Zach Riddley_Technology Seminar


Course: 289.3 Technology Seminar

Zach Riddley, Lecturer 

We are surrounded with stories everyday. We see films, watch television, browse articles online, visit museums and play video games. These stories offer a sense of comfort knowing someone has done the heavy-lifting for us—reducing significance, abstraction and complexity to an easy-to-recall plot point, diagram, image or sound byte. 
Stories about buildings exist similarly: they help to focus, to sell, to entertain, and to convey hierarchy and importance. They have varied origins—from design, personal experience, representational technique, or a specific “idea” or style personified by the architect. They can also arise through the media we use to analyze, describe, critique and commemorate works and the artistic cultural phenomenological boxes we expect them to neatly fit within. They also often don’t tell the whole truth. 
There is an art and a skill to developing and communicating effective stories—finding that conscious balance between what is overt and what is best left to the imagination. Often what is most important is what is unsaid. 
This seminar is primarily interested in searching out the value and nature of these stories through three inter-related pursuits: exploring notable case studies, developing tools to read buildings, and ultimately, crafting and delivering a compelling and original visual and verbal narrative presentation about an well-known and well-represented work of architecture.
Students: Casey Amberger, Krysten Burton, Aiden Carty, Dema Hajmurad, Brandon Harper, Erin Horahan, Emily Meza, Devon Montminy, Raman Mustafa, Michael Smith, and Catherine Wu.