A.UD 122 Studio II

Instructor Katay Barkan 

Architecture is rarely asked to do just one thing at a time. Whether you consider the programmatic adjacency of a public space next to a private one, a material transition between an interior and an exterior, or a tectonic mediation between a formal and a structural idea, architecture is allegiant to multiple demands, and as such, is a continual negotiation between constituent elements and the wholes they comprise. The degree to which the difference between elements is expressed or experienced has been an ongoing disciplinary preoccupation and has been treated in divergent ways over the course of architecture’s history: establishing theories of hierarchy, order, juxtaposition, smoothness, continuous differentiation, etc.

This studio will take as its central question the relationship between the single and the multiple, the whole and the parts. Beginning with an abstract exercise, you will be asked to develop a series of approaches towards “oneness” and “twoness”. These attitudes will then inform a building-scale project that will ask you to join seemingly incompatible parts and bring them together to produce a new whole. These projects will challenge you to consider the reconcilable and irreconcilable demands inherent in all acts of architecture.

Course Objectives

- To introduce disciplinary issues, techniques and methodologies

- To learn to analyze and develop geometric and spatial logics

- To articulate well-considered ideas and arguments through design, drawing, and presentation

- To explore the generative capacity of sequence and organization for a design project.

• To integrate massing, program and circulation into a coherent architectural proposal



Katy Barkan