Architectural Design 1: The Third Space, Sustainable Disequilibrium

Barnard + Columbia Undergraduate Program

Fall 2012

David Smiley, Joeb Moore, Irina Verona + Nicole Robertson, critics, with Pablo Costa, Ernesto Silva + Thomas Heltzel

In this two-semester sequence, students studied architectural design as a mode of cultural communication and imaginative experimentation. As the studio sequence evolved, emphasis was increasingly placed on the relationship between material, tectonic and programmatic organization and the social and cultural contexts of a site of investigation. Students worked at a variety of scales, with a variety of techniques and in a variety of research situations, and were asked to comprehensively address architectural problems. Emphasis was placed on architectural production as a process of analysis, critique and synthesis. The two studios broadened and deepened the students’ awareness of architecture as a discipline.

We are all familiar with the imperative threats of global warming. The science of climate change describes the shift of average global temperatures on the scale of decades to millions of years. In order to evaluate the vast scales of time and space that climate change describes, scientists must reduce vast quantities of data into simple annual averages. Rather than looking at such a vast scale of information, the studio looked towards the questions of climate at a much smaller scale: the scale of the micro-climate.

Clio Maudlin A
Edward Lauth B
Gina Ciancone C
Juan Estrada D
Natalie Young E
Sam Nolan F