CORE I Architectural Design Studio
Charles Rudolph with Digital Assistant Nazanin Tabatabaeianaraki
ARCH 8855 is the first of three introductory-level studios in the Master of Architecture curriculum, and the beginning of an academic year focused on developing the skills, tools and overall confidence in critical thinking and making necessary as a foundation for contemporary architectural practice. The Core I studio will focus on the development of your competence as architectural designers through the practice of a design process that is rooted in abstraction, ideation, and iteration. The iterative process will employ both analog and digital tools, and the exercises will be explored using various media and techniques of representation: drawings, sketches, models, and constructions.
EQUILIBRIUM: LIVING AND LEARNING AT SEA LEVEL
Michael Gamble Students will work individually and in groups to develop a Weather and Ecology Living + Learning Community comprised of living areas for up to 30 research partners engaged in everything from energy, ecology, materials, oceanography, economics - multifaceted research; and community based learning components, including classrooms, exhibition space, maker space, a pier, and recreational spaces
SPARK @ SLOSS: An Arts-Tech Hub for the New American Workforce
In confronting the current arc toward social polarization (one that seems to increasingly pit future workers against one another and industry’s advancing technologies), can innovative design thinking help rekindle communities of integration? In this spirit of collaboration and the new interdisciplinary worker, a joint studio effort among Georgia Tech, Auburn, and Tuskegee architecture students was recently funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The challenge: a planning and design program to create a world-class ArtsTech Hub, for millennials and underserved populations, at the Sloss Furnaces National Landmark in Birmingham, AL.
The studio will focus on mixed-use and mixed-income housing and its interaction with the public domain in contemporary cities. We will investigate buildings, streets, sidewalks and plazas (squares) for their role in creating the city as a space for public discourse and interaction. We will also consider the role of developers and governments in shaping and making our contemporary cities, and we will critique their rhetoric.
SAFE SPACES: Equality and Inclusion in K‐12 Education
In this studio section, students will examine architecture as advocate. To address the need for housing solutions for LBGTQ+ youth and to support equal rights to education and inclusive environments, we will collaborate with Pride School Atlanta – the first LGBTQ+ affirming school in the South (www.prideschoolatlanta.org). We will deploy architecture as a device to engage in the creation of safe spaces and diversity in education.
PUBLIC REALM ADDITIONS/PRIVATE REALM subDIVISIONS
Urban Design Laboratory / Design+Research Studio I
CoA 6011 / ARCH 8866
The City of Atlanta is sponsoring this 2-part introductory studio in the MS Urban Design program. The first 9 weeks will be focused on improvements to the public realm of South Downtown and the Government District. Poised for huge private investments, (the first in nearly a century,) how can the area’s neglected public realm encourage creative renewal and collaboration on a shared future? Pairs of students will prepare plans and mock-ups for immediate implementation on various “gateway” and other strategic sites in consultation with the City’s Planning & Public Works Departments, MARTA, Central Atlanta Progress, the Center for Civic Innovation, Newport US RE, and other stakeholders. The projects will range from temporary tactical urbanist parklets to demonstration pilot projects. Research will focus on three topics: placemaking & building social capital; curb management– especially relative to carhailing and autonomous vehicles; and ecoinfrastructure & urban heat island. Integrating their interventions with the life and conditions of the street, students will also prepare plans for redesigning excess right-of-way and streetscaping the block fronts adjacent to their projects.
Design & Research Studio I
Daniel M. Baerlecken
The Design and Research Studio Responsive Structures focuses on exploring concepts of folding as a form-generator for structural and architectural systems that allow the ability to respond to diverse social and climatic time-based scenarios. The studio will research the embedded kinetic possibilities of folded structures and focus on a parametric modeling process that allows performance evaluation of different types of origami surfaces. The workflow between scripting based form generation and physical prototyping will be established to explore the scalability from a thin microstructure to a thickened structure.
Design + Space Syntax: Missolonghi / Between lakes
Design & Research Studio I
Space syntax is typically used to assist design development by evaluating designs from the point of view of their human functions. This studio extends space syntax into design formulation, with emphasis on proposing new syntactic representations that express design intent and structure subsequent parametric analysis.
ATLANTA BUREAU OF AIR AND SPACE
Design & Research Studio I
Atlanta Bureau of Air and Space (ABAS) is an experimental studio and architectural think-tank geared to consider the advanced potentialities tied to an imminent future when small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) constitute various forms of ubiquitous utility beyond the current state of our collective imagination. Anticipating a time when the airspace below 400’ is variably granular, dynamically regulated and thick with newly formed protocols, rights and opportunities, this studio will rapidly map such working relationships onto a large swath of Atlanta and develop manifold typological building components seamless with the projected air space systems at hand. ABAS provides an opportunity to critically imagine and develop new architectural configurations and types within this thickened air space through a mode of practice that utilizes design motivation, iterative exploration and refinement at every step along the way. Studio participants can expect to unleash a wide array of digital and physical production tools, working both rapidly and precisely with a strong bias towards producing physical evidence through advanced means.
Toward an Architecture of Heightened Performance
Design & Research Studio I
Frederick Pearsall with Jason Brown
Increasingly architecture’s profession and discipline both pursue design research and its twin objectives: “the “formulation and validation of models and theories about design phenomena (people, product, knowledge/methods/tools, organization, micro-economy, and macro-economy), and the development and validation of support founded on these models and theories, in order to improve design practice…” (Blessing, p. 5). This studio is designed to engage both of them as it introduces you to methods of design research in theory (readings + dialogue) and its applications (design) that are rigorous, marketable, and enjoyable, building on the instructors’ research expertise and your related interests and skills to develop a new line of research relating to the quotes above and following research problem and questions:
research problem: Climate change continues to put into question development patterns of built environments that excessively exploit energy and resources and negatively impact the social and ecological systems that bound them. Technology is invoked as the source of this environmental degradation and also its hope for remedies, but current architectural practice is limited to sustainability and energy-engineering performance ‘scorecards’ while form and aesthetics are treated as separate concerns. This ignores the generative potential of flows of energy and matter across social and ecological systems’ boundaries and their causal powers in the genesis of form and aesthetics, and misses the opportunity for more-comprehensive, -integrated, and ecologically-based definitions of ‘high performance’ in design.