Unraveling Urban Life and Space
All things tend toward disorder, including built work.
In the end, everything falls apart. Nowhere is this more apparent than in built work in outdoor environments, where weaknesses in construction methods and materials, the extremes of nature, and the creative destructiveness of people all begin to break down structures from the moment of installation. Good design and careful attention to construction detail can delay the inevitable; knowledge is power in this effort. Here we learn more about entropy (aka chaos, disorganization, randomness) in sitework and small structures.
What if entropy was not the enemy, but the inspiration?
Project site: Campus bus stops, on Connective Corridor and South Campus routes. Each student will choose one (1) of the stops. I recommend one of these, but will entertain suggestions for other stops:
Site functions (program):
F 1.22.16 Project brief posted via @susandieterlen and on City Wild (blog)
Tu 1.26 Short presentation by Susan; peer group discussion on processes and initial sketches.
Th 1.28 80% done at 1:00; Peer group discussions/desk crits. Class decides how to share final products.
M 2.1.16 Project due in pdf to class Google drive folder. PLEASE PUT YOUR LAST NAME IN THE FILENAME. Final products will be shared with class via TBA digital means.
2 or 3 - boards in 11”x17” including:
Processes that destroy sitework
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I'm pleased to say I'm teaching a second edition of Studio: Next this semester in the School of Architecture. As my latest adventure in social media and pedagogical experimentation, I'll be posting course materials on this blog (and tweeting them @susandieterlen, as always). So for you blog readers not in the studio, feel free to ignore the class-related stuff or to follow along. Better yet, feel free to comment! Email me or tweet using the class hashtag #citybynext .
As usual, we'll be working with community collaborators from industry, non-profits, and public agencies, and focusing on the development of professional skills. This year the big theme is on using the transition to clean and distributed energy to make the postindustrial city a better place for people.
Here's the course flyer, featuring work by Kevin Nagle, Brad Wells, and Dave Warzyniak (all BLA 2014). If you're reading this, guys, thanks!
Assorted drafts, previews, and outtakes from the book I'm currently writing about the impact of vegetation and neglect on urban life. I also take other thoughts for a test drive here, including nascent design and research ideas.