Advanced Studio Update: Between Content and Container

By Dongyue Zhang | Nov 04, 2015

Students from Emanuel Admassu‘s advanced studio have presented their mid-semester project recently. At a moment when the discipline seems to finally be recovering from the shock of the Global Financial Crisis, students are sampling from a series of architectural projects that were generated directly after the shock of May, 1968. This studio examines the notion of architecture as the difference between ‘content’ and ‘container’1. ‘Content’ is defined by a selection of architectural concepts that will be carefully sampled, edited and combined, while ‘container’ will be defined by the analysis of a specific site of contestation within Providence. To that end, studio participants will begin by developing precise definitions for “failure” as it pertains to the discipline of architecture (content) and the city of Providence (container). The aim is to develop a critical framework for the on-going verification of concepts. Once the collective catalog has been established, studio participants will test several combinations of difference between concept and context.


“Our approach is highly pragmatic. We don’t start out with a theory. We respond to circumstances and then bring theory to them, as necessary.” -Robert Venturi


Is ‘failure’ defined by architecture’s inability to instrumentalize the past?

Is ‘failure’ defined by architecture’s lack of irony?

Is ‘failure’ defined by architecture’s lack of agility?

Is ‘failure’ defined by architecture’s lack of agency?


Is ‘failure’ defined by a city’s inability to mind the gap?

Is ‘failure’ defined by a city’s lack of optimism?

Is ‘failure’ defined by a city’s resistance to difference?

Is ‘failure’ defined by a city’s nostalgic reflex?

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Sample Study | Brion Cemetery, 1978 (Carlo Scarpa) by Daejong Kim

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Sample Study | Cannaregio, 1978 (Peter Eisenman) by Celeste Martinez


Sample Study | The Dutch Parliament Extension, 1978 (OMA) by Brandon Wang


Sample Study | Exeter Library, 1971 (Louis Khan) by Jennifer Park

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Sample Study | Quinta Da Malaguiera, 1973 (Alvaro Siza) by Frank Gonzalez

Analytical Drawing | Hunbae Chang, Jennifer Park, Sehr Yaqoob

Analytical Drawing | Hunbae Chang, Jennifer Park, Sehr Yaqoob

Proposal | Hunbae Chang, Jennifer Park, Sehr Yaqoob

Proposal | Hunbae Chang, Jennifer Park, Sehr Yaqoob

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Analytical Drawing | Chereth Hines, Daejeong Kim

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Proposal | Chereth Hines, Daejeong Kim

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Analytical Drawing | Celeste Martinez, Nadine Zaza

Proposal | Celeste Martinez, Nadine Zaza

Proposal | Celeste Martinez, Nadine Zaza

Proposal | Ariel Resnick, Frank Gonzalez

Proposal-1 | Ariel Resnick, Frank Gonzalez

Proposal-2 | Ariel Resnick, Frank Gonzalez

Proposal-2 | Ariel Resnick, Frank Gonzalez


Analytical Site Plan | Brandon Wang, Tai Shaw


Proposal | Brandon Wang, Tai Shaw

Advanced Studio: Content and Container

Spring 2017 Events

  • February 23, 6:30 PM Brett Schneider, Guy Nordenson and Associates & RISD Architecture
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