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Course Detail

 
Term Fall 2017
Class ARCH 509
Class Title SPIRITSPACE: The Invisible Made Visible
Description A seminar for exploring the loci of Spirit and spirit(uality) within daily architectural practice.

Presented in a studio format of design narratives and personal life stories, SpiritSpace will provide a forum for deepest reflection. Over a course of 12 weeks, you, I, and your seminar classmates will explore extended answers to five overarching questions:: “What is Quality (itself) and what does it mean to live
a sustaining and sustainable life of Quality?” “What is deeply and most commonly worth sustaining?” “How do we create spaces that enhance self-discovery and independence, while connecting each of us to earth/wind/sky and our deepest civic obligations?” “What is the connection between dreams, ambition, and purpose?” “How do dreams matter?"

Broadly, SpiritSpace will seek to serve as a weekly meeting ground for you/i to find our own voice within a global cornucopia of voices...specifically, SpiritSpace will focus on our collective obligation to define architecture for what it commonly seems to be a uniquely material and spiritual medium giving voice to
all manner of human ambition.

CONTENT/ METHOD
Seeking to further deepen our common focus, class sessions are organized around six topical themes: Community, Cosmology, Spirituality, Ecology, Education, and Technology. Exploring our own ambitions within these fluid points of navigation, the seminar encourages each of us to gain a view of ourselves as visionaries and stewards engaged in directed change.

Visionary: one in the forefront... weaving hindsight with foresight and farsight to create path-breaking possibilities.
Steward: one who understands that the personal and the planetary are integral - i.e., that infrastructure, bio-structure, geo-structure, social structure, et al., are one.

Seminar discussion will be augmented with formal and informal lectures, selected readings, and invited Guests. For final exams, seminar members will be asked to lead class discussions as integral parts of three-person presentation teams; here, team members are reminded that while SpiritSpace sessions are necessarily interdependent, each is approached as a distinct building block of knowledge... distinct building blocks aimed at clarifying the rewards to be gained from a public sharing of personal conviction.
Prereq none entered yet
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective No
Meets Thursday 7:00-10:00pm G463 MH
Credits 3
Faculty James Chaffers
Syllabus not available