Don't miss this exhibition of student research on new design perspectives for an aging population, directed by Sarah Gunawan, this year's year's Peter Reyner Banham Fellow. The work will be on exhibit through the end of June.
The New Normal(s) Exhibition Opening was held on May 2, 2018.
New Normal(s): Design Exercises for an Aging Population is an exhibition of the pedagogy, research and speculation that emerged through the Multiplying Perspectives and New Normal(s) seminars, taught at the Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning by Sarah Gunawan, Peter Reyner Banham Fellow 2017-18.
For the growing population of elderly Americans, the process of aging is altering their physical, sensorial and cognitive capacities requiring them to continuously reorient their body’s relationship with the built environment. New Normal(s) embraces the heterogeneous experiences of older adults as a field of architectural investigation and design exploration. Positioning the aging body as the focal point of this research destabilizes the dominant conception of building users as youthful, able-bodied figures. Through this lens, students occupied diverse embodiments, communicated alternate perceptions through experimental representations, and re-imagined architecture as an environmental prosthetic to aging bodies. The exhibition organizes the experimental exercises, public workshops and design explorations around four pedagogical questions which emerged through the process:
ARC 491 / 591: Multiplying Perspectives
ARC 404 / 585 New Normal(s)