So, im about to begin my thesis studio tommorrow which might be different than most architecture schools. We are on the quarter system (summer, fall, winter & spring), so essentially our winter and spring terms put together are a little longer than most schools spring semester. And yes, that means a conventional term at our school is about 9-10 weeks, which isnt very generous for an architecture studio.
That being said, our terminal studio spans two terms to give ample time for our final project. Unlike the terminal studios in Eugene, thesis students are able to choose their site and program, which adds more preliminary work but is also shaped to the students interests.
I chosen my project to be located on the south shore of Honolulu, Hawaii. The project is an architectural resource center in the Kakaako district. An once industrial area for the city of Honolulu, industry is slowly being cleared out making way for new and contoversial developments. There has been much buzz around the state about what is being planned for the waterfront area east of the park, and newly erected buildings like the U. of Hawaii Medical School has only increased public interest in the area. My chosen site is east of the park on the Matson shipping yard, and will propose to shape the waterfront with housing, the resource center and an architectural installation park.
Here are some images of the site visit.