This Saturday we had our ARCH566 Research Seminar Midterm. We were joined by Jeff Kipnis, Jose R. Oubrerie, John McMorrough, Sam Jacob, Jimenez Lai, and Bob Somol.
The title of Arch566 is "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)
Tought by Andrew Zago and Sarah Blankenbaker.
From the Brief- "Invoking the political capacity of architecture, Winston Churchill observed that, “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” Yet the exact nature of architecture’s efficacy in shaping the politics of life is both beguiling and elusive, resistant as it is to measure.
Borrowing from Churchill, these courses take as their assumption that the shape or form of a building is a political act, and that the application of advanced architectural techniques to a project may generate novel and progressive political outcomes."
This early part of the Seminar/Studio focused on perfecting techniques of Incusion through the use of Grasshopper, hand modeling, and 3d printing. Incusion is formed by the subtraction of one form from another. It is a geometry that is defined by geometry that is outside of itself.
This class is difficult to talk about, as the discussion in class is always a moving target. I will have a lot more to say about this once we get to the design process next semester.
Here are a few images.
Jose R. Oubrerie looking over our 3D prints.
An in-depth look at the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois Chicago. The People, The Happenings, The Projects, and the Discussion.