ARC 606-3– Collateral - Situated Technologies Studio

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Course No.: 17487

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2016 Spring

Location: TBD – TBD

Meeting Day(s): Tuesday, Thursday

Meeting Time: 1:30PM - 7:20PM

Faculty: Geiger

Architects routinely plan built environments as futures, as projections through representation; but also as investments in their realization as interiors, buildings and cities. Often, that work means planning intricate constructions that precede or make place for a building. Consider concrete formwork, or scaffolding. Formwork might be thought of as a kind of collateral architecture, the sometimes complex building that holds liquid until it cures as a solid. Scaffolding is similarly supportive of, but secondary to, architecture. These are investments, placeholders, crucibles, interim structures: they are “collateral” in the true sense, and they have long histories.

Today we see other kinds of collateral architectures appear, tied up with new building technologies and new sensing technologies, but also changing finance and new programs in the built environment. Model apartment units, pavilions, building facade mockups, pop-up retail — all of these are emerging now, and are great subjects of innovation. They reveal new sites, new construction methods, new media, and new kinds of use. Collateral architecture remains time-based, but it is also highly sensitive to its particular times.

This studio will invent new kinds of collateral architectures and architectural practices.

We will study recent cases of transient and “collateral” architectures for their performances in time, and in scale. This will include a trip for two days of site visits in New York City, to see collateral architectures that are coming up today. From this, the studio will identify and design new models for collateral: investments in our built futures. These will discover new users or clients, new uses, and new experiences that find worlds of potential in this area of architectural work.