ARC 404– ANT and Architecture
Course No.: 24814
Semester: 2017 Fall
Location: Hayes Hall – 327
Meeting Day(s): Friday
Meeting Time: 8:10AM - 10:50AM
The Actor Network Theory (ANT) was developed by a group of sociologists as a tool to describe the process of scientific innovation. ANT soon established itself as a more general method to describe hybrid situations between the natural sciences, technology, arts and social disciplines, such as architecture. One of its groundbreaking premises is that it does not distinguish between persons and objects (e.g. buildings). This newfound agency of objects and things will act as a backdrop to radically rethink the foundations of contemporary architecture in this reading seminar. The texts are meant as offerings for the students’ own explorations. Classes are organized around in-depth class discussion. The course requires an in-depth reading of the texts and students are expected to proactively and independently address gaps in architectural history and theory.
COURSE OBJECTIVES AND LEARNING OUTCOMES:
The objective is to broaden the range of theoretical tools and arguments available to students to critically evaluate and contextualize architectural works and also their own studio projects.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS, WORK EXPECTATIONS AND GRADING:
The students are expected to proactively and independently address gaps in architectural theory. This means that whenever you come across a concept, name, or term you are not familiar with, you are expected to look these up and do additional research so that you are able to follow the argument of your reading assignment.