Architecture Theory

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Architecture Theory Design Studio

The MSc2 elective studio is conceived as a studio platform in which students are encouraged to reassess their approach and to rethink their ideas on architecture and theory. Emphasis is placed on exploring and developing alternative and innovative ways of conceiving, seeing, and carrying out design. Instead of programmatically complex projects, the AT elective studio will deal with projects which explore the relations within and between the praxis of experimentation, thinking, critiquing, theoretical concepts, spatial-temporal conditions, material and immaterial cartographies, follies and abstract models of thought.

The goal of the AT studios - both theoretical and practical - is precisely to think, or rather to re-think, the challenges that design environments now face in our contemporary era of advanced technology, mass communication and distribution of information, and, most importantly, the politics of design culture and social transformation. In envisioning the demands of an ethically concerned and critically conceived contemporary Architecture Thinking practice, it is necessary to address material and immaterial practices and production impacting both design dispositions and socio-cultural ethos.

Each term the design studio will introduce a theoretical framework within which participants will develop methodological transformations of design thought, which may aid in the formulation of alternative and emergent processes of design. The @T Master studios are content-driven research and design projects with practical and theoretical scope in which the student participants will develop a set of skills that we believe are essential in today’s architectural praxis:

  • Firstly, participants will learn how establish a research basis upon which to construct and transmit theoretical arguments.
  • Secondly, they will learn how to develop a critical and productive relationship between theoretical insight and design that can be sustained from theoretical argument through conceptual design and design development processes, to project conclusion and presentation.
  • Thirdly, students will be able to situate their projects and argumentation within the wider context of cultural and social conditions that impact the practice of architecture.