(Design 7 - Summer 2011 @ FIU co-taught with Malik Benjamin)
“Since the recent rediscovery of the street as the core element of all urbanism, the simplest solution to this complex and ambiguous condition would be to undo the ‘mistakes’ of the fifties and sixties and to build again along the plot lines, as a sign of a regained historical consciousness”.
- Rem Koolhaas, IBA 1987 - KOCH-/FRIEDRICHSTRASSE, BLOCK 4 Proposal, 1988
“The relationships and affairs of the typical metropolitan (environment) are usually so varied and complex that without the strictest punctuality in promises and services the whole structure would break down into an inextricable chaos. Above all, this necessity is brought about by the aggregation of so many people with such differentiated interest, who must integrate their relation and activities into a highly complex organism”.
- Georg Simmel, The Metropolis and Mental Life, 1903
This class proposes a speculative design-build studio, which investigates US-41 that runs through Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and ends in Michigan in cul-de-sac. This street/road/highway is not only Calle Ocho in Miami and Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, but allows for an urban analysis of the conditions which arise along its axis and also situates contemporary urbanism in a realm of situationist possibility through the speculative proposal of engaging it through a vehicle; and with the end result being far more engaged with a culture, than the vehicular studies of the 1960s and 70s (i.e. Robert Simthson’s Monuments of Passaic, Ventrui Scott-Brown’s Learning from Las Vegas, as well as Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles and his book, Los Angeles and its Four Ecologies). Through a careful introduction to some of the theories and traveling urbanism’s of the past 50 years, as well as an architectural production of a M.U.D. (Mobile Urban Device in the form of a trailer) and the production of script called M.A.P.(s) (Mobile Architectural Planning Scripts), this studio will engage with the emerging nature of speculative architecture, in the form of performative mobile urbanism.