On August 6th, Michael Golec came to speak about his work on Geoffroy Tory’s Champ Fleury, a book where the 16th century humanist and printer, presented a new typeset, meant for the new machine age, and based on the proportions of the human body. We drew parallels between the chateau and the book, as Michael explained the relationship between the original 1525 book and its early 20th century english translation by Bruce Rogers. According to Michael, Bruce Rogers' ambition was to bring Tory’s work to the true machine age and create what Tory would have wanted if the advancement in print making had been more developed.
We have made great progress last week. We now have Argo. We thought we had discovered it, but in fact Roland Barthes had already described it as “an object with no other cause than its name, with no other identity than its form”. We have Argo’s nauts, explorers like us who glean truths and lessons in historical building. We have time (well, not really) and space. And we know that what goes up must come back down (or does it?). The team is drawing, composing and by Tuesday, for our next review, we will have all the pieces of puzzle. Everything will be a lot easier from then on.
After just two weeks into the Realizing Chambord studio and hours of research, translations from the French, drawing numerous roofs and chimneys, and conversation about Utopia, we are only beginning to see the spark of a light about what we will submit for the 500th anniversary exhibition of the Chateau. Mid Review is this Tuesday: we will be moving faster from now on. No more of the spinning heads and random mouse clicks that Charlie Miller described in the storyboarding of his impressions about Chambord.
1468 AIADO 4956 6W2 session: July 9 – August 17
Mondays and Wednesday (9:00am-4:00pm) + Tuesdays (6:00-9:00pm)
Faculty: Odile Compagnon and Jade Boudreaux
Lines, Words, or Numbers: Which Does Utopia Require Most?
With this question, we invite you to enter a reflection on the ultimate future of a historic monument: the Château de Chambord at Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France and to participate in an exhibition: “Chambord Inachevé”, which will mark the 500th anniversary of its construction.
The Domaine National de Chambord, and the office of Dominique Perrault Architect who will curate the exhibit, is inviting twenty architecture schools, worldwide, to propose a speculative vision for the monument, utilizing the concept of Utopia, which was essential at the time of its development.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is responding to this invitation and proposes a 3 credit elective multidisiplinary summer studio. In this studio, we will explore a forward-thinking response not only to address the fundamental values set forth by Renaissance thinkers, but also to demonstrate SAIC’s position in imagining the world of tomorrow, through drawing, storytelling and computing. We will discuss questions such as the role of architecture in representing fictional narratives, past present and future intersections between art, science and philosophy, and the importance of buildings in political discourses. The studio will produce, collectively, the 2D, 3D and 4D deliverables for the exhibition: a series of 20 digital images and one short film.