Resonance: A New Community Performance/Meeting Place for Princeton

The emphasis of this Options Studio is on the development of an architectural position and using that position as a lens through which to analyze and understand a site and a program. The priority of this semester will be the concretization of the Position in an architectural project, at several scales and according to many ways of understanding a building.

This course offers the student an opportunity to manifest an architectural position in a thoroughly developed comprehensive architectural project. The particular benchmarks of the project are listed below; each should be addressed via one or more design strategies, particular to the Position, that connect the overarching values of the Position to the particulars of the architectural project. Each should be diagrammed and, where applicable, tied to precedents.

To manifest an architectural Position in an architectural project, generically expressed as a parti or conceptual design.

To develop an architectural project that satisfies a program, which has been reinvented as an expression of the Position.

To demonstrate an architectural response to context so that it manifests an architectural Position and contributes to Place. This should include context in its broadest sense, from global sustainability to regional traditions to landscape to settlement.

To develop a building that satisfies the program and manifests the Position. The schematic design should address: circulation, space/massing, materiality, and ordering systems.

To develop an architectural language that manifests the Position. The developed design should address: structure, passive and active environment, envelope/skin, lighting/sound, furnishings and atmospheres.

To present, both orally and materially, a complex design project clearly and compellingly in our limited amount of time. It is required that the semester’s work be documented in the form of narrative writings, conceptual studies, site and building models, as well as plans, sections and elevations of the final design. However, the quality of the idea is most important and presentation techniques used should always be subordinate to the ideas communicated.

Rick Joy will be in residence on the following dates: August 31, September 1, 8, 17, 18, 28 and 29, November 9, 10, 23 and 24 and for Final Reviews in December.

The studio will be taught by guest lecturer Philipp Neher on October 26 – 27 instead of Rick Joy.

There will be two studio trips. The first will be on September 8. The second will be October 12 – 14.