The studio begins with a game called architectural alchemy. Students are asked to draw one card from three different decks populated with material systems, components and actions.
At times, these cards imply compatible goals, such as using a stacked light timber wall system to afford seclusion. More often, they introduce challenging goals, like developing a bent laminated wood ceiling system for holding fire.
Groups, and then teams, form around common interests in material and action, and play the next round of the game, which requires integrating two materials, one component and one action.
Seventeen teams formed this year, each with a unique project rooted in the combination of material, architectural elements and simple actions.
These projects were tested, prototyped, and eventually fabricated at full scale for installation on campus. The work was exhibited in and around Acheson Annex on South Campus.
Student teams installed their work in the morning, and the exhibit was open in the afternoon to classmates, faculty, family and friends.
The intent of the project was for students to demonstrate that their projects function according to their goal statements.
The projects have since traveled home with students for installation elsewhere, or have been recycled.
Published June 10, 2022