ARC 606-2– CAGES
Course No.: 16406
Semester: 2018 Spring
Location: Parker – 18
Meeting Day(s): Tuesday & Thursday
Meeting Time: 1:00PM - 6:50PM
The term cage alludes to spaces where the physical enclosure performs proactive transverse relations between inside and outside. In the current context, when these connections have become highly ambiguous and sophisticated, as explored by Japanese architect Toyo Ito, students will have the opportunity to experiment with the design and construction of physical enclosures, creating 1:1 cages working with wood as the basic material. French poet Paul Valéry wrote “The Skin is the Deepest,” giving a potential additional title to a MC studio where teams will explore operations of transverse physical and visual relationships through material manipulation. The studio will aim at promoting a broad approach to thinking design in terms of perception, construction, and image, which constitute some of the major contemporary architectural issues. The studio will have three distinct parts: first, students will team up to analyze different precedents, and produce graphic, model, and photographic research over a period of 3 weeks; second, they will work on the design and assembly of a number of 1:1 constructions over a period of 9 weeks; third, the teams will analyze the incidence and effects on direct and indirect views, light, and other cross relations through physical experience and photography, and will produce a portfolio book with the results of the studio work over a period of 3 weeks.
[Material Culture brings an understanding of matter and perception through the memory of the hands that produce. As architects, we develop the ability to materialize an idea as much as to idealize matter. This process happens through a tactile dimension of knowledge that is inextricably linked to the phenomenology of things. The Material Culture Research Group strengthens the exploration of the corporeal experience of space incorporating the ambiguity of the evocative into the precision of the scientific.]