East Africa: Advanced Studio
6 credits (ARCH-21ST-03)
Mar. 24 - April 2: Tanzania (Dar es Salaam & Zanzibar)
Faculty: Emanuel Admassu (RISD Architecture)
At a moment when our cultural discourse is expounded through polarized media and heightened tribalism, we will be sampling from a series of architectural projects that were generated during the rise of ‘multiculturalism’. This studio examines the notion of architecture as the difference between ‘content’ and ‘container’. ‘Content’ is defined by a selection of architectural concepts that will be carefully sampled, edited and combined, while ‘container’ will be defined by the analysis of a specific site of contestation in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. To that end, studio participants will begin by developing precise definitions for “failure” as it pertains to the discipline of architecture (content) and the Kariakoo market (container). The aim is to develop a critical framework for the on-going verification of concepts. Once the collective catalog has been established, studio participants will test several combinations of difference between concept and context.
“Western civilization habitually identifies itself with civilization as such on the pontifical assumption that what is not like it is a deviation, less advanced, primitive, or, at best, exotically interesting at a safe distance.” Aldo Van Eyck
Permission of Instructor required.
Estimated Travel Cost: TBD – airfare included (cost includes: accommodation, field trips, local transportation, group dinners + some meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance).