An essential component within the field of architecture is the client, and at its heart, architecture is an industry of service. The client can take a number of forms and scales from an individual to the greater public, but in any case architects provide a service. As with any service, there is a level of accountability necessary to ensure safe, quality products. This accountability in recent years has grown into a suffocating force, marginalizing architects to the point of obsolescence.
Installation as an architectural pursuit allows architects to take charge of the content by releasing themselves from this subservience. This break allows architects to experiment outside the Vitruvian obligations of permanence (firmness), functionality(commodity), and aesthetic(delight). The removal of one or more of these categories allows installations to take on an experimental quality with the potential to expand and re-inform the building industry as a whole. Dis[Course]4 is a focused investigation into the practice of Making; one that suggests a “blurry” mode of architectural design. A mode that utilizes parametric practices to scrutinize manufacturing potentialities and explore material properties.
The conceptual goal of Dis[Course]4 was to break down the (often isolating) vertical stratification of MIT. By occupying a building stairwell, one of MIT’s few sectional anomalies, the project is poised to generate inter-floor/interdisciplinary discourse.