Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
- Program Terms: Spring- Embedded
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Fast urbanization is placing enormous pressure on cities globally to respond to formal and political complications related to rapid transformation of social, ecological, and infrastructural conditions. This is especially visible in Southern Hemisphere cities, where the formal sectors are unable to provide adequate housing stock to populations with limited access to capital, forcing them to invent self-help processes giving rise to informal settlements.
This advanced studio will explore such impacts on informal settlements located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in an attempt to negotiate complex problems of urbanization using computational design approaches. While computation is understood broadly as a procedural paradigm independent of different technical substrates (e.g. computers), is also curated through lenses of politics and society. The studio will give students an opportunity to apply computational thinking to a contemporary global problem using cutting-edge computational technology, including advanced geometric modeling, virtual reality, digital prototyping, remote collaboration, and algorithmic design. In addition, the studio will reflect on what might be perceived as technological colonialism.
We will consider these problems using computational strategies examining a site adjacent to Santa Marta, an informal settlement located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Using this site, we will attempt to integrate it with the rest of the existing informal settlement by reinforcing structural stability, strengthening social activity, articulating public opportunities, and developing the landscape as ecological infrastructure through the use of a computational design approach. Our goal will be to speculate how a site might be articulated to provide the greatest amount of access to marginalized groups with the least of amount of oversight or control- while addressing issues of technological privilege. This will require that we think forward while working backwards by using the digital tools we have at hand to propose scenarios to peoples with considerably less access to these tools.
This studio will evolve in parallel with studios at universities in Rio and interactions are planned to occur with these remote studios at specific time during the semester.
During the embedded travel component, housing will consist of: information regarding housing is not available at this time.
The process for enrolling in an embedded course varies according to the instructor and/or department. The program leader has indicated that in order to enroll in the course and travel component, students must contact program leader.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring- Embedded||2018||08/22/2017 **||Rolling Admission||04/21/2018||04/28/2018|
|NOTE: “The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program coordinator, Debora Verniz by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in applying for this embedded program.|
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