Courses

6/26/18
As we consider the impacts of our actions in the age of the Anthropocene, the challenges of creating more visceral, experiential resonances in the environment is often elusive, especially as we find ourselves ever more accountable to metrics and standards of performance. How do we, as designers, harness the power that architecture already yields – as forms of communication and vehicles to shape lived experiences – to address social, economic, and ecological issues, while still advocating for design itself as an essential and critical force in our culture? How will we intervene and build with resonance in the face of the Climate Crisis?
6/26/18
The MC GRG Design Studio Manus et Machina – Hand and Machine – explores the potential combination of the direct action of the hand as the primary tool to produce material qualities, and the indirect action of the machine as the ultimate strategy to finalize material production. Working with clay as the primary material, due to its performance multiplicity throughout its various states of solidity and strength, the students will explore design actions that go from the more primal mixing, pressing, ramming, compacting, forming, and firing, to later infer the resulting pieces with water-jet precise extracting or cutting operations. 
6/26/18
This studio critiques the reductive character of type thinking in western architecture by producing a culturally-inflected mode of adaptive reuse that materially indexes the complexities of black life in the city of Buffalo. It uses the European inspired developer housing stock on the city’s East Side as a physical site for indexing the latent material customs of black life that have yet to be recorded in architecture culture.
6/26/18
The Situated Technologies Spring studio will explore the space of manufacturing and the promise of mass customization. Stan Davis in his 1987 book Future Perfect coined the term “mass customizing” to describe the change in business perception from a mass market to a mass-customized market, where products could align more specifically with individual customer needs. The advent of digitization and CNC fabrication opened the possibility for producing multiple versions of a product at relatively little cost. This forecasted the notion that accommodating a customer’s individual desires may no longer be cost prohibitive.
6/26/18
Contemporary cities no longer represent ideal order or the identity of a nation. Through globalization paired with market forces, the built environment caters to disconnected and heterogeneous desires but often does so through indiscreet strategies. High-Rises, as a major architectural practice in this context, typically and merely convey the defensive gesture of market defined guidelines; maximum area in the zoning envelope, efficient structural arrangement for necessary vertical expansion, minimum circulation to maximize rentable space, curtain wall design to unitize the surface, ceiling height in the arrangement of necessary HVAC and other technical needs, repetitive plans, and so on. 
6/26/18
This studio will investigate water and power infrastructures in the Great Lakes, one of the most significant bodies of fresh water in the world. Water and power have always been tied to urbanization, and in the Great Lakes, these infrastructures are closely linked. 
6/26/18
This course will explore the notion of manufacturing variety as influenced by the role of representation in the design and fabrication process.  Now ubiquitous, CNC machining is a standard extension to the aspects of design thinking that relate to manufacturing.  However, while CAM software can optimize and precisely control many machine tasks, it often acts as a barrier to innovation as it relies on a predetermined catalog of common machining operations.  Bringing renewed optimism to digital fabrication, our work this semester will rely on a more creative approach by practicing a more agile and customizable workflow between digital models and contemporary manufacturing techniques.
6/26/18
Creating environments which all people can experience in an inclusive and positive manner is important.  The previous course in this sequence (ARC 623: Behavior and Space) explored behavioral issues related to different environmental settings. This course will explore the methods by which we can learn about people’s responses to the designed environment. Learning about these techniques will provide evidence-based user information for your future design & planning work. The course falls within the Technical Methods domain of Inclusive Design. 
6/26/18
This course will explore universal design in practice through a case study method. The instructor will present case studies from design practice, research and service activities, much of which has been conducted at the IDEA Center over the last 20 years. Guest lectures will be included from IDEA Center staff and UB faculty. Site visits will include visits to projects in the Buffalo area and Pittsburgh. 
6/26/18
This seminar will survey the changing dynamics between manufacturing, labor, technology and society from the Industrial Revolution to the present.
6/26/18
The Intellectual Domain course for the Ecological Practices Graduate Research Group will question how we perceive, define, represent, construct and reconstruct our world in relation to an evolving concept of “nature”. The course will focus on the intellectual trajectory of concepts of ecology, environment, and nature and their manifestation in art, architecture, and landscape architecture. 
6/26/18
The seminar gives students an opportunity to explore, improve, and assemble legible, clear and graphically engaging work portfolios. The capacity to produce, format, manipulate and present design work is a key skill in the visual communication and conceptual narrative of an architect's career. Through the completion of their assignments, students are expected to develop a highly refined design portfolio at the end of the semester. 
6/26/18
The seminar gives students an opportunity to explore and improve techniques for assembling legible, clear, graphically engaging work portfolios. The capacity to produce, format, manipulate and present design work is a key skill in the visual communication and conceptual narrative of an architect's career. Through the completion of their assignments, students are expected to develop a graphically highly refined design portfolio at the end of the semester. The class will require design work from previous semesters, which will be the basis for the final portfolio. 
6/26/18
Online Course via UBLearns

SUNY Social Science Gen. Ed.+ UB Environment Pathways Course

OPEN TO ALL UB STUDENTS
6/26/18
We are surrounded by landscapes. Every single zone of our planet is in some way a result of our conscious or unconscious human action. We are immersed within these resultant experiences, these fabricated ecologies, these designed landscapes. Many understand “landscapes” primarily as a collection of parks, backyards and urban plazas. 
6/26/18
SUNY Arts + SUNY Humanities General Education Environment + Humanity + Innovation Pathways

OPEN TO ALL UB STUDENTS 
6/26/18
This course examines how society regulates the use of land and how policy is designed to steer the development of land as a lens to carefully observe and understand modern society. The course investigates how these efforts to regulate land use and development attempt to maximize the benefit to the public by attempting to balance the combination of economic goods, natural goods, and human/social goods to maximize the public’s quality of life. 
6/26/18
This course is intended to introduce student to diverse health issues which are related with urban/physical environments in contemporary cities and stimulate interest in what is fascinating and challenging about this broad subject. Living conditions are the most important determinant of population health. 
6/26/18
This lecture course is intended to familiarize students with the historic, social, cultural, economic, and political forces which have shaped the contemporary city in the western tradition. Lectures are heavily illustrated with slides, so as to emphasize the relationships between these factors and physical design. The course briefly covers the development of the professional practice of city planning in the USA.