Student Websites (under construction):

Valuable Work. John, Aspen, and Megan

Error Practices. Blake and Ted

Dull Efficiency. Tolu, Jesse, and Nick

Digital Client. Jacob and Riley

Small Urbanism. Emily and Cassie

Memory Preservation. Amanda and Kyle

The project in the Forensics Studio is an investigation of decision-making and the execution of a series of existing buildings in South Dakota. Through the making of time-based images and books, students explore networks of performances affecting the production of architecture.

The studio defines forensics in three ways:

1. Referring to the (forum) and the practice of making an argument.

2. Referring to the (techniques) used to develop investigative strategies.

3. Referring to (time) and the non-linear sequencing of events.

These three ways of referring to forensics are embedded into three steps that connect the studio schedule with its intellectual scope.

The first step is an investigation of the building’s effects – basic functions and architectural relationships, and the relationship among owner, architect, financiers, and building professionals. After being connected to the project’s architects, engineers, contractors, and clients, students interrogate the situation and graphically dissect the building.

The second step is connecting the facts of the project into a plausible story of how the project got to the way it is. In this phase students are graphically mapping out webs of interconnectivity between people, tools, and place. Webs are mapped by analyzing content and documents shared by the architecture firms.

The third step is the graphical telling of each of these stories of a building process, and re-presenting the building to the project’s progenitors and the region’s professional community. Where the crux of the story lies both structurally and stylistically is the critique. The critique is based on linking broad disciplinary questions to specific professional processes.

The aim of this work is to make the practice of architecture in this region of the United States the direct subject of a studio.