Finishing up week three here at UIC.
I would be happy to say that I am in the home stretch of my Three Year Masters, but in reality it looks like I am going to stick around for one more year to get my Masters of Art and Design Criticism on top of my M.Arch. This is already starting to shape which classes I am taking. So far the shift into Criticism has been (technically this is a duel degree running concurrently) has been amazing.
So my class line up.
ARCH565 Topic Studio- Repetition- Sam Jacob and Jimenez Lai
ARCH566 Research Seminar- Architecture considered in relation to art, customs, and legislation; in which several and diverse extraordinary methods of the architect are examined as to their novel effects on society throughout history, their mastery by students, and their application in a project of pressing concern (that is really the title)- Andrew Zago and Sarah Blankenbaker (and sometimes Robert Somol)
ARCH587 Criticism- No Good- Robert Somol
ARCH520 Design and Criticism- Designing Criticism- Sam Jacob
So there you have it 20 credits somehow. This is going to be interesting.
I thought I would take a moment to talk a little about studio and explain a little of what has been happening there.
From the brief...
"This year's studio will take aon the repetitive mode. Sick of novelty, dizzy from invention, we propose an alternative mode of operation. A mode that, we would argue, deals with the fundamental principles of architecture embedded its economy, technology, and culture: Repetition. Repetition of components, repetition of units, repetition of typologies. Architecture repeats itself across its scales from detail to masterplan.
Ironically, repetition is the way that architecture manufactures difference. The way that it repeats creates variety, creates highs and lows. Through mistakes or intention, the act of repetition is a way of inventing a different kind of originality. Repetitions can both ingrain ideas into us, and it can make things become nonsense. Jokes are repetitive and so is litany. It is both the tradition of craft and of mass production. Repetition raises issues of surreality, of aggregation, of transmission. Its apparent narrowness opens up into a wide spectrum of possibilities."
This studio will be looking at housing as a typology, eventually looking at both high and low density.
The first few weeks have been focused on collecting, repeating, repeating, and.. well.
As Sam has his responsibilities in London he will be joining us about every other week with Jimenez at the helm keeping the boat on course. This week was the first week Sam was with us. Here is some of my work. Ill try and get some others' work up. Can we do gifs on here?
My Found Plan Mash-Ups (kind of a dead end)
What I will most likely be focusing on this semester. The power of animation over other design methods.
An in-depth look at the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois Chicago. The People, The Happenings, The Projects, and the Discussion.