Advanced Topics Studio with Visiting Professor, Go Hasegawa
M.Arch.I, Third Year
A HOUSE IN LOS ANGELES: BEYOND THE DILEMMA OF MDERNITY VS. THE VERNACULAR
In this studio each student will choose one site in Los Angeles among those existing of either Case Study Houses, or generic Dingbats. The site selection must be a conscious one and it should be made with the idea of exploring an opposite approach and tendency to that which already exists. So, for those students who choose a Case Study House site, the project friction will be between architectural typology and the vernacular, and for those who choose a Dingbat site, the project friction will be between the prototype and modernity - these are difficult pairings that defy the conventional relationships to their host sites and identification of their possible mutualities will not be a simple task. Moreover, students will be required to rigorously develop the concept of “proto-type-ology” in her, or his, own specific way. To these ends we will discuss ideas of modernity and the vernacular in our time, and how we might hybridize those ideas. We will also need to illustrate a new image of life in Los Angeles, which would necessarily be substantially different from that of the mid 20th century.