The Material Fringe II

2011, University of Michigan

This seminar course taught at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning attempted to expand the discourse on materials and making by pointing digital techniques at eccentric material targets. Student groups developed speculative construction methods for non-standard materials through a process that combined physical experimentation, computational patterning, and digital fabrication. Novel material engagements were encouraged along two tracks that stemmed from the concept of "fringe." First, materials typically understood to be outside the conventional palette of architecture were mined for latent potential and second, the performance of conventional materials were extended through structural and cosmetic alterations. Both lines of movement attempted to direct architecture's material possibilities toward new affective terrain.

Instructor: Adam Fure