In this technical methods seminar, we will conduct research into a wide variety of materials, both known materials and less known materials, used or potentially usable within the realm of architecture and design.
This seminar will focus on the tectonic, the convergence of poetry and technique in architecture. The course will explore innovative uses of materials through the examination of a series of contemporary buildings by distinguished international architects. It will seek to develop an understanding of how technical decisions in the deployment of materials, construction systems and details can be directed towards conceptual and cultural ends.
The building of cities is—and always has been—an activity with many moving parts. This studio will explore the calibration of those parts. In so doing, we will examine the theme of collective social engagement in the design and construction of shared spaces for the built environment.
This studio initiates an inquiry at the intersection of industrial activity and ecological practice; it seeks to borrow from the systemic organizations of ecological systems to organize and construct industrial places. Both require understanding of how resources flow between and among many participants as part of a complex, interdependent system.
Would you like to experience a dynamic learning environment that simulates interdisciplinary cutting edge practices where architects, planners, and developers work closely to produce outstanding projects that are financially feasible and transformative? Would you like to develop a large-scale project with your “real” studio client?
This seminar helps students develop a sound methodological foundation for their individual thesis project. A thesis is meant to demonstrate competence in the field of architecture by framing a relevant question, conducting rigorous inquiry, and formulating a clear argument for ongoing discussion with faculty. The goal of the seminar is to guide you in the beginning stages of this process.
Code and Space is a fast-paced design workshop aimed at providing students with an introduction to both the tools and concepts required for creating objects, spaces, and media that sense and respond to their physical surroundings.
The course provides an overview and working knowledge of the Inclusive Design paradigm. It introduces principles and knowledge bases, the concept of evidence based practice, methods of criticism and evaluation, and best practice examples.
The seminar explores specific strategies related to the tectonics of the knot, providing students with an opportunity to deepen on the material expression around the action of weaving, as a condition that brings together basic constructive traditions with contemporary architectural production.