The focus of this studio is integrated architectural design - a synthesis of concept and construct addressing design strategy, program, site, construction, and technology. Students’ work will be informed by exploration of urban issues, history and culture as well as materiality and craft. Design proposals will be expected to address structure and environmental systems, life safety, accessibility, and material assemblies.
During the semester, students will be engaged with aesthetic, technical, social, and environmental aspects of design and will consider matters ranging from the scale of the city to the tectonic detail.
Due to the comprehensive nature of this studio, students are required to take an active and critical position that synthesizes these wide-ranging and often conflicting considerations into an integrated proposal that is coherent in conceptual, formal and technical terms.
Prerequisite: successful completion of ARC 503