Advanced Studio, Fall 2010: Tracy

  • Work by Ben Stephenson for advanced studio taught by Kenneth Tracy, Fall 2010.
    Work by Ben Stephenson for advanced studio taught by Kenneth Tracy, Fall 2010.
  • Work by Ben Stephenson for advanced studio taught by Kenneth Tracy, Fall 2010.
    Work by Ben Stephenson for advanced studio taught by Kenneth Tracy, Fall 2010.
  • Work by Ben Stephenson for advanced studio taught by Kenneth Tracy, Fall 2010.
    Work by Ben Stephenson for advanced studio taught by Kenneth Tracy, Fall 2010.
  • Work by Jason Butz for advanced studio taught by Kenneth Tracy, Fall 2010.
    Work by Jason Butz for advanced studio taught by Kenneth Tracy, Fall 2010.
  • Work by Lavender Tessmer for advanced studio taught by Kenneth Tracy, Fall 2010.
    Work by Lavender Tessmer for advanced studio taught by Kenneth Tracy, Fall 2010.
  • Work by Lavender Tessmer for advanced studio taught by Kenneth Tracy, Fall 2010.
    Work by Lavender Tessmer for advanced studio taught by Kenneth Tracy, Fall 2010.

Advanced Studio, Fall 2010
Jakarta: Constraining Dichotomies

Kenneth Tracy, Visiting Assistant Professor

The primary dichotomy this studio investigates is the use of manual, analog skills versus digital processes in architecture. Students question the use of both digital and analog tools and negotiate a balance between them. Prototyping and research are used to close the gap between manual processes and digital tools. Through these investigations, students look at the role the hand plays in both design and building production. They also seek to balance other seemingly irreconcilable dichotomies: Labor vs. Management, Local vs. Foreign, Iconic vs. Urban.

The context for this investigation is Jakarta, Indonesia. The fourth most populous country in the world, Indonesia boasts a rich layering of cultures. The hand-labored crafts for which the country is famous are paramount to its national identity. Batik, carpentry, stone carving, and textiles are all important production and artisan industries in Java and on other islands. Indonesia is one of the few places on earth where such a large population of craftspeople still thrives.

For this studio, students focus on a site along the Cideng River in Jakarta, Indonesia's capital city. The site is owned by an Indonesian Steel factory; there is currently a plan to develop the site. The program is a five- to eight-story office building with a residence and parking. Students’ proposals will be presented to the owners for comment.