Satellite Campus in Chicago 

ARCH 573 | Spring 2013
Assistant Professor Therese Tierney 

How  can  education  prepare  designers  for  a  world  that  doesn’t  exist  yet?    How  can  the  practice  of  architecture participate   in that  discussion?    In an increasingly  complex  world,  architectural   problems  require  multiple  knowledges and  expertise  – whether  structural,   sustainable   or social.     Furthermore,   urban  research  and  innovation   require  new models in order to address such challenges as non-renewable  energy, mobility, and climate change.  Responding to these challenges, colleges are being tasked with reimagining the 21st century context of design education.

Over the course of the semester this studio will investigate and design a new Satellite Campus for Art + Architecture, integrating  a multidisciplinary  approach  inclusive  of all scales  from  the individual  to the megacity.    Students  are asked to  reflect  on  the  future  of design  education,   specifically,   what  skills  and  knowledges   will  architects   need  in the  21st century?


Once  a city  shaped  by a boundary  condition  of heavy  industrialization,  Chicago  has  transformed   itself  to one  of the most   connected    and   creative   metropolises    in  the   country   under   the   influence   of  a  new   set   of  postindustrial prerogatives: instantaneous access to information and new research agendas. The city has always stood out for its spatiotemporally  compressed infrastructural development, particularly in the domain of urban form.    As a response, this  studio  leverages  the  positive  implications  of  densification  as  a  method  to  understand  future  architectural interventions,    a  desire   that  is  realized   and  reproduced    through   proximity   to  ubiquitous   technologies    connecting individuals  both with one another  and with the urban  environment.

Building  upon  the City of Chicago’s  ambitions,  the site for the satellite  campus  is located  adjacent  to the Merchandise Mart, currently the nexus of Google, Motorola, and 1871 – an incubator space to many internet and cleantech start-up companies.    While  the former  industrial  neighborhood   has a rich history  of cultural  production  – art studios,  theatrical productions and gallery spaces - today it is a hotbed of innovative and entrepreneurial activity.

The  design   studio   will  focus   on  design,   theory,   technology,    and  urbanism.      The  first  half  of  the  semester   will emphasize   research,   site  analysis,   diagramming,   programming,   and  architectural   studies,  leading  up  to  final schematic   design  investigations.    Additional   guest  lectures,   discussions,   field  trips,  digital  workshops,   mid  and  final reviews,  and public events  will also be planned  to incorporate,  introduce,  and involve  students  with contemporary design  culture.