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Practice Session No. 9 Review + Panel Discussion

Practice Session No. 9 Review + Panel Discussion

Join for a panel discussion around the work produced the Practice Session No. 9 Workshop led by Nader Tehrani and Arthur Chang of NADAAA. Guest critics Barbara Bestor (Bestor Architecture) and Peggy Deamer (Yale Architecture) will review the work and participate in a public discussion on Monday, November 11 in the Commons. 

REVIEW 
November 11, 2019, 11:30 a.m., Taubman College Commons

PANEL DISCUSSION 
November 11, 2019, 6:00 p.m., Taubman College Commons

Practice Sessions is part of the University of Michigan’s Third Century Initiative which funds experimental pedagogies in a bid to change how teaching and learning happen within the bounds of the institution. Over a five-year period, ten architectural practices will be invited to Taubman College to run a practice session.

Abou the Practice Session No. 9 Workshop: BEYOND THE PICTURE PLANE

This workshop is dedicated to exploring the relationship between the building envelope and the spaces it encloses, whether in reciprocity, independence of co-dependence. Adopting the site of an existing dormitory on the campus of the Rhode Island School of Design, the challenge will be to expand the interior spaces onto existing balconies that have fallen into disrepair after decades of neglect and deferred maintenance.

Since the original construction of the building in1959, many things have changed. Building codes and Life safety standards have completely changed. Dorms have evolved from single-gendered to mixed, and so too more recently bathrooms have become gender neutral. The dormitory is no longer seen as a universal room, but rather as a flexible and customizable space that is able to absorb the diverse needs of students whether in work, sleep, pleasure of social engagement.

These changes have the ability to impact both the enclosure or the building, but equally so, the arrangement of the bedrooms, the living areas, and the very furnishings that occupy them, whether built-in or mobile. Given the stringent budgets required by institutions, it is a commonly held notion that the construction costs for the building at large, including the skin, are separate from the FF&E (furniture, fixtures and Equipment), the very furnishings that determine the flexibility, programming, and uses of the interiors.

Currently, the Rhode Island School of Design Quad Block has been gutted and in need of a new façade, that reflects the new organization of spaces within. Introductions of new programs, modes of living, and modes of study suggest reinterpretations of the skin of the building. Participants will study the co-ed dormitory room and a corollary living area to investigate how their re-conception, might impact the design of the building, if conceived bottom-up. That is, if the room is conceived, how its organization might impact the building as a type, and in turn, its representation as it confront the picture plane of the façade.

Teams will build modules that will be combined into a large mockup of the east facing façade also dealing with solar exposure ventilation and of course, beauty.  Research will require all your skills: drawing, modeling, and fabricating.  

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