Architectural Design Workshop — CONSTRUCTING VISION: The Eye/Architecture/the world

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NOTE: the scheduled for this subject has changed.  The subject now meets one day a week instead of two, W 2-5 in room 1-134.

The course examines how architects use means of representation as design tools to organize buildings and spaces. It approaches architecture as an apparatus for viewing the world, for encouraging new habits of seeing, and for projecting alternative worlds. We will refer to this continuum between representation, design, and experience as a "visual construct."
Six constructs will be examined:

  1. The panoramic (exemplified in the architecture and urbanism of Schinkel and Mies van der Rohe and other contemporary designers like Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue)
  2. The picturesque (exemplified in the English landscape tradition, primarily Humphrey Repton, and more recently in the work of architects like Steven Holl, Michael Maltzan and artists like Richard Serra)
  3. The prospective (exemplified in the work of Louis Sullivan and then in the work of architects like Peter Eisenman, Finn Geipel and conceptual artists like Sol Le Witt)
  4. The field (exemplified in the work of Le Corbusier, Walter Netsch and Philippe Rahm)
  5. The cognitive (exemplified in the urban theories of Kevin Lynch and then in the work of more contemporary mixed-media artists and the architecture of Diller/Scofidio)
  6. The oblique (exemplified in the work of Paul Virilio and Claude Parent as well as MVRDV and UN Studio)