Somethingness: Ways of Seeing and Building
July 11–29, 2011
Sam Fox School of Design Visual ArtsWashington University in St. LouisApplication Deadline:
May 15, 2011

Somethingness: Ways of Seeing and Building, a project of CityStudioSTL, is informed by the words and practice of visiting artist Theaster Gates, Jr., who will be in residence at the Sam Fox School of Design Visual Arts and in partnership with the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. During this intensive, 3-week design-build course, students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with Gates on a site-specific project in St. Louis’ Hyde Park that combines conversation, construction, and community engagement. The cultural constructs of ritual, community, and race will inform all work, inspiring projects that echo the history of the site, while addressing the needs of the community through architecture, the arts, and social science. Students will gain an understanding of design methods that arise out of cultural research while learning to translate small-scale design investigations into real, inhabitable spaces.

The application deadline is May 15, 2011. For more information or to download an application form, visit