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ALAR 4020-8020

Tools for Conviviality

Every Spring, “Option Studios” are offered to both Landscape and Architecture students. They give a chance to both disciplines to learn from each other and their ways of working.

This Spring, we are especially lucky to have Lionel Devlieger of Rotor join us as the 2011 Robertson Chair in the “Tools for Conviviality” Studio. Along with Professor Lucia Phinney, the studio will be studying the industrial process of wood and wood waste in an effort to design products from perceptually useless material. The studio is organized into 3 parts:

Project 1 The Wood-cycle in Construction: a Closed Loop?

Project 2 Virginia im Frühling

Project 3 Tools for Conviviality

Read more about what we plan to do in our course blog!

From the course blog:

Lionel Devlieger is the 2011 Robertson Chair.  He holds a masters degree in Architecture and Civil Engineering as well as a doctorate in Architecture from Ghent University. His dissertation, On the Birth of Artifact: Architecture, Alchemy and Power in Late-Renaissance Florence, focuses on the work of Benedetto Varchi .  His impressively diverse and active practice encompasses teaching, fabrication, theory, and design.  He is a founding partner of Rotor.

Rotor http://rotordb.org   “is a team of designers and theorists based in Brussels and sharing an interest in the flux of materials through industry and construction.  On a practical level, Rotor handles the conception and realization of design and architectural projects. On a theoretical level, Rotor develops critical positions on material resources, waste, and reuse strategies through research, publications, writings and conferences.” Most recently, Rotor has designed the 2010 Belgian pavilion for the Venice Architecture Biennale.

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