(as of January 2013)
This studio course is an active engagement with spaces and materials. Projects introduce students to a variety of skills, tools, media, and methods and utilize Parsons’ modeling facilities and hybrid studio/shop classrooms where firsthand experience affirms the relationship between making and learning. Students confront the many aspects of spaces and materials, such as malleability, weight, texture, color, durability, smell, sound, taste, life cycle, and ecological impact.
The relationship of making and thinking is central to this studio. Students examine their own process and intentions as they experience the relationship between the self and the world around them. Areas of focus include the movement of the body and how it impacts the experience of a project's development and the way that a choice of material or tool can change the way that an idea grows. Drawing and imaging are used as exploratory tools to visualize ideas as well as to create work plans that can be developed in the modeling facilities and studio. Discussion, critique, and written responses offer opportunities for students to communicate ideas about their projects and those of their classmates and to understand their work in historical and cultural context.
The course will have a number of sections, each following a particular theme. These themes or keywords are as follows:
April 9, 2012
1. Mark Bechtel discussing the proposed Modeling Facilities (http://vimeo.com/41515903)
2. Adam Brent comparing the current Foundation 3D course to the Space/Materiality course (http://vimeo.com/41511063)
3. Q&A with attendees (http://vimeo.com/41514857)