The frequency of extreme climatic events is without question. The result of these events on the social, economic, and built fabric of the planet is equally undeniable. There are many different ways we can address the challenges and changes taking place. However, within the architectural context, specific solutions providing immediate and tangible outcomes may be most readily accessible through rethinking an approach to building material and the geometries/shapes of those materials.
This semester-long research and making studio will focus on the reciprocity between a position of resistance (resiliency) and contextual interaction (ecology) for materials capable of transforming passive architecture into active architecture. Working in teams, students will follow a prototypical research arch of problem identification, hypothesis generation, testing, and conclusion presentation to navigate the semester. Teams will investigate a research agenda for material & formal outcomes leveraging the building skin as the domain of synthesis and resolution.