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Fall 2017-2018
* ARC 205 / URB 205 / LAS 225 / ENV 205 (LA)   na, npdf

Interdisciplinary Design Studio

Mario I. Gandelsonas

The course focuses on the social forces that shape design thinking. Its objective is to introduce architectural and urban design issues to build design and critical thinking skills from a multidisciplinary perspective. The studio is team-taught from faculty across disciplines to expose students to the multiple forces within which design operates.


Reading/Writing assignments:
The studio will have four design projects over the span of the semester that will include multiple model workshops and design crits. Students will also participate in mid-term reviews and final reviews.

Requirements/Grading:
Design Project - 100%

Other Requirements:
Multimedia Student Project Required

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
This is an introductory course in architectural and urban design thinking with no pre-requisites, and recommended for students with interests in design, architecture and/or urban studies. No prior drawing or design experience required. For ARC majors, this course is recommended for sophomores and students who have taken ARC 204, and may be taken prior to ARC 204. For students interested in ARC, ARC 206 may be taken simultaneously or prior to ARC 205. The course is required for students earning the Urban Studies Certificate in the Class of 2021 and beyond..

Other information:
The studio focuses on the conventions of representation at different scales and the spatial thinking involved in architectural composition. Projects include using 2-D projection, computer models and physical models. Students will learn how to transform 3-D relationships into 2-D drawings and 2-D drawings to 3-D, and how to represent notions of the body in space, of movement and time. It will emphasize notions of abstraction and precision in the making of 2-D drawings and 3-D models.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22682 U01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T Th   Architecture Building   N107   Enrolled:12 Limit:12 Closed