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 new approaches and attitudes with respect to the perception of the architectural space and the phenomena that is created through the intervention of light on the built matter. Through the study of the conjoined action between light and matter, the resulting space unveils unexpected properties that offer a new vision of the built environment. Through the exploration of elements like filters, membranes, screens and other 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. These systems configure spaces of minimum resources and maximum effects.


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 strategies 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.