ARC 606-3– Situated Technologies Studio -Second Nature: Urbanism and the Anthropocene

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Course No.: 18020

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2015 Spring

Location: Crosby – TBD

Meeting Day(s): Tuesday & Thursday

Meeting Time: 1:30PM - 7:30PM

Faculty: Shepard

This trans-disciplinary studio will focus on contemporary urban agglomerations through the ecologies of human, natural and artificial systems that constitute them. We will examine the complex relations between people, the natural world, and the built environment and explore how they are influenced, shaped and mediated by a variety of media and material interventions. Topics include: the constructed landscape and the integration of engineering systems within large-scale regional infrastructure; the deployment of sensor networks, robotic actuators, and digital fabrication techniques in hybrid structures that engage the natural environment in more responsive ways; and the role of distributed sensing and computation, big data and open systems, social media and other participatory platforms in aggregating small-scale, local interactions into larger systems exhibiting network effects at a regional scale. Emphasis will be placed on trans-natural, bio-mimetic and other post-sustainable strategies for addressing social and environmental change within urbanized regions. The studio will base its research within the context of the Netherlands, a country with a long history of shaping the natural environment at a regional scale for human habitation. We will specifically focus on the Randstad, a conurbation anchored by four closely linked metropolitan and industrial areas – Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. With a population of 7,100,000 and an area of approximately 8287 km², the Randstad is one of the most densely populated and meticulously planned conurbations in Europe.

This studio is open to students from the departments of Architecture and Media Study at UB, together with students visiting from the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany within the framework of the International Media Architecture Masters Studies (IMAMS) program.