For the Arch210’s final studio project, “Center for Architectural Volumes,” students were asked to build upon previous work to create a space in Downtown Lincoln that could exhibit famous architectural volumes. In the first few weeks of the semester, students studied voids within their everyday surroundings and created abstract volumes, free of program and scale.
Representing our capacity to maintain archaic infrastructure in an overwhelming environment overflowing with waste, occupied by a population complacent to unrest, this project is as complex as the topics it alludes to. It is set in one of the 72 decommissioned Atlas-F missile silos scattered across the United States. This project critiques the haphazard mismanagement of reusable commodities of varying scales ranging from abandoned infrastructure to recyclable materials.
As the result of a collaboration with the Lied Center for the Performing Arts, the Brooklyn-based dance company STREB, and UNL's Dance and Computer Science and Engineering programs, this second-year design project was supported by a National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) grant. One of the project goals was to promote dialogue with non-designers.