Project 01 – Millennial Live/Work Space: Housing a New Generation
…The Millennial Generation will entirely recast the image of youth from downbeat and alienated to upbeat and engaged – with potentially seismic consequences for America – Neil Howe and William Strauss from Millennials Rising
For this project, students will be designing a mixed use building in an “infill” condition. The building will house two separate functions, a public commercial space and a private residence. The clients for this project will be a typical individual or group from the Millennial Generation (Generation Y, Generation Next, etc.). Student designs will be required to respond to the needs, desires, and trends of this social group. As a new development within the existing fabric of the city, they will also be charged with creating a contextual urban architecture.
Project 02 – Nine Square Grid House: The Machine in the Garden
A house is a machine for living in. – Le Corbusier from Vers une Architecture
This project will explore the detached urban home developed through the lens of International Style Modernism and its architectural heritage. The technical foundation for design of this house will be based on the nine square grid and Le Corbusier’s “Five Points of a New Architecture”. The clients for this project will be based on a unique urban family living in Dallas, Texas. Student designs will have to respond to the needs, desires, and quirks that they develop in their clients. As an additional challenge to this project, students will also be charged with creating a sustainable urban architecture for the traditional American detached house using the Living Building Challenge as a guide.