C O U R S E D E S C R I P T I O N A N D S Y L L A B U S
“The poverty of modern architecture stems from the atrophy of sensuality. Everything is dominated by reason in order to create amazement without proper research. We must mistrust pictorial elements if they are not assimilated by instinct. It is not a matter of simply constructing beautiful ensembles of lines, but above all, dwellings for great people.”
In its comprehensive coverage of the various design fields, the vacation home called E.1027, designed by Eileen Gray with the assistance of Jean Badovici (credited as a co-author), can be considered as one of the most important contributions to modern architecture. The seminar addresses all these design fields and contributes to the knowledge of the building's constituent elements and thus to a better synthetic understanding of their effects in the characterization of the building's spaces and forms, colors and materials. Besides encouraging students of this Fall 2017 seminar to select other items of for further in-depth research, the principal goal of the seminar is the construction of specific pieces of fitted and loose furniture by the for the exhibition of the reconstructed master bedroom of E.1027 due to open on 23 October during the 2017 Fall semester.