Rensselaer | Architecture http://www.arch.rpi.edu Rensselaer | Architecture Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:47:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tenured or Tenure Track Openings http://www.arch.rpi.edu/2016/11/tenured-or-tenure-track-openings-soa-rpi/ Tue, 08 Nov 2016 02:44:00 +0000 http://www.arch.rpi.edu/?p=24783 The School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY Institute is expanding its professional undergraduate and graduate programs, and seeks qualified candidates to fill three (3) tenured or tenure track positions at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor. Selected candidates are expected to assume their responsibilities at Rensselaer no later than Fall 2017.

Building Technology Position

This faculty member will provide expertise in fundamental and advanced architectural and environmental design/technology instruction at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and will offer seminars, design studios and/or lecture courses related to the candidate’s specific area of expertise. The incumbent will advance architectural knowledge through creative contemporary design practice, environmental systems, emerging energy systems, or sustainable building technology, while being mindful of the discipline’s diverse challenges.  The successful candidate will play a significant role in a collaborative faculty initiative to champion the important reciprocity between emergent and performance-driven design, and will assist directly in the development and success of the Building Science Program.  Administrative experience will be a plus. Combining an interest in both the art and science of architecture, the faculty member will contribute to the school’s commitment to creating next-generation built environments based upon interdisciplinary research relationships with faculty in the other schools at Rensselaer.  There may be opportunities for the successful candidate to engage in teaching/research at CASE, the Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology that is based in Manhattan and serves as a next-generation research center for the school of Architecture.

Architectural Design / Architectural Sciences Position

This faculty member will provide expertise as an instructor and researcher, and will be engaged in growing the research enterprise of CASE, the Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology.  Based in Manhattan, CASE is an Institute-wide research consortium that includes interdisciplinary collaborators from a wide range of disciplines, both within the academy and from industry with an emphasis on the design and invention of transformative building systems and strategies.  We are seeking candidates who have expertise in one or more of the following areas:  architectural design, product/industrial design, building systems, advanced technologies or building structures, material technologies, intelligent building systems, environmental design and technology, and computational design and technology.  The candidate will be expected to show potential for substantial creative contribution as demonstrated by scholarly research, publications, awards and exhibitions in the area of novel architectural systems design.  Established competence as a collaborator on large complex research teams is preferred.  Administrative experience will be a plus.

Teaching responsibilities will include graduate and undergraduate courses and student advisement; research opportunities will be interdisciplinary. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to take advantage of Rensselaer’s extensive resources, and can expect to have responsibilities at both the New York City and Troy, NY, locations.

Architectural Design Development Position

This faculty member will provide expertise in fundamental and advanced architectural design and technology instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and will contribute significantly to the undergraduate and graduate professional programs.  The successful candidate will have substantial professional experience in a leading position of a successful architecture practice, as well as a record of research/scholarship.  Ideally, the candidate has a professional registration as an architect.  Additionally, the successful candidate may have the opportunity to assume administrative/leadership responsibilities in the School of Architecture.  Administrative experience will be a plus.

General Criteria

For all positions, duties and responsibilities include teaching both core and elective courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and continuing in the development of one’s research/scholarship activities.  Successful candidates will contribute substantially to the intellectual content of the undergraduate and graduate architectural curricula, and will sustain a substantial research and scholarly enterprise that is linked to the innovative practice of architecture.

Candidates seeking appointment at the level of Assistant (tenure-track) Professor must have completed a terminal degree (Master’s, Doctorate, or foreign degree equivalent) in architecture or a closely related field.  Degree requirements must be complete at the start of the appointment.  Candidates must be engaged in pursuing a record of design, scholarly research and/or nationally recognized journals that demonstrate a contribution to the teaching or practice of architecture.  Candidates also must be able to demonstrate promise of success as an educator.

Candidates seeking appointment at the rank of Associate (tenured) Professor must meet the educational requirements for the rank of Assistant Professor, and must meet the requirements for tenure at Rensselaer.  Candidates for Associate Professor must demonstrate the following experiences as typically seen in five or more years of post-graduate experience:  an emerging national reputation in research and/or scholarship; a significant record of quality educational activities, such as teaching evaluations; and a substantial level of service to their home institution and profession.  Exceptional candidates who meet the Associate Professor qualifications who have 10 or more years of progressively exceptional related experiences may be considered at the rank of full professor.

Application Instructions

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis; applicants are strongly encouraged to submit no later than January 1, 2017, when the Search Committee will initiate its review process.

To apply for any of the positions, please send the following documents to the address below:

  • Cover Letter addressing the qualifications noted above
  • Curriculum vitae
  • One-page statement on research
  • One-page statement on teaching
  • Portfolio in PDF format, no more than 10 pages
  • Names, titles, and contact information of three individuals who will provide letters of recommendation
  • Applicants for Associate Professor positions must also send 3 years of teaching evaluation documents.

Materials may be submitted electronically to: *protected email*, or by mail to:

School of Architecture Search Committee
c/o  Pamela Zepf, Executive Assistant – Greene 115
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th St.
Troy, NY  12180-3590

 

 

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Lydia Kallipoliti at Superhumanity Talks http://www.arch.rpi.edu/2016/11/kallipoliti-superhumanity/ Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:07:57 +0000 http://www.arch.rpi.edu/?p=24994 Nov 30, New York, NY:

Lydia Kallipoliti at Superhumanity Talks in New York City.

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Assistant Professor Lydia Kallipoliti will be participating in the Superhumanity Talks at e-flux in New York City on November 30th, 2016. Superhumanity editors Nick Axel, Beatriz Colomina, Nikolaus Hirsch, Anton Vidokle, and Mark Wigley will be joined by special guests Lucia Allais, Rubén Gallo, Brooke Holmes, Andrés Jaque, Lydia Kallipoliti, Spyros Papapetros, Martha Rosler, and Mabel O. Wilson for a series of presentations and conversations.

SUPERHUMANITY TALKS at e-flux
Wednesday, November 30, 6:30pm
311 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002

The talks will also be streamed live here.

From e-flux: “Superhumanity responds to the theme of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial—Are We Human?—by engaging with and departing from the concept of the “self.” Superhumanity aims to explore and challenge our understanding of “design” by probing the idea that we are and always have been continuously reshaped by the artifacts we shape, to which we ask: who designed the lives we live today? What are the forms of life we inhabit, and what new forms are currently being designed? Where are the sites, and what are the techniques, to design others?”

Kallipoliti’s essay “Master and Slaves” for the e-flux Superhumanity project was published on October 19, 2016. The essay can be found here: http://www.e-flux.com/architecture/superhumanity/68674/masters-and-slaves/

For more information, please visit: http://www.e-flux.com/program/80346/superhumanity-talks-at-e-flux/

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Gustavo Crembil guest edits Media-N Journal special issue http://www.arch.rpi.edu/2016/11/crembil-median-mestizotechnology/ Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:21:48 +0000 http://www.arch.rpi.edu/?p=24909 Associate Professor Gustavo Crembil, in collaboration with Paula Gaetano Adi (RISD), have edited a special issue of the Media-N Journal of the New Media Caucus . “Mestizo Technology: Art, Design, and Technoscience in Latin America” was the proposed editorial framework with the intention of employing a lens merging notions of “mestizaje” and new technologies to scan the development of new media practices distinctive to Latin America; to survey how influences from the global North have been appropriated and adapted to particular needs, resources and interests of Latin American thinkers and makers; and to also challenge traditional dichotomies afflicting perceptions about productions emerging from the global south: western/indigenous; modern/traditional; craft/technology; and big science/small science.

The issue includes an introductory statement by the guest-editors and eleven essays by Latin American scholars, artist and designers.

Links

Guest Editorial Statement
V.12 N.01 Mestizo Technology: Art, Design, and Technoscience in Latin America.

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Fall 2016 Lecture Series http://www.arch.rpi.edu/2016/10/fall-2016-lecture-series/ Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:17:02 +0000 http://www.arch.rpi.edu/?p=24439 LECTURE SERIES (FALL 2016).

Admission is FREE. All lectures unless otherwise noted start 6:00pm at EMPAC / The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media + Performing Arts Center . 110 8th Street, Troy NY 12180. Contemporary Design Conference is from 2-7:00pm on Tuesday, November 8th.

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Recent Lecture: Marlon Blackwell http://www.arch.rpi.edu/2016/11/marlon-blackwell/ Sun, 13 Nov 2016 23:03:14 +0000 http://www.arch.rpi.edu/?p=24866 Mon Nov 14th 6pm – Concert Hall

“Figures and Types with Marlon Blackwell”

Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, is a practicing architect in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and serves as the E. Fay Jones Distinguished Professor at the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design at the University of Arkansas. Working outside the architectural mainstream, his architecture is based in design strategies that draw upon vernaculars, typologies, and the contradictions of place: strategies that seek to transgress conventional boundaries for architecture. His design work has received recognition with numerous national and international design awards and significant publication in books, architectural journals and magazines.

The office of Marlon Blackwell Architects was the recipient of the 2016 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture and was recognized as the Firm of the Year by Residential Architect magazine in 2011. In 2015, Marlon Blackwell Architects was selected as part of the Architect 50, ranking #7 in Design and #36 overall in the national survey of architecture firms. Recent honors include an American Architecture Award (with associate architects Polk Stanley Wilcox) for the renovation of Vol Walker Hall and the addition of the Steven L. Anderson Design Center on the University of Arkansas Campus (Fayetteville, Arkansas). The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Museum Store (Bentonville, Arkansas) was recognized with the 2015 AIA National Honor Award for Interior Architecture, and the Little Rock Creative Corridor (Little Rock, Arkansas), a collaboration with the University of Arkansas Community Design Center, received a AIA National Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design and a ASLA Honor Award for Analysis and Planning, both in 2014.

The significance of Blackwell’s contributions to design is evidenced by being named a United States Artists Ford Fellow 2014 and selected for the 2012 Architecture Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A monograph of his early work entitled “An Architecture of the Ozarks: The Works of Marlon Blackwell” was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2005. Blackwell was selected by The International Design Magazine, in 2006, as one of the ID Forty: Undersung Heroes and as an “Emerging Voice” in 1998 by the Architectural League of New York.

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Contemporary Design Conference http://www.arch.rpi.edu/2016/11/contemporary-design-conference/ Mon, 07 Nov 2016 21:32:30 +0000 http://www.arch.rpi.edu/?p=24743 Tue Nov 8, 2-6pm @ EMPAC:

“DARK MATTER AND THE SECRET LIVES OF OBJECTS.”

A Contemporary Design Conference featuring:

Dirk Vander Kooij combines tradition and technology; mixing manual work and digital robot technique every piece of furniture is produced as a special industrial “unicum”. He is not interested in standardization or mass production, but in a way to produce industrial quality products that are actually beautiful without using strict production systems, huge investments in tools and materials and long production lines. In the studio design, creation, improvement count and again designing, crafting and perfecting something beautiful, this is what matters. As the contemporary craftsman develops more knowledge and skills thanks to the constant iteration, as a result the design process remains smooth and flexible. By continuously working on sharpening and kneading technique, and discovering new production processes, they cannot only bring direct improvement after every created chair, but they lead to the production of new and more shapes.

Tomas Libertiny was born in Slovakia, the son of an architect and a historian, he studied at the Technical University Košice in Slovakia focusing on engineering and design. He was awarded George Soros’s Open Society Institute Scholarship to study at The University of Washington in Seattle, where he explored painting and sculpture. He continued his study at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava in painting and conceptual design. After receiving the prestigious Huygens Scholarship, he enrolled in the Masters program at the Design Academy Eindhoven where he received his MFA in 2006.

Jólan van der Wiel leads a collaborative design practice that conducts artistic experiments within multiple themes and environments. His creative explorations result in original design tools, new materials and unique objects. A Gerrit Rietveld Academie graduate, Jólan is an intuitive designer and creator, equipped with a peculiar mix of expertise. Starting from his personal fascination with extreme natural phenomena, he creates unusual shapes and materials that challenge our understanding of ‘invisible’ forces.

Tuomas Markunpoika was born in Jyvaskyla, Finland. He went to study furniture design in Lahti Institute of Design in 2006 where he graduated in 2010 and moved to Amsterdam for an internship at Marcel Wanders. He continued his studies at Design Academy Eindhoven, MA Contextual Design under the mentorship of Gijs Bakker and Louise Schouwenberg where he graduated with Cum Laude in 2012. Tuomas’ work has gained immediate recognition. His ‘Engineering Temporality’ collection was nominated Furniture Design of the Year by London Design Museum in 2013 and exhibited in galleries, museums and art fairs internationally. With his work he aims the elevate the tedious functionality of everyday objects bringing mystery and wonder by using various material in different mediums. His project range from industrial design to limited editions and one-off pieces for galleries and private clients.

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F16 Positions Series : Zago Architecture http://www.arch.rpi.edu/2016/11/f16-positions-series-zago-architecture/ Tue, 08 Nov 2016 16:11:40 +0000 http://www.arch.rpi.edu/?p=24792 Thursday, November 17th, 7:00pm

On Thursday, November 17th, 2016 the student-coordinated discussions series at Rensselaer, Positions Series, will host a conversation with Los Angeles-based architect Andrew Zago

Zago Architecture, Inc is based in Los Angeles. The firm has completed projects in the US and Korea and its work has appeared internationally in books, professional journals and reviews. Notable among the firm’s projects are the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Fine Venture Office Tower, completed in association with Yamasaki Associates, Korea and a design studio facility for Cornell University’s Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. In 2005 a book on the firm’s work, Zago Architecture and Office dA : Two Installations was published by the SCI-Arc press. In 2011 Zago Architecture was selected to participate in a workshop and exhibition at MoMA titled “Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream.”

Please email any questions about this event to *protected email*

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Recent Lecture: Kate Orff http://www.arch.rpi.edu/2016/10/kate-orff/ Mon, 31 Oct 2016 15:22:57 +0000 http://www.arch.rpi.edu/?p=24637 Wed Nov 2nd – Concert Hall

“Toward and Urban Ecology with Kate Orff”

Kate Orff is the Founder of SCAPE. Kate focuses on retooling the practice of landscape architecture relative to uncertainty of climate change and fostering social life which she has explored through publications, activism, research, and projects. She is known for leading complex, creative, and collaborative work processes that advance broad environmental and social prerogatives.

Kate was named a 2012 United States Artist Fellow, an Elle Magazine “Planet Fixer,” and shared SCAPE’s design methodologies at the International TEDWomen Conference in 2010. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia with Distinction and earned a Master in Landscape Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Kate is also the Director of Columbia University GSAPP’s Urban Design Program.

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Oksiuta at Biological Art Residency, University at Buffalo http://www.arch.rpi.edu/2016/11/oksiuta-coalesce-ub/ Tue, 01 Nov 2016 16:23:03 +0000 http://www.arch.rpi.edu/?p=24668 Lecturer Zbigniew Oksiuta‘s project ‘New Soil – New Building Material’ has been sponsored by Coalesce, a hybrid studio laboratory dedicated to enabling hands-on creative engagement with the tools and technologies of the life sciences, based at the University at Buffalo.

With Solan Morse of GEM (Genome, Environment and Microbiome at UB), the aim of Oksiuta’s work is to create complex conditions and construct tools (bio-membranes, 3D Petri-Dish, bioreactors, and mini biospheres) to generate biological experiences: the growth of living objects and spaces. The project for ‘New Soil-New Building Material’ concentrates on the development of biologically active gels which are the growth medium and also the structural building material, strong enough to create 3D objects and membranes at a large scale. This substance is biologically active, and should enable cultivation of organisms on its surface and in its interior.

Coalesce sponsors several Biological Art residencies per academic year, providing residents with technical support and access to laboratory equipment, materials and supplies, and the opportunity to work closely with a scientific advisor.

For more information on Oksiuta’s project and other Coalesce residency projects, please visit:

https://www.buffalo.edu/ubnow/stories/2016/03/coalesce.html

https://www.buffalo.edu/genomeenvironmentmicrobiome/coalesce/projects-and-residencies0.html

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Spring 2017 Electives http://www.arch.rpi.edu/2016/10/s17-electives/ Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:33:25 +0000 http://www.arch.rpi.edu/?p=24418 Elective courses available:

ARCH4020/CIVIL4020 Bedford Seminar: Advanced Building Structures (Civil)

This interdisciplinary seminar consists of students from both the School of Architecture and Civil Engineering department. Presentation of a variety of structural typologies bears direct relation to practical experience and the necessity for constructive interdisciplinary discourse. Specific structural typologies are examined through historic and contemporary project examples that are critically deconstructed and critically analyzed with respect to their basic engineering principles and architectural concepts. Students will be exposed to the collaborative methods inherent within the architect/engineer relationship. The course consists of lectures concerning each topic, case studies and presentations of relevant projects, an interdisciplinary design project and discussion of the projects and presentations with respect to interdisciplinary discourse. Content and delivery may vary by instructor. W 12-1:50. Cr. 3. Taught with CIVL4020. Prerequisite: Arch2230 Structures 1.

ARCH4840.01 Architectural Acoustics 2

In the spring semester, students will have the opportunity to design their own performance hall. This process will include continued studies of acoustics measurements, simulated sound fields, community noise issues, and professional practice in acoustics consulting. The course will also have detailed lectures on concert hall acoustics, sound quality, and synthesized sound fields. Students will be introduced to a variety of simulation software and measurement equipment in the Acoustics Research Laboratory. After both Architectural Acoustics 1 and 2, the student should be prepared for a basic entry-level position in either acoustics in architecture or in acoustical consulting. Prerequisite: ARCH4840 or instructor approval. Todd Brooks. F 10–1:50 pm. Cr 4.

ARCH4170.80 Environmental Parametrics

The work of this course sets out to describe the meaning, values, and methods of using parametric techniques as both an analytical tool and a generative device in comprehensive performance-based building design. The students learn techniques to set-up feedback between analysis and tactical response in performance-based design while also situating these techniques within the broader discourse and methodology of fostering design ecologies and creating ecologies of design as they relate to the construction of the built environment and contemporary issues of sustainability. Demetrios Comodromos. Cr 2. CASE in NYC.

ARCH4340 Structural Morphology

This course explores design and development of structural feasible complex, static and dynamic free forms in an interdisciplinary fashion. Efficiency of various topologies is of the special interest. Theform finding  investigation and the evaluation include, building physical models, use of laser scanner to generate computer models, use of computer simulation to refine models based on results of load-deformation tests and photo elastic observation. Various optimization techniques are explored to conceptually determine fragility of the form. This course is a based on new or continuous research projects and is open for explorations of specific studentsʼ interests and is structured on team or individual work. The course at times involves field trips, international collaborators, and guest lecturers. Alongside Architecture the course is open for students from other disciplines especially CEE, CS, MSE, BE, HASS, GAMING or others with permission of the instructor. Ivan Markov. T 4 – 5:50 pm. Cr. 2.

ARCH4850 Architectural Acoustics 2

In the spring semester, students will have the opportunity to design their own performance hall. This process will include continued studies of acoustics measurements, simulated sound fields, community noise issues, and professional practice in acoustics consulting. The course will also have detailed lectures on concert hall acoustics, sound quality, and synthesized sound fields. Students will be introduced to a variety of simulation software and measurement equipment in the Acoustics Research Laboratory. After both Architectural Acoustics 1 and 2, the student should be prepared for a basic entry-level position in either acoustics in architecture or in acoustical consulting. Prerequisite: ARCH4840 or instructor approval. Todd Brooks. F 10–1:50 pm. Cr 4.

ARCH4959.01 Reinventing archives and the Rise of Immersive Scholarship

This course will be a research seminar of experimental history and theory based on archival research on narratives of electrification, technological innovations and their impact on concepts of habitation in the twentieth century. We will be visiting the archive of General Electric at the Museum of Innovation and Science [MiSci] in Schenectady, New York and conduct forensic analysis of the documents we discover. Students will select a specific theme from the collection and analyze the material deeply as if a crime has taken place. The scope is to write original research papers that can be published, but most importantly to redesign and re-imagine an archive of historical material as an immersive space that can be designed; either as a hologram, virtual reality animation, a series of social media initiatives or other platforms invented by the students, we will aim to engage a wider audience and produce mediums for an ‘immersive scholarship.’ Kallipoliti. Cr 2. W 10-11:50 am. Enrollment 10.

ARCH4960.01 Construction Instruction; Whats your Function?

Through the lens of a real project in design by Grimshaw Architects for an orphanage and school in Haiti that is scheduled to be built by August using off-site construction techniques, we will look out how construction documentation is changing with the advent of off-site and modular construction techniques. We will engage in the design process with Grimshaw and the fabricators to help inform the design and documentation of this project. Ikea’s construction instructions have no words. Some of BMW’s autoworkers use augmented reality glasses to receive instructions. Floor layouts are done with laser positioning. What does Direct to Fabrication stop and installation start? Ultimately an Architect’s concept must be distilled and disseminated into a set of instructions for fabrication and construction. How is the building industry adapting to changing technology and changing work flows in construction information? Eric Churchill. W 10:00-11:50. Cr 2.

ARCH4961.01 Programmable Matter and Information Space

The Seminar looks at the concept of the SPIME (Bruce Sterling, 2004) as generative unit for the Internet of Things, its implication for the design of architecture space, thought and culture. Evaluates material sciences (nano and meta-materials), robotics, bio-informatics, biotechnology, genetics, information and communication technologies to discuss precedents and extrapolations for future design scenarios. Carla Leitao. F 12 – 1:50 pm. Cr. 2.

ARCH4962.01 The Influence of Islamic Architecture in Occidental Culture

The Alhambra of Granada, one of the major monuments of Islamic architecture and the most splendid of its kind in the Mediterranean World has held for centuries a legendary fascination for travelers, artists and writers through centuries: Victor Hugo, Lord Byron, Washington Irving, M.C. Escher…are just few from the list. Departing from the analysis of this palace and its medieval acropolis, we will walk through other architectural examples in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, in which these reminiscences are present. Elena Perez Guembe. R 10 – 11:50 am. Cr. 2.

ARCH4963.01 Projective Glitch

Architectural software reduces projective geometry to an inert spatial simulation, thus eliminating its impact in the design process. However, innovation in architecture often arises by combining the design of objects with original ways of representing them. Using digital techniques, we will disrupt default projective environments and explore their architectural potential. Stefano Passeri. R 12 – 1:50 pm. Cr. 2.

ARCH4965.01 Projective Veils

The seminar “Oblique Veils,” will focus on projective geometry. It will include readings and historic precedents that will relate to the contemporary discipline and discourse. Using oblique projections of image/graphic in conjunction with wrapping/draping, this seminar will explore the ability to visually augment objects to produce visual misconceptions. Compositing projection with draping, our intention will be to redefine corners, seams and other geometric transition creating both unity and/or schisms. We will study in depth the fold, extrusion, projection, wrapping and draping to composite the 2d image with the 3d object. Brian De Luna, F 12 – 1:50 pm. Cr. 2.

ARCH4966.01 The Man Next Door: A.Hitchcock + the Arch of Fear

This seminar will explore the cinema of Alfred Hitchcock via the urban condition. The narrative structures of Hitchcock’s films often move the characters from pastoral settings to urban contexts, and vice versa. These allegories track naive or innocent characters as they move into self awareness, a transition always reflected in the costumes, music, lighting, editing and direction. Famously averse to shooting on location, Hitchcock invented and refined techniques for controlling shifts in scale, perspective and space – all part of his reliance on the studio for a kind of ‘world building’. For example, as a way to save on location costs, Hitchcock developed back-lit film transparencies at the scale of architecture. His techniques of sonic and visual abstraction, defamiliarization, continuous takes, color saturation and disorienting perspectives all have analogs in the operations of the modern city. His themes of voyeurism, doubling, mistaken identity and paranoia are hallmarks of the modern human condition. He made the first film to address psychoanalysis as a subject (Spellbound, 1945), shot an entire film on one set (Lifeboat, 1944), and his dark comedy Frenzy (1972) looked at the urban phenomenon of serial murder. From the 39 Steps to Rear Window to Psycho, Hitchcock torqued the city grid as a symbol for both freedom (anonymity) and oppression (chaos).The Master of Suspense has also been seen as a misogynist, sadist, humorist and cultural critic. We will critically engage his works via screenings, writing and our own attempts at storyboarding and set design. Michael Oatman. W 10 – 11:50 am. Cr 2.

ARCH4967.01 Emerging Material Systems in Architecture

This research seminar looks at the impact of emerging materials, fabrication systems and methods that are upending traditional notions about design, construction, economy and materiality in architecture. Materials such as Cross Laminated Timber, recycled cardboard tubes, plastic composites and composite concrete are just a few of the emerging materials that are already redefining the discipline of architecture and the construction industry in unanticipated ways.

By examining a range of new and emerging materials and their impact on architecture, the seminar seeks to catalog the possibilities of construction systems, potential and actual impact, sustainability, and cultural implications of an array of new or reinvigorated materials and material techniques in architecture. The seminar will be organized into a series of research groups with a focus a narrow range of materials. A case-study methodology will be used for documentation and organization of findings and creative speculations collected and disseminated in book form. Lonn Combs. M 10 – 11:50 am. Cr 2.

ARCH4968.01 What an Amazing Time

At the beginning of the twentieth century, mankind has discovered digital language. In the forties appeared computers, instruments that enable us to communicate in that language. These devices have changed our lives, ways of communication between us, ways we organize our daily stuff and how we produce things.

Almost at the same time in the fifties discoveries in biology, especially genetics, have revealed that all living world speaks the same language, the digital language. “Life is just bytes and bytes and bytes of digital information” (Richard Dawkins)

We are walking already “in the digital age of biology in which the once distinct domains of computer codes and those that program life are beginning to merge, where new synergies are emerging that will drive evolution in radical directions.” (Craig Venter)

These discoveries are made before our eyes.
You and I are their witnesses.
What an amazing time.

The Seminar will focus on the consequences of these events. We will study new dependencies between nature, culture and technology. Zbigniew Oksiuta. R 12 – 1:50 pm. Cr. 2.

ARCH4969.01 The Arch of the Screen: Relationships Between Film and Architecture

While architecture is one of the oldest forms of cultural expression, film, by comparison is one of the youngest. Although seemingly at odds with one another, due to the physicality of architecture, and the image based condition of film, architecture has learned a great deal from the expressive capacities of film. In this seminar we will study the manner in which certain filmmakers have captured the physical environment in dynamic and provocative ways. Anthony Titus. R 10 – 11:50 am. Cr. 2.

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