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GSAPP AAD Summer 2018   Karla Rothstein, Critic

with David Zhai & Min He




“Science describes accurately from outside, poetry describes accurately from inside.

Science explicates, poetry implicates.”   - Ursla K. Le Guin (futurist-fantasy-fiction novelist. 1929-2018)

In this studio, we will engage both-and.


                                                   “I make them and make them and then keep on making them, until I bury myself in the process.”

Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrors | photo: David Zwirner, N.Y.Art Gallery of Ontario, 2018 


THE METROPOLIS EMBODIES A MORTAL PALIMPSEST — accumulations and traces of humanity and temporality that shape the future. The work of the studio will re-qualify realms of remembrance and everyday life, evidencing how progressive architectural intervention may couple with new urban infrastructures to radically re-define public space.  

TWO SITES          Challenging lingering preconceptions and persistent taboos, two NYC sites will be profoundly reconceived to support new forms of urbanity and civic-sanctuary.  Each team will produce one proposition utterly transforming 400 pastoral acres of the city, and a second that will upend a generic, dense midblock midtown Manhattan site.

TWO SCALES          Scales from the urban to the intimate will be explored simultaneously. Design proposals will address public assemblies from one - 50,000 people. Design interventions will provoke new urban and social ecologies - connecting the city and its citizens with nature, politics, and our ubiquitous human mortality.

TWO MEDIA          Projects will engage misalignments among time, scale, space and experience.  Work will progress through copious and inventive physical modelling, precise architectural drawings, and the strategic collage of both.  Tension between the physics of palpable spatial and material presence and the irregularities of memory and perception will be celebrated.

TWO MINDS          Projects will be produced in pairs. All students should be prepared to engage in critical, constructive dialogue, and possess a willingness for unorthodoxy and adventurous risk-taking. You will work intensively and prolifically through research, analyses, writing, digital and material spatial explorations.



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