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Catalyzing Ecological Design : BUILD STUDIO 
NR 185
SUMMER 2014 
: Tyler Kobick, design/builder; GUEST INSTRUCTOR: Keith Morris, Perma-culturist
: tkobick@uvm.edu
: M-F 12-5pm May 19-23 T-F 12-5pm May 27-30
 University Heights South, #9
. 18 www.livingplacecompetition.com
NR 185 Catalyzing Ecological Design: Build Studio
 is the conclusion of a design competition class, Catalyzing Ecological Design from fall 2013. The class culminated in a worldwide design
competition and award ceremony in Feb 2014. This class will ―cherry pick‖ the design competition
for good ideas and compose them into a unique work that the class will follow through to execution. The cl
ass will be a ‗design
build intensive‘ and will include possible work over Memorial Day
Weekend. A ribbon cutting ceremony and party are planned for the unveiling of the final work, Friday May 30
. Students will have the chance to explore design systems with a behind the scenes look at plumbing, mechanical, ecological, and structural systems in UVM buildings. This case study and many others will inform thinking about systems within an existing building envelope and inform students while designing their own original solutions for the Greenhouse Residency Hall. Students will learn and develop critical thinking in the following areas: the field of ecological design, design-build architecture, the relationship between form and function, poetics of place making, and building systems functions.
This years‘ class will have a specific focus
toward the development of a single, large design-build project (Project 3) through the entirety of the semester. Project 1, and 2 will directly support the ultimate creation of Project 3. It will enable students to understand the
cumulative efforts and knowledge areas inherent to any large built work. The design-build project will be a permanent or semi-permanent installation surrounding/adjacent to The Greenhouse Residency Hall. A strong emphasis will also me made on weekly readings from a wide range of designers, inventors, and architects to help inform the analysis, design, and building process throughout the intensive course. Collaborations with the Art and Engineering Department may develop to diversify and enhance the design-build projects in The Greenhouse Courtyard.
Greening of Aiken Sequence Courses to date:
Greening Aiken Design Build Spring 2012 Greening Aiken Design Build Spring 2011 Ecological Design Studio: Spring 2009
 NR 285/385; Place Based Environmental Art: Summer 2008
 ENVS 195; Greening Aiken: Art & Architecture ENVS 195/NR 285; Ecological Design Studio: Spring 2008
 NR 289
Course concepts and background
Spring Ecological Design Studio projects
 Aiken Building status (Architecture and Engineering)
Theories and applications of Design-Build Course Methods
Journal/sketchbook expectations
Case Studies
Video and In-class lectures/seminars
Field Trips/studies
Readings; written and oral responses
Project Assignments: individual, small team- drawn and built
Final ―Pinup‖ and Ribbon Cutting
In-Class Sample Outline
SEMINAR: Designing Use and Beauty: and Tyler Kobick Project 1:
Materiality: Form and Function
What makes a material beautiful? How do you define beautiful? A form useful? What happens to the relationship between material and application? Examples from Jean Nouvel; Javier Senosiain (Shell House, Mexico);Carlos Scarpa, Frank Lloyd Wright, Capadocia, Turkey; Beijing, Berlin, Aiken Center, etc.
What is the ―ecointegration‖ of building systems with natural functions (air, water, diurnal temperatures, waste, energy…)? How do we engage these functions into the building
how do they reflect, determ
ine, enhance, or diminish a building‘s form(s) and
Form and Function
 drawing study of Aiken
 Form and Function
 3-D model; in-class; individual project
Homework due: Project Assignment:
Form and Function
 3-D model
Finish 5
Form and Function Diagrams
 of Aiken
Purchase text:
Greening Aiken: Design Build Packet: or find at B-H reserve desk under course number.
Reading 1 Malcolm Wells and John Connell : “Ecological Thinking Meets Design Build”
 GRADES: Project 1:
Materiality: Form and Function
DUE May 20th 3-D model +Visual Assignment:
 Project 2:
Building System Study: Light and Power 
Research + Case Study (ppt) DUE May 23rd 5% Visual Assignment (drawing) + Project (built) DUE May 27
 10% Project 3:
 Integrated Building Systems: Water, Waste, and Regeneration
Visual and Built Assignment (drawing, diagrams etc.) May 30th + Project (built) 50% Readings: Pop Quizes/In-class Essays 10% Attendance and class participation
: University Heights Green House Multipurpose Room
Invited TBA Guests may include:
 Kieth Morris David Horchenshau Steve Libby, Greenhouse Coordinator Dr. John Todd Buzz Ferver

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