ARC 606-3- Arch Design Studio 6

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Course No.: 18637

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2014 Spring

Location: Crosby – TBD

Meeting Day(s): Tuesday & Thursday

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

Faculty: Shepard

This studio will provide a critical context for experimental practice engaging contemporary networked ecologies. Adopting a transdisciplinary approach to understanding complex relations between human, natural and artificial systems, we will investigate how these assemblages can be influenced, shaped and mediated by a variety of techniques and technologies. Specific focus will be placed on 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 organizations exhibiting network effects at urban and regional scales. The studio will be structured as an open framework for critique and discussion of ongoing student research and experimentation combined with focused instruction in the concepts, tools and techniques involved in programming networked environments.

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 new International Media Architecture Masters Studies (IMAMS) program. Additionally, the studio will participate in a week-long workshop as part of the international Media Architecture exchange (iMAE), a collaboration exploring the changing nature of learning at the university level through networked and distributed knowledge exchanges between the University at Buffalo, the Bauhaus Universitat Wiemar, and Plymouth University, UK.