New 6cp elective options for Master of Architecture students for Spring 2012

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Drawing, Representing, Building: Modalities of Architectural Representation
Andrew Benjamin, Desley Luscombe with Anthony Burke
11361 Special Project (Theory) 6cp
Self-enrolment should be available.  If you do experience difficulties, please contact the student centre.

The aim of this project is to investigate the relationship between different strategies or modalities of drawing and the link to the creation of works of architecture. Drawing as a general term names the process of representation within architecture. However rather than assume that drawing and thus modes of architectural representation are all the same and that the eventual result of a work of architecture establishes them as the same, the project here is to investigate the ways representational techniques differ. The assumption behind the project is the general argument that architecture cannot be separated from the means by which its represents the activity of architecture. (That activity will be defined as the practice of architecture.) Precisely because there will be different modalities of representation – understood generally as drawing – it follows that there will be different ways of understanding the practice of architecture. Practice is defined therefore by its relation to modalities of representation.

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Algorithmic Design
Rob Beson with Ben Coorey (coordinator)
11363 Special Project (Communications) 6cp
Self-enrolment should be available.  If you do experience difficulties, please contact the student centre.

This intense elective is an introduction to algorithmic design techniques for the generation and analysis of architectural affects. Through a series of workshops, you will be taught programming logic allowing you to integrate data, geometry, arrays, loops and conditions to encode architectural behaviour and affects. This will be applied practically through a series of assessments that explore the notions of deep surface intensities and differentiation. The workshops will be conducted using a combination between Processing software and Python programming through Rhino 5.0. Both Processing and Python are modular, object-oriented languages with the potential to move beyond scripting into developing custom-written software for architectural design and development.

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co-productions: material light architecture
Sandra Loschke and Michael Day
11364 Special Project (Design) 6cp
Self-enrolment should be available.  If you do experience difficulties, please contact the student centre.

The aim of this studio is the examination of theoretical positions and the development of design propositions that explore the innovative potential of materials and lighting.
With light alone rigid objects can be animated; object and document, psyche and expression can be transformed by purposeful light design to such an extent that the experience of light equals the experience of content in intensity – and at times is even superior. (Laszlo Moholy-Nagy)
The studio will explore the design potential of materials and light in a contemporary context. Final outcomes will be the design and fabrication of a structure/object/environment/installation for an exhibition. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams of architecture, lighting design and industrial design. Classes will be held in design studios and fabrication workshops. Associated programs will include lectures, guest lecturers, site visits and gallery excursions.

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, untitled, 1936-40

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Intersections – Installation Art and Architecture

Kim Connerton
6cp Subject number to be advised – interested students to contact directly

This course charts the history and theory of installation art’s intersection with architecture from the 1960s throughout the postmodern paradigm. Initially the work of Arakawa and Gins, Vito Acconci and Dennis Oppenheim will be examined to chart the evolution of their oeuvres, which began with installation art and evolved into the realm of architecture, which they currently practice. The political ramifications of how artists investigate space through inhabitation will be examined with an emphasis on performativity and identity.
Additionally, the work of architects and artists such as: Joseph Beuys, Bernard Tschumi, SANAA, Polly Apfelbaum, Jean Nouvel, James Turell, Stephen Holl, Antoni Gaudi, Andrea Zittel and others will be examined. Examining the intersections, crossovers, overlaps and distinctions between installation art and architecture will generate discussion that addresses the following questions: “Can art and architecture change the world?”,“Does immersive and endurance installation art extend architectural spaces?”, “Is there a connection between social and structural change?” and “How does installation art inform activated surfaces in architecture?”

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In addition, presentations on electives will also be given on the the first day of masters studios on 31st July 2012 (at the same session as the masters studio presentations).

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