Term: Winter 2023
Section: 17
Class Number: 509
Credits: 3
Required: No
Elective: Yes

/ ARCH 509

Radical Vernacular

This seminar is located at the intersection of architecture, gender studies, material culture,heritage preservation,  linguistics, and sustainability. Each of these disciplines appropriates the notion of vernacular in divergent ways — as a retrogressive style, as domestic labor, as resistance to mass-production, as environmentally-aware acts of dwelling, as culture-specific markers of belonging, as indigenous know-how, etc. Through readings, discussions, creative projects and self-defined research, we will sift through many of the contradictory narratives and theoretical paradoxes raised by the study of forms (linguistic, architectural, narrative, economic) that resist mass-reproduction within a globalized world.


Mon 8:30-11:30am  2213 A&AB


Mireille Roddier