ARC 502

ARC 502– Graduate Design Studio 2

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Course No.: 14680

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2017 Spring

Location: Crosby – 340

Meeting Day(s): Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Meeting Time: 2:00PM - 5:50PM

Faculty: Rafailidis

In this studio, we will explore the increasingly complex relationship between inhabitation and built form. In practice architecture is triggered by a program, a client’s brief or a business plan. In our current economic reality however, the life span of these triggers is getting increasingly short in comparison to the life span of architecture. Retail typologies, like strip malls have an average lifespan of just 15 years. This reality leads to premature redundancy and demolition of buildings. We are interested in the arising misalignments and dilemmas which ask for newly defined relationships between us and the built environment and for a re-evaluation of the role of time in architecture. This problem is typically addressed by the search for the most neutral architecture. In this studio however we will test the thesis that the most reused buildings are characterized by the most specific, idiosyncratic and generous spaces developing over time.