Selected Undergraduate Design Studio Projects--Design II Fall 2014


Professors Diana Agrest, Dorit Aviv, Lis Cena

Seven works of architecture from the second half of the 20th century were the subject of analysis for the first part of the semester.  Essential drawings and models were produced followed by the development of a series of readings exploring pertinent concepts focusing on sequential organization, activities and narrative.

The second part of the semester was based on an archive of New York City.

Process: Each one of these steps was issued progressively, one at a time. A review took place after each one of the steps indicated below. A pertinent scale for the drawings and models was indicated for each of the steps in the process.

1. Definition of a type of archive of New York City in terms of Activities and Narrative and constitutive elements through operations of Selection and Combination.

2. Typological Inventory: Based on the examples of archives provided covering a vast range of archive typologies and organizational systems, create a typological inventory of all the different types of archival systems through diagrammatic drawings that best describe each.

3. Generic Archive: Based on archive typologies, create a generic archive within a volume of 30' x 30' x 90.' Indicate identifiable modules following a mathematical series.

4. Transformation: Transform the generic archive, incorporating your narrative and relating to type of users, through operations of subtraction and addition

5. Sequential Organization: Taking into consideration the concepts of Sequence: movement in time through space and Threshold: transitional conditions, produce a further transformation developing sequences of spaces in relation to Activities implied in your narrative. Organize Sequence through the following oppositions: Public/Private, Interior/Exterior, Classified/Open to the Public.

6. Volumetric Organization: Considering the site, develop a volumetric organization and define the Entry sequence and the Entry itself.

Projects of Archives developed in studio in teams of two students included: Archive of Immigration contributions to NYC; Archive of Counter-Culture in the Lower East Side; Archive of Light of New York City; Archive of Urban Legends; Archive of the Undocumented; Archive of Sound; Archive of the Spoken and the Written Language; Archive of Surveillance; Archive of Everyday Life objects and its Financial counterpart; Archive of The City as Theater and Theater in the City; Archive of Jewish New York; Archive of Violence.

Selected Reference Texts: Archive Fever, Jacques Derrida; The Order of Discourse, Michel Foucault; The Order of Things, Michel Foucault; The Wall and the Books, Jorge Luis Borges.





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