In addition to the investigation of program and form, the Landform Workshop project also represents an examination of pattern, computational tools, and the role of each within the design process. In designing the landscape, students were required to use a geometric pattern as a generative tool and to produce a final design using computational methods such as parametric modeling or scripting to manipulate the site.
New York City is where you can meet the world in one place. Residents and visitors bring the richness of multiculturalism from all over the world. However, many issues and inconveniences exist for those whose first language is not English, especially those elderly residents.
America, a lively and diverse place, lacks a delicate and valuable admiration of its elderly. This is an unfortunate social deficiency, as age often correlates with expertise and knowledge. The Empire State Building can serve as this catalyst of change. This project strives to improve social inclusion of the elderly by inducing collaborative encounters between brilliant minds at one of America’s most iconic buildings.
The studio allows students to specialize in the comprehensive exploration and conjectural thesis of a specific building type for the duration of a semester. Though multiple programs are addressed, the pursuit of genotypic ëprototypesí (as opposed to specific phenotypes) binds the collective aim of the studio. The first half of the studio focused on the production of a book which documented the normative variables and ëparametricí range of different building types.