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Workshop: PRACTICE SESSION No. 2, "One Thing After Another"

January 29, 2016 at 9:00 am - February 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Workshop: PRACTICE SESSION No. 2, “One Thing After Another”

The act of creation is often thought of as one that brings something new into the world. But perhaps there is another way to consider it. Often, we are trying to rebuild, reconstruct, and regain states we imagined once existed. From Eden to Palmyra, we are driven to try to regain what we have lost. But more than this: One of the imperatives of culture is to continuously reconstruct itself.

For architecture these tendencies fall two ways. First, the literal act of reconstruction, the physical act of replication, duplication and so on. Second, the disciplinary act of constructing the idea of architecture where influence, lesson, and craft are communicated and transmitted from one one entity to another.

One Thing After Another, through exercises, problems and puzzles will explore this ground, the way objects and architecture transmit from one thing to another. We will explore how transmission might operate and what happens to the physical world as it is transmitted. In other words, how does the act of transmission leave its own mark in the world. 

Practice Session 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.


January 29, 2016 at 9:00 am
February 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm