Materiality and Transformation

2501117 Studio in Design

This first-year undergraduate course will introduce the fundamentals of design research and practice by challenging students to develop a mobile shelter that can expand and contract to accommodate variable numbers of users. The deliverable will be a structure that can effectively house one individual in its resting state and at least three when activated or extended. The mechanism of transformation from one state to the other must be

triggered either by human-centered action or by reliance on building elements within the School of Architecture. Success in this exercise will require student engagement in material qualities and their transformative potential; the structural applications of these materials; and an analysis of human and environmental scales to advance a design both useful and humane.

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