Today's Hybrid Reviews Include:

Advanced Urban Design Studio / Landscape Architecture Design III Dean Almy + Maggie Hansen
Architecture Design III Michael McCall
Architecture Design V Suhash Patel + Kevin Michael Sullivan

Advanced Urban Design Studio / Landscape Architecture Design III - Cascadia Chronicles II: The Emerald City

Instructors: Dean Almy + Maggie Hansen

The Cascadia Chronicles II: Emerald City Studio will focus on Seattle, one of the three principal cities. Seattle is undergoing a rapid transformation as it attempts to mitigate the urban problems associated with rapid urban growth and change. This is particularly true of Seattle’s reconnection to its central urban waterfront. Like many port cities, Seattle’s strategic position on Elliott Bay enabled its economic growth based on local resources. Throughout the city’s development the local hydrology and topography were repeatedly manipulated to facilitate settlement and economic growth. Water was treated as a resource to support industry and trade, rather than as an amenity itself. Like many cities, the highway and dam infrastructure (that often obscured visual connections to these resources) is near or past its life expectancy, and faces increased pressure due to climate change and sea level rise. Recently, Seattle has undertaken a series of urban landscape projects that address these infrastructure challenges while celebrating its waterfront and physically reconnecting the adjacent urban fabric: the Olympic Sculpture Park (Weiss/Manfredi), the Seattle Waterfront framework (James Corner/Field Operations), and the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
Partly an urban design studio, partly a landscape architecture studio, working together jointly, this class will study the structure and character of Seattle and develop projective strategies for future transformations within the city. Students will investigate previous planning efforts, Infrastructure systems (existing streets, bridges, utilities, buildings), Natural Systems (open space, topography, floodplains, fire plains) and Human Systems (health data, poverty rates, education, other demographic data) and undertake spatial analysis so as to develop insights into the mechanisms of urban development that impact the human experience.

Architecture Design III - Integration

Instructor: Michael McCall

Austin is the uncontested capital of live music. Music is played everywhere; at festivals, in concert halls, clubs, coffee shops, grocery stores, in the streets, and even at the airport. The city owns its unique character to thousands of artists who have chosen to share their art with this particular community turning a once sleepy town into an oasis of music. Yet, Austin’s relentless growth has put a lot of strain on both the artists and club owners. Rising rents and property prices have forced many artists to relocated and numerous clubs to close. The situation has been further aggravated by the ongoing pandemic. Austin music scene will need help to survive, thrive, and continue attracting visitors and new residents to the city.
As part of the many, ongoing initiatives to save the Austin music scene, an anonymous donor has joined forces with the City of Austin to create a musician-in-residency program. The goal is to offer temporary lodging and practice space but also provide a performance space that will allow the musicians to share their work with the local community.
The site purchased for this purpose is located on Lake Austin Boulevard, a quarter mile west of MoPac, and in close proximity to Downtown Austin and Colorado River. The hope is that by offering the musicians a home and a stage on Lake Austin Boulevard this project also acts as a catalyst for bringing the Austin music community to this predominantly residential yet very central neighborhood.


Architecture Design V - Vertical Density Futures

Instructors: Suhash Patel & Kevin Sullivan

This studio aims to speculate on alternative approaches and outcomes for high rise density in the future. Students will imagine a near-future scenario in which ‘proforma-driven’ development is challenged, allowing for innovation in program, aesthetics, and performance. Students will look to create a prototypical highrise architecture that facilitates environmental and ecological performance in addition to user occupation. What if towers were not a three-dimensional expression of land value and setbacks?