FALL 2022 - OPTION STUDIO
The Lahham Option Studio will first investigate scalable strategies for reuse in architecture relating both to the harvest of materials in the current built environment and the design for disassembly of future buildings. In a second phase, it will apply these strategies to the design of housing units for five families at the Quarter Acre for the People BIPOC Cooperative Farm Intentional Community of Khuba International – a project that seeks to alleviate land-based injustice through the provision of education, resources, networks and land governance, and to give People of Color the opportunity to have a foothold in the future of agriculture in Ithaca, NY.
Fall 2022 - ARCH 4619, ELECTIVE SEMINAR - with Barbara Lambec
Reuse offers social and ecological benefits in line with the circular economy definition: it reduces waste and landfill volumes, while avoiding energy-intensive and often toxic extraction, production and transport of new items, capturing feedstocks for emerging localized industries and providing economic development opportunities. As a distinctive local solution, reuse is harder to scale. Informed by stakeholders and community partners, the Reuse Edition of the seminar series The Circular Economy focuses on the science and business of building material reuse within the specific economic and legislative conditions of Ithaca, NY.
Fall 2021 - ARCH 7111, MS.AAD Design Studio - with Dan Bergsagel
Beginning with selected building typologies as a material source, students are tasked to design a series of spatial follies that address the global resource and waste crises through the development of both systemic design for disassembly and site-specific architectural applications. Through the investigation, the studio aims to promote a new design paradigm that begins from material availability and specificity, and foresees future material and component reuse within industrialized re-construction.
Fall 2021 - ARCH 1101, B.Arch 1st Year Design Studio - with Dillon Pranger
This course questions the past, current and future relationship of architecture and climate by aiming to redefine the building’s role within its context as active and beneficial partic-ipant. Students are asked to contemplate (1) how we may re-strengthen the reciprocal influences of local conditions such as weather and climate through specificity in material, program, space and systems in an effort to develop a climate-positive and climate-just architecture; and (2) how architecture can have a positive influence on the local climate by understanding the built environment as both re-active and pro-active contributor to its social and physical context in times of planetary changes.
Spring 2021 - ARCH 4619, Elective Seminar - with Mark Milstein
Although there is much theory about the circular economy, implementation has only just started. The circular economy requires a fundamental paradigm shift in the way we design, construct and manage our built environment, but in the construction industry, there is limited data on material availability and specifications, new construction methods and technologies, and viable circular business models. This seminar aims to provide students the opportunity to address these gaps. Starting with local case study analyses, students will map material stocks and flows, stakeholder interests and economic conditions required to realize both the business and science of circular construction.
Spring 2021 - ARCH 1102, B.Arch 1st Year Design Studio - with Sasa Zivkovic
This studio re:thinks architecture and its cycles of design, construction, and inhabitation. The course engages in materials research and informed making as a critical means to challenge architectural conventions. The course introduces new technologies and means of fabrication to enable new forms of spatial assembly and construction. Equipped with these new tools and concepts, the studio aims to contribute to building better communities by designing a series of small and circular Neighborhood Library Bus Stops in Ithaca, NY.
Fall 2020 - ARCH 1101, B.Arch 1st Year Design Studio - With Sasa Zivkovic
The global climate and resource crises are calling for paradigm shifts in the way we design, build, and manage our physical environment. These shifts require us to develop a new understanding of the issues, elements and processes of both Intangibles (environment, climate, politics) and In-Betweens (materiality, connections) in connections to Body, Space and Architecture. They require a beneficial reciprocity of all these aspects, today and over time. The semester hopes to set the foundations for such a shift by encouraging curiosity, observation, criticism and the formulation of questions as architectural design tools.
Spring 2020 - ARCH 1102, B.Arch 1st Year Design Studio - with Val Warke
It is our conviction that circular design and construction require detailed material knowledge at the earliest stage of the educational process, so that it can become an almost instinctive aspect of design consideration. Consequently, over the course of the design studio Material+, each student was assigned two design parameters involving (1) a raw material and (2) a reversible joint typology, working towards the design of a small workshop for a craftsperson.