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UK/CoD studios on display in the 5th IABR at the Netherlands Architecture Institute

UK/CoD studios on display in the 5th IABR at the Netherlands Architecture Institute

The University of Kentucky College of Design recently unveiled their entry in the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam at the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam. This iteration of the bi-annual international exhibition focused on the efforts surrounding “making city,” a term used as the underlying theme of the exhibition. As IABR Chief Curator George Brugmans states, “We are convinced that lasting solutions must be sought using socially motivated, broadly supported agenda for the city…If making city is the task at… Continue »


UK/CoD has been invited to participate in Thom Mayne’s “Culture Now” project

UK/CoD has been invited to participate in Thom Mayne’s “Culture Now” project

The University of Kentucky College of Design has been invited to participate in the continuation of the “Culture Now” project, originally started as part of the SupraStudio at UCLA, run by Thom Mayne of Morphosis and assisted by Karen Lohrmann. Other programs participating in the current “Culture Now” project include Princeton, Columbia, Yale, Harvard, Syracuse, UCLA, Cornell, MIT, Penn, Michigan, Pratt, Rensselaer, and Rice. Mayne’s “Culture Now” project is an investigation of the contemporary American condition in struggling midsize American… Continue »


The River Cities Tour kicks off in Henderson, Kentucky with Dean Michael Speaks

The River Cities Tour kicks off in Henderson, Kentucky with Dean Michael Speaks

The Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Design, Michael Speaks, will visit several Kentucky cities on the Ohio River as part of the “River Cities Tour,” during the 2011 – 2012 academic year. The tour began with a kick off event at the Henderson, KY riverfront on July 22 to celebrate the College of Design’s project, “Kentucky River Cities,” inclusion as a “CounterSite” in the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR). Student work from “river cities” studios will… Continue »


Josh Taron’s “Phlebotomic Formations” Installation

Josh Taron’s “Phlebotomic Formations” Installation

The University of Kentucky College of Design, in coordination with Land of Tomorrow (LOT) and the University of Calgary's Faculty of Environmental Design, hosted architect Josh Taron, known for his work melding biological concepts with design through computer technology. During his stay, Taron held a five-day workshop "Particle Protocols," gave a public lecture and exhibited "Accumulations" with Joelle Schultz, which featured student work from UK/CoD created during the workshop. Taron is an assistant professor of architecture at the University of… Continue »


Brown-Forman Urban Design Studio Final Review 2010

Brown-Forman Urban Design Studio Final Review 2010

The Brown-Forman Urban Design Studio conducted its final review on December 11 in the Zirmed Skyloft in Louisville. The studio, in collaboration with Bill Weyland of Louisville-based CITY Properties, examined the opportunities and difficulties facing development in downtown Louisville through a series of site-specific proposals. The site is in the heart of the city and is bounded on the west by 9th Street; the east by 8th Street; the north by Congress Alley; and the south by West Liberty. This is… Continue »


HBEER: Houseboat to Energy Efficient Residences Project

HBEER: Houseboat to Energy Efficient Residences Project

Houseboat to Energy Efficient Housing (HBEER), a joint College of Design-Center for Applied Energy Research project led by Michael Speaks in the College of Design and Rodney Andrews in CAER, and significantly involving large numbers of architecture graduate students, will address two important concerns; low-cost housing and energy efficiency. This initiative will design and develop concepts, prototypes, and manufactured housing units that are highly energy-efficient and cost under $100,000. Ultimately, it is hoped that these units will supplant existing energy… Continue »


Design + Energy Initiatives

Design + Energy Initiatives

The development of renewable, cleaner, and more efficiently produced and consumed forms of energy, is among the most important challenges we face today. The problem is global but the solutions and their implications are more often discovered and experienced locally. Given Kentucky’s vast array of energy resources, the College of Design believes that we have an obligation and an opportunity to meet these challenges by providing innovative solutions that will benefit our state and indeed all those who seek cleaner,… Continue »


The River Cities Project: Henderson, KY

The River Cities Project: Henderson, KY

The "River Cities Project" is an extension and expansion of "The Henderson Project," which began in June 2007 when students from the University of Kentucky College of Design and the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles traveled to Henderson for a five-day design workshop. The workshop was organized to speculate on Henderson's future development, especially in light of changing economic and demographic conditions. In designs presented to the community, including a number of compelling proposals for the Henderson… Continue »


Solar Decathlon Competition: The UK S•KY Blue Team

Solar Decathlon Competition: The UK S•KY Blue Team

In January 2008, the University of Kentucky was one of 20 university-led teams from around the world selected to compete in the United States Department of Energy (DOE) 2009 Solar Decathlon. This was the fourth time the impressive Solar Decathlon has been held and the first time UK has applied to participate. The 20 teams chosen to compete were asked to create and send an 800-square-foot or less solar-powered house, built by students on their home campus, to the National… Continue »