School of Architecture College of Design

No Speed Limit: The Aesthetics of Accelerationism


Workshop Summary

“Don’t start with the good old days, but the bad new ones.”

-Bertolt Brecht

When it becomes apparent that a certain approach for working within a discipline has reached its limit, there appears two modes of moving forward.

1.) Return to the good old days and pick up the thread for an alternative approach to the contemporary problems.

2.) Start with the bad new days as they exist and accelerate them towards a speculative reality.

This workshop will side with the second position.  Each student will identify a contemporary problem in the discipline of architecture and accelerate it 25 years into the future as a speculation on its possibilities.  This is an aesthetic investigation, not an attempt at a pragmatic solution.


Guest Instructor

Michael Young, Young-Ayata, Founding Partner

Assistant Professor, The Cooper Union; Visiting Assistant Professor, Princeton University




Guest Biography

Michael Young is an architect and an educator practicing in New York City where he is a founding partner of the architecture and urban design practice Young & Ayata.


Michael is an Assistant Professor at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union where he has taught design in the third year and second year undergraduate studios, and graduate seminars on a range of topics. Additionally, he is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Princeton University teaching geometry and representation. Previously Michael taught in the core graduate studios at Yale and was the co-coordinator of the Architectural Drawing & Representation II course at Columbia University, GSAPP. He has been a Visiting Professor at Syracuse University, University of Innsbruck, Shih Chien University, the Crete Technical University, the GSAPP Studio X summer workshop in Thessaloniki, Greece, and the Possible Mediums Conference and Workshop at Ohio State University. Michael received his Masters of Architecture from Princeton University where he was the recipient of the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize and the Howard Crosby Butler Traveling Fellowship in Architecture. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo including studies at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Consortium and the CVUT in Prague.


Prior to forming Young & Ayata, Michael worked for a number of award winning architectural firms in New York and San Francisco, including Reiser+Umemoto, Stan Allen Architects, and Pfau Architecture. His professional experience includes cultural institutions, office towers, residential projects and experimental competition entries. Michael is a Registered Architect in the State of New York. Michael’s drawings are part of the Drawing Center’s Viewing Program and have been shown nationally and internationally. In addition to teaching & practicing, he is invested in writing, research and experimentation on issues concerning geometry, representation and aesthetics.


Faculty Host

Andrew Lucia, Cass Gilbert Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota





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