ARH210 studio emphasizes analytical and parametrically driven design processes and rule driven design methodology, as individually developed rule-based techniques. Generative processes are emphasized, as students will develop two and three dimensional drawings and experiment with model-making techniques based on specific methods of design. Focus is placed on understanding the behavioral aspects of space and structure and inventing strategies to transfer analysis into tectonic visualizations that utilize structure, pattern and material organization in order to create comprehensive architectural buildings. This includes developing a generative methodology established through specific terminology and techniques of structuring a territory. Students utilize multiple methods of drawing and model making to develop systematic architectural proposals. The investigation results into opportunistic and variable formal and spatial circumstances that will expose interrelationships between context, process and form.
ARH 210 studio has two interdependent projects. The first project establishes the theoretical discourse and methodological process for the structural system of building. Design focus is placed on the growth of a skeletal structural system, as it spatializes to respond to programmatic events and territories. The design of the building demonstrates a broader discourse of social behavior and extreme formal transformation from the scale of the body to the scale of a building and city. Students also research conditions of “extreme assemblages” from a social point of view as it relates to the cultural diversity as well as programmatic mutation of various urban neighborhoods. The city and its social construct will become the field in which our understanding of trans-mutational organisms are able to continuously adapt, reconfigure, and evolve into complex spacio-skeletal programmatic systems.
The first project will determine multiple factors for the following building project. Project one will be the design of a growth system that parasitically attaches to the body as an exo-skeleton. Students examine the formal/spatial opportunities of this prosthesis as body scaffolding. The goal of this work is to create an incorporated form, structure and, surface that augments multiple condition s and forms of its’ body host. In effect, the process and product will expand our notion of performative form, structural aesthetics, spatial hybridization, and ornamentation. It will also establish the architectural language of making and assembling. The performative processes liberate and and exfoliate endless variegated potentials within a unique structural system.
Through the course of the design process, students look at biological systems such as bones in humans and animals to better understand how a structure grows and evolves and is affected by internal and external conditions. In the second project, the building is grown based on integrated and interdependent prosthetic-tectonic systems developed in project one.