MARTA H. WISNIEWSKA - SPRING 2021, 2023 - ARCH 4605/6605 BUILDING TECHNOLOGY ELECTIVE
As the planet faces enormous challenges -- from housing shortages to dwindling resources and environmental degradation -- the motivations, actors, technologies, and speed of the search for smart, carbon-free, healthy, circular, durable and/or affordable materials are dramatically changing. Through a series of lectures and hands-on experiments, this seminar intends to introduce novel resources for architects, designers, engineers, and users to support a much needed paradigm shift in the way we design, build, and live.
MARTA H. WISNIEWSKA - FALL 2021 - ARCH 4605/6605
The volume of construction and demolition debris in the built environment and biomass waste from agricultural and forestry practices is expected to continue growing exponentially while catering to a rapidly increasing world population. In search of solutions to those horrifying trends and the linear economic system driving its development, this seminar looks into mycelium based materials within the biological metabolism. Students learn first-hand how to grow artefacts out of mycelium and investigate various design strategies that allow for efficient assembly.
MARTA H. WISNIEWSKA - SPRING 2022 - ARCH 4605/6605
Contrary to general beliefs, many conventional building materials today contain harmful substances, most of which actually comply with regulatory frameworks. Part of the problem might be that the selection of materials during the design process is often subsumed under the rubrics of aesthetics, performance and price. This seminar seeks to retrieve the inherent values of materials by specifically focusing on questions of health, ranging from the scale of the construction detail to broader social and political implications.
MARTA H. WISNIEWSKA - FALL 2021 - EXPANDED PRACTICES OPTION STUDIO
The Expanded Practice Studio is intended to address meta-issues in global urbanized regions. Students are introduced to the interlaced complexities of cultural, socio-economic, historical, environmental, territorial, and geo-political systems within which architecture is produced and experienced. This Fall 2021 Expanded Practice Option Studio focuses thematically on the interplay of “ruralization” and “urbanization” in the urban context – an informal process of influencing and shaping urban landscapes by rural ways of living, trade and all elements which accompany the massive influx of people into Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.
MARTA H. WISNIEWSKA - SPRING 2020, 2021, 2023 - ARCH 2102 INTEGRATIVE DESIGN STUDIO
In this Integrative Design Studio, the requirements of building systems are seen to both support and inform architectural concepts and form. One of the key design experiences during this semester is the interaction of these concepts and building systems. Questions of energy, thermal comfort, sustainability, structure, material, and life safety are addressed.
MARTA H. WISNIEWSKA - FALL 2022 - ARCH 5111
From the M.Arch Curriculum: The first semester of the M.Arch sequence introduces fundamental
concepts of architectural design and representation, including preliminary notions of site,
program, and context. Emphasis is on interpretive, analytical, and generative uses of drawing,
physical modeling, and digital media in the design process.
*The conceptual framework and syllabus of this course incorporate content from prior studios
developed by the M.Arch studio faculty for a continued set of shared and evolving pedagogical
aims and structure.