STS 4601

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2016-2017.

The building skin separates and provides a controlled atmosphere for the interior space of a building, set off from the surrounding environment. When architecture is understood as an organism, and the skin and structure of architecture as a system, the conflation of structure into the skin is a way of thinking of the architectural enclosure as a deep skin, and the individual parts of which an architectural skin is constructed, as a study of the tissue of structure. This seminar will  engage these ideas across a wide range of disciplines and topics including: the specular/reflecting skin, mediatic skins, metabolism and megastructures, the digital skin, the new grotesque, and Big Data and networked skins. The skin of architecture is the intersection of theory, materiality, affect, signification, and comfort.

When Offered Spring.

Permission Note Enrollment limited to: 15 students. Intended for advanced undergraduates and graduate students.

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  • 17975STS 4601  SEM 101