Taubman College

Course List

Term Fall 2011
Class ARCH 509
Class Title Strange Making
Description Physical matter is one of architecture’s most potent means of affecting experience—appealing to our multiple senses at the intimate scale of our bodies in real time. Strange Making seeks to use architectural materiality as a means of provocation and mode of research into architecture’s possible futures. The course launches from the concept of “making strange”—an idea of defamiliarization, or estrangement, that originates in literary theory but has since migrated to art and architecture. Key to this concept is the notion that deformation of the familiar has the power to jolt one into a state of heightened awareness. Strange Making exploits this device in order to open up the possibility of novel architectural encounters without divorcing the work entirely from familiar contexts. We will revisit the notion of architectural estrangement through the manipulation of familiar materials—reconsidering its potential to engage rather than alienate.

Combining elements of a workshop and a seminar, the course will focus on research through making while incorporating reading discussions and an engagement with the discipline at large. Students will “get their hands dirty” and must be ambitious and proactive about gaining the necessary knowledge of the digital design and fabrication tools at their disposal. Strange Making will culminate with the fabrication of multiple large-scale “swatches” which demonstrate an expertise in material manipulation.
Prereq none entered yet
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective No
Meets Thursdays 9:00am-12:00pm Room 2227 A&AB
Credits 3
Faculty Ellie Abrons
Syllabus Arch509-005.pdf