ARC 588 SEM- THE WORKSHOP: Planetary Urbanism Design Competition

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Course No.: 20775

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2015 Spring

Location: Crosby – 115

Meeting Day(s): Thursday

Meeting Time: 10:00AM - 12:40PM

Faculty: Geiger

This year, THE WORKSHOP will offer students a chance to introduce new skills in graphics and information design,
research, and critical design. This mix will all come together in entries that you will develop for this year’s design
competition from the highly prestigious ARCH+ magazine, “Planetary Urbanism: Critique of the Present in the
medium of information design.”

From the competition brief:
“Hastened by industrialization, the progressive urbanization of our world has profoundly transformed the
planet and continues to do so… Today, the difficulty of empirically describing reality no longer lies in a lack of
information, but, to the contrary, in the constantly growing amount of data that makes it difficult to draw an
overall picture of society and to distinguish between what is important and what is unimportant.… On the
basis of empirical material, of data and facts, visualizations should be developed that
• cast light on the current problems of the urbanization process
• indicate strategies in the approach to these problems
• and that, as far as can be discerned, present more advanced concept… “

PLANETARY URBANISM is an international competition in the context of the UN-HABITAT III Conference awarded by
the Journal ARCH+ with the support of the Federal Foreign Office, Germany consulted by the German Advisory
Council on Global Change (WBGU). For more:

This competition is juried by a rich variety of figures including an architect, an urbanist, an economist, graphic
designer, and a Representative of the Federal Foreign Office, Germany Representative of the WBGU, as well as
representatives of the ARCH+ Editors. It carries € 20,000 in prize awards.

Each semester of this elective in making things will start with a few short projects, after which each student or pair
will develop their own semester-long study. The workshop will meet for weekly labs to run tutorials, to share progress
back to all, give feedback, conduct a few reading discussions, field trips, and to plan an end-of-semester
presentation or exhibit of the workshop’s outcomes. Focus will be in things like uses of graphics, material studies,
and digital interactions in architecture and over time, with a specific theme a set of methods for each term.