Rhode Island School of Design
Department of Architecture

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231 South Main St
Providence RI 02903
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Advancing Analog and Digital Craft

Practicing Environmental Ethics

Building a Discursive Culture of Architecture

Disseminating Design Research

Innovating Pedagogical Practices

Mining the Core of the Discipline

Fabricating at One to One

Engaging Material Ecologies

In the Fall Making of Design Principles Studio, students re-considered architectural elements that we often take for granted. In avoidance of defaults, Chunxin Yu, @chunxinyu, (in @lostritto section) designed a cubic inhabitable door.

Min Jin Kook’s work from Making of Design Principles studio ( taught by Jacqueline Shaw @jcqlntshw), which considered artifacts (human-made autonomous objects) and elements (the constituent parts of an architectural construct). In this setting even the most fundamental aspects of architecture are open for reconsideration and design.

Visitors to the redesigned Safariland Zoo in Detroit descend below the Prairie Dog burrows, learning about their complex architectural and social structures during their descent. Through a series of play structures, a reciprocal relationship between human and animal is achieved through simultaneous gradual and abrupt sectional relationships. Work by Jae Hoon Jang in Jacqueline Shaw & Erin Putalik Advanced Studio

Our event series starts Monday with a lecture by @_rghosn! Rania is founding partner of @_designearth, which is exhibiting “Aquarium Pacific” in our gallery. Their recent book, Geostories, will be available for purchase and signing at the reception. 6:00! #📖 #🌍 #🌎 #🌏 #✍🏼 #🍷 This year the event series is curated by @jcqlntshw

Work by @acezzr in #gradsummer #gradsummerspatial studio taught by Cara Liberatore of @prsicandprsic. The prompt for this animation notes, “Graphic projection is an essential tool of architectural representation, permitting a three-dimensional object to be depicted on a two-dimensional plane. The projected image is inherently false, a constructed reality, separate from our lived experience. Its static nature is, however, problematic in its refusal of occupation. The sequencing of still images offers another kind of fiction, but one that might more actively engage with the problem of space as it exists over time.”

Drawing for the 📺 by Carmen Yuexin Sun in #gradsummerdrawing taught by @lostritto. The final project for the drawing course prompts for two layers from two projection types—one from before and one from after—to be resolved into one drawing.

@clare7124’s model of an art center in Providence for @bobmohr’s section of Architectural Design in response to the prompt: “...speculate on how concepts and constraints will meet one another and form hierarchies in the space of the building to create a new form of architecture for artists and the public...”

​Josh ​Xiaoyan Ren​'s model for Architectural Design spring 18 in professor Lauren Bordes' (@laurenmalanebordes) section. From the syllabus: "Architecture exists at the intersection of complex forces outside of its direct control. Though artistic in origin, it​ ​​is judged on its ability to resolve these forces into something more than their direct sum. Indeed, architecture’s​ ​mandate is to imaginatively catalyze heterogeneous social, economic, and material circumstances into new forms​ ​​of beauty.​"​

@sunouqiao’s paraboloid space inside a scaffold sphere for #gradsummerdrawing

Another (different) interpretation of a Josef Albers painting. This one is by @brad.lui for professor Cara Liberatore’s (@prsicandprsic) #gradsummerspatial studio. Check that thick/thin detail in the upper corner ☝️

Như Thị Quỳnh Lê’s semi-secret pseudo-sphere inside an abstract scaffold made in the #gradsummerdrawing course taught by @lostritto

Mikéla Sumner’s (M.Arch ’20) project in Professor Silvia Acosta’s (@sixdegreesarc) section of Architectural Design, which this spring directed students to design an art center for the city of Providence. The syllabus states that architectural design is, “best described as a mediation between the abstract and the real, with the building itself the primary testbed of architectural experimentation…we probe the differences in the way architects and artists operate in the world through the construction of the material and the conceptual–that is to say, the things we make and how they convey meaning.” Spring 2018 Architectural Design was taught by Silvia Acosta, Lauren Bordes (@laurenmalanebordes @malanebenedetto), Aaron Forrest (@aaaaronforrrreesstt ), Cara Liberatore (@prsicandprsic), Bob Mohr (@bobmohr), and Ben Pell (@_benpell).

The Book of Thesis Books published by the RISD center for Arts & Language is available online. It categorizes exemplary Masters Thesis books into five categories: Academic Thesis, Monograph, Project Document, Mosaic Essay, and Artist's Book.

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Designing the Cosmos, an intriguing Wintersession studio, was designed and taught by two M.Arch students. Over the span of five weeks, students were each asked to both imagine a new universe and—from interstellar space to an urban area —design it.

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In Praise of King’s Noble Discontent, Dr. Cornel West @CornelWest, speaks at RISD (full video available)

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"When I use the word 'constructed' I don’t do it casually, since I think of printmaking as extension of my work as an architect, something like 'architecture by other means' if you wish." –Professor Gabriel Feld @readingthecity at the opening of exhibit

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Thanks to the efforts of graphic designer Andrew LeClair [RISD MFA, 2012], and faculty members Emanuel Admassu, Laura Briggs, Aaron Forrest and Carl Lostritto, RISD Architecture has a new visual identity. Inspired by the diversity of approaches and schools of thought within our department, rather than produce a logo, LeClair designed a mark-making tool. Now we have the potential to have as many RISD Architecture marks, as there are unique individuals and perspectives within the department. Stay tuned as we roll out marks by notable architects and educators from our lecture series, as well as renowned RISD Architecture Alumni.