Five College Assistant Professor of Environmental Design
Gabriel Arboleda, Five College assistant professor of environmental design, holds a PhD in Architecture from UC Berkeley (Environmental Design in Developing Countries), a SMArchS from MIT (Architecture and Urbanism), and an Architect's diploma from the Universidad del Valle in Colombia.
This course is an introduction to the many facets of architecture: the history, theory, and design of buildings, landscapes, cities and towns. We will survey the history of architecture from the earliest human dwellings to the present, and expose students to diverse aspects of architectural theory, while also introducing the basic analytical skills of architectural representation. Starting with the earliest forms of human habitation, and ending with issues of contemporary residences, we will study the style, purpose, and historical context of buildings, landscapes, and planning, including questions of climate change. We will conclude by considering our surroundings as a place of habitation. Members of the class will develop their skills of speaking and writing about architecture, while also learning basic design tools: the sketch, map, plan, elevation, materials study, landscape setting, and site. This course meets twice a week, once in seminar format, and once in studio format. There are no prerequisites, and design projects are based on effort and realization, not on proficiency. Guest architects and theorists will introduce design topics and work with students preparing their drawings and designs.
This class explores the emerging interdisciplinary space between the architecture and anthropology fields. We study the ethics, methods, and subject interests of architectural anthropology in both theory (as a research approach to the built environment) and practice (specific proposals of building with and/or for cultural identity). This is a theory seminar with a visual analysis component.
This is an advanced architectural studio class for DIV III and other students with a design background, both in terms of familiarity with architectural representation and principles of architectural design. Throughout this course students develop individual design projects they propose. Their work is assessed every week through desk reviews and pin-up critiques. A considerable amount of self-directed work outside of class hours is expected from students.
The year 2014 marks fifty since the publication of Bernard Rudofsky's "Architecture Without Architects," a powerful statement about the role of culture and nature in architectural design. This intermediate level seminar studies the notions of nature and culture, their historical role in architectural discourse, and their relevance in contemporary discourse about green design. We will explore what has changed in architectural design theory and practice in connection to these two ideas since the publication of Rudofsky's manifesto. In a more general context, we will explore the notion that traditional building is by default "green," a key assumption in the discourse of green design and culture. Specific topics for discussion include: What is the relationship between culture and nature when it comes to the built environment? What does canonical design literature understand as culture, nature, and sustainability? How important is culture in the connections between environment and building this literature makes? No previous background in architectural design or theory is required for this course.
5-COLLEGE Assistant Professor of Environmental Design
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