ARC 404LEC – ARC 597– Matter and Perception

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Course No.: 13554

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2016 Spring

Location: Diefendorf – 104

Meeting Day(s): Monday

Meeting Time: 6:00PM - 8:40PM

Faculty: Guitart

This  seminar  explores  and promotes  approaches  and attitudes  with respect  to the perception  of the architectural space and the phenomena  that is created through the intervention  of light on built matter. Through the study of the conjoined  action  between  light  and  matter,  the  resulting  space  unveils  unexpected  properties  that  offer  a  new experience  of  the  built  environment.  Through  the  exploration  of  the  architectural  limit  and  its  qualities  of  origin, density,  depth,  function  and message,  and their material  strategies  for the construction  of architectural  limits,  the seminar explores material cultures and strategic practices that develop timeless universal solutions as applied to the emotion in architecture.


Through a series of readings, lecture sessions, model making and photographic exploration, students will have the opportunity to become familiar with architectural  theories and mechanisms  that, while sometimes anonymous in their origin and their historic development, can be reinterpreted as contemporary in architectural design. These systems configure spaces of minimum resources and maximum effects and contain an enormous potential not only in terms of formal  design  and emotional  space  but also in the search  for passive  conditioning  systems  that comply  with  the current needs of our world.