Logics of Architectural Design
Core II Architectural Design Studio
This Core Architectural Design Studio is focused on the discovery of architectural systems through the study of underlying organization and design logics. Small‐scale canonical houses serve as the foundation of analytical study. They provide the opportunity to discover, reveal, document, and represent the systems of design and construction, and the ways in which architects organize the elements of architecture to facilitate architectural proposals and their actualized experiences.
Crafting Impact: Reimagining Architecture by Reimagining Construction
Instructors: Sonit Bafna, Mark Cottle, George Johnston, Jennifer Pindyck (coordinator)
Portman Critic: Billie Faircloth, Partner, KieranTimberlake
The 2018 Portman Prize calls for proposals to reimagine the relationship between architecture, construction and ecology.
“By drawing the boundaries within which their exchange and production occur, human communities label certain subsets of their surrounding ecosystems as resources, and so locate the meeting places between economics and ecology.” –William Cronon, Changes in the Land
Architecture exists because of construction. It regulates and brings order to material flows. Architecture uses construction materials extracted from forests and soil deposits on tracts of land - timber, clay brick and cement - that have been set aside by communities as economic resources. If the aim of architecture is to be beautiful and produce more beneficial outcomes for society and the environment, then architects need to understand and craft construction systems in radically different ways. They must re-imagine construction as being deeply connected to landscapes of extraction, processes of manufacture, and change over time.
The 2018 Portman Prize and Studio explores the interface between ecology and architecture. It seeks proposals that press the limits of architects’ social responsibility and design agency. Proposals must extend form-making beyond a building and its immediate site to the reciprocal shaping of a localized architecture and the extended landscape including the reformulation of material assemblies. Each team will make one proposal that demonstrates a clear agenda across three separate sites located in and around Georgia’s Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest.