Satellite Campus in Chicago
ARCH 573 | Spring 2013
Assistant Professor Therese Tierney
How can education prepare designers for a world that doesn’t exist yet? How can the practice of architecture participate in that discussion? In an increasingly complex world, architectural problems require multiple knowledges and expertise – whether structural, sustainable or social. Furthermore, urban research and innovation require new models in order to address such challenges as non-renewable energy, mobility, and climate change. Responding to these challenges, colleges are being tasked with reimagining the 21st century context of design education.
Over the course of the semester this studio will investigate and design a new Satellite Campus for Art + Architecture, integrating a multidisciplinary approach inclusive of all scales from the individual to the megacity. Students are asked to reflect on the future of design education, specifically, what skills and knowledges will architects need in the 21st century?
Once a city shaped by a boundary condition of heavy industrialization, Chicago has transformed itself to one of the most connected and creative metropolises in the country under the influence of a new set of postindustrial prerogatives: instantaneous access to information and new research agendas. The city has always stood out for its spatiotemporally compressed infrastructural development, particularly in the domain of urban form. As a response, this studio leverages the positive implications of densification as a method to understand future architectural interventions, a desire that is realized and reproduced through proximity to ubiquitous technologies connecting individuals both with one another and with the urban environment.
Building upon the City of Chicago’s ambitions, the site for the satellite campus is located adjacent to the Merchandise Mart, currently the nexus of Google, Motorola, and 1871 – an incubator space to many internet and cleantech start-up companies. While the former industrial neighborhood has a rich history of cultural production – art studios, theatrical productions and gallery spaces - today it is a hotbed of innovative and entrepreneurial activity.
The design studio will focus on design, theory, technology, and urbanism. The first half of the semester will emphasize research, site analysis, diagramming, programming, and architectural studies, leading up to final schematic design investigations. Additional guest lectures, discussions, field trips, digital workshops, mid and final reviews, and public events will also be planned to incorporate, introduce, and involve students with contemporary design culture.