Sep '06 - Nov '08
Well, in a few weeks I will be headed off to Vienna. I anticipate learning a lot from fellow students in addition to the professors that will be there while I attend. Essentially, I will take the studio sequence there and fulfill the remainder of my course requirements by myself. The freedom of that really excites me; however, it is a little daring in that I will definitely have to stay on top of things.
In addition to studio, the syllabus I am preparing with a professor at school goes something like this:
1.Architecture Seminar Elective: The Avant Garde in Austria
Research, Photographic documentation, Writing
Austria has continually served as a center for exploration and discovery in art, design, and architecture. Academically, culturally, and in professional practice, a culture exists that continually tests the boundaries of the traditional and ordinary. The purpose of this research is to gain a better understanding of these influences through various analysis of specific topics:
Influence of the Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien
(University of Applied Arts Vienna)
Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst /Gegenwartskunst
(Austrian Museum of Applied Arts)
Various Architects in the city that are an active part of the avant garde in Austria
2.Elective/Independent Research: Urban Patterns in Europe Old & New
As a continuation of studies in Urban determinants (John Zemanek) and Seeking the City (Tom Colbert + Bruce Webb) the goal of this course is to gain an understanding of the determinants that have made the city in Europe what it is and how it is continually evolving today through the analysis of urban form, patterns, and compositions displayed in specific cities
Specifically, the goal is to analyze the various forces (political, social, economic, etc…)that have shaped the city in Europe as a comparison to the US city studied in Seeking the City and in Urban Determinants
Scales Considered: Human (architectural scale)
The final product would be a board/digital presentation of mapping, diagram modeling, photography and writing about my findings
3.Elective Independent Research: Materials & Details in Cold Climates
through case study, modeling, and photographic documentation
colder climates such as Austria’s and surrounding cities require specific attention to the materiality and detailing of its architecture. The goal of this course is to gain an understanding of the specific materials, applications, and detailing required for the built environment in this climate.
The process would include case study documentation of specific built works that have addressed these issues and would then include models and drawings of the various components research in addition to photography of the specific components
4.History (Post 1750): A criticism of Coop Himmelblau
(In addition to the Avant Garde in Austria)
The Office of Coop Himmelblau has acted as a laboratory for exploration and discovery in Austria and surrounding areas in Europe. Its architectural form has been among many associated with the Avant Garde in Austria. The goal of this course is to research the firm’s work and then write about specific projects and their influence in addition to what has influenced their work as well.
This was a first "go" at typing out my thoughts/ideas about what it is I am interested in studying. I am up for suggestions. Some of the titles will get a lot more specific as it will be necessary to clearly define my objective for syllabus review.