The College of Architecture congratulates third-year M.Arch students Dexter Hansen, Phuong Nguyen and Brad Wissmueller for having their projects featured in NAAM, an architecture and design magazine edited and published by the University of Tehran. Only 20 international submissions are featured in the NAAM issue focusing on [un]architecture in rural areas.
The three accepted submissions were projects from the Spring 2015 graduate studio led by Instructor David Karle.
Hansen's submission entitled, “Adaptive Canvas on Fragile Land” features an adaptable, subtle architecture that relates to its environment. The architectural concept includes creating a construction system that serves as a protective blanketing made up of modular units which can take on multiple forms. A single module would be a 5' X 5' adaptable square unit that could double in size utilizing an extendable/collapsible structure. A larger system can be created by connecting individual modular units in a grid pattern. When not in use, it will lay dormant, protecting the fragile land it covers. Hansen said he drew his inspiration from his farming background and the nature of the rancher in Western Nebraska.
Wissmueller's submission entitled, “Agoraphilia: An Elevated Embrace of Open Space” explores strategies for architectural design that are non-invasive and captures the beauty of the Sandhills. As a result, he came up with a floating helium bubble used for a rural pastime.
Nguyen’s submission is entitled, “RECHARGE.” Her project proposes different ways to change the experience of the highway rest stops along I-80 Nebraska through exploring the intersection between architecture, landscape and technology.
Nguyen’s concept addresses two traveler rest stop needs. The options include recharging the traveler by utilizing a Speed-up station or a Slow-down station depending on the wants of the user. The Speed-up option allows drivers the opportunity to expedite the vehicle recharging process. The Slow-down option provides a space for rest and meditation for the traveler.
There are different recreational activities embedded within the function of both stations to enhance the visitors’ highway experience. In the Speed-up station, visitors will have the chance to ride the roller coaster while concurrently recharging their cars. The Slow-down station has meditation activities such as butterfly viewing or kite flying to restore calm and inner peace.
See all three designs in NAAM.