This studio expands from building massing models to constructing materially-specific models that emphasize building systems. This shift addresses material constraints—such as size and thickness, structure, and finish—which, in turn, produce interesting limits and problems of translation between digital and physical media. The project of the studio is located on an urban site that allows for a close study of circulation and entry sequence on both interior and exterior (Ground/Aperture), and addresses the design of public space, traffic flow, and site accessibility. The 2B studio is a precursor to the third year, which enlarges the specificity of the models to include structural, mechanical, and environmental systems.
2B Portfolio Workshop
The Portfolio Workshop facilitates the production of the mandatory gateway portfolio. It will introduce and reinforce the fundamental concepts and techniques essential to the design of a contemporary architectural portfolio of student work. It is meant to help establish within each student an awareness of the role of the portfolio in their own development and the essential nature of portfolio culture within the school and the discipline. This course is conceived as part of the design studio and will be structured, treated and graded as such.