Architectural Design, Architecture, Spring 2012

  • Form and function intuitively occur simultaneously as a result of a haptic experience. Haptic perception requires the exploration of an object through touch – the use of the body to recognize environmental differences to formulate an understanding of space. Yet, the scale of the surfaces of the Center are too large to be held in ones hand for easy identification.
    Taking clues from environmental differences such as the movement and spatial relationships developed by the protrusion and extrusion of walls, ceilings, and floor, as well as, the subtle changes in light, grade, and ceiling heights, suggest that the space is to be navigated intuitively, constantly referencing both a calculated visual pathway and a haptic, more physically exploratory route.

    Architectural Design is the second of three core studios classes taught in the Spring of the first year. The course is divided into to parts: part one is individual studio work and part two is a six-week design/build project that is design and constructed by the studio of 75 first year undergraduate and graduate students.  Part one asked us to design a 5,000 square-foot Water Research Center and the Blackstone River Coalition in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.