Advanced Studio | In Reverse

By Dongyue Zhang | Mar 11, 2016

West Village Pied-à-terre

New faculty members Gerald Bodziak and Emily Abruzzo are joining us this spring semester teaching an advanced studio, In Reverse. The studio unfolds with intense studies on ruins as remnants of architecture. Students’ research will be compiled into a design guide that will then inform a specific, sited architectural proposal by each student. Design work will draw on abstract qualities of, but not imitate, the precedents studied.

Ruins are places where time is an evident agent of change: structure, enclosure, appearance, and use shift from a space’s initial formulation. This passage of time is often enhanced by the overlay of nature—overgrowth, flooding, or the infill of earth begins to reclaim space once defined as architecture.

While ruins can sometimes be seen as problematic blight, the alternate view, which fetishizes historic and/or contemporary ruins, is just as prevalent. But looking at ruins can go beyond morbid curiosity; it can be generative. The picturesque is at work, but just as importantly, ruins demonstrate the meeting of structure and nature, a loose definition of enclosed space, notions of complete and incomplete form, the effects of siting, weathering, and materiality. Remnants of architectures past can also engender intrigue—they pique curiosity, encourage exploration, stir speculation, and suggest narrative. In this way, they embody some of the most powerful qualities of built space, even if in a deteriorated form.

Gerald Bodziak and Emily Abruzzo are the founding principles of Abruzzo Bodziak Architects. Their works includes spaces for art, homes, urban pavilions, and working environments as well as books, exhibitions, and speculations. Established by Emily Abruzzo and Gerald Bodziak, the firm’s work is defined by intellectual rigor and creativity, as the team’s extensive experience in construction and making informs each project’s execution. They will be giving a lecture in the architecture department about their practice on March 14th, followed by the opening of their exhibition in the Bayard Ewing Building gallery.




Audi Urban Future – Project NY / Air Rights-of-Way

Spring 2017 Events

  • February 23, 6:30 PM Brett Schneider, Guy Nordenson and Associates & RISD Architecture
  • March 2, 6:30 PM at RISD Auditorium Petra Blaisse, Inside Outside, Hosted with INTAR, Textiles, RISD Museum
  • February 27, 6:30 PM Jeanette Kuo, Karamuk*Kuo
  • March 13, 6:30 PM Allan Wexler, Allan Wexler Studio, Hosted with ID
  • March 16, 6:30 PM Jarrett Walker, Jarrett Walker + Associates
  • April 3, 6:30 PM Kunle Adeyemi, NLÉ, Yoder Lecture
  • April 24, 6:30 PM Nader & Katie Faulkner, NADAAA, Shoemaker Lecture
  • May 11, 6:30 PM Shumi Bose, Central Saint Martins & Architectural Association

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