Arch 510 002: Introduction to Responsive Architectural Components: Reactor Cells--Philip Beesley
In the Responsive Architectural Components elective we will explore potential forms and problems in emerging interactive architecture, designing physical construction units—cells- that can combine together to form responsive architectural fabrics. This course will support introductory design explorations that include physical scaffolds based on combinations of repeating geometric units, and responsive components combining simple electronically active controls with reactions that could include patterns of light, sound and motion. The practical research of the Living Architecture Systems Group (LASG) www.lasg.ca would support the course. LASG kits and patterns will be provided to each student, for use as a basis for design exploration. Students would be equipped with simple kits including geometric assembly and electronic controls. The course will be structured in design assignments that follow progressive development of prototype cellular responsive construction systems, programmed for expressive responsive behaviour. Work would be organized for individuals and small groups.
Specialized knowledge of interactive systems and software is not required and instruction will be provided for specialized parts of the design exploration. Visiting researchers and creators from the Living Architecture Group would support the evolving work. A set of short demonstrations will offered, introducing students to technologies including electronically controlled responsive components, scripting for behaviour controls, polyhedric geometric arrays that can form scaffolds for active components, and compliant distributed design methods.
Arch 520 001: Development and Financing--John McMinn
Arch 520 002: Power and Architecture: On Politics in the Urban Space--Anwar Jaber
This course will investigate how architecture and urban space can reflect, represent, and embody political power. On one hand, it will focus on cases where architecture and urbanism are used as a tool to build national cities and sites, advance political agendas, and realize national aspirations. On the other hand, it will explore cases where the built environment is destroyed or completely reshaped to oppress communities and minority groups and suppress their voices. We will analyze the processes of architectural and urban design and their socio-political conditions, and we will look closely at projects from around the world that address the following themes: violence, war and memorialization practices, nationalism and national identity, state-building, erasure, (post)colonialism, resistance and decolonization along with many others.
Arch 540 001: Approaches to Architecture and Urbanism--Marie-Paule Macdonald
The course provides a cross-disciplinary overview to approaches to architecture and urbanism. A series of topics are introduced, and students select, and/or combine approaches, to present seminars on selected topics, using a case study method and ideally linking the subject to an emerging master of architecture thesis in question. Using the tradition of illustration to link urbanism and architecture with other drawing and depiction modes, the final submission will take form similar to a short graphic novel, a design ethos illustrating an array of design principles. The work of contemporary architects, designers and artists, from artist Marcel Dzama’s storyboard for filmmaking, to graphic novelists using ink: Julie Doucet (Montréal), Seth (Guelph) or Chris Ware (Chicago) to designers, sometimes of illustration-influenced architecture, such as Archigram, BIG, Cedric Price, Neuteling (of Neutelings Riedijk) OMA, Superstudio, David Adjaye, to moving image clips or films such as Nairobi-based sci-fi short Pumzi by Wanuri Kahiu of 2009, or reference to Mayan glyphs, or Benin bronze sculpture, introduced by historian David Olusoga. Science fiction texts by authors such as Octavia E. Butler whose work predicts climate change issues will be introduced. Cartoon-like drawings will be considered as prototypes and precedents for the final submission.
Arch 540 002: Twelve Architectures – the Grand River Watershed--William Woodworth
A prelude to the course, given the disturbing recent discovery of a mass grave at a native residential school in British Columbia, we will begin with a history of these schools across Canada, their architecture, and specifically the Mohawk Institute at Six Nations of the Grand River.
We are all indigenous peoples of this Earth, and we need to come together in our original identities to nurture our relationships together in respectful and meaningful ways. Out of that encounter arises authentic and beautiful architectural expression. occupations and cultures of native peoples. They are all still here in some identity [actual, adopted, or integrated].
The landscape surrounding Lake Ontar:io “the beautiful water” and Lake Erie are sacred to three aboriginal cultures – Wendat, Haudenausaunee and Anishnabec. In their continuing adjustments to the Grand River has become the homeland of the Six Nations.
As architects, it behooves us to understand the origins of place held in the land itself examined through the rituals of archaeological investigation and recording, and to respectfully confer with the memories of our aboriginal Elders for grounding and guidance. These are the ancient and necessary protocols out of which all design and use of materials spring most naturally and profoundly.
Here at Waterloo Architecture Cambridge the primary place in this search is located fifty kilometers south along the banks of the Grand River at Six Nations – the sanctuary of the Iroquois, or imparting the culture with a uniquely architectonic identity and duty making it particularly relevant to architects.
In the deepest sense, all true architecture is practiced as cultural “duty”, but to do this one must be conscious of what actually comprises one’s culture as an indigenous personAs an Architect and carrier of Haudenausaunee blood, it is my “duty” to share with you this fundamental knowledge. Mine will be an attempt to convey an architectonic teaching through the
My hope is that you will be enabled to take up these teachings, adopt/adapt them, integrate/utilize them, deeply and understandingly, in your architectural practices. This will require an attempt to help you in the recovery of your indigenous mind.