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Ken T Oshima
ARCH 498
Seattle Campus

Special Projects

Instructor-initiated and department-approved systematic study and offering of specialized subject matter. Topics vary and are announced in preceding quarter.

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Building on Kenneth Frampton’s special issue of Architectural Design entitled “Modern Architecture and the Critical Present” (1982), this seminar investigates the ongoing dialogue between “avant-garde and continuity” from the 20th century to the present. Lectures and discussion will consider recent scholarship and exhibitions including MoMA’s Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling (2008), Mies in Berlin/Mies in America (2001), Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes (2013), and Metabolism: The City of the Future/Project Japan (2011,Rem Koolhaas). In covering themes including “from regionalism to critical internationalism” and “toward new utopias,” the geographic scope will expand to connect the Pacific Northwest to contexts beyond the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans as the basis for considering the possibilities of architectural design today. Students will respond to weekly readings and present case-studies as the basis for seminar projects in both written and model form.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Ken T Oshima
Date: 03/08/2014