Selected Undergraduate Design Studio Projects--Design IV, Spring 2014

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Spring 2014

Professor Diane Lewis, Professor Peter Schubert, Instructor Daniel Meridor, Instructor Robert Estrin and Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Sherer


STAGE: Staging a visionary humanitarian program of this time

Study one to be done within Teatrino and in drawing, model, etc.

Form to be determined as conceived by each participant…begin with drawings.

PROGRAM/SITE—SITE/PROGRAM: Study for preliminary concepts of project derivation

Students selected an approach to one or more of the following entries into the research. This work preceded and informed the eventual proposal. The study of program and site relationship is key to establishing a philosophy of form and signification for the work.

1. Approach: Commemorative. Research an event that is important to you in regard to emancipation with the memory of civilization. Explore the relation of the selected event to space, a place, a city, a landscape, the planet etc., as you imagine it. Explore its representation as the focus of a plan that responds to the limits of the Teatrino space.

2. Approach: The reading of place: the architectural still life—the civic conscious and architectural memory. Select a work of architecture made by a singular architect or one of earlier collective authorship as an element of a civic still tectonic still life. Crop its plan to respond to the limits of the Teatrino space.

3. Approach: The reading of place: civic fabric-urban subconscious. Select a condition within a city from memory or any other source that you find intriguing, compelling, interesting and crop it to be the focus of a plan that responds to the limits of the Teatrino space.

4. Approach: The reading of the place: natural. Select a formation of natural conditions that you consider to be in itself or to have a memorable or definitive architectural reading. Crop it to be the focus of a plan that responds to the limits of the Teatrino space.

Drawings are to be 24 inches square with an implicit centered 21 inch square.

A required condition of plan view is first with the option of your interest in exploring one or more of the plan conditions that respond to the approach/principle categories as elevation, section, backdrop, etc., relative to construction within the Teatrino as you wish. Sketching, drawing, collage and eventually model elements spring from this foray.

Consider the beauty of the Teatrino as resource by which suspension of scale or the implementation of any implicit scale you wish to view are available to you.

Select the approach or approaches from the list that you find most compelling and prepare to address the reasons.


Projects & Links

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.