Instead of thesis, UIC uses a system of directed research during one's final year of our M.Arch program. The first semester of the final year includes a Research Seminar and the second semester, a studio that formalizes that research into an Architectural Project.
An final example of this was posted in 2010, with a roof is a roof is a roof.
In any case, this being the start of the second semester. The Third Year students are well into their formilization of their earlier research. As a cap to last semester one of the four research seminars published their findings in a series of essays.
Clumsy Forms, comes out of Paul Preissner's research group. Thier project assumes an Architecture divided in to two contemporary camps, the "spectacularly expressive" and "concerned with other issues." With this pretext, the project looks to find a third way.
"Sometimes, however, there is a desire for a formal project which neither quits on its good looks, nor overcompensates for its brand insecurity through bodybuilding"
The class "set out on research into funny behavior with the hope that a new and exciting way to introduce humer into architecture could be found." p.p.
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