elasticity of architecture through the reworking of student projects from their own “archives”. The goal of the instruction is to demonstrate the intellectual position that the creation of built space is a succession of iterations of past architectural solutions, rather than entirely new inventions with each project. By the end of the course, students should reach both formal (visual) and methodological (written) conclusions about the manipulation of their own architectural archives.