If there is to be a "new urbanism" it will not be based on the twin fantasies of order and omnipotence; it will be the staging of uncertainty; it will no longer be concerned with the arrangement of more or less permanent objects but with the irrigation of territories with potential; it will no longer aim for stable configurations but for the creation of enabling fields that accommodate processes that refuse to be crystallized into definitive form; it will no longer be about meticulous definition, the imposition of limits, but about expanding notions, denying boundaries, not about separating and identifying entities, but about discovering un-namable hybrids... Since the urban is now pervasive, urbanism will never again be about the "new;' only about the "more" and the "modified:' It will not be about the civilized, but about underdevelopment.
-- “What Ever Happened to Urbanism?”, Rem Koolhaas, 1995
The city is both a reflection of social aspirations and the tangible product of economic and political forces, which often compete with the former. The broad ambition of the studio is to incite discussion and thinking about what constitutes the city, how to shape it, and how housing can form a constituent part of city making. The studio will explore these questions through the vehicle of university student housing.