Studio and Workshop Lottery

Fall semester is approaching – and this means that studio and workshop lottery is being held in Cascieri Hall on Wednesday, August 2nd at 6 pm. Come hear about all of the great design workshops, Arch 3 and 4 studios, Interdisciplinary and C Studios being offered!  Instructors will be presenting their courses, you will get an opportunity to ask them questions, and you will make your choices that evening. Below, you will find the 2017 Fall Studio and Workshop Descriptions.

Interdisciplinary and C Studio

XDS1000 A Interdisciplinary Studio | Natalie Adams  Monday                 4-7
In this studio, students from landscape architecture, interior architecture and architecture work collaboratively to design a civic institution’s site plan, building, and interior architecture. Students explore programmatic organization, contextualization, site optimization and way-finding while being exposed to each disciplines analytic processes and spatial thinking. “Design art people use.” This studio will explore the museum as a civic institution and define new ways of interaction and experience with the public.  The studio will explore concepts, master planning, site planning, buildings and interior architecture/design; attention to the integration of the aforementioned is emphatic.

CD101/XDS1000  B Narrative | Constructed | Ruthie Kuhlman, Daniel Zeese                        Tuesday 4-7
This is a narrative design studio exploring the way that barriers change/shape our cities and how they are broken down.   Students will have the opportunity to develop a landscape over time - before and after the introduction of a barrier, and then design an intervention that interacts with the barrier as a monument/gallery responding to the narrative history of the place.  The studio will focus on creating a building/site design that is based out of the spatial narrative and putting together a presentation that clearly communicates its story through the use of narrative writing, mapping, plans, sectional diagrams, section details, and perspectives.

Architecture Studio 3: B. Arch

ARC1003 A Resiliency: Designing for Change | Arlen Stawasz, Tyler Hinckley B. Arch Studio 3          Mon|Thur 4 - 7 Resiliency: Designing for Change focuses on addressing real world issues through the process of design. Students will work at scales from macro to micro to solve complex issues of climate change, health and wellness, food shortage, and distribution. It is our responsibility as designers to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

ARC1003B            SANDWICH: Adjacent Contingencies |Yoonjee Koh and Robert Brooks              Mon|Thur 7-10
sandwich noun sand·wich \ˈsan(d)-ˌwich, ˈsam-; dialectal ˈsaŋ-\ 1 a: two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between.  b: one slice of bread covered with food. From Steak and Cheese Sub, Tuna Melt, BLT, Reuben, Ban Mi, Caprese, Chicken Parmesan, Monte Cristo to Burgers, Hot dogs, Bagels, and Oreo cookies, a sandwich plays with a simple idea of layering. Whether it be tomatoes, bacon, or cheese, a sandwich collects pieces of different minced, marinated, sliced edibles and re-creates a single, entirely new culinary experience with ingredients combined. In this studio, we will take the concept of a sandwich to pull in different constituencies into a single built project. Combining three or more programmatic functions and working with horizontal, vertical, or other creative layering methods of combination, the studio will engage with various scopes of necessities, challenges, and inspiration that arise when cohesively designing a project with multiple constituents. The studio pushes for combinations of typically unrelated programs, and challenges students to engage in innovative spatial designs.

Architecture Studio 3: M. Arch

ARC3308 A            Urban Meditations | Mikela De Tchaves, Dana Shaikh                  Mon|Thur  4 - 7 pm
This studio will explore a range of urban conditions such as infrastructure and displacement, ecological challenges and environmental law, current development and housing needs, public amenities and open space.   The design approach will emphasize the notion of urban environments as active processes of formation with different temporalities and rates of becoming that continuously negotiate between past traces, present contextual pressures and future projections.              

ARC3308 B           Adapt Alpine | Jack Cochran, Leslie Carter                                                       Mon|Thur 7 - 10 pm
Alpine ecotypes are known for their unique flora and fauna that have adapted to the harsh growing conditions of high altitude sites. These specialized adaptations also make these environments particularly sensitive and vulnerable to predicted climatic changes. The studio will focus on the alpine landscapes of New England, with particular focus on re-envisioning the east coast ski industry, which has taken a hit in recent years due to increasingly unreliable winter weather patterns. Students will study the environmental impacts of the traditional ski resort and economic implications of a ski industry decline in the tourism-based economies of the New England states. Assignments will include studying the ecology of the biome, case studies of adaptations some ski areas have made to expand the season of marketability, and industrial partnerships that could work in concert with ski resorts to increase revenue. The studio will focus on development of program and structure to aid in the adaptation of the traditional ski area.

Architecture Studio 4: B. Arch
ARC1004 A            Integrated Studio: ACSA Steel Design Competition| Bob Gillig   Mon|Thur 7 - 10 pm
The program is a BAC Student Center and Dormitory, offered in the context of the ACSA Steel Competition. Program emphasize sustainable urban building.  We will create functional, efficient, buildable, and beautiful structures.  We will do a quick energy model (COMCheck), and research cost/sq. ft. for buildings of this type.  We will do a complete zoning analysis for this site and your building will be IBC Code and ADA compliant.  The studio will be structured around the 2017 ACSA Steel student design competition:  We're entering the open category; entry in the competition will be required, as well as all additional requirements of this comprehensive studio.  Teams of 2 (maximum) recommended, individual by permission.

ARC1004B LES is more: a hotel for NYC’s historic Lower East Side| David Eccleston, Mark Rego Mon|Th 7 - 10
The Lower East side (LES) is a neighborhood in transition.  While it has changed significantly over the last two decades, its history as an immigrant neighborhood is still present and its emerging character is still in a state of flux. This studio will look at the ongoing cultural mashup against the historic context of Manhattan's Lower East Side at a time that this neighborhood is actively redefining itself and its future.

Architecture Studio 4: M. Arch

ARC3309A Alia Musica: Performance Center for Medellin | Mark Urrea, Mark Yeager  Mon|Thur 7 - 10 pm Roughly translated to “A Different Music”, this studio asks students to design a new musical performance center for one of the emerging cultural centers of Medellin, Colombia. Students base their design explorations on a work of music of their choosing. By analyzing the meaning of the piece, students will find the common ground between music and architecture. That logic will then be applied to a site adjacent to the Parque de las Luces, an important public space that ties together museums, government buildings and a new public library with a unique design that illuminates the area with sculptural lighted spires. Essential to the studio will be a deep understanding of the culture, environment, history and future of the Medellin. The design process will help students work through three dimensional issues through model making, sketching, and computer drawing/modeling. The studio will encourage exploration in physical models and in section perspective. Special emphasis will be placed on site planning and massing in order to reinforce how important it is that the designs work at the personal, building, and urban scale.

ARC3309 B           Space and Learning | Jerolim Mladinov, Chris Hardy                    Mon|Thur 7 - 10 pm
In this studio, we will be designing a kindergarten/preschool inspired by the works of Herman Hertzberger.

Representation | Design Workshop 3 credits

DME2100 A Roadside Collage | Workshop | Instructor: Chip Piatti         Tuesday 4-7
The American Roadside is a wide-screen movie viewed through the windshield of a speeding vehicle. This course will chart the development of American roadside architecture and culture through a series of 14 collages of increasing complexity, technical and material sophistication. Materials, techniques, historical concepts and experiential expression will be explored. Come along for the ride!

DME2100 B Explore Arch. Themes through Case Study |Instructors: Adam Mitchell + James Moses Tuesday 7-10
The word ‘innovation’ derives from the Latin innovationem, which according to the Etymology Dictionary dates to 1540, and stems from innovatus, past participle of innovare "to change; to renew," from in- "into" + novus "new". It means "a novel change, experimental variation, new thing introduced in an established arrangement". A specific relationship to what came before, a precedent, is implicit in the word. Innovation does not occur in a vacuum, but in context, in this case, a history. This course takes aim at ‘an established arrangement’, while at the same time understanding that that arrangement may itself represent an innovation. In it, each student will be asked to do a deep exploration, a case study, of a single work of architecture - a building and its attendant landscape - from a list of important, thematically related pieces. The goals are: to luxuriate in getting to know a work of architecture extremely well; to hone analytical skills through curiosity, close observation, and critique; to present findings in a clear, concise, and confident way; to contribute to the collective knowledge of your colleagues and, perhaps, the discipline.

DME2100 C Immersive Design | Workshop | Instructors: Nil Tuczu + Cagri Zaman            Monday 7-10
Recent developments in virtual reality created a novel opportunity for a wide range of applications. What was once created and consumed behind flat screens of computers is now leaking into everyday spatial experiences. As a fundamentally spatial discipline, architectural design processes benefited from this new paradigm, both as a representational medium and a creative platform. In this workshop, we will explore the agency of immersive media and its inherent affordances for design. In particular, we will outline an embodied design process through which the spatial designs emerge a result of the designer’s bodily and perceptual interactions within an immersive environment.

DME2100 D - Light | Space | Workshop | Instructor: Sergio Mazon                        Thursday 4-7
Through lectures, readings, lab assignments, and filed trips, students will learn the basics of Lighting Design for interior architectural spaces, be introduced to AGi32 software and its basic tools, and have a better understanding of the relationship between lighting and the effects on human beings and the integration with the architecture

DME2100 E- Designing Light| Workshop |Instructor: Jason Detwiler                     Wednesday 4-7
This course will engage an exploration in designing light - by manipulating light as it travels through space. Together we'll ask: how does light give form to architecture and its components? By using fabrication as the method of exploration, we'll construct, test, learn, and construct again our theories about light as a material. Rapid iteration and failure will be our greatest teachers on our pursuit to understanding.