ARC 489 / ARC 589

ARC 489 / ARC 589– Special Topic: Matter and Perception

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Course No.: 24391

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2018 Spring

Location: Crosby – 125

Meeting Day(s): Monday

Meeting Time: 6:00PM - 8:40PM

Faculty: Guitart

Faculty: Guitart

The seminar gives students an opportunity to explore the material condition of architecture from the physical and the intellectual standpoint, exposing material practices that develop architectural solutions applied to the constructive and the emotional alike. The seminar enhances an experiential approach to space through its material qualities, and is based on selected reading and discussion sessions, as well as short writing submissions and a photographic assignment. The seminar frames an evolution of the experience of space from the physical condition of the tangible to the ambiguous properties of the atmospheric, thoroughly explored in the architectural production of recent decades.


Students will work on a material and photographic exploration of the physical environment that surrounds them, genuinely reflecting their own perceptive experience. These photographs will revolve around statements or thesis developed by each of the students preceding each group of photographs. The resulting document shall unveil other perspectives in the way we perceive our built environment through material properties, and will help the student familiarize with some architectural theories and mechanisms that configure performative systems based on material qualities.