ARC 404SEM – ARC 596– Special Topic
Course No.: 19355
Location: Hayes Hall – 328
Meeting Day(s): Monday
Meeting Time: 6:00PM - 8:40PM
The industrial monument holds a contentious place in the architectural imagination. Situated somewhere between modern icons of progress and ruins of a post-historical wasteland, these structures are best characterized as sites in transition—remnants of the past and fragments of a hypothetical future, at once site-specific and universal. This class will adopt a workshop format to explore a series of former sites of production in Buffalo. Through the medium of the architectural installation, we will seek to expose the latent spatial potential of industrial obsolescence through critical observation and improvised forms of occupation. The temporary installation has always been a powerful design tool for reinventing monumental relationships. It is both three-dimensional and site-specific, transforming static spatial experiences while acting as a continuous form of communication between a site’s historical narratives and projected futures. Working under the title of “post-production” as a framework, students will deconstruct and reassemble these sites after the fact through a process of surveying, editing, and bricolage.
Weekly design workshops will be supplemented with lectures, readings, and group discussions. Students will explore questions around our relationship to the temporal dimensions of their selected sites, such as the balance between construction and decay, the life cycles of building materials, and discrepancies in scale between the human and the industrial. Together, we will look for ways to visualize these relationships through experimental drawings, collages, and full scale interventions that challenge conventional approaches to preservation and reuse. This class will pick up on concepts explored in our fall semester seminar, but will stand alone as an independent workshop for new students. Select work from the workshop will be included in an exhibition towards the end of the spring semester.