Instructors: Victoria McReynolds // Mari Michael Glassell


2014 Venice Acculturation Seminar



COURSE INFO ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Course Schedule

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PROJECTS

Project 1 - Readings

Project 2 - Tools


ROSTER

2014 Participants


Faculty

Victoria McReynolds

Mari Michael Glassell


    


LOGISTIC UPDATE

Email your travel itinerary from the US to Venice and return to US to both Professor McReynolds and Professor Glassell by next acculturation meeting, April 22, so arrangements can be made regarding Venice arrival.



WEEK 14_PROJECT 01_READINGS / A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Complete reading, The Blue of Distance on Yves Klein and "Terra Incognita" from Rebecca Solnit's A Field Guide to Getting Lost for Week 14. The chapter ranges from pg 155 - 176.


Provide sketch requirement and wiki posting prior to the start of acculturation.


The Blue of Distance, "A Field Guide to Getting Lost" by Rebecca Solnit (2005) / Pages 155 - 176


Due Tuesday, April 22



WEEK 13_PROJECT 02_TOOLS / Drawing

There is no reading assigned for acculturation this week. Instead arrive tomorrow with all materials (measure, draw, record) completed for the Venice Studio.


Due Tuesday, April 15



WEEK 12_PROJECT 01_READINGS / A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Complete reading, The Blue of Distance on the Spaniard Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca from Rebecca Solnit's A Field Guide to Getting Lost for Week 12. The chapter ranges from pg 65 - 83.


Provide sketch requirement and wiki posting prior to the start of acculturation.


The Blue of Distance, "A Field Guide to Getting Lost" by Rebecca Solnit (2005) / Pages 65 - 83


Due Tuesday, April 8



WEEK 11_PROJECT 01_READINGS / Boundaries and Borders

Boundaries and Borders reading for week 11 by Richard Sennett is available on reserve for check out at the Architecture Library. This essay is located in book titled Living in the Endless Cities.


Provide sketch requirement and wiki posting prior to the start of acculturation.


Boundaries and Borders", by Richard Sennett (2011) / Pages 324 - 331


Due Tuesday, April 1



Phone Fees Overseas

An appropriate and well timed article in the New York Times Travel section on Being Smart About Phone Fees Overseas. The comment section is also very helpful for first-person experiences when using phone services abroad.


Being Smart About Phone Fees Overseas
by Stephanie Rosenbloom, March 19, 2014
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/travel/being-smart-about-phone-fees-overseas.html?hpw&rref=travel&_r=0


--Victoria McReynolds 16:34, 20 March 2014 (CDT)



Koolhaas gives details of Venice Architecture Biennale 2014

Dezeen and ArchDaily post announcement by Rem Koolhaas on the Venice Architecture Biennale in a press conference on Monday.


Dezeen : Venice Biennale 2014 will "sever connections with contemporary architecture" says Rem Koolhaas

ArchDaily : Latest Details Released on Koolhaas' Venice Biennale 2014 "Fundamentals"


--Victoria McReynolds 21:24, 12 March 2014 (CDT)



WEEK 08_PROJECT 01_READINGS / Wandering, Being Lost, and Getting Lost

Readings for week 9 are available for check out at the Architecture Library and online at TTU ARES ARCH 4000 2014 Venice Acculturation Seminar. We will review the AA File article, "On Losing and Being Lost Again" by Adam Phillips and the first two chapters of Ian McEwan's "The Comfort of Strangers" (pages 9-29).


Provide sketch requirement and wiki posting prior to the start of acculturation.


On Losing and Being Lost Again, Adam Phillips, AA Files 59 (2009) / Page 12 - 17

The Comfort of Strangers, Ian McEwan (1981) / Page 9 - 29


Due Tuesday, March 11



WEEK 07_PROJECT 01_READINGS / Learning from Venice

In keeping with week 8 upcoming topic Events: Sailors and Tourists, read Learning from Venice Perspecta 41 "Grand Tour" pages 140 - 141. This article is printed in the Yale Architecture Journal Perspecta which is located on the Architecture Library Periodical shelf.


Similar sketch requirement and wiki posting is required prior to the start of acculturation.

Learning from Venice, Grand Tour Perspecta 41 (2008) / Page 140 - 141


Due Tuesday, March 4



LOGISTIC UPDATE

As mentioned during class, all students should aim to arrive in Venice by 12:00 NOON, Wednesday, May 28th. Your initial arrival is intended to offer time to settle into your apartments, check in with each professor, and attend the orientation session. We will also have dinner together within the city.

Please let both Professor McReynolds and Professor Glassell know your itinerary and method of arrival as soon as possible so we may coordinate collective transportation.



WEEK 06_PROJECT 01_READINGS / Aldo Rossi

This week read Aldo Rossi's A Scientific Autobiography pages 1 - 3 and 65 - 69. Depending on technical solution this book is to be on reserve at the CoA library. If it is not on reserve locate it on the shelf and scan in the necessary pages.


Continue to post sketches to your individual wiki page, refer to Michael Rotondi's sketches as an example of fineness and intention, "thinking through sketching". Continue to sketch consciously, improve techniques of various drawing utensils, line weights, and density. Apply your skills as an Architectural Thinker when generating these sketches.


Aldo Rossi, A Scientific Autobiography / Page 1-3 & 65-69


Due Tuesday, Feb 25



WEEK 05_PROJECT 01_READINGS / Italo Calvino + Wallace Stevens

REMINDER: For each reading during the semester, students are to use their sketchbook to POSE ONE QUESTION that relates to the reading assigned. These questions are intended to create dialogue about cities, layers, scales, and Venice in particular. ADDITIONALLY, each student is to do ONE 15 MINUTE sketch in their sketchbooks that describe the reading.


Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities / Page 83-165

Wallace Steven, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird


Due Tuesday, Feb 11



PASSPORTS

Provide a scan of your passport to Mari Michael and Victoria by February 15 so we can verify everyones papers are in order.



PROGRAM DATES SET

Students, we have finalized the dates for the Venice Program and encourage you to begin looking for flights.


Students MUST arrive in Venice: Wednesday, May 28th

Last day of Program: Wednesday, July 9th

Optional Excursion: Wednesday, July 9th - Monday, July 14th


Please note, if you choose to join us on the optional excursion, a one-way ticket from Venice to Amsterdam on Wednesday, July 9th IS INCLUDED. >> Correction made on Feb. 3 to optional excursion completion date, previously posted as July 15, correction is July 14.


Please let us know if you have any questions.



PROJECT 01_READINGS / Invisible Cities

For each reading during the semester, students are to use their sketchbook to POSE ONE QUESTION that relates to the reading assigned. These questions are intended to create dialogue about cities, layers, scales, and Venice in particular. ADDITIONALLY, each student is to do ONE 15 MINUTE sketch in their sketchbooks that describe the reading.

Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities / Page 01 - Page 82

Due Tuesday, Feb 04