ARC 589TUT– Mapping Recovering Buffalo Landscape

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Course No.: 24536

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2015 Fall

Location: Hayes B – 07

Meeting Day(s): Thursday

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

Faculty: Bassett

In this seminar, we will discuss various aspects of Buffalo’s changing urban and ecological landscape, including its ecological and infrastructural transformation over its urban history. This includes its vacancies, terrain(s) vague(s), its post-industrial landscape with its relics and artifacts, as well as its potential for landscape recovery. Each student will select a set of territorial conditions within the Buffalo landscape of land/water to study and map through hybrid drawings and constructs. Through graphic inquiry and discussions, the seminar will challenge conventional methods and modes of representation of the landscape, site and context. We will explore new methods of describing and representing the landscape and ecologies. This includes new ways to describe and represent site, ground, land/water edge and context. We will do so through mappings, hybrid drawing constructs and cartographic narratives. We will examine such concepts as site palimpsest, indeterminacy, agency, flux, change over time and dynamics.