Term: Fall 2023
Section: 9
Class Number: 509
Credits: 3
Required: No
Elective: Yes
Course Brief

/ ARCH 509

SPACESPIRIT: Invisible made Visible

An experimental seminar. . .
. . . meeting weekly to explore the place of ‘self-designing’ as a central design tool within daily architectural practice.

A design forum exploring spatial-spiritual links between spaces that we design and the parallel (reflexive) act of “designing ourselves.”

Utilizing a studio format of design narratives, ‘SPACESPIRIT’ explores extended answers to seven overarching questions: How do we find a balance of self-discovery, while remaining connected to earth / wind / sky and our deepest civic obligations?”  “How might we best embrace ‘self-designing’ in our daily acts of moral-ethical navigating?”  “Where is the connection between dreams, ambition, and purpose, in our acts of designing?”  “What is deeply, most commonly worth sustaining?”  “What is the place of Spirit and Spirituality?”  “How do dreams matter… “Why?”

Framed by the above seven questions, the seminar serves as a weekly meeting ground for each of us to “find our own voice” within a global cornucopia of voices.

Specifically, ‘SPACESPIRIT’ focuses on our collective obligation to define ‘design’ for what it commonly seems to be — a uniquely material anspiritual medium, potentially ‘giving voice’ to all manner of human dreams and ambitions. . . including our own.


Thu 7:00-10:00pm  G463 MH


James Chaffers