DCIA – Fall 2011

This seminar is a History/Theory course that attempts to uncover ideas in buildings using an architect’s medium: drawing and modeling.  Drawing Canonical Ideas in Architecture will not teach students how to draw/model but how to draw/model what is thought.  Using Peter Eisenman’s “Ten Canonical Buildings” as a framework of learning how to understand and see architecture, students will learn the relationships between analysis and design.  Eisenman produced “Ten Canonical Buildings.”  This seminar will attempt to discover if Eisenman himself has a canonical work.

Each student will be assigned a building designed by Peter Eisenman.  They will analyze the building throughout the semester.  In the end, each student, will have composed a chapter of their own.  Students will produce drawings, descriptions of their analysis, and learn to critique drawings from an analytical approach.  This course attempts to teach through seeing, drawing what is seen, and writing/describing what is drawn.  These are essential skills to becoming an architect.


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