MEXICO - Material Propositions: Oaxaca

The primary focus of this studio is to weave together cultural research, material exploration, and full-scale construction to explore the resonance between traditional craft practices and contemporary techniques of design.

Led by Silvia Acosta (Professor, RISD Architecture)

UPCOMING INFOSESSIONS

Mon. Sep. 23, 6:15 PM, Bayard Ewing Building, Room 317

At-A-Glance

What
Wintersession Travel Course
Where
  • Oaxaca, Mexico
When
Winter 2020

Estimated dates—final dates to be announced.

Course Dates: Jan 3, 2020 — Feb 6, 2020

Who
Open to RISD students, Brown University students

Minimum 2.5 GPA required. Open to sophomore and above.

Topics
  • Art
  • Design
  • Craft
  • Materials
  • Architecture
Faculty
Academic Credits
3
Department
  • Architecture
Course Numbers
  • ARCH-1500
Cost
$2180

Includes accommodation, field trips, local transportation, museum entrances, health and travel insurance. Airfare not included.

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Mexico: Material Propositions
Oaxaca, Mexico 2020
Mexico: Material Propositions
Oaxaca, Mexico 2020
Mexico: Material Propositions
Oaxaca, Mexico 2020

About this course

In this course, students will be exposed to materials based on the vernacular of the area-adobe, stone, brick, lime, bamboo, and locally made encaustic tiles-and introduced to ways in which to translate their properties into new applications and processes of assembly. The goal is to engage participants in the design of a collaborative project while understanding the culture and interests of the community it will serve. These hands-on explorations will be facilitated by community-based partners in the spirit of generating local innovation. The secondary component of the course will provide an opportunity for observation and visual transcription of experience through drawing and other forms of 2-D material work informed by local resources. Fieldwork will be supported by visits to cultural sites, and daily discussions will address the use of materials in design as a force to promote reimagining their applications.

Oaxaca City is situated in the mountains midway between Mexico City and the Pacific coast of Mexico. It is a World Heritage Site designated by UNESCO in recognition of its historic buildings and archaeological sites. The city's colonial history is intertwined with indigenous cultures that reside along the city edges. It is also the source of a rich contemporary art scene rooted in the current political and social climate of the area. Home to an extensive network of art centers, cultural institutions, and artisanal crafts, the place provides a rich inventory of opportunities for material observation, experimentation, and making.

Apply to a Wintersession travel course

In Wintersession 2020, RISD Global will offer 6 creative and culturally immersive art, design, and Liberal Arts courses in 4 diverse locations around Europe, Asia, Oceania, and North America.

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