Hernan Diaz Alonso stresses the unique ability of SCI-Arc students to discover new coherences. Andrew Zago defends the usefulness of engaging with abject or outré ideas. Marcelyn Gow distinguishes sobriety—as represented by greyscale work—from seriousness. Elena Manferdini wonders how much of the claim of seriousness is a reaction.
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Marcelyn Gow, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Elena Manferdini, and Andrew Zago debate the audience for new architectural ideas, the need for thesis work to be documented and shared, and the qualities of a successful thesis project. They discuss contexts, including the organization of thesis at the ETH, the work of the Futurists as presented at the Guggenheim. They also discuss authenticity, tools and nostalgia.
Elena Manferdini and Marcelyn Gow, Hernan Diaz Alonso, and Andrew Zago debate what is needed now to keep thesis at SCI-Arc relevant, the crucial transition from thesis research to design, and plausibility.
Six graduate students discuss the issues, arguments, and strategies of the thesis projects they will work on: Taryn Bone, Scotty Zane Carroll, Mustafa Kustur, Hannah Pavlovich, Julian Ma, and Yu Li.
Elena Manferdini explains the history and format of the symposium. Six representative student thesis proposals will be presented, followed by a general discussion of thesis at SCI-Arc.
Andrew Zago encourages the students to think of thesis not as their last project as students but their first as members of the discipline, and argues that what matters is maturity of thought and execution. He characterizes Thesis Weekend as a professional symposium that transforms and disturbs the discipline. He challenges students to “calibrate the real-ness” of their projects carefully, to maximize impact.
Todd Gannon proposes general guidelines to graduate students embarking on their thesis project:
- 1. Privilege Difference Over Similarity
- 2. Avoid Cliché-Making
- 3. Privilege How Over What
- 4. Develop New Vocabularies
- 5. Enfranchise New Constituencies
Marcelyn Gow reviews dozens of thesis projects produced by SCI-Arc graduate students 2006-2013. She stresses the significance of minute nuances of line: frayed, tangled, calligraphic, fuzzy, sharp. She discusses projects in terms of lines defined by folds, flips, stacks, trajectories, and tomographs. She concludes with remarks on the rhetoric of color: black and white, greyscale, and embracing color as a material property.