Architecture without Architect: Art and Politics of the Built Environment

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Architecture without Architect
Fall 2024
Taught By: Alan Ruiz
Section: A

CRN: 16008

Credits: 4

This course will explore historical, sociopolitical, and formal facets of architecture as they intersect with disciplines of art history, media studies, and psychoanalysis, since the early 20th century. We will investigate specific moments in architectural history and criticism as a way of considering the built environment as a reflection and container of visual and material culture. Sites of inquiry will range from the 1930s International Style movement and its lubrication of more recent developments of global architecture, to the colonial fantasies of Adolf Loos. We will look at architecture from outside the purview of architects - exploring the dynamic exchange between Minimalism, site-specificity and institutional space, advanced by Dan Graham and Michael Asher, while also considering more embodied architectural interventions by choreographers such as Trisha Brown and Sarah Michelson, and artist Andrea Fraser. In addition to considering the parasitical relationship between architecture and culture, or what Hal Foster has called the “art-architecture complex”, we will consider the socio-political and unconscious relations the built environment crystallizes. How does architecture reproduce social hierarchies? Learning from what Rem Koolhaas calls junkspace, what might be the connection between the remnants of Modernism, urban homogeneity, and racial hegemony? Students will be introduced to a range of readings including architectural theory, artist's writings, as well as art history and criticism. Together we will explore a number of sites in which the concept of architecture and the built environment is reframed or rethought by both architects as well as artists, performers and scholars.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (ART)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:12pm EDT 5/27/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 10:00am - 11:40am
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/27/2024 - 12/12/2024