4A Design Studio: Listening to the Other

Teaching Assistant(s)
Vincent Min
CJ Yang
Devin Arndt

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea.  

Letter from Birmingham Jail. April 16, 1963. Martin Luther King Jr.  

The Plan is a Society of Rooms 

--Louis Kahn 

In this studio we take a deep dive into integrating issues of architectural imagination, sustainability, comfort, and building assembly. The studio will ask for a comprehensive strategy; understanding how materials go together; exploring the implications of your architectural ambitions and your project’s use of resources. 

The studio is organized around a single design project; a centre for dialogue and collaboration. This centre sees itself as a new architectural typology, belonging to neither governments nor commercial interests. It is part clinic, part school, part social laboratory, and is funded by donations from a broad spectrum of individuals. The intention of the centre is to create a place where broken parts of society can meet to begin the process of healing and empowerment.