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6/26/18
Let’s celebrate the 105-years-old Dom-ino system by Le Corbusier. By this prototype, we are freed from the traditional practice of building facade, liberated from the conventional dependence on tectonics, and released from the plan typology. Before the Dom-ino system, the structure, history, and authority were evident on the facade, but Corbusier saw this system as a ‘free facade’ and ‘free plan’ toward the architecture of the new industrial era. 
6/26/18
The driving force of cities arises from collective energy. These days, that energy might be social, economic, political and environmental, with increased urban density increasingly being seen as a key to ecological sustainability. Because of its collective character, one of the challenges of the city is the balance between the public and private realms, an issue that is central in the design of urban housing. 
6/26/18
As a continuation of the media course sequence, students will continue building proficiency with 3D modeling techniques as they pertain to architectural visualizations. The primary focus of this course is to practice modeling with intention, by incorporating the design of architectural form, structure, and skin into a single coordinated process. Hands-on tutorials and weekly exercises are intended to assist and reinforce the studio agenda, while covering a variety of technical topics that are relevant to the current digital architectural toolset.
6/26/18
This is the third course in the structures sequence and will attempt to connect the basic understanding of structural behavior acquired in previous courses to the design-related thinking integral to the production of architecture. Thus, although focused on the study of structures, this course will investigate the relationship between structure and architecture. 
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. 
6/26/18
The studio will emphasize critical thinking on basic architectural issues through the design proposal of a group of three houses and three workspaces (painting, writing, and music composing) for three very different families that will be sharing a single undivided lot in the east side of the city of Buffalo. 
6/26/18
This course will expose students to a variety of methods used in architectural representation, both 2d and 3d. Students will learn various techniques to communicate spatial conditions and concepts, including, but not limited to, drafting, photographic manipulation, color theory, and techniques for model making. 
6/26/18
The Ecological Practices Graduate Research Group Fall 2019 Studio will start a year long project to design an architectural and landscape intervention that facilitates observation of both the landscape and local wildlife in Silo City. This studio will address how one turns a once functioning industrial site into a site of ecological renewal. 
6/26/18
This studio will explore the design of a Gallery Complex as a means to investigate the incorporation of various technologies into the integrated design of a building. 
6/26/18
The studio will foster material research in architecture as an integrated endeavor between scientific, tectonic and cultural readings. Students will exercise to express theoretical and spatial concepts through physical artifacts. Insights will be triggered by working within the material specificity and fabrication techniques of paper casting / fibers / pulp.
6/26/18

This studio will study the architecture of that response by situating recent technological advancements in materials and off-site manufacturing within the context of IDP settlements.  Specifically, we will focus on semi-temporary dwelling clusters that take into consideration these logistical challenges while proposing inventive formal and material-driven partitioning structures that provide spatial quality in light of such events.  

6/26/18
This course is a required course intended to introduce 3.5 architecture students to various advanced digital and computational design applications. Topics include advanced 3D Rhino modeling, parametric modeling, and visualization through animation, drawing, and rendering.
6/26/18
What is design research? How can an investigator articulate a research question and determine a productive field of investigation in architecture? How can we define the research scope? How can we select proper precedents and study them? What makes a good design thesis?

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