Archinect - University at Buffalo: School of Architecture and Planning 2014-07-28T04:33:52-04:00 http://archinect.com/blog/article/92613950/spring-2014-public-programs-at-the-buffalo-school Spring 2014 Public Programs at the Buffalo School Megan Basnak 2014-02-01T15:01:04-05:00 >2014-02-10T22:31:14-05:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rc/rcneyyv95e49tccs.jpg">The Buffalo School is pleased to announce an exciting lineup of lectures and exhibitions for its spring 2014 series of public events. Bringing leading thinkers and practitioners in architecture, planning and the design professions to Buffalo, the program engages public dialogue on critical issues in the profession today. Learn more at <a href="http://ap.buffalo.edu/events/eventsSpring2014.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://ap.buffalo.edu/events/eventsSpring2014.html&nbsp;</a></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/91362938/architectural-practice-in-small-towns-a-master-s-thesis Architectural Practice in Small Towns: A Master's Thesis Megan Basnak 2014-01-16T10:01:00-05:00 >2014-03-07T01:46:09-05:00 <p> <strong>Architectural Practice in Small Towns: A Study of the Architect-Client Relationship in the Western Erie Canal Region</strong></p> <p> Contributed By: <strong>Megan Basnak,&nbsp; M.Arch. Thesis Student</strong></p> <p> Thesis Committee: <strong>Korydon Smith (Chair), Sue Weidemann, and Kenneth MacKay</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ------------------------------------------------------------------</p> <p> The architecture profession is rooted in a long-standing history of locally-based practice. As advancements in technology permitted practice to become more removed from the local focus, the field slowly left behind many settings, including small towns. Despite the fact that there are currently over 11,000 small towns in the United States, the architecture profession has focused relatively little on practice in small towns, and less yet on practice in their main street districts. Unlike most clients in the urban setting, clients in a small town may not have any previous experience working with an architect or the general construction p...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/86772693/contemporary-practices-in-stairway-design-a-master-s-thesis Contemporary Practices in Stairway Design: A Master's Thesis Megan Basnak 2013-11-17T18:17:42-05:00 >2014-04-24T15:27:33-04:00 <p><strong>Contemporary Practices in Stairway Design:</strong> Behavior of Stair Users in Public Buildings</p><p>Contributed By: <strong>Karen Kim,&nbsp; M.Arch. Thesis Student</strong></p><p>Thesis Committee: <strong>Dr. Edward Steinfeld and Dr. Sue Weidemann</strong></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ------------------------------------------------------------------</p><p>Safety is a top priority for building users and should be a primary goal for architects when designing public buildings. Stairway falls continue to be one of the main causes of injuries in buildings, and while research has shown that these incidents are often related to the architectural design of stairways, stair safety remains difficult in practice. This is because knowledge of stairway design and the effectiveness of stair safety standards has been limited or within the profession of architecture. As a result, architects are experimenting with innovative designs that may increase the risk of tripping, slipping and falling on stairs. Steps to closing this knowledge gap and improving stair saf...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/86233629/life-limb-and-the-pursuit-of-architecture-a-master-s-thesis Life, Limb, and the Pursuit of Architecture: A Master's Thesis Megan Basnak 2013-11-10T17:59:00-05:00 >2013-11-12T18:13:09-05:00 <p> <em>This is the first in a series of posts highlighting directed research and thesis projects that are being completed by University at Buffalo Master of Architecture students.</em></p> <p> <em><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</em></em></p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6k/6k3hr2hsm55m22ig.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Life, Limb, and the Pursuit of Architecture:</strong> <em>Using product design to positively influence post-disaster transitional housing among impoverished or displaced populations</em></p> <p> Contributed By:<strong> Brijhette Farmer, M.Arch. Thesis Student</strong></p> <p> Thesis Committee: <strong>Korydon Smith and Edward Steinfeld</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ------------------------------------------------------------------</p> <p> The provision of adequate shelter is one of the most pivotal challenges after a natural disaster. Shelter designs incorporating rigor in aesthetic, economic, and functional capabilities aid users in experiencing a more holistic post-disaster recovery. While appropriate shelter ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/85128468/behind-the-award-winning-design-the-lotus-resort-hotel Behind the Award-Winning Design: The Lotus Resort Hotel Megan Basnak 2013-10-27T10:29:30-04:00 >2013-10-27T10:42:31-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1i/1i7zgsouaudlm7iz.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Described by Mark Twain as &ldquo;the fairest picture the whole earth affords,&rdquo; Lake Tahoe served as the setting for B/a students Wei Dai and Minku Jeon&rsquo;s award-winning design The Lotus Resort Hotel. Earlier this month, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture named the Lotus Resort Hotel design the second place winner in their annual Fabric in Architecture competition. The competition asked participants to investigate the integration of fabric structures into a resort hotel while incorporating into their designs original ideas related to scope, scale, and responses to environmental conditions such as location, climate, and culture.<img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wc/wcwd9s1kf0nvteir.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/66th4x6uc7tkg4nm.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Inspired by nature and water&rsquo;s identification as &ldquo;the very essence of life,&rdquo; Dai and Jeon&rsquo;s design sought to connect people with the natural environment through not only the visual experience, but through a sensual connection with the body as well. Using the structure of the lily-pad as the foundation for their design, Dai and Jeon propo...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/82218941/public-archiculture-screening-coming-to-b-a-p Public "Archiculture" Screening Coming to B/a+p Megan Basnak 2013-09-19T15:25:00-04:00 >2013-09-19T18:11:42-04:00 <p> What is it about the university design studio that makes both professors and students alike keep coming back for more? How can one environment elicit so much joy, frustration, and emotion from its occupants, all at the same time?&nbsp; B/a Graduate Student Association is proud to sponsor the screening of the all-telling documentary <em>Archiculture</em>. <em>Archiculture </em>offers an unprecedented look into the world of studio-based design education through the eyes of a group of students finishing their final design projects. <em>Architecture and Art Magazine</em> says <em>Archiculture</em> is "Architecture 101 for the general public," while <em>Architect</em> <em>Magazine </em>states, "Two designers-turned directors put the spotlight on architectural education."</p> <p> The public is invited to join B/a+p students and faculty in the screening of <em>Archiculture</em> on <strong>Wednesday October 2, 2013 at 5:30pm in 148 Diefendorf Hall</strong> on the University at Buffalo South Campus. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. For more information about ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/81079198/b-a-alumni-leave-mark-on-inside2013-competition B/a Alumni Leave Mark on Inside2013 Competition Megan Basnak 2013-09-04T20:34:51-04:00 >2013-09-09T21:58:03-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ef/ef9dx9xub0md7hpz.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>Elevator B: An Urban Bee Habitat&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Image Courtesy of Inside2013</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> On August 20, several B/a alumni made headlines when they were announced as winners in the Inside2013 Competition organized by the creators of The Morpholio Project. B/a alumni and Elevator B team members Courtney Creenan, Kyle Mastalinski, Daniel Nead, Scott Selin, and Lisa Stern were named as the Jury Winners in the Emerging Talent: Young Professionals Category for their project Elevator B: An Urban Bee Habitat. Alumna Danielle Krug was announced as a Jury Honor Award winner in the same category for her project titled Seed Library + Ascending Urban Garden. In addition to these winners, in early August, several other alumni were named finalists in the competition including Ariel Resnick as a Future Voices Finalist for her design Material World, Kim Dai as an Emerging Talent Finalist for her design Vacuums, and Kathryn Hobert also as a Future Voice Finalist for her desi...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/80068291/b-a-students-alumni-and-faculty-featured-in-morpholio-galleries B/a Students, Alumni, and Faculty Featured in Morpholio Galleries Megan Basnak 2013-08-22T14:12:20-04:00 >2013-09-02T21:55:36-04:00 <p> B/a alumnus and Morpholio Design Curator Joseph Swerdlin recently curated two galleries within the PinUp section of the Morpholio app featuring the work of B/a students, alumni, and faculty. The first gallery, titled &ldquo;Constructed Compositions,&rdquo; features architectural photographs taken by B/a students John Brennan, Bryan Lee, and alumni Kathryn Hobert, Adam Feldman, Ariel Resnick, Vincent Ribeiro, Danielle Krug, and Kim Dai. &ldquo;University at Buffalo: Recent Works,&rdquo; the second gallery curated by Swerdlin, features works by B/a faculty Joyce Hwang, Michael Rogers, Georg Rafailidis+Stephanie Davidson, Nick Bruscia+Chris Romano, and B/a alumni Courtney Creenan, Kyle Mastalinski, Daniel Nead, Scott Selin, and Lisa Stern (aka the Elevator B team). The two galleries are available to view by the entire Morpholio Community through the Morpholio app.</p> <p> Morpholio, designed by the New York City based startup The Morpholio Project, is an application-based, multi-disciplinary design community that...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/73158107/professor-beth-tauke-gives-ted-talk Professor Beth Tauke Gives "TED Talk" Megan Basnak 2013-05-14T13:00:07-04:00 >2013-05-14T13:01:20-04:00 <p> Enjoy Beth Tauke, associate professor of architecture and associate dean for academic affairs in the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, &ldquo;TED Talk&rdquo; from TEDxUniversityatBuffalo. Professor Tauke, winner of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, introduces a paradigm with the human body as the most important site for design in the 21st century. Tauke discusses innovations both external and internal to the body, including medical technology, communication, and entertainment.</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/72744337/ub-school-of-architecture-and-planning-s-43rd-commencement UB School of Architecture and Planning's 43rd Commencement Megan Basnak 2013-05-08T09:25:09-04:00 >2013-05-13T22:22:22-04:00 <p> The community is invited to the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning&rsquo;s 43rd commencement on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Mainstage Theatre. The Commencement address and ceremony is open to the public. No tickets are required to attend.</p> <p> Bill McKibben, author, educator and environmentalist, will address graduates and receive the Dean's Medal. McKibben is the author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with The End of Nature in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. He is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. Time Magazine called him 'the planet's best green journalist' and the Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was 'probably the country's most important environmentalist.' Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, he holds honorary degrees from a dozen colleges, including the Unive...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/71436471/master-s-thesis-inter-act-embodied-interaction-in-post-architectural-space Master's Thesis - [INTER]ACT: Embodied Interaction in Post-Architectural Space Megan Basnak 2013-04-17T20:59:00-04:00 >2013-05-04T13:02:36-04:00 <p> <strong>[INTER]ACT: Embodied Interaction in Post-Architectural Space</strong><br> Kathy Yuen<br> M.Arch/MFA Thesis<br> University at Buffalo<br> School of Architecture and Planning<br> Committee: Mark Shepard, Nick Bruscia, and Dave Pape</p> <p> <em><strong>How can concrete, embodied interaction with digitally augmented artifacts be used to reveal the data-scape that we occupy and influence the configuration of virtual and physical space?</strong></em></p> <p> Today, we have grown increasingly virtually connected to each other through the expansion of internet accessibility and proliferation of social media. As a result, we&mdash;and by extension&mdash;our spaces have become increasingly digitally augmented as we constantly maintain our virtual presence, in parallel to our relationships in physical space. The interactions that take place by means of the conventional interface of the screen, keyboard, and mouse can often limit and isolate the user from the physical environment occupied as they enter cyberspace. At the same time, each interaction generates new da...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/70995093/master-s-thesis-making-a-mark-personal-customization-in-suburban-housing Master's Thesis - Making a Mark: Personal Customization in Suburban Housing Megan Basnak 2013-04-10T13:29:58-04:00 >2013-04-15T21:35:09-04:00 <p> <strong>Making a Mark: Personal Customization in Suburban Housing</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Monica Groele<br> M. Arch. Thesis<br> University at Buffalo<br> School of Architecture and Planning<br> Committee: Dr. Korydon Smith and Dr. E. Sue Weidemann</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Since the end of the Second World War, the dominant form of housing in the United States has been the single-family detached dwelling in the suburbs. Such communities have been barraged by criticism for&nbsp;being aesthetically homogeneous and reinforcing of &ldquo;traditional&rdquo; family&nbsp;roles, behaviors, and values. Despite outside criticism, however, many residents describe positive experiences of living in these communities. Previous studies have found that the homogeneity and simplicity of the houses allows the residents to make improvements and customizations&nbsp;that address their own living styles, needs, and preferences.</p> <p> Building upon Jungian psychology and American studies theories,&nbsp;and using qualitative and quantitative methods, this thesis examines&nbsp;two Buffalo-area neighborh...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/70865879/master-s-thesis-drawing-a-___-blank-___ Master's Thesis: Drawing a ___(blank)___ Megan Basnak 2013-04-08T12:15:00-04:00 >2013-04-15T22:11:41-04:00 <p> <strong>Drawing a <u>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<em>(blank) &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</em></u></strong><br><em>Scott Archambault</em><br><em>M. Arch. Thesis<br> University at Buffalo<br> School of Architecture and Planning<br> Committee:&nbsp;</em><em>Annette LeCuyer, Nicholas Bruscia, and Gregory Delaney</em></p> <p> <em><strong>How can architectural representation be re-imagined to allow for ambiguity and multiple possible&nbsp;outcomes from a single drawing?</strong></em></p> <p> Architectural representation is often concerned with eliminating difference and producing a single built&nbsp;outcome. This eliminates the possibility of an unintended result, making the built result specific only to the&nbsp;drawing. If the performative nature of drawing is instead concerned with providing ambiguity to allow for&nbsp;productive difference, the drawing may become a generator of multiple possible outcomes. Each outcome,&nbsp;then, becomes more situationally specific to the builder, author, context, and drawing while creating a new&nbsp;understanding of authorship within architectural discourse. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bn/bnczntc2xhixwkyc.jpg" title=""></p>... http://archinect.com/blog/article/70481174/master-s-thesis-visual-perception-through-the-diffusion-of-light Master's Thesis: Visual Perception through the Diffusion of Light Megan Basnak 2013-04-01T20:44:30-04:00 >2013-04-08T21:49:48-04:00 <p> <em>This is the first in a series of posts highlighting thesis projects that are being completed by University at Buffalo Master of Architecture students.</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Visual Perception through the Diffusion of Light</strong><br><em>Timothy Ung<br> M. Arch. Thesis<br> University at Buffalo<br> School of Architecture and Planning<br> Committee: Kenneth MacKay, Beth Tauke, and Jean Lamarche</em></p> <p> Human perception of the visual world is limited through the homogeneity of design<br> and the standardization of materials. After constructing a lighting apparatus made of<br> steel and thousands of transparent thread, a small amount of light will be directed<br> onto the apparatus and reflected and refracted multiple times, spreading light over<br> a large area. However, visual perception of the light reflecting and refracting through<br> the apparatus will change according to an observer&rsquo;s location in relation to the<br> apparatus. Ultimately, the goal of this thesis is to engage one&rsquo;s perception of the<br> visual world using properties of transparent ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/65633511/university-at-buffalo-spring-2013-public-program-series University at Buffalo Spring 2013 Public Program Series Megan Basnak 2013-01-16T17:37:00-05:00 >2013-01-17T14:58:06-05:00 <p> The University at Buffalo's School of Architecture and Planning recently announced its public program series for spring 2013.&nbsp;Be sure to check out all of the lectures and exhibitions that the school has planned.&nbsp;All events are scheduled to be held at 5:30pm in 301 Crosby Hall unless otherwise noted.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> For more information and updates, please visit <a href="http://www.ap.buffalo.edu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.ap.buffalo.edu</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ne/neka08f2p71ai0ie.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/60433443/fall-2012-public-program-series Fall 2012 Public Program Series Megan Basnak 2012-10-31T11:04:09-04:00 >2012-11-05T21:19:41-05:00 <p> Be sure to check out the remaining lectures and exhibitions in the <strong>Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning's</strong>&nbsp;public program&nbsp;series for fall 2012.</p> <p> <em>For more information, please visit <a href="http://www.ap.buffalo.edu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.ap.buffalo.edu</a></em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tc/tcsalhwtzrw9riak.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/60058424/dare-to-dodge Dare to Dodge Megan Basnak 2012-10-25T21:39:16-04:00 >2012-10-25T21:43:03-04:00 <p> Don't miss out on what promises to be the competition of the year:</p> <p> <strong>UB ArchGSA's Second Annual Architecture and Planning Dodgeball Tournament</strong></p> <p> Highlights from last year's "friendly" competition can be viewed at:</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/40487156/dodgeball-the-sport-where-there-is-no-fourth-wall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.com/blog/article/40487156/dodgeball-the-sport-where-there-is-no-fourth-wall</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em><strong>Do You Dare to Dodge?&nbsp;</strong></em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6w/6w7yqfy4p2fmyfq9.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/54624751/elevator-b-a-buzz-worthy-new-home-for-some-of-buffalo-s-smallest-citizens Elevator B: A "Buzz-Worthy" New Home for Some of Buffalo's Smallest Citizens Megan Basnak 2012-08-02T14:01:00-04:00 >2012-08-06T21:04:10-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w8/w8z2s2vppz80ac2p.jpg" title=""></p> <p> On Saturday June 23, 2012, Buffalo's SiloCity was the destination for lovers of architecture and bees alike. The official opening of &ldquo;Elevator B&rdquo; culminated months of planning, designing, and construction for a small group of Master of Architecture students from the University at Buffalo. The hard work of design team members Courtney Creenan, Kyle Mastalinski, Daniel Nead, Scott Selin, and Lisa Stern can clearly be seen in the details of the 22 foot tall honey-comb steel structure that now calls Buffalo&rsquo;s SiloCity home.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1w/1wt9acc6h3f0lgb7.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Designed in response to a design competition sponsored by Rick Smith and Rigidized Metals and curated by the University at Buffalo&rsquo;s Department of Architecture&rsquo;s Ecological Practices Research Group, Elevator B is an architectural response to a need to relocate a group of bees that were residing in a building in the SiloCity complex. The free-standing, 22 foot tall steel structure is constructed of standard steel angle and tube sections in a honeycomb design...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/53007383/survivalist-architecture-dwelling-on-waste-part-ii Survivalist Architecture: Dwelling on Waste (Part II) Megan Basnak 2012-07-05T15:32:00-04:00 >2012-07-06T17:15:49-04:00 <p> M. Arch Thesis - Matthieu Bain + Andrew Perkins</p> <p> <br> (Part I: <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/39333739/survivalist-architecture-dwelling-on-waste" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.com/blog/article/39333739/survivalist-architecture-dwelling-on-waste</a>)</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It&rsquo;s said that &ldquo;all good architecture leaks,&rdquo; which makes the home we bought and moved into in October 2011 (for $800) something of a masterpiece.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mj/mjwbtqtvjzvwy3r2.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Substantial water damage. Layers of moldy carpet atop layers of rotting wood atop mammoth-sized slugs. We sought a house that was deteriorated far beyond usual standards of comfort: one whose very deficiencies foster creative solutions. From the chaos we separate cotton from plastic, metal from paper, and glass from polyester and vinyl.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aq/aqq6l2clyxz17hel.jpg" title=""></p> <p> We liberate waste objects &ndash; those materials which seem to have no other destiny than decay or landfill. Abandoned houses, curbside trash mounds, vacant lots where storefronts once sat, and construction dumpsters provide an endless supply of building material. From this, we attempt to not only achieve a space that can sustain us, but one which ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/49658395/hive-city-update-and-the-winner-is HIVE CITY Update: And the Winner Is... Megan Basnak 2012-05-30T15:18:00-04:00 >2012-06-06T22:31:03-04:00 <p> Prior to the completion of the spring semester, members of the Ecological Practices Research Group faculty at the University at Buffalo in conjunction with competition sponsor Rick Smith and Rigidized Metals announced the winning proposal for their HIVE CITY bee habitat design competition. Out of two finalist teams, a group of 3-1/2 year Master of Architecture students and their proposal entitled <em>Bee Tower&nbsp;</em>won the right to have their design fabricated and constructed on a predetermined site in Buffalo's SiloCity, which is an emerging development led by Smith that includes a vast area of land that contains three formerly-abandoned grain elevators, as well as several other historic structures. Members of the winning project team include:</p> <p> Courtney Creenan, M. Arch + MUP, 2012 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p> Kyle Mastalinski, M. Arch + MUP, 2013 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p> Danie...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/45246656/space-2012-freshman-studio SPACE: 2012 Freshman Studio Megan Basnak 2012-04-16T21:40:00-04:00 >2012-05-07T09:41:59-04:00 <p> <em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p> Contributed By: Ana Misenas, Freshman Architecture Student</p> <p> During the fall semester, we (the freshman studio) developed our projects conceptually. We created space based on the relationship between the occupier and the tectonics of the structure. This (spring) semester, we worked methodically and developed/recreated a space. At first, we investigated the complexity of an architectural space and continued by generating potential designs through numerous techniques.&nbsp;One technique was to target a feeling that we obtained while inside the space in order to &nbsp;understand how particular features emit a specific feeling.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rl/rlc5kz5j4auzl9ym.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Photo By Ana Misenas</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>&ldquo;LURID -&nbsp; [While] exploring, it seemed that the more grotesque and broken it got, it simultaneously became more beautiful and intriguing.&rdquo;&nbsp;</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/an/anpqun1vrb2mlyjn.jpg" title=""></p> <p> We then created the interior space as a solid (as if it were filled with concrete) - Inspired by Rachel Whiteread.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/bengtbmme7a9flx7.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>So...</em></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/42648811/hive-city-a-habitat-design-competition HIVE CITY: A Habitat Design Competition Megan Basnak 2012-03-25T09:53:00-04:00 >2012-03-26T11:22:55-04:00 <p> Contributed By: Megan Basnak, M.Arch Student</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.&rdquo; This quotation, stated by Saint John Chrysostom during the first century reflects the timeless appreciation that has long been held for nature&rsquo;s worker species, the bee. It is this same respect and appreciation that has encouraged the Ecological Practices Research Group faculty at the University at Buffalo to organize a design competition dedicated to the design of a new home for a thriving bee colony that needs to be relocated.</p> <p> The competition, sponsored by Rick Smith and Rigidized Metals asked students to design a new habitat for a bee colony that is currently located in a building in Buffalo&rsquo;s SiloCity, an emerging development led by Smith, located on a vast area of land containing three formerly-abandoned grain elevators, among other historic structures. Students were asked to propose designs sited in this up-and-coming a...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/40821652/capturing-photorealism-in-architectural-renders-lighting-conditions Capturing Photorealism in Architectural Renders – Lighting Conditions Megan Basnak 2012-03-09T13:11:00-05:00 >2012-03-11T21:17:40-04:00 <p> <br> Contributed By: Timothy Ung, M.Arch Student</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> While helping architect Kenneth S. Mackay digitize his hand-drawn project, St. Peter&rsquo;s Episcopal Church in Buffalo, New York, I was intrigued by the proposal for a cone-shaped window to flood the space with even amounts of light. During various times of the day, light would enter from the exterior and reflect off of the rounded surface of the cone and into the space, spreading even amounts of light to the other side of the church.</p> <p> With the help of a junior in the school of architecture at SUNY at Buffalo, Aaron Taube, the hand-drawn project was modeled in Rhinoceros. To analyze the lighting levels across the floor of the church, I brought the digital model into Ecotect and analyzed the daylight levels. The average daylight level in the room was 5 at approximately 30 inches off of the ground.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ri/riglzgz8wqnvr41i.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>Ecotect Analysis showing the Daylight Factor 30 inches off of the ground</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Next, I rendered the project in V-Ray without having s...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/40487156/dodgeball-the-sport-where-there-is-no-fourth-wall Dodgeball: The Sport Where There is No Fourth Wall Megan Basnak 2012-03-06T15:43:23-05:00 >2012-03-19T11:00:39-04:00 <p> Contributed By: Courtney Creenan, M.Arch Student</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q2/q2hz0wx2fc3rbfkg.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Being in architecture school is all about slaving away at your desk all day and<br> throughout the night, right? Although this might be the norm, the University<br> at Buffalo Architecture Graduate Student Association organized and hosted a<br> school-wide, interdepartmental dodgeball tournament February 18, 2012. The very<br> idea of dodgeball and being able to vent some energy generated so much<br> interest, some teams had to be turned away. The tournament was a series of games<br> between 20 teams comprised of undergraduate and graduate level architecture and urban planning students, staff,&nbsp;and faculty.</p> <p> The tournament sought to foster more interconnectivity between classes and<br> programs, spur team building, and yes, get students away from their computers<br> to exercise for an afternoon.</p> <p> Due to &nbsp;the great success of the event, the GSA sees this as an event<br> to keep in their regular line-up of activities that occur throughout the semester...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/39580170/building-matters-an-investigation-into-the-use-of-permanent-formwork Building Matters: An Investigation into the Use of Permanent Formwork Megan Basnak 2012-02-27T19:08:00-05:00 >2012-02-27T21:25:44-05:00 <p> Contributed By: Allison Adderley, M.Arch Student</p> <p> <em>In conjunction with Faculty Members Christopher Romano and Jean LaMarche</em></p> <p> <br> Formwork has often been defined as a temporary building element, typically neglected and rarely interpreted by architects as anything more than a byproduct of construction.&nbsp; However, by reconceptualizing its role as a permanent building component, its construction performance now can be evaluated in parallel with its architectural function.&nbsp; This research reinterprets standard casting conventions as a means of rethinking design parameters, one that considers form and formwork during and after construction as equals in terms of architectural significance.</p> <p> <br> The separation of the act of construction from the way in which we experience architecture has resulted in a detachment from the fundamental connection to the human act of making. At some point, a division was created, one that drew a line between architect as &ldquo;thinker&rdquo; and the builder as &ldquo;maker.&rdquo;&nbsp; Se...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/39333739/survivalist-architecture-dwelling-on-waste Survivalist Architecture: Dwelling on Waste Megan Basnak 2012-02-25T15:48:00-05:00 >2012-02-28T14:09:13-05:00 <p> Contributed By:&nbsp;Matthieu Bain and Andrew Perkins&nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Master of Architecture Thesis</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> How can the remains of a declining city be harvested and utilized to resuscitate space and sustain&nbsp;life?</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ej/ejqr1qu0kn480kq5.jpg" title=""></p> <p> In October, we purchased a house from the Buffalo Foreclosure auction for $800 and moved in&nbsp;almost immediately amongst the clutter and without running water, electricity, or heat. The project&nbsp;since has been about how to survive on the remains of this declining city, hence the appropriate&nbsp;title: Dwelling on Waste. We&rsquo;ve had to address a number of basic concerns: heat, water, security,&nbsp;cooking...only using the discards and forgotten items of the people around us. As the weather&nbsp;warms and as we nail down main structural/leakage/comfort problems, these scavenged materials&nbsp;will begin to lend themselves to more generous spaces and applications. The following covers the&nbsp;events that led up to this, the beginning of our story...</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> How can the remains of a declining city be harvested and util...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/38895877/public-private-ub-inclusive-design-research-group PUBLIC|PRIVATE : UB Inclusive Design Research Group Megan Basnak 2012-02-21T20:00:00-05:00 >2012-02-24T15:10:30-05:00 <p> Contributed By: Courtney Creenan, M.Arch + M.UP Student</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Getting inside Buffalo, New York&rsquo;s grain elevators has been on many a University at Buffalo architecture student&rsquo;s to-do list.&nbsp; This past fall, students in the Inclusive Design Research Group were able to not only tour the facilities, but work inside the Marine A Grain Elevator, which is now a part of the newly incorporated Silo City complex.&nbsp;</p> <p> The studio focused on a topic often overlooked in the architecture field: the public bathroom.&nbsp; Students had to design innovative, responsible, inclusive, and clever responses to potential event spaces proposed along with their public bathroom design.&nbsp; Some projects challenged current bathroom practices and stigmas.&nbsp; Others integrated the event space programming into the bathroom to create more atmospheric experiences than normally found in a typical bathroom through the use of repurposed materials, lighting affects, and acoustics.&nbsp;</p> <p> Although many projects were very detailed in...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/37979554/canvassing-the-campus-with-architect-barbie Canvassing the Campus with Architect Barbie Megan Basnak 2012-02-13T21:23:00-05:00 >2012-02-23T14:43:10-05:00 <p> The idea for Architect Barbie emerged out of a 2007 exhibition at the University of Michigan&rsquo;s Architecture School, curated by Professor Despina Stratigakos, for which students and faculty designed prototypes for the doll as a way to explore and playfully critique stereotypes of architects.&nbsp; Kelly Hayes McAlonie and Dr. Stratigakos, colleagues at the University at Buffalo, joined forces in 2010 to lobby Mattel to produce the doll.&nbsp; Architect Barbie debuted at the 2011 AIA conference in New Orleans.&nbsp; She was Mattel&rsquo;s 2011 Career of the Year and was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the Hot Toys of the Year in December.&nbsp; University at Buffalo Master of Architecture students are photographing Architect Barbie around campus as a tribute to her original advocates.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/db7vzzorkwffnunr.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Starting Out the Day in Studio...</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0y/0ydr28z99zxy1ru5.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Checking in on the Renovation of Hayes Hall... &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pp/ppqvav0o8bkh1p2l.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Preparing to Work in the Materi...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/37609406/thermal-interrelation-an-architectural-thesis Thermal Interrelation: An Architectural Thesis Megan Basnak 2012-02-10T16:30:00-05:00 >2012-03-29T12:16:25-04:00 <p> Contributed by: Robert Garlow, M.Arch Student</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/az/azjdc03lzots42h6.jpg" title=""></p> <p> [ How can a better understanding of a material&rsquo;s reaction to thermal energy allow us to design an architecture that participates and mediates amidst the presence of bodies and/or environmental stimuli? ]</p> <p> Historically, our attempts to suppress a material&rsquo;s reaction to external stimuli (e.g., sealing, painting, etc.) has led to a limited pallet of conventional construction materials, chosen because of their predictability. Rather than focusing on the material as an artifact and an end in itself, I am proposing a study of material&rsquo;s latent phenomena, properties and behaviors and how recognition of and attention to a material&rsquo;s specific response could reshape the way we think about and use it.</p> <p> By reversing our attention from suppressing a material&rsquo;s inherent qualities, and instead focusing on a way to exploit that response, we can generate new applications for ordinary materials and design with a new sensitivity in which the inter...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/37261893/contain-ar-chitecture Contain [ar] chitecture Megan Basnak 2012-02-07T16:16:00-05:00 >2012-02-12T21:59:48-05:00 <p> Contributed by: Robert Garlow, M.Arch Student</p> <p> Studio Abstract:<br> Vertical Constructions is a graduate studio in the Material Culture Graduate Research Group that explores the design and construction of vertical structures. It concentrates on 3 primary objectives: 1) on the differences between stereotomic (mass) and tectonic (stick) construction systems and the processes involved in their successful design and construction; 2) on the theoretical ideas of these materials and their constructed assemblies and the spaces they generate (including Kenneth Framptons cosmological interpretation of Gottfried Sempers Four Elements of Architecture which relates stereotomic mass with the earth and tectonic assemblies with the sky, as well as Gaston Bachlards phenomenological understanding of the spaces of the cellar and attic, the lower associated with darkness and fear and the upper with lightness and comfort); and 3) and planning and performing the work necessary in the construction of each...</p>