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Update from the Summer Travel Program in Amsterdam

July 25, 2011   |   Faculty, School, Students

Assistant Professor, Kyle Miller, sent a new update about the summer travel program in Amsterdam,

"After a short trip to Copenhagen, where our group toured the office of JDS and the Orestad development (in addition to making a short trip over to Malmo, Sweeden), the students completed a design workshop led by Christian Veddeler and Jordan Trachtenberg, both of UNStudio, Amsterdam. The jury panel, furthermore, consisted of Nathaniel Belcher, Director and Professor at the Architectural and Landscape Architecture Program of Pennsylvania State University and Job Mouwen of Urban Symbiose, Amsterdam.

This event, titled "THE FLYING CLASSROOM: Workshop on ANTYPOLOGIES," focused on exploiting computational or rule-based design approaches, where intricate form is generated with specific control and attention to relative parameters. The bases of formal structure and organization is further resolved in a relational context, helping to overcome many former limitations in design. Established and allegedly eternal ‘truths’ in architecture are critically revisited: former tenets linked to the priority of function above form, absoluteness above relativity, norm above difference etc. are continuously under review and allow further investigation into categories such as hierarchy, identity and typology.

In the workshop, proto-typical classroom architectures and their elasticity are informed, researched and further developed by a broad field of valuables and varying conditions. The scope of the undertakings lies in the critical reading of a diverse, yet flexible educational programs within a small-scale pavilion architecture. The design was based on the research of relational conditions through multiple layers of influences such as organization, programming, material, structure, space, atmospheres, etc. The methodology applied in the workshop oscillates between the pure information-based application of both the virtual and physical characteristics of three-dimensional models as well as the logical evaluation of the related design-process.

The workshop proved to be a great success. Once again, the students pushed the boundaries of their skill sets and comfort zones to arrive at design proposals that thoughtfully re-considered the classroom as an architectural typology."