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Spring 2016-2017
LAS 507 / SPA 601 / ARC 554   na, npdf

The World as Artifact: Tomás Maldonado and the Environmental Turn in Architecture

Joaquin Medina Warmburg

The seminar addresses the environmental aspects of the design philosophy defined in 1970 by Argentine born design-theorist Tomás Maldonado during a scholarship in Princeton. His principal writings devoted to environmental/architectural issues are examined, placing them in their specific historical/cultural contexts. The course looks at a selection of eleven main concepts in order to introduce the students to Maldonado's critical position. The seminar focuses on the intellectual biography of this early Latin American theorizer of architecture as environmental design in a broad sense, including technical, political and social concerns.

Sample reading list:
Tomás Maldonado, Design, Nature and Revolution. Toward a ...
Laura Escot, Tomás Maldonado. Intinerario de un intelectual técnico ...
Catalogue, various authors, Cold America. Geometric Abstraction in Latin America
René Spitz, HfG Ulm. The View Behind the Foreground. The PoliticaL ...
The World as Design, Berlin, Ernst & Sohn, 1994, The World as Design, Berlin, Ernst & Sohn, 1994
Silvia Fernández and Gui Bonsiepe, Historia del diseño en América Latina y el Caribe ...
See instructor for complete list

Oral Presentation(s) - 30%
Term Paper(s) - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other information:
Attendance to every class of the course is mandatory. Introductory lectures, oral presentations and group discussions are combined. The students contribute to the course by their active participation in the discussions (30 % of the final grade), giving an oral presentation on a preselected topic (30 %) and composing of a final ten-page paper (40 %), the form and content to be discussed with the lecturer.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43607 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:2 Limit:10