Maryland Institute College of Art
Environmental Design, Junior Design Studio
Fall 2009

The studio will explore the physical and experiential impact of New York City’s environmental and social forces on its architecture (temporary and built).  The sidewalk, the blurring of public and private space, and dialog of static façade and street energy, will be the initial area of focus. The studio will participate in the URBANshed competition, a redesign of the temporary construction walkways that are in use throughout New York City and other metropolitan areas. 
The students will research the conceptual principals and physical properties of the urban fabric. They will make multi-disciplinary drawings and spatial constructions to explain and document nonstatic environments.  The students will develop a vocabulary of components and structures of assemblage in relationship to society and its current trends toward ‘sustainable living’ and adaptable architecture.