Atelier-RE | Field Core B – Lab Core C
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Field Core B & Lab Core C — Interventions | Fall 2016

This course is a hands-on investigation into how people engage with the world around them, powered by a motivation to explore and to develop new modes of perception. Using everything from low-tech electronics to social media, students will learn to interact with people and places with the goal of generating new insights into each.

The class project is to design a series of ‘Seeing Machines.’ These seeing machines should identify an aspect of a community that you think is significant, hidden in plane site or is not typically accessible (examples – behind the counter, intimate moments, when someone lights up) or some inequality or issue (race, gender, access). These seeing machines should both expose you and document for others this unique dimension. Part one includes identifying what issue/place/moment you would like to reveal then exploring what you would like to collect or exchange and how that will be possible. Consider both quantitative and qualitative aspects of these communities. Your design iterations and data collection should include a mix of both digital and physical assets.


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Everyday Urbanism – Introduction

Margaret Crawford covers the origins of ‘everyday urbanism’ which serves as the contextual foundation of how this class looks at site and programmed spaces—particulary with Los Angeles. This argues that a certain dialogue of temporal modalities and tactical operations occur in public space.


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Blurring the Boundaries: Public Space and Private Life 

Margaret Crawford goes in more detail on how certain areas of Los Angeles has become places of tactical operations both challenging and negotiating set rules of public space. This article sheds light on how the Projects Sites for this class developed into multi-faceted places of many issues from access, populations growth, equity and race.


Class Presentation 1

Slides from Class Presentation on September 22, 2017

These selected works are meant to serve as inspiration and reference to your on going work. They are all working within an urban spatial context but vary in scale and execution while integrating various levels of media and technology.

Reverse Graffiti (link)

Heavy Trash (link)

Related Project: Raumlabour – Terran Vague

Immaterials: Light painting WiFi (link)

Related Project: Graffiti Research Lab

Site Portals – UrbanRock Design(link)

Errol Morris, Interrotron(link)

Claire Wyckoff(link)

Ned Khan – Wind Veil(link)

The Mobile Museum link)

Available Office Hours

Sep 27 — 5:00pm -7:30pm
Oct 4 — 5:00pm -7:00pm
Oct 9— 3:30pm -7:30pm
Oct 10 — 4:30pm -6:00pm
Oct 12 — 5:00pm -7:30pm
Oct 17— 3:30pm -5:30pm
Oct 18— TBD

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