ARC500.1 Mediascapes of Architecture (Fall, Spring)

Open only to students in the Florence Architecture Program. This course investigates the relationship of media and architecture, and its ability to problematize the political, social, and ecological status quo. We are going to read, converse, visit buildings, and reflect on the entanglements between modes of vision, representation, and design. Mobilizing Florence as a speculative site of investigation, students will be assigned a series of case-study buildings from different periods and will be asked to develop a coherent analysis and a critical representation of each.
Accompanied by the instructor and by two invited guests, the course is structured as a colloquium-based, design-oriented series of workshops. At the end of the semester, each student will have a detailed survey of their building, in the most appropriate form: either a 3D hologram, or a booklet, or a video, a set of photographs, an axonometry, a script, a section, a text or a physical model.

Course fee: to cover printing, model-making supplies, Florence site visits (2023-24 fee = $100).

Department: Architecture

Location: Florence

Semesters: Fall, Spring

Credits: 3