Summer 2020

ARC 561R (70390) ARC 696 (70450) 

{In this advanced studio the second summer session (July 13th–August 14th) will by taught by Adam Miller, with the first summer session taught by Nichole Wiedemann.}

We have some trouble with our private parts. This is an opportunity to unpack the construction of the public-private binary, and its presumed gendered split between the public masculine exterior and private feminine interior. The once entrenched narrative perpetuated by this design metaphor is fast eroding. Domestic space is no longer a clear marker of the interior nor of the private, as the work that we do inside and the work that we do outside the house continue to blur. While the ‘home’ has never been free from work, such work has not been paid nor considered productive for society. These assumptions are undergoing a paradigm shift, because the forms of labor once valued for occurring outside the home are increasingly domestic (as the current pandemic work-from-home era has shown us). From the confines of spaces designed for the delimited uses of cooking, eating, sleeping, bathing, leisure, producing and reproducing the family unit, now we increasingly socialize, work, create, engage in civil discourse, vote or abstain from voting, get an education or provide one. This scenario speaks: program does not determine form, nor does form delimit program. Our spaces and ourselves are in a constant state of flux and feedback. The things in the room and how they are used, where they are in relation to one another and us, at what times they appear or disappear, and how we design for the perception of these elements, shifts program between public and private. Throughout this course we will seek this inside-out condition as a provocation for design. We will paradoxically design for an interior domestic landscape suited for the public parts, while considering the gendered implications of our labor and of our interior spaces. We will ask: should we design a public domesticity? How can the interior become a landscape for both our public and private identities? Instead of starting from scratch, we will transform the identity of an existing building: as a live-work housing project.


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