The past week saw a flurry of activity as the summer architecture program came to an end. Final reviews were held on Thursday, and we raced throughout the day on Friday to clean the studios and prepare for the closing reception. Parents swept through campus yesterday morning to see the final show and listen to the professors’ closing remarks.
By all accounts, the summer program was intense. Students worked around the clock in the studios: testing ideas, building models, and refining drawings to present in the final review. Their hard work resulted in some outstanding project, and — judging from the wide smiles at the end of the day — it all may have been worth it.
Many students enroll in the summer architecture program with the idea of eventually pursuing a degree in the field. Some will go on to undergraduate ‘B.Arch’ programs like the one at Cornell, while others will elect to study at the graduate level. In both cases, the summer program serves as a good preview of what will come.
The curriculum this year included a number of two- and three-dimensional exercises that introduced students to architectural concepts such as space and instrumentality. Without divulging the entire course, I’ll go ahead and share a few examples of work produced by students in my section:
After finishing the cube project (pictured in the previous post), everyone in the course received a simple hand-held tool. They documented these thoroughly and used drawing to investigate and expose each tool’s intrinsic properties. Later, the tools were considered in three-dimensions, and vessels were built to house them and choreograph their movement.
Finally, in the last week of the program, students were asked to design a small single-occupant dwelling based on concepts they had developed earlier in the term.
(from top: tool documentation by katie kelly, tool collage by willow hong, ice-cream scoop vessel by chris yee, dwelling model by katie kelly, dwelling section by noreen wu)