Integration Studio: Environment, Form and Feedback
Dana Cupkova, Coordinator | View Syllabus
Ecology posits that all entities have thermodynamic relationship to one another and are bound together in complex systems of energy and information exchange: ecosystem. Environment, Form and Feedback, the third-year fall undergraduate core design studio, focuses on systemic design thinking linked to the development of forms and organizations in the urban environment. Engaging processes such as climate data, daylighting and water flow, we move away from the design of discrete city forms toward architectural intervention that moves across scales to give new shape to the contemporary city edge. This studio investigates the emergent condition of bio-synthetic constructs, coined as eco-machines, that negotiate building form within its urban and ecological landscape. Through a semester-long design project, students are introduced to computationally-based design techniques that integrate form-making with environmental simulation, in search of individualized architectural language.
3rd Year Fall
Each core studio is coordinated by a full-time faculty member, who develops the studio's pedagogy, content, methodology, projects, and faculty teams within the framework of the overall curriculum. The coordinator, Dana Cupkova, offers lectures, workshops and critiques to support the studio's learning objectives and make connections with associated coursework. Within each studio, sections of 9 to 12 students are led by the prominent practitioners who comprise our adjunct faculty.