Master of Architecture II Spring 2010

End of the Year Exhibition 2010

End of the Year Exhibition 2010


Professor: Diana Agrest
Instructor: Masha Panteleyeva

The students were asked to select a site with extreme geophysical and weather conditions – day / night / seasonal. Each site was to be located at an edge between land (rock, above or below) and water (sea or river). The program given was a habitable settlement created using the elements of nature at the site: air, sun, fire, water, soil, flora, etc. An activity of production in the settlement was also intended to relate to the natural conditions.



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