Architecture News

Last week 6th-year M.Arch students in the Design Thesis option held their first public presentation and review. This year’s projects include explorations of photography and film in architecture, the possibilities of post-digital representation, architectural approaches to Great Plains depopulation and other divergent and provocative topics. It looks like it will be a very interesting year for the Design Thesis students. The next reviews will be held on November 1, I encourage all to attend.

Also last week, students in Prof. Brian Kelly’s “CoLAB” DSGN 410 Collaborate Studio held their first review, presented research and original design experimentation related to existing domed structures Palazzetto Dello Sport, by Pier Luigi Nervi and The Pantheon, both in Rome. Ultimately, the studio will be developing open source architectural proposals.

On Friday, September 29 the AIA Nebraska held its annual Design Awards Gala at the Sheldon Museum. It was great to see so many Architecture Program alumni gathered together and to congratulate the award winners, including alums David Alcala and Josh Puppe (see Alumni News for details).

And now for some shameless self-promotion: my firm Min | Day is preparing an installation for the Little Gallery in Omaha that opens on the evening of October 7. FLOCK is a full-scale interior construction exploring post-tensioned wood structures utilizing advanced parametric design controls but featuring a relatively low level of precision - a looseness not usefully found in digitally fabricated projects. UNL students and graduates participated in the project which is partially funded by the College of Architecture. All are welcome at the opening and the exhibition is on view until Thanksgiving.