The Quadrangle Experiment

Of Donks & Dyads: The Quadrangle Experiment
University City
Spring 2013, 2014, & 2015

The Quadrangle Experiment bring together an interdisciplinary team of researchers and students to tackle the problem of sustainable building renovation. Through a series of studios, graduate architecture students are working to find the most efficient way to renovate 1920s and '30s-era apartment buildings owned by Quadrangle Housing, Washington University's nonprofit housing partner. Emphasis is placed on creating more user-friendly spaces, increasing the sustainability of the buildings, and making better use of the space, all while comparing adjusted variables against the baseline of a standard renovation.

To date, graduate architecture students have proposed and modeled strategies for improving building envelopes, HVAC systems, water usage, and other factors. They have also engaged in the construction process, working with partners such as renewable energy consultants and professional architects to understand how projects are implemented.

The spring 2015 studio, led by senior lecturer Don Koster, focused on the development of new construction proposals for sites owned by Quadrangle.


Project partners for The Quadrangle Experiment include the Quadrangle Housing Company, WashU's Office of Suatainability, WashU's Master of Construction Management program, St. Louis Design Alliance (architect of record), W. Pierson Construction (general contractor), and Transsolar (climate engineering).