Course description

This elective studio allows students to explore design from a theoretical, methodological, or technological perspective. Work at this level is instrumental in that a specific body of knowledge is presented by the studio instructor via texts, studies, or built works, and becomes a platform for research and inquiry supporting the design of an architectural building project. Contemporary issues of practice, theory, or technologies are engaged by the studio and offer models or approaches that serve to support the design of a building, and to extend the practice of synthetic thinking into reflective problem setting that will support a process of advanced architectural design inquiry.

Architecture Scale
The first studio project is the ACSA 2012-13 Fabric in Architecture competition. Administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and sponsored by the Fabric Structures Association (FSA), the program is intended to challenge students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of fabric in design. Fabric should be used as a primary material with special emphasis placed on innovation in design. Fabric offers students great benefits in this project, as it is ideal for use outside, inside, and on exterior surfaces without sacrificing flexibility, aesthetic lightness, and protection from the environment.

The 2012-2013 Fabric in Architecture Student Design Competition will offer architecture students the opportunity to compete in a fabric structure design competition. Students are invited to investigate how fabric structures can be integrated in a resort hotel. This unique competition seeks original ideas about scope, scale and use of fabric structures.

Criteria for the judging of submissions will include: fabric as a primary material, creative and innovative use of fabric in the design solution, successful response of the design to its surrounding context, and successful response to basic architectural concepts such as human activity needs, structural integrity, and coherence of architectural vocabulary.

More information about this competition is online here.

Urban Design Scale
The second and third projects all focus on the computational performance in the scale of urban design. Beyond just structural and environmental performance, these two projects require students to explore the social, cultural parameters.  The parametric urbanism, landscape urbanism and sustainable urbanism will be discussed in the context of performance computation.

  • Lang Zhong, China:  Riverfront site. Collaboration with blvd architects.