Advanced Studio, Spring 2012: Marjanovic/Woofter

  • Work by Laura Wang for advanced studio taught by Igor Marjanovic & Heather Woofter, Spring 2012.
    Work by Laura Wang for advanced studio taught by Igor Marjanovic & Heather Woofter, Spring 2012.
  • Work by Young-il Pyun for advanced studio taught by Igor Marjanovic & Heather Woofter, Spring 2012.
    Work by Young-il Pyun for advanced studio taught by Igor Marjanovic & Heather Woofter, Spring 2012.
  • Work by Young-il Pyun for advanced studio taught by Igor Marjanovic & Heather Woofter, Spring 2012.
    Work by Young-il Pyun for advanced studio taught by Igor Marjanovic & Heather Woofter, Spring 2012.
  • Work by Jae Yun Cho for advanced studio taught by Igor Marjanovic & Heather Woofter, Spring 2012.
    Work by Jae Yun Cho for advanced studio taught by Igor Marjanovic & Heather Woofter, Spring 2012.
  • Work by Ruotian Cai for advanced studio taught by Igor Marjanovic & Heather Woofter, Spring 2012.
    Work by Ruotian Cai for advanced studio taught by Igor Marjanovic & Heather Woofter, Spring 2012.
  • Work by Ruotian Cai for advanced studio taught by Igor Marjanovic & Heather Woofter, Spring 2012.
    Work by Ruotian Cai for advanced studio taught by Igor Marjanovic & Heather Woofter, Spring 2012.

Advanced Studio, Spring 2012
Global Features: Monte Carlo Revisited

Igor Marjanovic, Associate Professor
Heather Woofter, Associate Professor

In 1969, the Archigram Group entered a competition to design a multifunctional entertainment and recreational space in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The project was a landscape proposal that engaged the ground and the sea through a combination of under- and above-ground spatial features. Ultimately, the project fell through before completion, resulting in the dispersal of the Archigram members around the world. Yet these architects continued to collaborate over great distances, sustaining a dialogue of ideas through various forms of media.

This studio revisits Archigram's working model of delayed conversation, engaging in a critical dialogue through beautifully crafted drawings and artifacts. These visual resources serve as vehicles to explore the critical questions raised by Archigram's Monte Carlo project. Students are challenged to think about the idea of the environment on a global scale, addressing it as a cultural, social and technological construct. The studio brings together graduate and undergraduate students and also engages international voices, including Dennis Crompton, one of the founding members of the Archigram Group.

In order to sustain this dialogue with context and specificity, the studio engages the historical program of Monte Carlo—a place where local Italian, French, and Occitan cultures blend with a truly global diaspora. Additionally, the city was founded on the merger of health-related bathing treatments and the lucrative entertainment industry. Through a series of iterations and conversations, projects evolve into a series of spaces and events of cleansing and entertainment. While these two types of activities are emblematic of Monte Carlo's complex history, they also engage broader dichotomies of contemporary environments around the world—literal/metaphorical, health/amusement, and physical/ephemeral—allowing each project to develop unique combinations of public events. Projects progress from domestic to environmental scale, operating simultaneously on personal, communal, and overall systematic levels.