Thom Mayne_Research Studio
Course: 403C.2 Research Studio
THE CULTURE NOW PROJECT ON ABANDONMENT
Thom Mayne, Distinguished Professor
Karen Lohrmann, Lecturer
Eui-Sung Yi, Lecturer
Building on the 2010–11 Suprastudio Culture Now this research studio reviews the notion of abandonment as the result of urban, cultural, and social flux.
Touching on issues of entropy, decay, and devaluation in the context of the humanities, geography, cultural and urban studies, the studio highlights a currently most actual phenomenon of the American cultural landscape while discussing possibilities for a framework for (re)action, adaption, and transformation in diverse parts of the United States.
The Culture Now Project was initiated by Thom Mayne at the UCLA A.UD. Together with Karen Lohrmann and a growing group of advisors, Mayne directs graduate researchers in an inquiry of contemporary urbanism and its resulting cultural manifestations.
As an immersive investigation of the intersection of public policy, urban design, and the spatial manifestation of contemporary culture, the Culture Now Project recently broadened into a collaboration of 13 universities across the country covering the fields of urban design, architecture, environmental studies, landscape architecture, and cultural studies. Partnering schools include MIT, Harvard GSD, Pratt, Princeton, Syracuse, Kentucky College of Design, among others. culturenowproject.org
Students: Sean Baer Boyd, Bobby Frederick, Kristopher Fuentes, Kathryn Green, Charles Heid, Jana Janouskova, Zeheng Li, Emily Meza, Joshua Robinson, Jacob Semler, and Ian Thomas.