Paradigms of Adaptation

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20.314 Paradigms of Adaptation


Calvin Chua

Course Description

This seminar focuses of the paradigms of adaptation in the field of architecture and urbanism today. The course will introduce to students the various scales and challenges in adaptation from visionary proposals to actual built projects. Through a series of comparative case studies in Singapore and overseas, the course will equip students with a critical overview of the challenges and opportunities of adaptation within our built environment. Given the lack of a unified theory of adaptation, the seminar group will embark on a journey, attempting to formulate a theory or a position towards adaptation through architectural typologies and the prevailing socio-economic paradigm, which include: culture, informal, shrinking, landscape, resilience, etc.

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