This course addresses the role of image making in architecture at a time when consumers of culture, including architects, are inundated by images. While images can never replace the experience of a building in time and space, it is their potential to circulate so seamlessly that gives them undeniable power as our discipline’s primary means of engagement with popular culture. The course questions their status as solely representational, a sign of some other, more “real,” object. What is the relationship they construct between real and simulacrum? Can images produce alternate realities rather than simulate our own? Can they resist their own illusionary function? The course revolves around readings and discussion dealing with these questions, but also deals directly with techniques of image making. The final project is the production of a pair of large architectural images of a previous project. Limited enrollment.