ARCH 3308 (AAP NYC)
Bordering

Golfers on a fairway with people on a fence in the background

photo / Reuters (2014)

  • Instructor: Sean Anderson
  • Time: Th 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
  • Location: TBD
  • Credits: 3
  • Territory of Investigation: Architecture and Discourse

Exerting a powerful influence on how we visualize ourselves today, security "systems" define aesthetic, political, and material realities. Driven by transnational migrations, the design and imagining of boundaries affect spatial forms and ecologies of the future. This seminar recenters notions of seeing that have been engaged by architects and artists throughout the 20th and 21st centuries as a means through which to detect and critique shifting meanings of conflict. Staged across three interrelated notions, the seminar will establish new domains for considering how architecture rescripts our approaches to architectural ideas and their manifestation.

This interdisciplinary seminar is organized across three platforms for independent and collaborative research. The first, Entanglements, observes a cross-section of diachronic architectural and artistic examples within a number of contexts to underscore thinking about the nature of borders and their making. Exhibitionisms will be a means through which to reframe and undo normative assumptions concerning the making of an exhibition. Here we will interrogate aspects of exhibition design and thinking from a functional and political perspective. Is the gallery a border? The third, Deviations, will allow each student to develop the first documents, questions, and critical lines of inquiry for the imagining of a thesis in architectural design. Our semester will be organized accordingly with unmatched opportunities to visit a number of museums and creative spaces throughout New York City that will be opening exhibitions of architecture and art alongside provocative conversations with curators, architects, advocates, and designers.

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