4.143 Immaterial Limits: Process and Duration

Fall 2002

A photo of two people studying tectonics.
A photo of two people studying tectonics. (Photo courtesy of Meejin Yoon.)

Course Highlights

Detailed assignments, centering on full scale material constructs, and student projects are featured in this studio course.

Course Description

This studio proposes to engage tectonics as a material process. By exploring transformation, indeterminacy and mutability inherent in material and landscape processes, students will be challenged to engage notions of duration as a design strategy for architecture and urbanism. While the second law of thermodynamics states that the material universe tends toward a state of increasing disorder, architects build and construct in opposition to these forces. Attempting to delay the processes of disorder, decay and collapse, tectonics is often seen as the embodied expression of an arrested moment the finite resolution of the building process. Yet the processes that enable and disable architecture extend beyond any arrested moment.

A more detailed description exists in the syllabus section.
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Prof. Meejin Yoon

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
4 hours / session