Surface_It, with pieces
A46 ARCH 435D - Fall 2011
Pavers are a powerful resource as a hardscape that can mediate the interaction between people and their surrounding landscape. They also offer a sustainable alternative by potentially minimizing heat island effect by using light colors, reusing recyclable materials in its mix and reducing the water run-off by increasing the permeability of the ground. The ultimate goal of this course is to design and produce a set of repeatable units to generate an artificial topography capable of modifying our interaction with the ground.
The seminar focuses on the in-depth understanding and development of ideas based on the technical, experiential, and aesthetic exploration of one material, concrete, into a specific application, pavers. Students design unit/s and explore different pattern-making options. The goal is to make pieces able to be lifted up by a single person to create a man-made topography. Students learn about the material itself as well as the act of construction, assemblage and mass production.