Prompt 4: Architectural Sculpture
I don't think I fully understand this question; if I viewed the 'architecture school' program as a constraint, why would I be pursuing it? With that in mind, what would I do if I had to do something other than architecture school? There are elements of architecture which interest me, but which need not be exclusive to architecture. I'd like to explore these, even if in a different realm.
I think I would be an artist. Not a painter or even a sculptor, but something I could only describe as an architectural-artist. Perhaps the closest concept would be land artist, or experiential artist. One of the most intriguing elements of architecture to me is also one of the most elusive, the way in which architecture can cause an instinctive emotional response. If practicing architecture is not in my future, I think that I would still like to explore this element of built forms in another way. Do monumental forms have an inherent emotional impact? Is the contrast of light and shadow necessarily poetic? Does wood or stone really have an implicit relation to the natural world? These are the questions that I'm interested in, and architecture is not the only realm in which to address them.
This is in essence the artistic aspect of architecture, and I think it is possible to separate it completely so that it exists solely as art. The emotional impact of forms is an interest the architect and the sculptor share — take the minimalist sculptors, such as Richard Serra. His "Snake," is simply an arrangement of curved metal walls in a space; it addresses the issue of how the shaping of space affects the viewer, even when there is no underlaying purpose to the arrangement. "Program" is a necessary component of architecture, but structures without program still face these issues. Advancing "architecture without program" as an art-form is something which intrigues me — and I don't think I even need to wait to be kicked out of architecture school to explore it.