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    Clumsy Forms

    Matthew Messner Jan 27 '12 5

    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.

    You can find the book here for full preview or purchase.

     

    Mr. Oblivious

     

     

     
    • 5 Comments

    • Donna SinkDonna Sink
      Jan 27, 12 8:16 pm

      I love this sentence: "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" 

      Unfortunately I can't seem to make sense of everything else you've written because I can't…stop…looking…at that cat. And the hat.  And the guy's eyes...

      Matthew MessnerMatthew Messner
      Jan 28, 12 7:40 pm

      That is the only sentence you need to read, and the rest can be inferred through the image.

      Orhan AyyüceOrhan Ayyüce
      Jan 28, 12 11:13 pm

      quickly loved the book.

      peace77
      Jan 29, 12 12:12 pm

      Is UIC still accredited?

      I cant imagine what its like to commit yourself to higher education, that is, to pursue for three years time a graduate degree in the profession of architecture, only  to wake up one morning, thesis complete, and it looks like this.

      Off to the interviews!

      "Show me what ya got kid..."

      "uh...........clumsy?"

      "next."

      peace77
      Feb 2, 12 11:09 pm

      DEAR ARCHINECT. Please make the clumsy guy/cat go away.

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