MM CaLL Partnership

MM CaLL Partnership





Contact: Azra  Aksamija


Other Contact: Joel Lamere


BROADWAY Site: Canal Street

Link to MIT course descriptionMIT_Course Overview


Notes & Responses: We believe that the first phase of our course (ca. 4-5 weeks, Starting in February 2012) would be best suitable for our participation in “Broadway 1000 Steps” in NY.  We hope to gather the funding necessary to include a weekend trip to NYC during this phase. Depending on the research dynamics of the class, as well as the achieved projects, we would be open to extending our participation for the rest of the semester and eventually exhibiting student work in a joint exhibition.


Committed and Time Frame: Our participation would frame the first phase of an interdisciplinary course that Azra Aksamija and I (Joel Lamere) are currently developing for the Spring Semester 2012, as a collaboration between two disciplinary groups within MIT’s Department of Architecture  (Azra Aksamija for Art, Culture and Technology and Joel Lamere for Architectural Design).  Entitled “Object Geographies: Dis-assembly / Re-assembly Workshop in Art and Architecture,” our course is targeted at the undergraduate population, with a 20-student limit, but it will include a limited number of graduate students. The course explores the material manifestations of cultural globalization within an urban context, through the lens of small-scale artifacts and public infrastructure. More precisely, it examines how the production of space evolves from the friction between globalization’s two contradictory forces: homogenization and heterogenization.


Our course will be subdivided into three phases: 1. Mapping of Urban Context, 2. Dis-assembly, and 3. Re-assembly. The first phase will be centered on research and methodologies for the analysis of an urban context, aimed at collecting a robust set of data, and precise observations pertaining to a specific site (the site that we picked is Canal Street). Students will then shift to concentrate on object “dis-assembly,” producing a deep understanding of the resource origins, cultural histories, geometries and fabrication processes engendered within specific objects. The remainder of the course will focus on the manifestation of urban provocations – physical objects grounded in rigorous research – that “re-assemble” these disparate strands of site and object analysis, laying bare the inextricable link between the particularities of a place and its participation in global networks and ecologies.

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