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Architecture & Landscape Design

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Wednesday, Oct 16 | 7-8:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-ARC-0862
1 session | 1.5 contact hours | tuition $60


Description

This lecture will begin to uncover the career and process of Mies van der Rohe, exploring his influence on the German avant-garde in the 1920s and 1930s and following him to Chicago at the outbreak of WWII. Van der Rohe was an innovative avant-garde architect and educator, as well as the last director of the Bauhaus, a seminal school in modern architecture. His work is characterized by clarity, simplicity, and free-flowing open space. His "skin and bones" architecture pioneered a transition away from the traditional neoclassical design of the early 20th century, abandoning all ornament and relying on modern materials like industrial steel and plate glass. He took interest in prefabricated steel structures and adaptable spaces, eventually transitioning to design a number of museums and private homes.


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Shapiro (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesday, Nov 6 | 7-8:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-ARC-0866
1 session | 1.5 contact hours | tuition $60


Description

Finnish architect, artist and designer Alvar Aalto's career spanned six decades and various media, including sculpture, textiles, and furniture as well as building design. Though his early work drew heavily from Nordic Classicism, he quickly adopted a more functionalist aesthetic as he traveled throughout Europe and familiarized himself with International Style Modernism. However, Aalto quickly developed his own stylistic approach -- what is now considered Scandinavian Modern -- wherein he combined a concern for natural materials, simplification of style, and an interest in technical experimentation. He adopted a more daring approach to modernism, introducing organic shapes and movement to his work that was often lacking in the pure modernism of Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius. Through this lecture, we will explore Aalto's career, focusing on his interest in the concept of a Gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art), wherein the architect would design not only a building, but also the interior surfaces, furniture and decor, making sure all coalesced into one unified design.


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Shapiro (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Oct 13 - Nov 3 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-PHO-1606
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


Description

Providence is a city rich in diverse architectural styles, from colorful and elegant residences to timeworn mills and merchant buildings. Appropriately, it is a miles-wide classroom for the investigation of photographic techniques, from the technical rudiments of exposure, focus and metering to the aesthetic decisions that inform compositional choices. The course begins with a historical presentation, accompanied by classroom discussion leading to assignments (in class and as homework), where students learn best practices that lead to better photographs of the urban landscape.

Applies to: ID-E, PG-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
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