HT: Rogue Architectures

Rogue Architectures: Unstable Objects, Estranged Spaces, and Productive Ambiguity Over the past 500 years, developing alongside the canon of architectural culture, has been a diverse strain of works that resisted, subverted, or exaggerated the discipline's orthodox values of rational order and moral imperative. Less interested in Vitruvius' enduring triad of firmness, commodity, and delight, these works pursued uncertainty, ambiguity, and estrangement as a means of destabilizing subjectivity. The seminar will investigate these subjects ranging from late Renaissance Mannerism's penchant for visual distortion to more contemporary experiments of disfiguration, defamiliarization, appropriation, and disciplined error. Simultaneously we'll consider the various modes of aesthetic reception these works employ including the perceptional, sensual, and psychological. The course focuses on readings and discussion but shifts its production from writing in the first half to individual drawing in the second half. As an extension of an analytical text, students will develop novel techniques to manipulate an historical subject - an attempt to do theory through (mis)representation. As a kind of counter-modern impulse, we'll understand these fleeting works, and our own experiments, as a continually exhausted and renewed activity that is the very definition of contemporary.