Aug '05 - Jan '11
Last Winter we had the "Comprehensive Studio" with John McMorrough and Mike Cadwell. The project was a housing block in downtown Columbus. Each team of two had a "theme" that was to be explored in the project.
My partner Zhishan Wang and I were assigned Deep Green. This of course meant exploring ecologically sound principles. Our professors were hoping to use calculation and maximization as a driving principle for design decisions, so in many ways we were doing a systems project on acid. It was difficult to decide whether to allow the green systems to overtake the project or whether to "conceal and reveal"...
As you can see, we maximized the biological and technological aspects of the projects in creating our "Urban Power Plant." The idea was to make reference to post-industrial reclamation efforts at the same time as contributing to the contemporary discourse of skin as force-receptor, skin and structure as power-generators; space of the ground and space of the roof as both public and private, technical and natural; etc.
All of our classes (studio, structures, systems, theory) were integrated with this project, which was orchestrated beautifully by our professors. Reviews were juried by a panel of architects and professionals in relevant fields, including systems and structures. We did a full set of schematic drawings and a series of diagrams for the project.
Scogin & Elam were on our review. Scogin wished it could have been more understated, while Elam was the one who dubbed it the "Urban Power Plant." It was quite an interesting discussion, though if I did it all again I would have taken the project in a completely different direction. Sometimes that happens... either way, it was a fantastic learning experience.