Saturday, June 14, 2014
Exhibit runs through July 31, 2014
Exhibition Summary: The exhibition comprises selected projects from the Distinguished Visiting Design Critic Studio developed and taught as SARUP Architecture Fellow in the Fall Semester, 2013. The studio was given the thematic title, related to the overall research agenda of the fellowship: Fabricating Wilderness – Architecture, Magic, and the Horizon of Nature. Students explored theoretical issues pertaining to the general themes of ecology and the natural world, through a design project concerned with the appropriation of a post-industrial urban landscape situated in Milwaukee’s Inner Harbor. The overall ecological theme was initially approached and mediated through a study of the theory of architectural ornament developed by Louis Sullivan under the influence of American Transcendentalist philosophies of Nature. Building on this historical and technical inquiry, students developed programmatic, ecological, landscape proposals which functioned as intentional architectural transformations of the post-industrial urban site. The studio in principle functioned as a type of collective meditation through design, on the wider questions of the research fellowship on the significance of the philosophical understanding of the natural world for architecture.