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ARCH 603 – Architecture and Power


Architectural designs are both outcomes and agents of power. Planned spaces, origanizational programming, and the built environment structure domination. However, they also serve as powerful tools for resisting and addressing inequalities. In this course, students will collaboratively explore the position of architects and the capacities for design to intervene within broad social landscapes of power. We will apply soci0-spatial research and ethnographic techniques as architectural methods to establish deeper social programs and as to join abstract analysis with grounded action through design. In a series of ethnographic projects of research/design, students will engage with problems that arise in projects that take culture and society not simply as the background context for design or analysis, but as a medium and object for positive intervention.


Thu 1:00-4:00pm 2204 A&AB


William B Thomson


Course Brief