Co-Works course: Scale Spectrums and Expanded Fields

The nature of [the] search is algorithmic, the repeating dynamics that complies and reveals a series of embedded orders.  What we choose depends on materiality linked to scale.  At the infinite, the proposals may hint at cosmic organizations; at the micro realm of compact densities, they intuit biological process.  In between is a world of inventive speculation where the imperative of a particular pattern drives the response toward a choice dictated purely by local features.

Cecil Balmond (on Aranda\Lasch)

The Fall 2015 course sited in Co-Works offers a critical and discursive environment for shared methods and means of form-making deploying analysis and questions of scale as catalysts for developing ideas, processes, and sharing them across different disciplines through collaborative initiatives and group critiques.  Scale is considered as a force made visible by conditions of change, including changes in context, economies, materials, and physical processes. Studio visits, potential linked lectures, and field trips will support and enrich investigations and productions of the supple and generative character of scale.

Scale Spectrum and Expanded Fields is a graduate cross-disciplinary studio focused on ideas of scalable forms and concepts within art and design practices.  Emphasis is on iterative formal development and the relationships of parts to wholes, origins to process, and means to ends.  Scale is explored across disciplines in terms of content, context, and distribution with a focus on small collaborations, as well as larger group and institutional initiatives.

Common project briefs will elicit varied responses: formal development may be staged/conditioned/changed/scaled from the smallest beginning to its largest possible expression (model, fabrication, site; sketch, plate, print; point line, drawing; sample, pattern, fabric; data point, system, network; volume bandwidth, scope.)  Or the opposite:  large-scale manufacturing reduced to nano-technology (built, cast blown, fired, fabricated element re-seen as constituent parts; methods of digital compression and memory/storage; parts of larger organisms and natural materials made visible.)  Other concepts and processes such as spiraling, packing, weaving, blending, cracking, flocking, tiling, and tooling also will be explored and utilized.

In addition to resourcefully orchestrating diverse experience and expertise in the course, Benjamin Aranda will develop insights and a sharable document on uses and applications most successfully supported by the Co-Works facility.  A semester-end meeting of students in the course will be convened and documented by Graduate Studies as feedback and information for future users and collaborators in the space.

Sponsor/Instructional Support:

Division of Graduate Studies (representing 16 graduate programs)


Open to all graduate students and undergraduates (space available)

Project Lead:

Aranda\Lasch is an architectural studio dedicated to experimental research and building. Established by Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch, the studio designs installations, objects and buildings through a deep investigation of materials and structure. Winners of the United States Artists Award and Young Architects Award, their early architectural projects are the subject of the book, Pamphlet Architecture #27: Tooling.


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