“Seeing…is not a thing of the retina and lenses, it is an activity that circumscribes the whole soul.” Josef Albers
We talk of the expressive quality of architecture through many aspects including form, space and program. The students in Prof. Wendy Cox’s Unhousing the Mind, a seminar in design process, are exploring and sharing with the School of Architecture + Art new ways of “seeing” the expressive potential of material in architectural designs. Each week the students engage in new perceptions of the potential for material from a broad spectrum of sources including readings, image, films, plays, music, podcasts, dance and dining organized into overall topics called sites. Through selecting a material of their choosing at the beginning of the course, students investigate and manipulate their material through the lens of each week’s site. Examples of one of the exercises for exploring the scientific and industrial nature of their material, inspired by the work of artist Joseph Cornell, are on exhibit in the glass case at the entry to Chaplin Hall on the Norwich University campus.