Climatic Territories    Critics:  Diana Balmori  &  Joel Sanders    The project proposes a new model for Facebook’s digital data-centers in Prineville, Oregon. Seeking to challenge traditional notions of architectural enclosure, the thickened layer of performative climactic infrastructure that constitutes the contemporary data center plenum is extended into the landscape beyond. The ambition is to consider architecture as an expanded climactic field; enclosure is conceived of as a gradated condition, mediated not by walls, roofs or windows, but rather by processes of condensation, convection and cooling. The transformative potential of this approach is explored in the design of an adjacent ‘mist park.’ Here, the atmospheric products of the data center’s filtration, ventilation and humidification systems produce a space in which the interface between architecture and landscape is presented as a fluid, unstable condition that challenges assumptions of landscape as a benign surface for pleasure.
       
     
  Hortus Conclusus    Critic: Peir Vittorio Aureli    Project team: Aaron Dresben, Nicholas Kehagias    This project asserts the necessity of a new form of housing for “the creative class” in the city of Newark. In opposition to contemporary notions of flexible and informal spaces for living and working, the project seeks to create a clearly defined space that provides accommodation, work space and library facilities for two hundred and fifty creative workers and local residents.    
       
     
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 Architecture & Books   Critic:  Luke Bulman    The medium of the book was explored as an expressive artifact capable of conveying the complex and fragmented nature of the architectural experience. A book of 256 images explored the possibility of describing an architectural icon - the Parthenon - solely through its visual representation. Juxtapositions, overlaps and inconsistencies were celebrated, and double page spreads were used to forge new connections between the events depicted on the Parthenon's frieze and contemporary events in Athens' recent history, such as the riots of 2010.  The second book in the series presents and interpretation of Italo Calvino's 'Invisible Cities.' Texts from the book are juxtaposed with mountains of garbage jettisoned at the end of a semester at the Yale School of Architecture, revealing the potential of the book to organize and transform the prosaic into the poetic. 
       
     
  The Piranesi Variations    Critic: Peter Eisenman   The course attempts use analysis as a means of determining how the project embedded within Piranesi’s Campo Marzio can affect practice today. Through a series of readings, seminars, and analytic drawings and models, the course sought to develop a discourse around the distinction between ‘autonomy’ and ‘absolute’ as defined by Pier Vittorio Aureli, and apply it to an understanding of Piranesi’s Campo Marzio as a way of moving project into practice. The results of the seminar were presented at the Venice Biennale as part of the exhibition: 'Piranesi Variations,' which included the work of Eisenman Architects, DOGMA and Jefferey Kipnis/Ohios State University.