Special Subject: Architecture Studies — COHABITATE: Entangling Architecture, Infrastructure, and Living Systems

Limited to 12 or 20 w/Listeners

Note: Workshop occurs in Summer 2021 but registration is for the Fall 2021 term.

Architectural representation often fails to capture the complexity of the ecological and sociopolitical processes at play in the built environment. This results in the segregation of architecture, infrastructure, and living systems. In this course, we aim to develop strategies for translating scientific principles into a hybrid mode of cross-disciplinary communication. This allows for an accurate description of urban ecosystem dynamics and expands the agency of our non-human community co-inhabitants.

Students in the course will gain a brief foundation in ecology, with an emphasis on the urban environment. This will include the basics of geology, oceanography, forestry, biodiversity and biogeochemical cycles. Readings and precedents, both from architecture and the life sciences, will provide students with strategies to communicate effectively across disciplines. Additionally, guided field experiments will give students the chance to research their respective local environments and present the work through their medium of choice (drawing, video, audio, etc).

By expanding existing modes of representation to incorporate the complexities of the living environment, this course sets the groundwork for a more environmentally and socially sensitive conception of architectural practice.

Tuesdays and Fridays, 1:30 - 3:00 pm (times open to change based on student availability)
July 13-August 13
10 classes total (5 weeks long)