Schedule and Readings

Part 1: How to Evaluate Material Technologies

1. MATERIAL TRANSFORMATIONS
09.06 Tu
Course Introduction
Technological change and socioenvironmental effects
Explanation of the course
Assignment of weekly journal

09.08 Th
Material Innovation
Technological transformations in the built environment
Jimmy Guterman, “The Benefits of Technology Are Increasing,” Technology and Society, 22-33
David Cox, “The Benefits of Technology Are Diminishing,” Technology and Society, 34-39
George F. Ray, “Innovation in Materials,” Tom Forester ed., The Materials Revolution, 254-272

2. RELEARNING ARCHITECTURE
09.13 Tu
Material Exformation
Reassessing material meaning in the built environment
Paola Antonelli, “Introduction,” Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design, 8-19
Kenya Hara, “Exformation,” Designing Design, 370-393
David Leatherbarrow and Mohsen Mostafavi, “Introduction: Why Surface Architecture?” Surface Architecture, 1-8

09.15 Th
From Skeleton to Skin
Mineral building technologies and their effects
The nature of materials
Le Corbusier, “Architecture: The Expression of the Materials and Methods of Our Times,” Architectural Record, 43-45
Ronald Rael, “Introduction,” Earth Architecture, 8-15
Christiane Sauer, “The Architect as Building Materials Scout,” Construction Materials Manual, 14-17

09.20 Tu
Guest Lecture: Ronald Rael
Dirk Funhoff, “The Development of Innovative Materials,” Construction Materials Manual, 28-31
Antonio Sant ‘Elia, “Manifesto of Futurist Architecture,” 18-21
Nicola Stattmann, “Introduction,” Ultra Light Super Strong, 10-21

3. PROJECT 1
09.22 Th and 09.27 Tu
Project 1 due
In-Class Presentations


Part 2: Assessing the Social and Environmental Effects of Material Technologies

09.29 Th
Architecture for Emergencies
Film—Michel Quinejure, Shigeru Ban: An Architect for Emergencies
Blaine Brownell, “Strength in Weakness” with Shigeru Ban, Matter in the Floating World, 68-81

5. THE THIRD SKIN
10.04 Tu
The Envelope
The continuous evolution of building skins
Thomas Herzog, Roland Krippner and Werner Lang, “Envelope, wall, facade—an essay” and “Internal and external conditions,” Facade Construction Manual, 9-25
David Leatherbarrow and Mohsen Mostafavi, “Window/Wall” Surface Architecture, 39-78

10.06 Th
Engineered Transparency
Glass building technologies and their effects
Alan Macfarlane and Gerry Martin, “Invisible Glass,” The Glass Bathyscaphe: How Glass Changed the World, 1-7
Paul Scheerbart, “Glass Architecture (excerpt),” 32-33

6. RESILIENCE
10.11 Tu
Guest Lecture: Tom Fisher on Fracture Criticality
Evading fracture-criticality in the built environment
Thomas Fisher, “Fracture Critical,” Design Observer, 1-6
Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy, “The Power of Clusters,” Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back, 93-117

10.13 Tu
From Frame to Filigree
Metal building technologies and their effects
Annette LeCuyer, “Metals, Machines and Modernity,” Steel and Beyond, 6-11
Brooke Stoddard, “Foreword” and “Introduction,” Steel: From Mine to Mill, the Metal that Made America, 1-5
Keith Veronese, “Man and Metal,” Rare, 9-22

7. REGENERATIVE DESIGN
10.18 Tu
Guest Lecture: Jacob Mans on Wood Research and Design
Rediscovering wood as an advanced renewable material technology
David Morris, “The Once and Future Carbohydrate Economy,” The American Prospect, 1-8
William McDonough and Michael Braungart, “A Question of Design,” Cradle to Cradle, 17-44

10.20 Th
Designing the Forest for the Trees
Wood building technologies and their effects
Harvey Green, “Introduction,” Wood: Craft, Culture, History, 1-12

8. MATERIAL UBIQUITY
10.25 Tu
The Age of Plastic
Plastic building technologies and their effects
Roland Barthes, “Plastic,” Mythologies, 97-99
Susan Freinkel, “Plasticville,” Plastic, 1-10
Theo van Doesburg, “Towards a Plastic Architecture,” 78-80

10.27 Th
Liquid Stone
Concrete building technologies and their effects
Jean-Luis Cohen, “Earth as Urban Laboratory,” Solid States, 21-26
Dennis Smith, “Foreword” + Robert Courland, “Introduction,” Concrete Planet, 15-24

9. THE REDISCOVERY OF CRAFT
11.01 Tu
Guest Lecture: Andrew Lucia on Digital Representation and Fabrication
Computation and the empowerment of the designer
Lisa Iwamoto, “Introduction,” Digital Fabrications, 4-7
Monica Ponce de Leon, “Comment,” 1-3

11.03 Th
Waste = Food
Material waste and its consequences
Film—McDonough and Braun­gart, Waste = Food
Edward Humes, “Introduction,” Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash, 1-16
William McDonough and Michael Braungart, “Waste Equals Food,” Cradle to Cradle, 92-117

10. PROJECT 2
11.08 Tu and 11.10 Th
Project 2 due
In-Class Presentations


Part 3: Predicting Future Technological Change—Expanded Topics

11. SECOND NATURE
11.15 Tu
Hypernatural
Architecture’s New Relationship with Nature
Janine Benyus, “How Will We Make Things?” Biomimicry, 95-145
Blaine Brownell and Marc Swackhamer, “Introduction,” Hypernatural, 18-25

11.17 Th
Generative Skin
Textile building technologies and their effects
Anni Albers, “The Pliable Plane; Textiles in Architecture,” Perspecta, 36-41
Mark Garcia, “Prologue for a History and Theory of Architextiles,” AD: Architextiles, 12-19

12. LIGHT AS MATERIAL
11.22 Tu
Guest Lecture: Mary Guzowski on the Architecture of Illumination
The effects of daylighting technology and design
Research Paper prospectus due

Hervé Descottes, “Introduction” and “Illumination,” Architectural Lighting, 8-29
Louis Kahn, “Silence and Light (excerpt),” 236-238
Bruce Watson, “Introduction,” Light, xi-xiv

11.24 Th
Thanksgiving (no class)

13. INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE
11.29 Tu
X-Matter
New capacities of information-enhanced materials
Kenya Hara, “Senseware,” Designing Design, 152-159
Victor Hugo, “This Will Kill That,” The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, 174-188
David Rose, “My Nightmare,” Enchanted Objects, 1-14

12.01 Th
Ultraperformance
The pursuit of bleeding edge technology and its ramifications
Dirk Funhoff, “The Development of Innovative Materials,” Construction Materials Manual, 28-31
Antonio Sant ‘Elia, “Manifesto of Futurist Architecture,” 18-21
Nicola Stattmann, “Introduction,” Ultra Light Super Strong, 10-21

14. RESEARCH WORKSHOP
12.06 Tu and 12.08 Th
Research Paper exploratory essay due
In-Class Presentations

15. THE ARCHITECTURE OF TRANSFORMATION
12.13 Tu
Material Frontiers
What is the future of architectural innovation?
Bill Joy, “Future Technology Could Threaten Human Existence,” Technology and Society, 182-197
Ray Kurzweil, “Future Technology Will Benignly Alter Human Existence,” Technology and Society, 166-181
Sanford L. Moskowitz, “The Coming of the Advanced-Materials Revolution,” Advanced Materials Revolution,11-20

16. FINAL
12.20 Tu
Research Paper due by 5:00 pm (no class)

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