History and Theory of Landscapes: Notes on site-specificity

Karin Raith
Architecture, Building Construction
2019S, Vorlesungen (VO), 4.0 semester hours, course number S02468

Description

History and Theory of Landscapes: Notes on site-specificity in architecture

"Whether inside the white cube or out in the Nevada desert, whether architectural or landscape-oriented, site-specific art initially took the ‘site’ as an actual location, a tangible reality, its identity composed of a unique combination of constitutive physical elements...” This is one of the first sentences of Miwon Kwon's seminal text "One place after another: Notes on Site Specificity" (1997), which suggests that the 'site' has been interpreted in many ways since the beginnings of (explicitly) site-specific art.

For architecture, the term ‘site’ has a multitude of meanings - from the physical aspects of a place or region to its socio-economic and political conditions, from its topographical, geological and climatic characteristics to its cultural significance. Just as diverse are the relationships that architecture establishes with the given environment: from the pragmatic creation of living spaces to highly refined artistic dialogues, from adaptation to the geographic context to deliberate disruption of the situation. Both historical and contemporary architectural examples will be presented, illustrating this wide range of approaches.

We will analyze Miwon Kwon's paper to see which of the observations she presented also apply to site-specific architecture.
Download:
http://www.usfcam.usf.edu/CAM/exhibitions/2008_8_Torolab/Readings/One_Place_After_AnoterMKwon.pdf
http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0162-2870%28199721%2980%3C85%3AOPAANO%3E2.0.CO%3B2-I

Examination Modalities

Students have to read the text before the start of the course, present selected passages in class, discuss their relevance for the architectural discourse and illustrate their considerations with examples from the field of architecture.

Dates

07 March 2019, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space , "short presentation of the course" (preliminary discussion)
11 March 2019, 09:15–13:30 Seminar Room 6
18 March 2019, 09:15–13:30 Seminar Room 6
01 April 2019, 09:15–13:30 Seminar Room 6
08 April 2019, 09:15–13:30 Seminar Room 6
29 April 2019, 09:15–12:30 Seminar Room 6
06 May 2019, 09:15–12:30 Seminar Room 6
13 May 2019, 09:15–12:30 Seminar Room 6
20 May 2019, 09:15–12:30 Seminar Room 6
27 May 2019, 09:15–12:30 Seminar Room 6
03 June 2019, 09:15–12:30 Seminar Room 6
17 June 2019, 09:15–12:30 Seminar Room 6

Course Enrolment

From 11 February 2019, 20:50 to 11 March 2019, 20:50
Via online registration
via email: karin.raith@uni-ak.ac.at

co-registration: possible (4.0 ECTS)

Architecture (Master): Theory of Living Spaces (4.0 ECTS)

Individual courses: possible (4.0 ECTS)