Master of Architecture II Summer 2014

Professor: Diana Agrest
Instructors: Daniel Meridor
The work produced in the Advanced Design Studio, while exploring specific problems, simultaneously addresses the question of the place and relevance of the problem within architectural discourse from a critical perspective that implies the questioning of the
disciplinary boundaries of architecture itself.
The very concept of Architecture as a Social and Cultural practice and, thus, the result not only of its own specific knowledge but of the intersection of forces that overlap with and incorporate other disciplines, is at the core of the approach of the studio and is reflected in the various subjects and development of the Thesis projects presented here.
Expanding the boundaries of the field is part of a continuous process, from extensive research and transformation into a project, from theory and history to practice. Physical and social sciences and theories, history and technologies bear on the development of unusual programs and proposals, while the emphasis on the means of production—drawing, models, film and photography—are essential tools for thought and new ways of seeing.

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