Catalog Description [ARC 520 M]:
Restricted to students in the School of Architecture. Intermediate-level studio with an emphasis on theory and research. Taught in a studio format by faculty members under the direction of a faculty coordinator. Prerequisite: Architecture 415L and 520L with a grade of at least C in each.
This intermediate level design studio provides an emphasis on theory and research.
The organization of the course will involve individual and group work and investigations that entail research and design. Information from research will be shared between the students at class pin-ups, informal presentations, and seminars/talks, while design proposals are being pursued. Studio participants will receive verbal feedback during studio meetings and scheduled pin-ups or reviews. It is up to the student to make effective use of the studio time and the critical feedback in the conceptual and technical development of the studio exercises.
This course carries the Independent Inquiry flag. Independent Inquiry courses are designed to engage you in the process of inquiry over the course of a semester, providing you with the opportunity for independent investigation of a question, problem, or project related to your major. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from the independent investigation and presentation of your own work.
The studio will interrogate the spatial relations of built structures in response to place, space, territory and globalization. The subject of the investigation will be the system of cross continental trails that traverse North America. Each studio participant will develop a literature review, bibliography and thesis that dictates their intervention into the trail through the building of an overnight shelter and hostel. The venerated nature of the trails and their intersection with settlement poses an intriguing condition for this specific examination.
The studio will introduce methods and resources for the collection of site data that includes historical and cultural materials and well as physical conditions. The studio will initiate strategies for developing a literature review and bibliography and explore the development of an architectural thesis that will drive form creation and site development strategies.
In addition to the work in the studio students are expected to engage three texts that will engage the subject of hiking, wilderness, and adventure.