PRACTICE SESSIONS No. 1, "A HOUSE AND AN OBJECT"
Practice Sessions is part of the University of Michigan’s Third Century Initiative which funds experimental pedagogies in a bid to change how teaching and learning happen within the bounds of the institution. Over a five-year period, ten architectural practices will be invited to Taubman College to run a practice session. Each session centers on an immersive four-day design charette that culminates in a juried review and exhibition. These sessions are not workshops in the conventional sense. Invited practices are not selected to repeat a known and routinized working method in collaboration with students. Instead, invitees are called to work in an experimental mode, where everything is subject to the pressures of practice on design: the design of the session topic, the design of the work space where the session is held, the design of the way the session itself occupies the institution of Taubman College, and the design of the thing(s) produced by the practice session.
For the inaugural session, MOS ran the workshop session and the guest jurors invited to review the work at its conclusion were Sylvia Lavin (Professor, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design) and Andrew Zago (Principal, Zago Architecture).