This workshop will explore how environmental design may enhance personal and social life. The course will integrate the hands-on practice of drawing and model making with the study of environmental design as it relates to culture and the human body, with a focus on the role of sunlight. The course will explore ways in which people can enjoy sustainable architecture and design. Readings and discussions about the history and theory of environmental design may help guide and support weekly writing or design exercises, such as evaluating a text, drawing an object that incorporates smart materials, fabricating a shadow box or a solar light. A major component of the course will be the design of an environmental space that students will plan and execute by means of scale models, hand/digital drawings during the semester. Selected readings by Gaston Bachelard, Jorge Otero-Pailos, David Leatherbarrow, Dean Hawkes, Olafur Eliasson, Victor Olgyay and Ralph Knowles may be included.
Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)