ARC 606 3

ARC 606 3– Arch Design Studio 6

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Course No.: 19543

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2013 Spring

Location: Crosby – 315

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Faculty: Shepard

Faculty: Shepard

As with minor literature, minor urbanism involves speaking in a major language from a minor position.1 Contrary to major architecture and urban planning strategies that dominated 20th century urban development, minor urbanism emphasizes local, networked and distributed interventions that shape our collective experience of the city and constitute its varied cultural topography. Minor urbanism proposes alternatives to dominant urban ideologies that – while small in scale and local in extent – have an aggregate impact on larger urban systems. Often entangled with (and enabled by) contemporary media, communications and information technologies, minor urbanism engages techno-social practices common to everyday life in the modern city. Yet rather than reifying existing power relations embedded in technologies designed for the frictionless consumption of goods and services or the effortless control and management of urban space, practicing minor urbanism involves re-configuring, re-circuiting and redirecting these normative systems and infrastructures in ways that open them up to alternate social and political dynamics.

This transdisciplinary design research studio will take the City of Buffalo as both site and context for a series of experiments in minor urbanism conducted by students from the Department of Architecture and the Department of Media Study at UB, together with students visiting from the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany within the framework of the new International Media Architecture Masters Studies Program (IMAMS). The studio will also engage in a collaborative workshop with iDAT, a lab for creative research, experimentation and innovation across the fields of digital Art, Science and Technology at the University of Plymouth, UK. Outcomes from the studio’s research will be featured at MediaCity 4: MediaCities, an international conference, exhibition and set of workshops to be held in Buffalo from May 3-5, 2013

1: The use of the term “minor urbanism” has been informed by Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature
(University of Minnesota, 1986) by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari and Media Ecologies: Materialist
Energies in Art and Technoculture by Matthew Fuller (MIT Press, 2005)