R o o m: 1302, Decafe c o u r s e: 401 Tech Core
Erin Besler, Visiting Assistant Professor, Steven Christensen, Lecturer, Narineh Mirzaeian, Lecturer, Mohamed Sharif, Lecturer (Coordinator)
ON TECTONIC TYPES AND MODELS Tech Core unites the foci and cultures of the Technology Seminar with that of the traditional core Design Studio. Titled ‘Section/Elevation’, it is the culmination of the first year studio progression from ‘Form’ (Course 411) to ‘Plan’ (Course 412) and operates with the same tripartite project structure as those studios before it: Precedent, Problem, Project. The twinned sites of inquiry and speculation are Tectonics (particularly building envelopes) and Performance (broadly understood to include not only technical but technological and cultural dimensions); and the primary mode of design and representation is the architectural model.
Over the course of the quarter each of the four sections focused on four projects by one significant architect from the 20th century onwards. Erin Besler’s section focused on Le Corbusier; Mohamed Sharif’s on Mies van der Rohe; Steven Christensen’s on Eero Saarinen and Narineh Mirzaeian’s on Frank Gehry. Ably assisted by TA Iman Ansari, each group analyzed and documented a Precedent in order to construct a problem-defining hypothesis with which to frame the tectonic conjectures you see here in the gallery. In other words universal types were distilled from specific models and those universal types were further developed as specific models. Con- sequently the representative charge of the types of models in the gallery should be understood as models of models, models of types, models of what was (not) and what could (have) be(en).
ON THE TABLE(S) In putting building assemblies from light to heavy (or both); thick to thin (or both); homogenous to hybrid (or both) on the table, construction analyses yielded not only technical knowledge but also critical alertness to culturally imbued ideas and issues like character; fitness; geometry; materials; method; performance; posture; sequence; technique and tolerance.
Furthermore, by deliberately taking the conjoined term ‘Section/Elevation’ to be an uneasy couplet, or a frictive junction, close readings of bodies of work evinced complex - and sometimes contradictory – understandings of body languages and constitutions. Consequently relationships between fronts, backs, sides, tops, bottoms, corners, interiors and exteriors be- came sites of both tectonic speculation and speculative tectonics. The results are what you see on the tables.
s t u d e n t s : Mojgan Aghamir, Bezaleel Balan, Eliza Boghossian, Peter Boldt, Sami Boukai, Jon Bruni, Clarissa Brunt, Boyan Chen, Kaiyun Cheng, Jonathan Chiang, Lori Choi, Gilberto Cruz, Julia Curtis, Micaela Danko, Brian Daugherty, Samora Deng, Aaron Gutierrez, Setareh Hajisaleh, Liuxi He, Felipe Hernandez, Ryan Hernandez, Bezalel Ho, Boyu Hu, Yao Huang, David Johnson, Aarynn Jones, Mackenzie Keith, Dokyung Kim, Andrew Ko, Eun Ko, Devin Koba, Alyssa Koehn, Benjamin Kolder, Haiyi Lai, Qiyue Li, Yan Liang, Jeannette Mundy, Jade Narrido, Xiaowan Qin, Achariyar Rojanapirom, Jeisler Salunga, Victoria Shingleton, Haoyuan Tan, Tuan Tran, May Wang, Tessa Watson, Noah Zaccaglini, Taoran Zhao, Jianning Zhong, Can Zhou