ARC 591LEC– Urban Design: TM - Function of Threshold: Building Entry Behaviorology

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Course No.: 18586

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2018 Spring

Location: Hayes Hall – 106

Meeting Day(s): Thursday

Meeting Time: 8:10AM - 10:50AM

Faculty: Song

Faculty: Song

The facade is defined by the front of a building, implying the relationship between a street and a building. This face of a building, which constitutes a street facade, is fundamentally ambivalent and transitional space which operates as a threshold between inside and outside. It produces perception of either invitation or authority, linkage or barrier. Unlike rich array of threshold spaces manifested by Corbusier and Mies (such as Villa Savoye and Farnsworth House), many modern developments from twentieth century to the present, based on economic considerations, present shrinked thin layer only to divide inside and outside. And the form based zoning regulations in many cities (including Buffalo) assumes ‘zero front yard’ can help the street activation. Therefore, the objective of this seminar is to re-discover the function of threshold by investigating the thickness of facade where people perform much more than just entering and exiting. We will do focused case studies, rigorous site research on a buffalo street and finally propose a novel street design guideline for a new town development.