Advisors: Bess Krietemeyer, Daekwon Park, Nina Sharifi, Yutaka Sho

As a group, our research interests overlap at the intersection of the material, system, building, and community scales that compose the total built ecology, questioning the ways in which architecture reorganizes energy and matter to perform its role as mediator between uncontrolled and controlled environments; examining the role of architecture in a rapidly emerging future of resource depletion, climate change, and global economic disparity; bridging conventionally separate disciplinary silos and methodologies in order to engage in the modes of integrated thinking that will be required to design resilient human habitation for an imminent future characterized by extremes. Topically and methodologically, our interests occupy both the conventional core of design research purview and the bleeding edge that overlap with territories of energy systems, life sciences, human behavior, infrastructure, data, material science, philosophy, and taking actions. Our research is conducted at multiple scales in the built environment, from DNA to whole urban constructs, while importance is placed on investigating critical systemic interdependencies and causations across enduring/stubborn spatio-temporal boundaries. 

Our AG will guide students to employ multiple methods of traditional scholarly inquiry, and in addition will call upon them to design modes of investigation appropriate to the purview of the topic, as the characterization of the research problem crystallizes. Students will engage at a minimum in literature review and reference project research, drawing, diagramming, analyzing, and mapping of the territory and preliminary scales of focus in order to establish the research problem statement. They will then be guided to articulate important interrelationships across scales and disciplines as they concern the development of the research framework and the formation of the design problem, questions, specific context, constraints of testing, and design responses. The design problem, or the instantiation through which the framework is tested, will be manifested in a specific physical site (whether existing or imagined) or context. Students will iteratively design while developing the metrics/measures by which their work is to be evaluated, and ultimately produce a complete ‘test case’ with clear design boundaries and parameters of applicability. The student should work in such a way as to anticipate that all of the artifacts produced: the framework, the methodology itself, the test case investigation and documentation, and reflection of the work, will together constitute the students’ novel contribution to the discourse.

monday, MAY 1, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm, VC STUDIO

Internal Critics: Chun, Abu-Hamdi, Goode, Hubeli

9:30 AM Andrea Hoe
Mars 2100
10:15 AM Thomas Brossi
Destruction Reconstruction
11:00 AM Samuel Langer & Claire Noorhasan
Syracuse 2100
11:45 AM Lia Margolis
Making a Forest School
2:00 PM Haley Harvey
Depleting Ecologies
2:45 PM Victoria Chiu
Adaptive Accessibility through Quantum
3:30 PM Amreeta Verma
Threshold Tectonics
4:15 PM Weiwei Lei & Zejun Sun
The Ark


TUESDAY, MAY 2, 11 am - 5:30 pm, VC STUDIO

Internal Critics: Mac Namara, Newsom, Hunker, Shanks

11:00 AM Brendan Carroll
White Picket Possibilities
11:45 AM Angelina Yihan Zhang & Junye Zhong
Extreme Habitation
1:15 PM Mariana Munoz
The Way of Water
2:00 PM Seung Hyo Chang
Informal Togetherness
2:45 PM Javier Lam
Alternative Houses for Birds
3:30 PM Tianyu Lyu & Shiji Jay Zhang
Fortress Besieged
4:15 PM Susana Quintero Vidales
Terminal Architecture