ARC 592LEC– Material Culture: Ornament, Again

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Course No.: 19431

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2017 Spring

Location: Diefendorf – 205

Meeting Day(s): Thursday

Meeting Time: 11:00 AM - 1:40 PM

Faculty: Maher

“But the building’s identity resided in the ornament.”   Louis Sullivan



This course will explore new possibilities for architectural ornament in contemporary construction, focusing especially upon ornament’s associated legacies of artisanal craftsmanship, material transcendence, and communication in an era of digital manufacturing technologies. Course content will examine techniques of surface articulation with respect to historic precedents and concepts. Drawing upon examples of ornament in the city of Buffalo, we will seek to in re-interpret and re-imagine the representational and tectonic capacities of artifice.