This exhibition features work produced by graduate architecture students for Advanced Building Systems in fall 2012. Taught by Paul J. Donnelly, the Rebecca and John Voyles Professor of Architecture, the course focused on contemporary building systems related to structure, enclosure, climate control, and light. Students explored a range of systems in these categories. These technologies were considered relative to technical theory and issues related to manufacturing, construction, and systems integration. All systems were reviewed in relation to architectural issues of order, hierarchy, program, site, etc.
The first half of the semester focused on an expansion of previously introduced theoretical issues related to structural, enclosure, climate control (active and passive), and lighting (natural and artificial) technologies. Theoretical issues were explored in the context of specific technical systems and integrated systems. A survey of contemporary building systems was an integral part of the theoretical review.
During a series of lectures on the above, students initiated an analysis of technical precedent in architecture exercise. The performance characteristics of specific building technologies were analyzed as well as the interrelationship of these technologies. Each technology was critiqued as it related to efficiency, sustainability, integration, and architectural issues rooted in program and site. Research was conducted by teams of three or four students.
During the second half of the semester, students identified and integrated the appropriate technologies to advance an architectural scheme developed in a prior design studio. Again working in small groups, students selected—with the help of the instructor—a particular design project for development. Each team was required to identify appropriate systems for structure, enclosure, climate control (active and passive), and light (natural and artificial) to advance the architectural proposition. Appropriate building systems were identified based on technical necessity, sustainability, architectural appropriateness, and systems integration.