Architecture students Travis Charles (left) and Lovepreet Kaur take in the view from a wooden structure they helped design for Reflection Space.
UB architecture freshmen worked in groups of 10 to 12 to create a system that could support the weight of the body.
As part of the assignment, each group named their project in an attempt to capture the essence of its concept, for example, Crescendo and Armature.
Students pre-fabricated lumber for their structures in the School of Architecture and Planning's Fab Lab and trucked the wood to Silo City, where the pieces were put together.
Through Reflection Space, UB students have "brought a human scale to that gargantuan site that didn't exist before," says Karen Tashjian, adjunct assistant professor of architecture.
"The idea is to invite people to walk through…and experience different views of Silo City," says freshman Eryn Conlon of the structure her group built, called “Trussed.”
Ten unusual structures have entered the landscape at Buffalo’s Silo City—an abandoned grain elevator site turned event space—courtesy of one of UB’s freshman architecture studios. Playing with themes like solar path, wind flow and acoustics, the students designed and built the 8-by-8-foot wooden structures, collectively dubbed “Reflection Space.” These thoughtful installations allowed students to experience the design-build process from start to finish, and now encourage visitors to examine the hulking silos from a new perspective—or to just share a quiet moment with a friend.
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