Studio for an Optimist's Daughter. (Final project by Merritt Tam.)
The highlights of this course include a gallery of student work
from the past year, and a comprehensive set of lecture notes
from the class, on topics ranging from renaissance proportion to pouring concrete. The lectures
are ordered as they were given, and allow you to follow along with the sequence of events in the class.
This course uses scale models to design environments that orchestrate contrasting material properties and conventional constructional systems to create places that foster specific ways of inhabiting space. It also demonstrates how architecture differs from other forms of design. Intended for students to test aptitude for architectural design and to experience an unfamiliar mode of thought, it's conducted in a studio format, with lectures on architectural theory and history, and structured for students with no previous experience in design.
Required of Architecture majors.