Course Catalog - 2017-2018



Department: Architecture
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Language of Instruction: Taught in English
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Description: The seminar aims to conceptualize and project on the idea of architectural world-making, i.e. constructing alternative worlds through architecture. During the last two decades, architectural world-making has mostly been speculated as a social (participation) or a systemic (infrastructure) phenomenon, judged on the basis of its inclusiveness and performance within larger contingencies. On the other hand, the question of disciplinary specificity has by and large been limited to self-referential attributes of exclusive singularity. As part of outlining new directions in relation to these questions, the seminar will speculate and project on an alternative framework of architectural world-making, which both aims multiplicity and singularity while projecting unconventional associations between the two. Through focusing on a particular lineage of architectural ideas, projects and texts, the seminar aims to instigate further interplay between critical thinking and speculative work for future architectures. Space is limited and registration does not guarantee a space in this course. The final course roster is formulated on the first day class by the individual instructor. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ARCH 642. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ARCH 442 if student has credit for ARCH 642.