School of Architecture College of Design

Catalyst 2015


Architecture as Catalyst 2015:

Façade, investigates the broad and nuanced concept of façade.

The workshops interrogate façade as an experiential, philosophical and technological construct, as situated in relation to its multitude of meanings: face, fascia, front, enclosure, envelope, skin, membrane, exterior, appearance, pretense, simulation, affectation, semblance, illusion, act masquerade, charade, mask, cloak, veil, veneer.  Acknowledging at once the classical and contemporary issues of façade, questions within the workshops include themes such as relationships between interior and exterior, enclosure and environment, surface and structure, image and reading, ephemerality, and the body. 


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