Man, Machine + The Industrial Landscape

Building Science + Technology

Fall 2012

Sean A. Gallagher, instructor, with John Barrett

Industrialized communities are prevalent in every corner of the world today, and as a result the global population is now more urban than rural. Over the next century, existing and developing metropolises will have to reconsider traditional relationships between industrial and public territories in order to accommodate and sustain an increased level of demand for space and services.

This course examined past and present strategies of meeting the growing industrial and infrastructural demands of our society.  In order to identify areas where industrial technologies and/or landscapes might be recalibrated to serve future infrastructural networks, the course explored new relationships between the public, local ecology and industry.  Through lectures, field trips, self-directed research and student design projects, the course helped frame an understanding of the means and methods of industrial activities ranging from mining to waste management with a focus on current and future techniques of material extraction, refinement, and redistribution.

Students produced writings and drawings analyzing and reimagining the current state and potential futures of industrial processes and sites. Students were encouraged to use their research assignment as a way of investigating interesting and unfamiliar industrial processes, but more importantly as a means to initiate a thesis for why and how architects can influence the necessary change in structuring our growing communities.

Michael Bosbous + Sarah Hussaini A
Michael Georgopolous B
Nicholas Reiter C
Tiffany Rattray D