Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute / Second Year Undergraduate Studio
– Project Credits:
Edwin Liu (Studio Instructor)
Students: Peini Chen, Kevin Conlin, Melissa Donnelly, Lauren Famularo, Nathaniel Gundersen, Joshua Gyamfi, Ji Yuan, Kelly Liu, Erik Weaver, Ian Welsh, Royd Zhang, John Ruggieri, Chendru Starkloff
The second year studio will be the student's introduction to multi-unit housing design. Students will be asked to propose a 90-unit apartment building located on the waterfront in Troy, New York. Each scheme will be contained within a super-envelope that houses mixed-use components, public space, and housing units.
The first three weeks of the semester will begin with case studies of key 20th century housing projects selected by the instructor. Students will produce analytical drawings, diagrams, and 3d models of the projects that will culminate in a case study presentation.
Next, the case study projects will serve as a departure point for the student's own housing proposal. The programmatic organization of each case study will be deconstucted to accommodate new program requirements specific to the Troy site. Students will explore issues such as siting and context, public space versus private space, pedestrian and vehicular circulation, parking requirements, passive heating and cooling, and multiple skins interacting with structural components. An important aspect of the proposal is the desire for exterior and internal circulation to be a driving force that shapes and unites spaces. Students will develop four apartment floorplans that can be repeated, mirrored, and stacked to form efficient, variegated unit layouts. Additionally, each proposal must engage the immediate site and larger waterfront context of downtown Troy.