This studio’s central issues arise from potentials to architecture of the desire for environmental sustainability (within a desire for sustainability, generally); and specifically to the crisis of the arrival into a landscape of architectural form when considered with pure regard to environmental performance. The discourse between internally and externally developed models of design engages a contentious Modern concern – to engineer a more perfectly functioning world – and the after-Modern criticism thereof: that externally developed models, often based on true expertise, rob stakeholders of the crucial authority necessary to make the implementation of design models successful.
Working in collaboration with the engineering firm Buro Happold and specific project-based stakeholders, this studio will investigate how possibilities afforded by traditional methods of climate amelioration, new environmental technologies, and limits on material availability might bring about a new architecture providing both environmental sustainability and cultural identity, and how such an architecture might be culturally conceived and implemented.
There will be two projects (one individual, one group). The first, an unbound, speculative architectural intervention to frame civic identity in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno – the capitol of the Galapagos, and its second largest (of three) towns/villages. The duration of this project will coincide with a period of research and information gathering on the factors that affect architecture in the archipelago.
The second – the primary project of the semester – is for the schematic design of a public auditorium on the campus of the University of San Francisco Quito’s [USFQ] Galapagos Research Station [GRS] in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. This is a real project, currently in the conceptual phase. For USFQ, this program is a crucial facility for community use, to serve as a bridge between the activities of town and the GRS. Your work is meant to impact the trajectory of the process, exploring possibilities when this program is considered with regard to the environment and its usages.
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