Reveries (ARC4124.01)

Donald Sherefkin

Students will develop solitary retreats for a writer/reader/dreamer. We will explore the links between poetics and architecture through the close study of texts and images. The structures will be inspired by poetry and conducive to reverie.

There are aspects of poetry that share qualities with architecture: structure, rhythm, repetition, shape, etc. Particular to architecture is the tectonics of building, encompassing materials, textures and systems of assembly. Each of these elements hold poetic potential. The studio’s physical engagement with a place, with time, with weather and the seasons offer further opportunities for expression. Examples can be found in John Hejduk’s Masques, Raimund Abraham’s Dream Buildings and projects by the French Enlightenment visionaries, Boullee, Ledoux and Lequeu. Through digital and analog drawing and modeling we will test strategies for visual composition, tectonic legibility, and translation from text to object.

The grounds of the Robert Frost Stone House and Museum will provide the site for the studios. Each student will select a location for their project after a careful study of the land and its prospects.

Learning Outcomes:
Students in Visionary should be able to:
1. Understand the spatial and tectonic connections between architecture and the written word.
2. Develop a concept from idea through realization through an iterative process.
3. Present the results in a graphically coherent and compelling manner.
4. Verbally communicate the conceptual content of the projects.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor (email
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
Th 1:40PM - 5:20PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Architecture , Four Credit , Fully In-Person