The College of Climaticism
Each student began with the assignment of a scientific phenomenon to research, the same way one might study the properties of a construction material, i.e. "What does this material want to be?" When one begins a design in brick, for example, a set of potential forms arise from the process due to modular dimensions and loads transferred through compression.
The students in our option studio instead asked "what does a building designed through the phenomenon of conduction look like?" and "What are the new ways of inhabiting space designed by convection?" After undertaking a series of design exercises with their respective phenomena at an architectural scale (10m x 10m x 10m) and at an urban scale (100m x 100m) each student proposed a design for a College of Climaticism on the Cornell Campus; a place where the academic community would strive to understand the causes of global warming and search for new ways to counteract it. Each student was challenged to design this facility as a built climate rather than a "building" in the traditional sense, to design the void rather than the object, to create a Meteorological Architecture.
Philippe Rahm ,
Zhu Cao, Caroline Christiano, Carla De Haro, Samuel Gomez, Victor Ortiz, Dhyan Sharma, Veronika Varga, Jingxin Yang, Ziyan Ye, Pablo Zarama, Rouchen Zhang, Zeran Zhao
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