Author(s): Igor Siddiqui
The relationship between architecture and the city is explored through the teaching of an international, travel based studio, a collaboration between the University of Texas at Austin and the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville. The notion of the post-digital is primarily explored through the aspiration of post-spectacle in architecture. The paper captures a preoccupation with ‘being there’ not as a dogmatic stricture nor a nostalgic retreat to a fantasy of a pre-digital reality, but rather as a sense that physical presence – in learning, in design, in our making and experiencing of buildings and cities – is indeed, undeniably, worth something. The studio teaching discussed in this paper actively explores this value in the making of architecture in relation to the city. Specifically, the paper focuses on (1) studio as a model for practice, (2) developed mechanisms for studio collaboration and exchange, (3) urban construct of the block as a framework, (4) use of housing as design prompt, and (5) working methods of the studio as reflections of core disciplinary knowledge.
Amy Kulper, Grace La & Jeremy Ficca