ARC 606-4– Architecture in the Expanded Field
Course No.: 16996
Semester: 2017 Spring
Location: Hayes Hall – 205A
Meeting Day(s): Tuesday & Thursday
Meeting Time: 2:00PM - 7:50PM
In her 1979 article “Sculpture in the Expanded Field,” art critic and theorist Rosalind Krauss describes the emergence of “earthworks” – or land art – as a form of art practice that resisted and shifted Sculpture’s disciplinary boundaries. Working in contrast to the confines of the gallery or the pedestal and eschewing the ethos of Modernism, land artists – such as Mary Miss, Robert Smithson, Nancy Holt, Walter De Maria, Michael Heizer, Alice Aycock, and so on – instead looked to the environment, not only as a resource and a territory within which to operate, but also as a milieu of conditions to reveal and make tangible through spatial interventions.
Drawing from and expanding on these influences, this studio will consider Architecture as a form of environmental advocacy, a vehicle to raise awareness of significant (and often overlooked) ecological conditions. Indeed, Architecture – as a discipline and a profession – already situates itself within the context of the greater environment, and certainly today we see environmental concerns playing out through notions of “sustainability” in architectural discourse and practice. Yet, the question of creating more visceral, experiential resonances with the environment is often elusive, particularly in a field that is simultaneously accountable to metrics and standards of performance.
To address these issues, the studio will look toward the evolving legacy of interventionist art practices, and explore ways to intensify the poignancy of Architecture as a cultural medium. We will consider the site of ArtPark – located in Lewiston, NY – as a territory for operation. In consultation with artists, curators, biologists, and naturalists, the studio will propose ideas for interventionist, site-specific experiences, as well as develop strategies and visions for transforming the larger landscape of ArtPark