Open Structures

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Open Structures investigates architecture that has the capacity to operate as frames for a myriad of programs or activities: structures that may be have been conceived to fulfill a particular need or host a particular program, but that are nonetheless open in character and capable of assimilating undetermined futures or evolving contexts.

To that end, this studio offers a close examination of the trade of architecture focusing primarily on material experimentation and the design of construction processes, while developing an architecture of radically simplicity, chasing modesty and delight in working with the industry and the socioeconomic realities of a project.

Through an in-depth study of a particular trade, participants gain an understanding of the complexity involved in the realization of a simple work of architecture. Studying a selection of materials commonly used in the local building industry, their physical and chemical properties and how raw matter is extracted, transformed and assembled, the studio reflects on its inherent formal and aesthetic qualities.

The studio observes the construction site as a laboratory of scientific management; a place of highly organized labor, fast paced production and diverse social capital, asking participants to conceive of architecture as a dynamic process. Thus, instead of thinking of architecture as a static object, we address architecture’s capacity for reproduction and discuss the conception of an architectural work as multiple acts of synthesis and manufacture: building as structure and assembly— building as a verb.

The second semester, deals with the cultural and literary dimensions of the program through a parallel study of selected texts, films and surveys, addressing issues relating to context, division of labor, building ethics and the politics of the construction site.

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