student show 2020 winning projects
ARCH 562 Propositions, ARCH 672 Systems, MUD, and MSDMT Jurors: Danielle Etzler (Gensler), Perry Kulper (Taubman College)
Yixin Miao, Shourya Jain – “SEEDS” – 1st Place
Ahmedabad’s contemporary urban morphology is a thick collage of layers accumulated through time and continuously negotiated by disparate interests and urban actors. This project proposes the incremental co-production of urban space, ensure inclusive participatory frameworks and address people’s right to the city. By rendering water visible and sparkling new urban programs, the project performs as a material practice to invite disparate publics to celebrate water and urban life. As a result, the project tests how urban infrastructure materialize, condense, and transform without imposing predetermined meaning, seeding a multiplicity of uses and attitudes overtime.
Anhong Li, Baekgi Min, Lucas Rigney – “In Praise of Shadows”
This project aims to evoke the traditional intimacy and sensitivity of Japanese culture within a contemporary dwelling concept . The new mixed-use architecture combines a neighborhood center with residences to introduce a new type of urban fabric, horizontally and vertically interweaving different relationships between public and private space. Twelve wells of shadow are generated under the logic of the structural grid and the scale of the dwelling. As spatial voids these wells establish various scales of intimacy and character among the mixing neighborhood.
Anhong Li – “Urban Wall as Heterotopia ”
This project scrutinizes Ahmedabad’s recent development trends and addresses the legacy of social segregation, profit-driving policy, spatial erasure and citizens’ identity loss. The outcomes are the progressive wiping off of historic urban fabric and the loss of a diverse citizenship. Reading the city as found and re-establishing new urban imaginaries, the project takes on the pervasive type of the “urban wall” as a potential form of power resistance. Through the registration of contextual observations, walls become containers of a multiplicity of identities, markers of difference in the urban continuum.
Harsheen Kaur and Ishan Pal – “Parque Sonar”
Mexico City is reknown for its diverse and exuberant music scenes. From underground rock to punk discos, vanguard popular sounds create emancipatory environments for collective experience in the city. Building on the idea that music, however ephemerally, can blur social and class distinction, Parque Sonar imagines a new sound playground for the creation of emergent genres and untethered experimentation. Preserving the history of site, ensuring porosity between architecture and landscape, imagining heterogenous programs, and supporting informalism through appropriation, the project speculates on the shape novel cultural infrastructure might take.
ARCH 562 Propositions, ARCH 672 Systems, MUD, and MSDMT Jurors: Chris Bennett (Studio Gang), Anya Sirota (Taubman College)
Peyton Stimac – “Balance”
Inspired by the precision and harmony of a rowing crew, “Balance” works to capture the essence of the sport in the form of a training facility. The structure poises on a small peninsula on Ford Lake, MI. It’s precarity and delicasy echo a rowboat’s effortless glide across the water. The program is split between 3 levels, the water level sits partially underground and allows access to boat storage and the dock, the second level cuts perpendicularly through the peninsula and houses the training spaces, and the third level cantilevers out over the lake, containing the administrative and lounging spaces, while holding the dock that floats over the water.
Phillip Allore, Clare Coburn, Mitchell Lawrence – “Terran Enclave”
As climate discourse shifts from “change” to “crisis,” an optimistic outcome requires interventions that renew human-non-human relationships. Contemporary institutions perpetuate status quo forms of knowledge production, which is directly channeled to profitable industries in order to further the exploitation of Earth’s resources. Terran Enclave proposes a trans-disciplinary institution that works against this by creating diverse forms of knowledge production. It seeks to enable a new way of life that promotes closer working relationships across disciplines and species. The compound mixes communal, domestic, work, and growing spaces so that Terrans can envision a livable future together.
Daniel Grafton – “MushROOM Fungus Archive”
The MushROOM Fungus Archive serves as both an educational facility for visitors to learn about the nutritional and environmental benefits of mushrooms, and as a research facility to study fungi species and explore new uses for them. Three types of spaces exist: mushroom growing environments, visitor educational areas, and private research laboratories. Since these laboratories require direct access to the living mushrooms without interfering with visitor experience, the commercial farming technique of growing mushrooms on shelves is expanded to create the wall that separates the two spaces — accessible from either side. The laboratories emphasize the solidity, and the mushroom environments become the voids that weave in between the laboratories guided by floors and ceilings of tectonic planes.
Haley Mayes – “Textile Waste Archive”
A narrow lot adjacent to campus is the hypothetical infill site for this project, the program of which is meant to record and eventually reuse textile waste. The archive calls attention to sustainability issues within the fashion industry while paying homage to the gendered history of textile manufacturing.
Initially inspired by Anni Albers’ woven artwork, the architecture explores the way in which expansion of space upward and outward can make a small occupiable area feel larger than it is by dissolving poche with semi-permeable, draping textiles. Acting as both a barrier and a screen, they direct views up and across spaces and light down and through spaces.
ARCH 412 Form, ARCH 422 Situation, and ARCH 552 Institutions Jurors: Jordan Hicks (Studio Gang), Kathy Velokov (Taubman College)
Laura Lisbona – “Theater as Iranian Tomb Tower”
”Theater as Iranian Tomb Tower” examines the typological extents of the theater and proposes a new space that allows for an alternative, contemporized, and dramatic experience. It is based on the idea that in order to fit into the typology, a theater can be identified as a “place to experience the extreme.”
The project is a critical response to the over-stimulation of life in post-digital megacities and the need for a theater that allows for an extremely individual experience. The interior is arranged as a series of “Progressive Theaters,” a new genre in which the lines between viewer and performer become blurred. In “Theater asTomb Tower,” the occupant can decide how to experience each progressive space.
Yuxin Lin – “Insulated Theatre”
Materials are no longer finishes that provide closure to a building. Instead, they are critical starting points that open new possibilities for improving building performance, for structuring the experience of space. Thermal insulation in buildings is a significant contributor and obvious practical and logical first step towards achieving energy efficiency. The reason why I want to put this material out of the wall is that isolation can be achieved by insulation. In a world where everything and everyone is connected, it is worthwhile to have an isolated theatre. It can help us avoid the interference of outside world like traffic noise, climate change, or even a protest, just focusing on the show and finding peace and love.
Mingrui Jiang – “PLAYFULNESS”
Instead of the strict separation of audience and performance in traditional theaters, this project explores small-scaled playful architectural parts and different colors to bring vitality to the theater experience. Informed by the case study of Theatro Merida, the initial design for a temporary theater focuses on a playful tectonic of stacking and hanging. To remove the separation between auditorium and stage, the final design for a permanent theater creates “hinge” spaces at the overlaps between three theaters: indoor performance, outdoor movie and semi-indoor music. Evolved from the form of temporary theater, colorful elements and landscape integrate to make a vibrant contemporary theater next to the Power Center.
Waylon Manning and Kristina Cantanero – “ Enjoy plastics”
This material surface exploration attempts to hone and exploit a particular found moment. Designed a back and front of house, brand animations, two characters (played by Cantarero, Richmond) and an avatar representing the aura of the company. The company Enjoy Plastics uses vats filled with a liquid rubber to “make permanent” objects of importance. Dipping objects in the dark solution sometimes renders them unusable, but this is the sacrifice for permanence. The seamless aesthetic merges with an inventory of plastic domestic items that are much needed around the house.
Rosa Manzo – “(DIS)PLACEMENT”
(DIS)PLACEMENT provides transitional housing for displaced people utilizing pronounced volumes that demarcate open, public spaces and punctuate more dense private spaces, creating variations in character and occupation. This project is thus transitional housing that provides livable, humane, individual space to all residents as a response to current alternative options, such as disposable camps or prison-like detention centers . (DIS)PLACEMENT recognizes the large role community plays in chaotic or disastrous situations and makes room for interactions, engagements, and relationships to take place and form among the residents themselves and their neighboring communities.