Fall 2019 Arc 3 Course Offerings
Night Rises 2
by Nelson Byun & Yufan Gao
The studio will explore landscape and architecture at the turn of night. The time between dusk to dawn where our perception of the natural and built environment transforms into an abstract entity - trees and hills into dark silhouettes, a building a lantern, a window a scene, a distant light a refuge. The darkness of night provides a blank canvas where landscape and architecture can be merged as a continuous stroke, an expansive field, and agglomeration of light. Furthermore, it alters material and sensorial hierarchy enlivening new spatial interpretations and acts of rearranging the order of reality that we experience at daytime.
The studio project will be situated in Central Park, New York City. About a century and a half ago, the Park, a naturalistic void at the heart of the congested city, was a radical response to the lack of open public space. Today, its status quo can no longer satisfy dwellers of a sleepless city. As a critique, what role could the “void” play at night? How could it become the opposite of the absence of happenings?
The course will begin with analysis and conceptual studies of Central Park. Students will research its history, geology, ecology, infrastructure, programs, etc. Furthermore, they will examine the park through the perspective of night, searching for new readings and potentials that will inform the design of a Nocturnal Building integrated within its intricate plan and diverse landscape. It will feature (5) public spaces (exterior or interior, for individual contemplation or gathering) that observes/frames the following: CITY; SKY; DARKNESS; FAUNA FLORA; and TIME.
Kinetic Architectures: Retrofitting the Landscape Along the Mississippi River
by Justin Kollar & Elaine Stokes
This course will consider architecture as a modifier of regional socio-economic and ecological processes in the context of hydrological infrastructure along the Mississippi River. Infrastructure like locks and dams modify and support fundamentally ‘kinetic’ processes: the flow of water, material, energy, and wildlife. Students will be challenged to approach multiple sites near Minneapolis, MN, engaging with the riparian infrastructure and manipulating or augmenting the existing flows of the site. Students will learn about the role of hydrological infrastructure in the context of a watershed and local habitat, as well as the importance of locks and dams in support of manufacturing, power generation, and material transportation. Whether viewing these sites primarily as a catalyst for ecological change or as key socio-economic infrastructure, students will propose an intervention to reframe the infrastructural character of the sites. Scale will also be an important aspect of study. Students will look at both the large-scale systems that the locks and dams support as well as the local context in terms of program, access, and adjacency. Students must also consider how existing kinetic flows might change and what future ones may look like; in other words, how their interventions might modulate and change the context (both large-scale and local) over time.