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Term Winter 2018
Class ARCH 509
Class Title Spatial Breeds
Description Radical changes are happening in the world, in the practices of architecture and with the very definition of the architect. Spatial Breeds is about expanding the formal and material capacities and vocabularies of architecture to build skill sets in sync with some of these changes. Using formal typologies and digital techniques as critical and operational protagonists we will produce innovative spatial formations towards design dexterity, encouraging nimbleness in the face of increased specialization. Operating like a crossbreed of a scientific laboratory, a think tank and a mad house the seminar will utilize techniques like splicing, infusion, and alchemy for the production of work, spatial propositions. Each exercise will framed by a brief and will probe 6 key themes: character/ tone (Disney’fied, or SNL, for ex); temporally active morphologies (surface speeds, material glitches, multiple phase states, for ex); historic genres (Spanish Revival, Art Nouveau, De Stijl, for ex); material cross-breeds (pink arabesque spliced perforations, Pantone’d quilt’esque ogives, overstuffed blue’ish tattooing, for ex); scaling, un-scaling and a-scaling (the Eames’s ‘Powers of Ten’, ‘Intricacy’/ Greg Lynn, for ex); and erasure (Christo, Gordon Matta-Clark, Jurgen Bey, for ex). These themes will be explored in 2- 3 week long highly finished pieces of work—one image for each exercise. For the final piece of work for the term each student will breed their own spatial species, again using digital platforms to produce an innovative spatial and material realm. Amongst other things Spatial Breeds will challenge the dominance of static, forever architecture and the default imple¬mentation of typology as an educational and disciplinary position. In other instances we will augment and even stabilize the work of selected typologies. So-called sites will vary for the work, but will generally be abstract. In the end each student should have seven highly finished images that open varied ways in which form might be bred—touching on stability and legibility, things slightly off-kilter and others completely wild—feral spatial species. Reading will be light, issued in parallel to the work and will include written works by the likes of Mario Carpo, Neil Spiller, and Henri Bergson. Akin to robust species in dynamically charged ecologies we will broaden architecture’s performative potential, culturally and spatially while increasing design dexterity alongside formal and material range.

Prereq none entered yet
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective No
Meets Friday 9:00am-12:00pm East Review
Credits 3
Faculty Perry Kulper
Syllabus not available