Instructor: Alfie Koetter & Asheley Bigham
Ann Arbor, MI
This workshop will investigate a set of precedents; more to the
point, it will investigate what our intentions are as architects
when we use that term.
Rather than confirming what we already know about a project
(or what we know other people already know about a project),
we will work towards developing a degree of calibrated
aloofness. Like saying the work “fork” over and over again until
it is reduced to a phonetic with no meaning, we will draw these
buildings over and over again - in a precise and serial manner -
until those overly familiar terms and conditions of engagement
that precede them have been exorcised.
To this end, we will not concern ourselves with readings
of buildings that pertain to the specifics of authorship; just
because the Villa Savoye was designed by Corbusier does not
mean it has to be read in terms of Corbusier and his Five Points.
We will look at buildings specifically in terms of their spatial and
formal qualities (of abstraction, composition and restraint) and
the opportunities they afford us in being able to read them as
something other than themselves.