New York City, July 8 - August 16, 2002
Pratt Institute School of Architecture is proud to announce its annual
International Summer Seminar on Architecture and Urban Design to take place
in New York City, from July 8 through August 16, 2002. Join us at Pratt
for, what we can say is both, timely and timeless architectural research
towards the invention of new urban forms and meanings. The Pratt Summer
Seminar consists of architectural design studios, supported by history and
theory lecture courses, focused on developing specific New York themes and
The program is conceived as a laboratory of educational experiments
and where possible, actual urban interventions. By assembling and mobilizing
an international team of teachers, practitioners and advanced students of
architecture and urban design, the International Seminar will stimulate,
focus and create an awareness of critical architectural and urban issues
faced by the modern metropolitan world.
This Yearâ€™s Theme:
BUILDING AT GROUND ZERO: HIGH AND DENSE ARCHITECTURE AFTER SEPTEMBER 11
The terrorists destroyed "statues" which represented a way of life. We used
to worry about Global Warming. We are now compelled to consider the
destruction of Architecture by human action. Actions driven by religious
arguments that are mixed with anger at globalization. How do we continue a
discussion of art and architecture and their meaning, when for some, such
symbols must be destroyed?
The question of how to rebuild downtown Manhattan is not a choice between
economic rationality or symbolic content. Today, the critical questions are
epistemological and utilitarian at once. The language of Architecture was
not destroyed on September 11, 2001, just radically transformed.
The era of the skyscraper is not over. How do we now build high and dense
cities? How, specifically, can Architecture still empower humans to
construct and transmit knowledge?
DESIGN COMPETITION: EXHIBIT AND AWARDS FOR DESIGN EXCELLENCE
The design effort during the entire seminar is conceived as a design
competition. The final jury will select one or more students who deserve
this form of special recognition based upon their studio project, course
work, and faculty recommendations. Prize winning projects will be exhibited
and presented at a public symposium in New York City. Non-Pratt students
will be eligible for scholarships to continue their studies at Pratt.
Housing is available upon request. Students who choose to live on campus are
housed in our air-conditioned residence halls. Rooms are single occupancy.
Pratt Institute's proximity to Manhattan puts you in the center of the
world's finest cultural pursuits: galleries, theaters and the finest
restaurants are less than 30 minutes away by public transportation.
To learn more about the program, please visit the Summer Seminar website at http://www.pratt.edu/arch/seminar. You can also use the website to request
more information or PRE-REGISTER to reserve your seat in the seminar.
You can also contact Professor Dan Bucsescu, Program Director, by e-mail at
SEMINAR WEBSITE: http://www.pratt.edu/arch/seminar
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