Texas Tech University

Form & Space

Arch 1301 · 12 Hybrid, 2 Online

Instructor: Terah Maher

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Design Studio 1, posits that form & space are the architect's primary and essential materials; and that the task of the architect is the use of form to delineate and shape of space.

The Studio explores architectural representation - the drawing and the model - as the primary vehicles through which architects practice critical perception, critical analysis, transformation of ideas, and the communication of spatial intention. The methodology of abstraction is the foundation of all architectural representation, and therefore the studio will introduce and emphasize a language of architecture, to support the clarity, precision, and quality of architectural ideas.

The studio will utilize a variety of representational methods, both analogue and digital, to develop and describe 3 studio projects that examine the relationship between form and space.

The first project, Kit of Parts, serves as a rapid-fire introduction to the representational methods used in form/space-making while emphasizing the architectural investigation as a grappling with limits.

In project 2, a model translation of one of Josef Alber's Structural Constellation drawings tests the potential, limits, and overlaps of both 2D and 3D representation, while developing the student's critical eye and technical accuracy.

And finally, in project 3, Spatial Relations, to concretize the relationship between space and form, the studio will conduct a series of exercises that generate boundaries and enclosures. The studio will utilize the cube as a bounding device, as well as a set of language actions inspired by Richard Serra's 1967 Verb List, to guide spatial operations.

Methods of representation employed throughout the semester include hand-drafted drawings, paper folding, diagramming, digital collage, cardboard models, and plaster castings.

The course is hybrid — lectures and deskcrits are online synchronous, and students will meet in a F2F discussion group once out of every four classes.

Design Environment and Society

Arch 1311 + 1311-H · Online + Hybrid

Instructor: Upe Flueckiger

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Introduction to architecture as an integral component of a complex world. Examination of societal and environmental contexts and appropriate design responses. Fulfills Core Social and Behavioral Sciences - Individual or Group Behavior requirement.

The objective of a social and behavioral science component of a core curriculum is to increase the student's knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.