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.
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.
This studio explores the architectural consequences of emerging shifts in working and living situations -- particularly in terms of their relation -- taking into account the potential fluidity between the two.
The Five Sections:
In this coordinated studio the five instructors are fairly closely aligned, ideologically and pedagogically, and are committed to working together as a team. Nonetheless, in our individual sections, we offer you a variety of starting points:
This section will take a typological approach in addressing the two thematic questions of the studio: how to accommodate distinctive patterns of life arising from specific work-life conditions and how to integrate contemporary technical support systems into the building form. Students will work on the designs of specific buildings, but the design solutions to the two thematic questions will come at a typological level.
Unsolicited Proposals: Speculations in the Public Interest. Architecture is a speculative venture, in all its dimensions. Speculation has historically implied “intelligent or comprehending vision” that unfolds by a process of “conjectural consideration or meditation”; yet, today it is mostly understood as “a commercial venture or undertaking … involving considerable financial risk on the chance of unusual profit” (OED).
Lacking either a specific client or definitive project scope, student-led teams will assume dual roles as both speculative developers and insurgent architects advancing their unsolicited proposals; they will write their own programs and specify exacting constructions to shelter the work of hands and the labor of life in a re-imagined and progressive urban domain.
With continuous changes to the living and working environments, what are the areas of overlap and consistency, “civic”, through time in each of the sectors? Where do they overlap and how does this manifest itself in the city, “COMMUNITY”?
CUTS + ASSEMBLAGES. This studio section will approach the research question “what are, or should be, the architectural consequences of the emerging situations of working and living, in the contemporary city?” with the following three approaches in mind:
1. Think the problem through a study of IDEAS + WORKS. As a short but intense project of cut + assemble, select philosophical, historical and literary ideas of living/working in cities, and "track" these across representations of architectural proposals and built realities ranging from the quotidian to the techno-scientific to the utopian. (Think Magritte!)
2. Think the problem through using the SECTION drawing as both an analytical/critical and ideating formal/generative device. Privilege the section in all investigations and at all scales. Produce breathtaking section drawings in a range of media.
3. Think the problem as a continuous and shifting dialectic of INDIVIDUAL/COLLECTIVE desires, loves, fears, and ambitions. The work will be done in teams, and we must do it imaginatively and with the necessary rigor to grow and support the IDEA.
"Whatever space and time mean, place and occasion mean more." Aldo Van Eyck
In the first few days, before forming project design teams (in itself part of our research about working), students will conduct individual research on a number of vocations and jobs -- their rituals and patterns, their equipment, their temporal and dimensional requirements and constraints -- working toward a deeper understanding of specific scenarios and situations.
LEARNING FROM SAVANNAH: A Collaborative Studio with Tongji University, Shanghai and UNCC, Charlotte
Urban Design Studio / Design+Research Studio II
COA 7011/ARCH 6072
This design-research studio will begin with on-site analyses in Savannah, building upon the only two substantive analytical essays about Oglethorpe’s plan: Stanford Anderson’s The Plan of Savannah and Changes of Occupancy In Its Early Years: City Plan as Resource (1981) and his Savannah and the Issue of Precedent: City Plan as Resource (1993). A two-week charrette with our collaborative partners will follow with an interim review in Charlotte. After the interim review, the studio will produce fully developed proposals for three sites in Atlanta – the former neighborhoods known as Tanyard Bottom and Buttermilk Bottom, which now are known as Centennial Place, Renaissance Park and the Atlanta Civic Center. These will not be practical proposals for implementation. Instead, they are three design research sites, with their own histories and site situations, for us to examine how we might learn from Savannah and create better cities, or parts of cities, for everyone, citizens and denizens alike.
Design & Research Studio II
This advanced design studio will build on the momentum of a successful interdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate level coursework offered to engineers and architects now in its fourth year of delivery: Net Zero Energy Housing.
The Networked Skyscraper
Design & Research Studio II
Lars Spuybroek and Sabri Gokmen
The studio will start by researching networking techniques based on various operations such as branching, webbing, bridging, and networking that allow for a strategic weighing of the contribution of verticals, horizontals and diagonals to the structure, depending on the choice of site. Students will be using a mixture of analogue and digital techniques to develop these systems while working in pairs: physical model making alternated with diagramming and scripting. The students will advance through a constant going back and forth between research and design, testing ideas against various parameters such as site, structure and program. Our main question will be: can the three-dimensional network be more than architecture? Can it be a three-dimensional urbanism?
2017 Tokyo Smart City Studio
Design & Research Studio II
Perry P. J. Yang
Misono Project - a Tokyo 2020 Olympics Site
The Tokyo Smart City Studio investigates one of Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics sites at Misono, a satellite town of Tokyo’s metropolitan region, and focuses on how smart city technologies and tools such as 3D GIS, urban energy modeling, eco district certification such as LEED ND, IOT (internet of things), pervasive computing and big data can be incorporated in design processes of building an ecologically responsive, system resilient and human sensing urban environment. The smart city project in Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics is driven by the goal of urban resilience that is becoming an increasingly pressing issue in Japan after recent natural or human-induced disasters, such as the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that caused the Fukushima disaster in Japan in 2011.