For ten days, 14 students from the M.Arch program, as a part of the Extreme Landscapes Studio, were funded to travel to Israel to research the Negev/Naqab desert. A 12-week studio broken into two parts, the studio looks at the ideas of limits and extremes in our natural landscapes – contrasting the arid and hot landscape of the desert, to the remote and cold landscape of the Canadian arctic respectively as two six-week immersive design studios.

Over reading week, the class flew to Israel to conduct site and historical research coordinated by assistant professor Piper Bernbaum. Moving from city to desert, the students travelled from Tel Aviv, to Jerusalem, south into the Negev through Be’er Sheba, to Mitzpe Ramon, out to Arad and the Dead Sea. The trip brought students through the varying geographic, ecological, political, and historical landscapes present in the region, tracing intersections and spatial juxtapositions of extremes. The studio, entitled LIMITS / LESS, seeks to understand what existing spatial orders exist within the limits of the desert, and what new spatial orders emerge in the liminal space of risks, boundaries, and extremes. Focusing on a micro-history of the desert by studying the unrecognized Bedouin villages, this studio relies on reflection and narrative to develop new architectural understanding and responses.

Monday, April 1, 2019 in ,
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