Currently, within the United States commercial roof typologies are stagnant, with pitched roofs for residential buildings and flat roofs for commercial buildings dominating the built environment. The suburban strip mall is large predominantly for retail and free to grow endlessly thanks to air-conditioning technologies. If liberated from air-conditioning machines, what other forms and functions could the roof provide?
The Wells Lamson Quarry Visitor Center investigates the potential of materials to enhance and influence one’s experience of a place. Set near an abandoned stone quarry in East Barre, Vermont, the project helps the public gain a better understanding of the history, technology, and topographic and ecological impacts of granite quarrying. The program includes a series of artist residences supported by a larger visitor center and memorial space.
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.
FACT (Fabrication And Construction Team, a student design-build workshop), in collaboration with Min | Day, is designing and building a series of single-family houses for the non-profit community development agency Neighborworks Lincoln. The homes will utilize repurposed shipping containers as a primary structural and spatial component.
As a multifunctional work of architecture, the exhibition function of this project is emphasized. Visitors are able to experience a series of exhibition from inside to outside, and this one-way circulation leads them out of the building. However, staff circulation is a simple straight line from the entrance to a backyard of the research field. The Green Gallery is a bridge that strides over the swamp, and the swamp becomes a natural protection of privacy.