GSAPP F'12. INEVITABLE INDETERMINACY

This advanced studio explores architecture in dialog with impermanence, urban archives, and our unsettled relationships with memory and identity. Contemplating absence and remembrance, our work pulls the present forward and informs the shape and substance of imminent urban society—redefining what it means for a civilization to be civilized and for mortals to be connected by mortality. Studio work focuses on the future of life in cities and the transcendent spaces that emerge between the indeterminacy of urban life and the inevitability of death.

From the highly pragmatic logistics of what we do with dead bodies, to temporal repositories of public and personal archive, to the eviscerating intensity of grief - new spaces of mortality contribute to the civic life of the city. Misaligned with—yet networked through—quotidian urban tissue, design explorations question societal notions of the proper while serially navigating intimate experience in concert with the pulse of metropolitan life. Projects engage the objective, material world, no longer bound to conventions unsuitable to megacities and their diverse mega-populace. Conceptual and operational positions critically contend with time, duration, transience, and the liberation of letting go.

Karla Rothstein, critic. Jennifer Preston, TA. David Zhai, DA
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