Taubman College

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Term Winter 2010
Class ARCH 506
Class Title The F-WORD: Distinguishing Difference in Contemporary Forms, Formalisms, and Formalistics.
Description Few labels in architectural discourse are used with less precision than Formalism. Most often used to describe the work of any architect who is interested in the modulation of plastic mass, precise definitions of Formalism reveal nuanced and conflicting dispositions towards architectural autonomy, disciplinary agency and the relationship between form and content. Such definitions, often, exclude work that is merely formalistic – interested in mass and plasticity without regard to the intellectual construct of formalism. Contemporary architecture is haunted by the ghosts of all manner of the F-word: lingering formalisms, digital formalistics, shape architectures and more. This seminar will give participants the theoretical lens through which to distinguished the geneologies and intellectual trajectories of the F-word in contemporary practice. Coursework will include assigned readings, discussions, lectures, and a required fabrication component. By the end of the semester, seminar participants will be able to speak with rare precision about the variations of architectural form, a category that is at the very foundation of our discipline.
Prereq none entered yet
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective No
Meets W 7:00-10:00pm 2210 A&AB
Credits 3
Faculty McLain Clutter
Syllabus not available