Course timetables list the current course offerings for a given term and their enrolment controls. For course descriptions, prerequisites, exclusions, and breadth requirements, please see the Daniels Faculty Academic Calendar.
*If course offering or scheduling information on ACORN and the Timetable do not match, this Timetable will reflect the most updated course offering information. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions..
The Advanced Topics courses listed below are distinct credit offerings, and eligible students can enrol in more than one of the following courses, despite repeating course codes. For example, students can enrol in ARC451H1F LEC0101 and ARC451H1S LEC0102, as their course content will differ depending on the instructor.
Periodic updates to course descriptions and instructors will occur throughout the Summer 2019 session.
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Architecture and the Sea
We live on a watery world. Yet too often we ignore the connection between our buildings and the sea that is all around us. This course will look at the history of port cities, maritime infrastructure, ships, shoreline interactions, and island habitations. As sea levels rise, we will study examples of the terracqueous constructions from the ancient world to the present day and how architects are by necessity thinking more about an increasingly liquid landscape. Students will develop projects through the lens of history and environmental criticism.
Guided Distractions 2.0 - Abstraction & Experimentation in Architecture
This course aims to use experimental processes in various disciplines such as poetry, film, drawing and sculpture to address a currently charged socio-political issue within the city. These techniques will be explored through a series of parameter-based experiments with an emphasis on abstraction (and its varying levels), chance (and indeterminacy), and failure. Alternate materials and techniques will be explored in a workshop setting to look beyond the typical architectural toolbox. We will closely study and hear from a multidisciplinary team of current and past experimenters such as John Cage, Buckminster Fuller, Virgil Abloh, Harryette Mullen, Lebbeus Woods, Theaster Gates amongst other guest lecturers. The course will conclude with a group exhibition.
Landscape plays a significant role in the Canadian cultural imaginary, yet this landscape is formed through systems of extraction - lumber, oil, and mining. This course examines the diverse landscapes of Canadian resource extraction: its global reach as the center of mining conglomerates, its timber resources, and its oil and natural gas reserves. Canada is the dominant financial market for mining – the Toronto Stock Exchange being the principle of listing of global mining concerns – whose sites of extraction extend to South Asia, Africa, and South America. Canada also holds one of the world’s largest oil reserves, much of it in the form of tar sands whose extraction comes at a significant environmental cost. Taken together these sites plot a landscape of global material and energy and systems.
We will consider these “extraction landscapes” to comprise a socio-technical arrangement forming connections between materials (crude oil, ores, trees, minerals), modes of expertise, financial operations, juridical systems, and territorial relations. We will thus study the actual points of extraction as well as the infrastructures of refining and distribution. Our inquiry will be historical as well as contemporary; we will consider Canada’s transition from a colonial outpost in the eighteenth-century Atlantic System that saw lumber exchanged for finished goods, to its current status as a center of mining and extraction economies. Our aim will be to develop tools of visual, formal, and landscape analysis through which we will examine these global assemblages.
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“The Only Two Arts of Our Time": Film and Architecture 1877-Present
In the latter half of the 19th century new building technologies were separating a concept called “space” from its trappings in tectonics. At the same time, the medium of photography was combined with the successive instants of the Gatling gun, liberating it from stasis and creating a new kind of pictorial space called “cinema”. The deep kinship of these two arts--Le Corbusier called them “the only two arts of our time”-- is the topic of this lecture course. We will look at what these two art forms have meant to each other for the past hundred years and how each has managed to challenge, usurp or exploit the other. Students will be expected to read theoretical texts, watch difficult and hard to see films every week, and prepare remarks on source materials for each class. The course will consider work by: Marie Menken, Michael Snow, Takeshi Murata, Andrei Tarkovsky, Sergei Eisenstein, Carl Th. Dreyer, Dziga Vertov, Maya Deren, Oskar Fischinger, Howard Hawks, Michelangelo Antonioni, Steven Holl, Diller Scofidio Renfro, Bernard Tschumi, Hans Poelzig, Le Corbusier, and Edweard Muybridge among others.
Gardens of the Atlantic: Landscape and Enlightenment in the Atlantic World
This seminar considers the diverse landscapes of the Atlantic World at the end of the eighteenth century. This includes productive as well as formal landscapes and gardens across Europe, the Americas, West Africa, and the Caribbean. We examine the plantation landscapes of the West Indies and the Southern United states; French and English gardens of a rising colonial bourgeoisie; the slave factories of western Africa; “repatriation” projects to relocate freed slaves in Africa; and the botanical gardens that served as testing grounds for agricultural development. These landscapes existed as privileged sites within the networks of agricultural, capital, and human exchange that, taken together, constitute the modern phenomenon of the Atlantic System - networks that also served as conduits for the transnational circulation of revolutionary ideas, stemming equally from the European Enlightenment discourse and the lived experiences of enslaved peoples. We thus consider the landscapes of marronage and slave insurrection as efforts towards a radical reconfiguration of the Atlantic System.
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Reality and its Representation
It is obvious that if one is to consider the problem of “red pill / blue pill” in architectural representation, the architect has decided to swallow the “blue pill”. Nowadays, most of the architectural imagery is soaked in a blossoming happiness with nauseating effects and always overly controlled and precise to the point of acquiring non-humanistic tones. And despite the high level of legibility, what you see is not what you get. The result is hard on the edge but slimy on the inside. It can be grasped, but when confronted or squeezed it slips away.
This advanced seminar in architecture will start from the premise that representation may produce rather than repeat reality. Via thorough analysis of past and present modes of architectural representation, we will engage in speculations about a future reality shaped by responsibility, acceptance, and inclusion.
While the main structure of the class is lecture based, we will often operate in a design studio mode through open and collective critiques. The students will be asked to constantly draw, model, and write. A minimum knowledge in computer graphics and model construction is required. Finally, the objective of this seminar is to enable the students to think very clearly about architectural representation in particular, and the world in general, while building up advanced skills in image making.
Between the Lines: Borders, Territory and Space
This course focuses on urbanism and architecture’s relationship with borders as political, ecological, and topological conditions. As key instruments in defining the logistics of space and territory, borders operate at multiple scales from the local to the global, and from the constructed to the imaginary. Students will explore how borders reinforce inclusion and exclusion in urbanism, and how designers can engage with, and transform, border conditions as they navigate on the edge, margins and thresholds in-between.
Sustain & Support: Urbanism In the Military Orbit
A close interrogation of the U.S. military's architectural and infrastructural arsenal reveals that the military-industrial complex is alive and well and increasingly intertwined with the technological strata of daily civilian life. This seminar examines clandestine, accidental, and under-acknowledged urbanisms sponsored by the Department of Defense and establishes a journalistic research methodology to analyze the spatial and logistical operations of statecraft. Through the gradual development of a comprehensive report, students will produce drawings and texts to articulate, visualize, and critique a world which is so often made opaque by design. Working in pairs, students will develop a body of research around a single episode chosen from the recent history of the military and adopt an avatar to focus their inquiry for the duration of the semester.
ARC399H1 Summer 2019
Please note that ARC399H1 is not available for ACORN enrolment, and can only be requested through the application process detailed below.
ARC399H1F LEC0101 - Mobile Activator
Instructor: Reza Nik (June 3rd - 14th)
How do you design and build a simple mobile activator that can be used by various existing social movements in Toronto as a communicative tool while being economical, light, and architecturally impactful? Students will work closely with the community in Parkdale and the Parkdale Land Trust, an advocacy group that has been working for a more just approach to gentrification through novel forms of urban intervention.
ARC399H1F LEC0102 - Daniels x Lululemon
Instructor: Jay Pooley (June 17th - 28th)
Working together as a small and concentrated team, students will spend two weeks designing and building a pavilion in partnership with Lululemon Toronto. The structure will explore challenges of site, program, scale and fabrication across a spectrum of techniques. The goal of the course is to enable students to form a sense of self-reliance towards making, and to narrow the gap between designing and building.
ARC399H1S LEC0101 - Urban Dock
Instructor: Clinton Langevin & Max Yuristy (July 8th - 19th)
The Urban Dock will be a working prototype for human occupation of the existing breakwater structure in Toronto’s west end. This scalable proof of concept project will identify and test the necessary processes, partners, community allies and expertise to successfully deploy segments of a linear public space along the western Toronto waterfront and beyond. In this studio, students will be given the opportunity to design, build, and launch a prototypical segment of the Urban Dock at the west end beaches or as an installation at The Bentway.
ARC399H1S LEC0102 - Wellington, PEC
Instructors: Matthew Kennedy & Mark Erickson (July 15th - 28th)
In this course, we will be working closely with the community of Wellington, Prince Edward County to create a civic project that will be incorporated in to the streetscape of the town. Using simple, locally available materials that are easy to source and assemble, this could include materials such as SPF lumber, concrete, steel, and plywood. Camping site options will be provided; there are also plenty of rental accommodations, but students will be responsible to find accommodations that are comfortable for them.
How To Apply to ARC399H1
In a brief paragraph (maximum 250 words), please indicate the specific studio you are interested in and describe how you will gain a better understanding of the role of the architect through this collaborative design-build studio. Applications should be emailed to email@example.com with the subject “ARC399H1: LASTNAME, STUDENT NUMBER” as early as possible and no later than Friday April 5th.
Note: This course can be considered an exclusion for ARC314H1 upon student request.
Decisions will be made by mid-April. Students who have been successfully selected to enrol in a ARC399H, will be automatically added to ACORN.