ARC 302-1– Junior Studio
Course No.: 17118
Semester: 2017 Spring
Location: Crosby – 201, 210, 215, 230, 235, 240
Meeting Day(s): Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Meeting Time: 1:00PM - 4:20PM
Faculty: Cramer, Garofalo, Guitart, MacKay, Rajkovich, Wales
This studio will explore the design of a complex building as a means to investigate the incorporation of various technologies into the comprehensive design of a building. In the fall semester students worked together to build wooden boats. The pedagogical intent of this exercise was to have students understand the relationship between structure, substructure and enclosure. This became the basis of the major project undertaken throughout the remainder of the semester; a building to replace the existing Buffalo Maritime Center. However, the contemporary building includes a vast array of systems beyond structure, envelope and enclosure, including heating, ventilating, plumbing, electrical, and fire protection. In a public building each of these systems contributes to the creation of an artificial environment which facilitates human comfort, social interaction and life safety. The final product of this studio will be the comprehensive design of a building which addresses these issues and incorporates building service systems, structural systems, and life-safety systems. Each of these topics will be studied to explore alternatives for both the optimal performance of individual systems and the spatial interrelationship of these systems. This constructed environment will be examined in relationship to the larger site context and the environmental forces to which the building must respond.