Graduate Programs Spitzer Unit System 2021–2022

Welcome to the GPS, Graduate Programs Spitzer, which is proud to continue to offer the world-renowned Unit System introduced last year—a two semester-long teaching, research and design environment. Listen, watch, consider your options and choose the Unit that you feel is right for you.

Unit System

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Street and Sanctuary

“Though we do not know what happened in the hush harbors, I want to suggest that this eruption of a ‘we’ out in the woods was part of their gathering spaces, and as such, the hush harbor is one of the first moments in the genealogy of black sacred space mutation. It is sacred because it is social, and it is mutation because the woods were not meant for such an engagement.” “This is what I mean by the sacred. The sacred is in this case a transformation of one person into the ‘we’ where one’s existence is always, and already, folded into the social. Individualism cannot stand here. All that is here, all that can be tolerated here, is a ‘we’ as in ‘we flesh.’”

— Biko Mandela Gray

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Jeffery Roberson & John Yurchyk

M Arch I First Year Students

21

Spaces of Exception

Spaces of exception deviate from formal, social, cultural, and/or political norms of their surrounding contexts; they are spaces where one or more of the normal rules simply do not apply.

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Lindsay Harkema & Caitlin Charlet

M Arch I First Year Students

22

Cultivated Wildness

“To think ourselves capable of causing ‘the end of nature’ is an act of great hubris, for it means forgetting the wildness that dwells everywhere within and around us.”

— William Cronon, “The Trouble with Wilderness,” 1995

 

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Zihao Zhang

MLA First Year Students

23

Robotic Ecologies

“It’s surely our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on Earth.”

— David Attenborough

 

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Frank Melendez, Alan Cation, Zach Cohen

M Arch I Second and Third Year Students, MS Arch

24

ParallaX “state of siege”

“If civilization has an opposite, it is war. Of these two things, you have either one, or the other. Not both.”

— Ursula K. Le Guin

Parallax is the effect whereby the position or direction of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions, e.g. through the viewfinder and the lens of a camera.

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Martin Stigsgaard, Dominick Pilla, Jamie Edindjiklian

M Arch I Second and Third Year Students, MS Arch

25

Building Culture: When Land Becomes Water

“On the one hand, growing numbers of people now view global warming as a threat to life as we know it on Planet Earth. On the other hand, they do not share a common view of the societal forces that drive that process—nor of the societal changes required to stop it. They agree (more or less) on the science but disagree (more than less) on the politics.”

— Nancy Fraser, Climates of Capital, New Left Review, Jan- Feb 2021.

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Nandini Bagchee, Vyjayanthi Rao, Diana Cristobal Olave

M Arch I Second and Third Year Students, MS Arch

26

Design Anarchy + Crafting New Public Imaginations of Architecture

“To be modern is to find ourselves in an environment that promises us adventure, power, joy, growth, transformation of ourselves and the world — and, at the same time, that threatens to destroy everything we have, everything we know, everything we are.”

— Marshall Berman

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Julio Salcedo Fernandez, Shawn Rickenbacker, Hector Tarrido-Picart

Urban Design, M Arch I Second and Third Year Students, MS Arch

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Toxicity

So-called “weedy species”—aggressive, prolific, and ready to travel—flourish within toxicity, as their adventive capacities of both plasticity and resistance are the very characteristics necessary for living in a radically new and climate-adaptive future.

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Catherine Seavitt, Brad Howe, christin hu (Fall), Michael King (Spring)

MLA Second and Third Year Students, M Arch I Third Year Students, MS Arch Students

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Serious Fun 0/30/90

The old saying goes: If the only tool you have is a hammer, you will start treating all your problems like a nail… If we can only perceive injuries, all we will ever make is band-aids.

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Denise Hoffman Brandt, Christine Facella, Jaqueline LeBoutillier

MLA Second and Third Year Students, M Arch I Third Year Students, MS Arch Students