In 1741, the French physician and writer Nicolas Andry published Orthopaedia: The Art of Correcting and Preventing Deformities in Children. The book set the foundations of modern orthopaedics, which is the branch of medicine concerned with preventing and correcting anomalies of the musculoskeletal system of the human body.
Fundamentally, this studio asks if architecture can operate in a similar way: that is, as specific interventions on existing buildings following the examination, diagnosis and prognosis of controversial and particularly problematic types — in this case, the infamous social housing building or superblock.
Students are thus invited to design large- scale architectural interventions on a selected case-study of this building type, addressing its supposedly spatial, formal and programmatic malformations, as well as the political implications of such interventions.
Orthopaedia Studio leaders: Emma Parkinson & Eduardo Kairuz When: Mondays & Thusdays from 2 to 5 pm Image credit: Nicolas Andry, 1741