Lebanese American University

New York Academic Center

TRAVELING STUDIO AND INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP

September 6 – 16, 2014

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course, co-taught by Erhard Schütz and Aseel Honein, deepens 27 architecture students’ knowledge of metropolitan urbanism and offers them first-hand exposure to iconic New York City architectural sites. Participants identify one or more abstract themes that they are exposed to in the city, such as “security,” “freedom,” “pursuit of happiness,” and “a city that does not sleep.” They illustrate these themes in a collage, and identify locations in the city for the sketch exercise. The course concludes with a review of the students’ work by local architects and faculty, as well as a final rendering and poster for an exhibition at the LAU Byblos campus.

Site visits include buildings designed by Pritzker Prize-winning laureates; Thom Mayne’s stunning new academic building for the Cooper Union; the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); Richard Meier Model Museum; The High Line; and the firms of Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA / Selldorf Architects and Susannah C. Drake / dlandstudio.


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