Advanced Studio, Spring 2009: MacKeith

  • Work by Justin Beadle for advanced studio taught by Peter MacKeith, Spring 2009.
    Work by Justin Beadle for advanced studio taught by Peter MacKeith, Spring 2009.
  • Work by Justin Beadle for advanced studio taught by Peter MacKeith, Spring 2009.
    Work by Justin Beadle for advanced studio taught by Peter MacKeith, Spring 2009.
  • Work by Justin Beadle for advanced studio taught by Peter MacKeith, Spring 2009.
    Work by Justin Beadle for advanced studio taught by Peter MacKeith, Spring 2009.
  • Work by Dan Kretchmer for advanced studio taught by Peter MacKeith, Spring 2009.
    Work by Dan Kretchmer for advanced studio taught by Peter MacKeith, Spring 2009.
  • Work by Dan Kretchmer for advanced studio taught by Peter MacKeith, Spring 2009.
    Work by Dan Kretchmer for advanced studio taught by Peter MacKeith, Spring 2009.
  • Work by Clayton Holmes for advanced studio taught by Peter MacKeith, Spring 2009.
    Work by Clayton Holmes for advanced studio taught by Peter MacKeith, Spring 2009.

Advanced Studio IV-VI: Spring 2009
NORTHERN LIGHTS: DESIGNS FOR IDENTITY AND ENVIRONMENT

Peter MacKeith, Associate Professor

The ethos of architectural design in the Nordic countries can be understood by its attention to issues of cultural identity, environmental responsiveness, material substance, and democratic intentions. Taking its cues from these emphases and from the precepts of a range of Nordic architects, including the important reference offered by the Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future exhibition, this studio seeks to transfer that sensibility to students through a series of researched visual investigations, scaled material constructions, and tectonic architectural designs.

This studio begins with a sequence of 1:1 scaled designed and constructed works – at the scale of the door handle, the chair, the window, and the stair – that serve as an early mode of design development and realization. 

This sequence of constructed works culminates in two full-fledged architectural designs:

1. A non-denominational worship/meditation space for the concourse of Dulles International Airport, designed by Eero Saarinen and Associates between 1958 and 1963. These “light-houses” — interior rooms to be shaped by light and shadow — are designed to appeal to the widest possible range of visitors from around the world.
2. The planned USA Pavilion at the Shanghai 2010 World Exposition, on the southern bank of the Yangtze River. These “light-houses” — temporary in siting, prefabricated in construction, and illuminating in context — are designed to address the multi-layered, multi-faceted issues of the landscape and culture of the United States, as rendered through the architectural means of form, space, materials, and tectonics. The designs share a geographical site but vary in their regard for the particularities of the American condition.