Architectures of Aftermath|
Fall 2014 not offered
|Course Cluster: Urban Studies|
This course will examine the ways in which the built environment has been affected by, is complicit in, and is responsive to catastrophe, both natural and manmade, through a series of notable case studies. Each case study will trace the development of an architectural emergency technology through a catastrophic architectural or urban failure and its aftermath. Exploring how specific disaster events have reshaped the technological, economic, design, and sociological conditions in which architecture is created, students will develop semester-long projects working with a single disaster typology (flood, earthquake, wind, attack, temperature extreme, plague, fire, etc.), positioning architectural failures as moments within time, set against the backdrop of the catastrophe in slow motion that is climate change. In doing so, the class will study the ways in which architecture's role in emergency--both historic and fictional--is represented and the mercurial relationships among prediction, projection, imagination, invention, and testing that characterize the invariably speculative activity of building for the catastrophic moment.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Reyner Banham, ARCHITECTURE OF THE WELL-TEMPERED ENVIRONMENT
Siegfried Giedion, MECHANIZATION TAKES COMMAND
Nan Ellin Ed., ARCHITECTURE OF FEAR
Keller Easterling, ENDURING INNOCENCE
Charlie Hailey, CAMPS: A GUIDE TO 21ST-CENTURY SPACE
James K. Mitchell, CRUCIBLES OF HAZARD: MEGA-CITIES AND DISASTERS IN TRANSITION
Numerous Selected Articles
All readings will be placed on electronic reserve.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly reading responses and contributions to class discussion; two preparatory 5-page writing assignments; two in-class case study presentations; one 20+ page case study research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The course will include one all-day field trip (date tbd) to an Architectural Testing Laboratory (hurricane impact, seismic, water penetration, combustion, etc.)
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