BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Living Wall, a "linear community of
pods" comprising 14 full-scale interactive structures created by
100 University at Buffalo architecture students, will be exhibited
through Oct. 23 at Griffis Sculpture Park, where visitors climbing
on, over and through them will help the students test the
functionality of their designs.
The public is invited to attend a dedication ceremony for The
Living Wall at the park at 1 p.m. April 25. The event will feature
statements by some of the student designers followed by a public
reception and preview until 6 p.m. It is free of charge.
Griffis Sculpture Park, on Ahrens Road, off Route 219 in the
Town of Ashford Hollow in Chautauqua County, will open for the
season on May 1, seven days a week from dawn to dusk until Oct. 31.
Admission is $5 (adults), $3 (students and seniors) and free for
children under 12.
The Living Wall project was developed and produced this spring
by first-year undergraduate students enrolled in studios taught by
faculty members in the Department of Architecture, UB School of
Architecture and Planning: Shadi Nazarian, clinical associate
professor, and Christopher Romano and Nicholas Bruscia, both
adjunct assistant professors.
The students were asked to design and construct a
minimal-dwelling unit with an entrance, internal circulation and
sleeping areas for a minimum of three people out of 2"x 4" lumber
and CDX plywood, which is often used in residential
"Individual units were required to share a party wall with
adjoining structures," says Romano, "which allows unique spatial,
structural and programmatic conditions to emerge."
The modules were constructed on campus, transported to Griffis
Sculpture Park and assembled on site, assuming their final
positions as a linear "community of pods."
As part of the project, the student designers will spend the
next few months visiting the park to see and report on how their
pods perform over time as public structure-sculptures.
"The Living Wall is an educational project," says Nazarian, "and
regular observation and documentation of the successes and
shortcomings of the individual structures will permit the students
to better understand the consequences of their design
The exhibit is supported by LPCiminelli, Norman Georgi
Construction Co. Inc. and the Ashford Hollow Foundation. Graduate
teaching assistants on The Living Wall project were Albert Chao,
Katie Conwell, Joe DiPerna, Josh Gardner, Silvia Lee, Nellie
Niespodzinski and Will Ransom.