[ARCH 202: SPRING 2004]
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'hybrid': Something of mixed origin or composition. [Genetics] The offspring of genetically dissimilar parents or stock, especially the offspring produced by breeding plants or animals of different varieties, species, or races.
'city': A center of population, commerce, and culture; a town of significant size and importance.
'network': a: An openwork fabric or structure in which cords, threads, or wires cross at regular intervals; b: Something resembling an openwork fabric or structure in form or concept, especially: 1: A system of lines or channels that cross or interconnect: a network of railroads.2: A complex, interconnected group or system; c: A chain of radio or television broadcasting stations linked by wire or microwave relay; d: A company that produces the programs for these stations
Hybrid City is not a local condition - it is an expansive field that
occupies a larger territory, one previously not assigned to the field
of 'architecture'. The next generation of designers will have to challenge
the normative understanding of the city as bound and constrained and
begin exploring the potential of the global, interconnected and dynamic
city to come.
this new order, travel no longer requires a significant rite of passage,
the city no longer needs a wall or a gate. The hybridization of the
public space with the transportation infrastructure is one of the most
distinctive features of the contemporary city.'
semester our studios will focus on the implications of infrastructure,
motion, connectivity and hybrid, working within a variety of conditions
and scales in the urban environment and questioning the condition of
the city today.
series of three projects will structure our semester:
work will fluctuate between work at your individual desks, usage of
the computer labs, desk critiques and pin-ups. Each project will have
a distinct digital component assigned to all studio sections. After
each project is completed, digital documentation of your work will be
required for portfolio and studio documentation purposes. Unless otherwise
stated, you will be free to engage digital or analogue media for your
will be based on an amalgam of work, quality, quantity, intelligence,
participation and sensibility that will be established throughout the
semester. It is critical that studio is approached as a design process
and not solely as a means to an end. You will be evaluated and graded
according to your abilities to translate, represent and present your
ideas and designs in a critical and graphically coherent manner. You
should regard studio as an opportunity to develop and test your ideas
in front of a likeminded audience. Participation and constant questioning
are a requirement.
Extraordinary Work [A, A-]: Addressing and expanding upon the issues presented in the assignments and discovering / proposing issues which are reciprocal; similar and coincidental to the assignment, demonstrating the ability to achieve and excel independently in the development of studio work. Comes to class on time with perfect attendance. Actively supports peers in studio. Exceptional process documentation.
Notable Work [B+, B]: Addressing and expanding upon the issues presented in the assignments, and demonstrating not only understanding but achievement in directing investigations and development in studio work.
Competent Work [B-, C+]: Addressing all of the issues presented in the assignments and demonstrating an understanding of these issues.
Marginal Work [C, D, F]: Exhibiting difficulty in demonstrating through the work recognition and understanding of the issues and concepts presented in the assignments.
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