Summer 2018 | Taught By Alan Rosenblum + Philipp Bosshart

In the last two decades, Peru has undergone unprecedented economic growth, which has re-emphasized public and private interest in capitalizing and developing infrastructure surrounding the country’s ancestral past. Since the discovery of the tomb of the Lord of Sipan in 1987, the increase in archaeological exploration has uncovered previously unknown civilizations, and reconstructed relationships between seemingly disconnected archaeological sites. This explosion of investigation and exploration has yielded revelations that have changed the perception of the origin of civilization in the world. The discovery of the 5000+ year-old Sacred City of Caral, ceremonial and trading heart of a large region near the port of Supe, in the north of Lima, added to the world a “mother civilization”. This discovery radically changed science’s understanding of how and where civilization emerged in the South American continent. It also became clear that it began, more or less simultaneously, in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Peru.

The studio is fueled by the observation of juxtapositions of land, infrastructures and architectures, of landscapes and tracings throughout time. A connection is made to the Andean iconographic and pattern-based systems of representation, which convey an alternate conception of space and time. This cosmology differs greatly from the Western, and defines a potent imaginary, as well as a world of forms and architectures in scalar relationship; from the minute to the geological.

The learning exploration is channeled via a focused analysis and design process, which combine and connect elements of theory and history, advanced representation, with tectonic and material explorations. The process unfolds through carefully sampling knowledge from a vast source through the work, and channeling it into a contemporary way of looking at the primal and the profound, and emphasizing the thinking of horizontal architectures in the context of desert landscapes.The instructors share a long history teaching studios together, and bring two contrasting and complementary approaches to design methodology, combined in a pedagogy specially designed for this study.

The time in Perú is divided into three segments, corresponding to three general locations along the Peruvian territory, and regional nodes of cultural development:

• The central coastal desert - Lima and vicinity

• The northern coastal desert - Moche Valley and vicinity, where the ancient Mochica and Chimú civilizations developed. Stretch between the cities of Trujillo and Chiclayo.

• The Southern Andes, centered in the city of Cuzco, the capital of the Inca empire.

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For more information, please contact:
Alan Rosenblum:
Philipp Bosshard:
Ashley Wagner: