Fundamentals of Design II
Gustavo do Amoral, Yousef Bushehri, Harris Dimitropoulos, Heather Potts, Frederick Pearsall (coordinator)
Welcome to the second semester of the first-year studio. As an architecture major, this course introduces you to the fundamentals of design and the built environment through a new, two semester pedagogy designed to help you better engage the evolving discipline and profession of architecture and the worlds they serve. Its mission is the cognitive, formal, and technical training of communities of individuals like you to design more resilient, supportive, andaesthetic worlds. Its framework is constructed to help you understand architecture’s evolving through three historical definitions of architecture. Situating this within real-world design problems will help you develop the kind of agile design thinking needed to succeed in the field. Learning how to analyze, synthesize, and converse across disciplines and time with creative systems thinking toward solutions that join art with science will help you will begin to build essential knowledge and skills needed to launch your own personal ‘voyage of discovery’ as you explore the profound connectivity of things and your related potential for creativity and influence as a citizen-architect of the world.
Design in the Compact City: Infill Housing for Recent Arrivals
Working with local architects, urban planners, housing activists, and city representatives, among others, we will take on the problem of designing humane, long-term accommodation for recent arrivals. Rather than concentrate on one area, we will explore opportunities for small-scale infill projects in several neighborhoods sprinkled throughout the city, investigating the morphological structure and history of each barrio, with an eye toward proposing new buildings that can be knitted into the existing fabric.
Sharing a Story: A Cultural Heritage Center
The Ndegwa Foundation, has determined to create a Cultural + Heritage Center that will seek to tell the story of the family’s role and contribution to the development of Kenya and the growth / beginnings of once being a part of Uganda to becoming the power house of the east for the continent of Africa. The Center will also seek to share their vast art collections and cultural holdings. The proposed site for the Cultural + Heritage Center in Neryi County, Kenya, is located just a few miles outside of Nairobi, Kenya. The Ndegwa Family has donated approximately 200 acres of which 30 acres will be dedicated to the Center and its supporting uses. Since the early 1970’s the Ndegwa Family has built a legacy based upon banking, insurance, and logistics + real-estate. For a number of years, the Ndegwa Family operated Africa’s largest dry shipping dock between Cape Town, South Africa and Cairo, Egypt.
How buildings age, weather, and decay -- and how we keep them going by cleaning, maintaining, and repairing them -- is rarely if ever addressed in architectural design studios. While professional practice cannot ignore the contingency and entropy of what architects design and build, both the discipline and architectural pedagogy continue to privilege the building as idea, icon, and image --as the designers imagined it -- unblemished by the depredations of time and of everyday use. What if we were to acknowledge impermanence as an emblematic condition of buildings? Would this shift in perspectives bring to our attention issues that we currently overlook? What if we as designers considered what happens to buildings in and over time? Could exploring different kinds of time and duration (cycles of use, rates of material decay, stylistic currency, diurnal rhythms, to name just a few) enrich the design process as well as the design proposals that result?
Social Resilience: Community Recreation Center
Julie Kim, Stuart Romm
This studio will use the “BUILT2LAST Resilient Design Challenge” competition brief put forward by ACSA and sponsored by the Portland Cement Association. The studio focus is committed to community engagement and social outreach. Students will work in teams to develop design proposals for an urban site in Atlanta, Georgia for a traditionally under-resourced and underserved neighborhood. We will work with professionals, community stakeholders, and property owners as active participants in the studio discussion.
Leila Aflatooney, Jim Budd, John Peponis
The studio brings together architecture and industrial design students in order to explore the idea of the Atrium through designing a variety of prototypes, across different scales, from the equivalent of a pop-up store to premises of about 10000 square feet (about 1000 square meters) located in appropriately selected buildings. In order to do this the studio will integrate the design, organization or deployment of architectural space, furniture and equipment, digital interfaces in order to clarify the concept of the atrium and flesh out new models of education to foster interaction and optimize the user experience for all those involved.