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I - Introductory

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Typically offered:

Upon occasion

Architecture, as an artistic pursuit within the context of art history and theory, has occupied a unique niche between the cultural, societal, and ecological context driving our practical and physical reality. As they grapple with these factors, the dominant modes of theory within the discipline have shifted over time, constantly changing architectural canon, style, form, and tectonics in response. The past decade has seen significant advances in technology and practices of sustainability directly affecting architectural practice. We are now faced with ecological and socioeconomic crises that incremental improvements to the built environments and ecologies cannot address. This course seeks to reestablish a basis of architectural design approach that synthesizes these challenges. Through hands-on studio design problems, case-study presentations of precedent material, readings in art and architectural literature and theory, and site visits to realized architectural projects, this course will provide a general introduction to the practice of architectural design viewed through the lens of historic artistic response to societal, ecological, and cultural needs. Students will develop a base understanding of the discipline, while being introduced to architectural representation techniques and the tools used for architectural design and to assess building performance. In doing so, we will center our work around four key design factors actively changing the built environment and practice: Context, Function, Performance, and Identity. Students will be evaluated based on class participation, timely submission of accomplished projects, and their artist presentation.



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