The domestic realm is the oldest and most intimate, personal, and primal program in the built environment. The history of domestic space and the construction of interior and exterior residential architecture engages critical social, economic, technical, material, political, psychological, and archetypal questions. The rapidly evolving contemporary context presents us with a moving target of challenges relative to new patterns of use, expression, the environment, and complex notions of privacy. Whether an independent structure or part of a larger texture of forms and space, the house serves as a litmus of society and a reflection of cultural trends, practices, and values.  The house has the potential to trigger the powerful instrumentality of architecture and provides a platform for invention that is informed by the technicolor diversity of habitation. We explore, interrogate and confront the notion of the single-family house and the slow-moving coup of the evolution of typological species.  We will examine issues of language, function, and identity simultaneous with the study of wide philosophical questions about the dichotomies of nature and artifice, structure, phenomenology, type and origin and the complex nuanced dance between domestic utility and residential leisure.

february 26, 9Am-12 noon

  • Madeline Brandel
    Château Gâteau
  • Vanessa Poe
    Privacy ReConfigured
  • Daniel M. Prendergast
  • Alexander Sheremet
    Excess and Essentialism
  • Lawrence Sprague
    House of Least Resistance