Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute / First Year Undergraduate Studio
– Project Credits:
Edwin Liu (Studio Instructor)
Students: Alexander Rench, Amaory Portorreal, Amy Lu, Briana McLoughlin, Carolyn Chalfant, Christian Gartland, Christopher Chitnis, Daniel Guy, Dariga Akhmetova, Kristen Van Gilst, Kyle Padden, Lauren Stenroos, Zhangqing Xu
Students will propose a pavilion design located in downtown Troy that serves the surrounding community. Each pavilion will be semi-enclosed and serve as a context for a programmatic activity of the students choosing. Students will develop an architecture that operates at three distinct scales: at the scale of an individual, at a community scale, and on a level that relates to the ecology of city.
The studio will begin with the examination of a Japanese wood joint detail provided by the instructor. After building a 1:1 replica of the joint, students will produce a series of drawings that analyze the mechanism, followed by the creation of transformation models based on operations like mirroring, scaling, and rotation. After several iterations of transformation models, the site and program will be introduced. Students will be asked to place their model on the site, engage the ground plane, and evaluate their decisions based on scale and context. Additionally, students will be required to devise a unique program for their pavilion, and design their spaces to accommodate the activity.