ARC 485

ARC 485– Soft Arch Forms

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Course No.: 24839

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2017 Fall

Location: Hayes Hall – 327

Meeting Day(s): Wednesday

Meeting Time: 8:10AM - 10:50AM

Faculty: Melnyk

Soft Architecture blurs the lines of interior and exterior. Shapes are not broken down, but continuous and bulbous. Strange relationships emerge between organic forms, materials, and structure (or lack of structure). New technologies and tools have advanced the explorations into these types of smooth architecture. Space and time merge, and the “real” becomes hyper-real, shifts in scale and vibrating fields of contrasting colors result in a futuristic ideas of utopia. This course looks to investigate the geometries of soft architecture. Looking at the range of precedent works from Antonio Gaudi to Greg Lynn to Zaha Hadid. Built and unbuilt these works push the ideas of what the formal representations of buildings, as smooth voluptuous forms become architectural designs. By working with Autodesk MAYA students will design their own formal approaches to soft architecture. They will learn the constraints and advantages of this digital tool. The course will look into soft not only as a sooth geometrical form, but also as a physical trait. And will further to investigate how to make and construct soft physical models and mock ups of their designs. Utilizing advanced fabrication techniques and post processing by hand. Students will be expected to critique and analyze the potentials, successes and failures of softness in architecture.