Advanced studios in the architectures, required of, and generally restricted to, second year transfers and graduate students who are required to take an additional studio. For more information, contact the Department of Architecture.
Some sections of this course involve travel, usually outside the United States, and for those sections there are significant fees for travel and academic expenses. The fees are listed here as soon as they are available. At the time of registration for the travel section, the entire fee must be paid to the Student Accounts Office. The last day to register and pay for Wintersession 2014 is Wednesday, October 30, 2013. When space permits, this class may be available in a three credit version to undergraduates in majors outside of Architecture; the registration number is ARCH W220.
2014 Wintersession Sections: ARCH W202 01 MEXICO: SAN MIGUEL
In Mexico the sun is unrelenting. For most regions there are two seasons: dry and wet. The rains arrive like an explosion. In some regions there are strong winds. With sun and water there is earth, elements with which the native people have spent time trying to synchronize. This culture values "community" in its towns, public institutions and civic spaces. Working and socializing together is a key component of society and has a basis in the strong ties formed within the family.
The architecture of "wall" has a distinct presence. Buildings tend to face inward, and so does life turns inward. The patio, a void, the soul of the house, is enclosed but opened to the sky. The thickness of the walls, their clean lines and vivid colors create basic volumes filled with light and shadow. Water, sky and plant life collaborate and nurture serenity and inner-outdoor life. A cultivated plot of soil, the garden not only has fruit trees and edible plants-squashes, beans, peppers and corn-but also spices for seasoning and medicinal plants.
For several decades now the concepts of ecology and sustainability have invaded all areas of our life. In the field of architecture significant changes and developments are evolving and we need to look closely at guidelines for building responsibly. This studio offers an opportunity to engage the objectives of economy, alternative material applications, and construction strategies exploring ways to achieve beauty and function in a self-sufficient architecture.
ARCH and LDAR Majors only.
Estimated Travel Cost: $1,112.00 plus airfare ***Off Campus Study**
ARCH W202 02 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe
Continuing with the research from previous semesters, and incorporating the results of the Brown University, RISD, and FHE courses, the Wintersession seminar will focus on the construction of the Techstyle Haus. Students will build an off-line and carbon-neutral solar pavillion. We will focus on how scientific research can open up new worlds for architectural expression.
This seminar/studio is a key milestone leading up to the summer of 2014, where students will install the project in Versailles and compete during the Solar Decathlon. The course will involve intensive work in a controlled setting - we will begin to assemble the project. The project will be reassembled in France before being delivered to the competition.
ARCH and LDAR Majors only.
Registration by the Architecture Department. Course not available via web registration.
ARCH W202 03 SPACE & LIGHT
Rayner Banham has defined the use of electric light as the most important environmental revolution in human history, after the discovery of fire. Electric light reduces the difference between day and night. Today, where social and work activities happens during the day and continue into the night, and where both activity and rest happen during the day, electric lighting in urban context is becoming more and more important. Light transforms both our reading and use of space. The studio will begin with an in-depth exercise about the relation between light and space and materiality, and how light can transform and influence both interior and exterior space. Next, students will work with full-scale light installations in a chosen site.
Fee: $50.00 Registration by the Architecture Department; not Web Advisor.
If taken in conjunction with ARCH-W202-XX, the two studios may be counted toward a 6 credit studio.
ARCH W202 04 2014 AUGMENTED BODY
As the field of wearable technology expands and fashion as art becomes more relevant, students will be challenged to explore the intersection of fashion, architecture and technology while using the body as a vehicle. This course will encourage new ways of thinking about body augmentation in space via innovative design, additive manufacturing and promote experimentation with materials that embrace technology. Through a series of workshops and assignments, students will also develop a working knowledge of traditional flat pattern making techniques, experiment with Lilypads, LEDs, smart fabrics, and thermochromic inks as well as learn to use generative techniques and the animation software Maya as modeling tools for the design of complex morphologies with an emphasis on researching strategies for the articulation of new fashion artifacts and architecture that will be 3D printed. Computer skills such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are mandatory. Lab fee covers basic class materiels; 3D printing and resin costs are additional.
Architecture visiting faculty: Ludovico Lombardi of LDVC and Zaha-Hadid Architects, London and Designer Niccolo Casas of The Bartlett Apparel Design Faculty: Catherine Andreozzi, Associate Professor
For Architecture 2nd year Transfer students and 2nd year M.Arch students only. Contact Architecture department for registration.
Also offered as APPAR 3047. For registration in that version of the course, permission of instructor is required. Contact the Apparel Design department for permission.
Estimated Cost of Material:$100-$250
ARCH W202 05 TRANSFER STUDIO: URBAN INTERVENTIONS
Social Light Movement is a philanthropic organization that was founded to improve lighting for people, particularly those who are unlikely to have access to good quality illumination within their environment. This studio builds on work done in several cities across the world through the Social Light Movement, including Lisbon, Portugal, Manchester, England, and Schlessin, Belgium. The studio will explore full-scale interventions into the city. Students will work closely with the Providence Office of Planning and Development to design a using full-scale lightweight and light filled structures to transform under served areas in the community. The goal is to activate nodes to make a "pop up" city, where events and space bring life to urban streets. The studio will begin with an analysis of the city. It will followed by an in-depth exercise about relation between light and space and materiality, and how light can transform and influence both interior and exterior space. Next, students will work with neighborhood representatives and create drawings and models. The studio will conclude with a week long, full-scale installation in the City.
Registration via the Architecture Department; not via WebAdvisor.
If both ARCH-W202-03 and ARCH-W202-XX are taken, the student may count credits toward a 6 credit studio.>