Another Postcard from Hangzhou

My dear colleagues and students, The five weeks in at the CAA went by so fast! Last Friday we had the final review of the “Mapmakings” workshop. It was an interesting conversation about architecture, design and representation. And, in particular, about the future of the rural village in China, a subject that the government is continue reading…

Studio Writes Software to Make Drawing

The Spring 2014 Advanced Studio, “Computing Drawing: Inhabiting Surface,” explores computer programming as a design medium. Despite the pervasive role of digital media in architectural education and practice, the question of how (and even if) programming can and should be used to conceive of architecture remains open. Rather than immediately producing three-dimensional architectural models with continue reading…

Advanced Studio: Computing Drawing

Culture On Display Studio Carries On for Spring Break

The Culture on Display Studio, a joint collaboration with architectural students at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin (UFM) in Guatemala City, Guatemala, will meet in Gautemala for spring break. Through exploring Maya history such as crafts, sports, and astronomy, each RISD student created a travelling exhibit that fits within a small suitcase. During the trip the continue reading…

Advanced Studio: Culture On Display

Master of Architecture 2014 Open House

On Monday March 17, the Architecture Department welcomes admitted students to RISD for a day of introductions to our current students, faculty, staff, facilities, and curriculum. The day begins at 9:15 in the Bayard Ewing Building (more commonly referred to as the “BEB”) at 231 South Main Street, Providence, RI. Read on for the full continue reading…

Postcard from Hangzhou

My dear colleagues and students, How are you? Hope very well. I’m really enjoying my sabbatical. Now at the CAA (China Art Academy) teaching a 5-week workshop. It is called “MAPMAKINGS” and involves a series of drawings, models and little movies of eight traditional villages in Lishu, Zhejian Province. Later in the spring and summer continue reading…

Graduate Students Develop and Teach Winter Session Courses

Graduate students at RISD are given the opportunity to propose new courses to be taught over our Winter Session. Each student is guided by a faculty mentor, but runs the course independently. This year, four architecture students designed and taught studio courses. As is the case with all Winter Session courses, these classes are open continue reading…

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Winter Session Degree Project Review + Exhibit Opening

Every three years the Architecture Department exhibits student work at the Woods-Gerry Gallery. Our 2014 Exhibition showcases the act of architecture through the work of current Degree Project students, who will now spend the Spring 2014 semester completing their research. The work-in-progress review, a regular part of our Winter Session curriculum, coincided with the exhibit continue reading…

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Deborah Berke : Interview

Deborah Berke Partners is an architecture and interior design firm started by RISD alumna Deborah Berke in 1982. The New York based firm’s projects include everything from custom furniture to master planning: residences, hotels, public buildings, facilities for the arts, and academia. Regardless of the program, the firm pursues a “knowing simplicity” in the design continue reading…

Code Studio Formed

Architecture faculty member Carl Lostritto along with Graphic Design faculty Clement Valla have recently led the formation of Code Studio, a cross disciplinary group aimed at furthering computational research, scholarship, and education at RISD. The group, which is made up of faculty and students across the Design+Architecture, Fine Arts, and Graduate Studies divisions, treats computing continue reading…

The Making of 3SIXØ Architecture Exhibit

On Thursday November 21, AIA Rhode Island hosted an exhibit of the work of 3SIXØ Architecture, a firm founded and operated by Architecture Department faculty Chris Bardt and Kyna Leski.

Aziz Alhumaidhi : Interview

This alumni interview was conducted in November 2013 by Chris E. Ardoin (M.Arch 2014). Aziz Alhumaidhi graduated with Bachelor degrees in Fine Arts & Architecture in 2002, in this interview he shares his experiences at risd as well as his current work post-graduation. C: What has changed since you were at risd? A: A great deal continue reading…

Solar Decathlon Team Returns to Europe

Nine members of team Inside Out and professor Jonathan Knowles traveled to France and Germany to attend the second Solar Decathlon Europe (SDE) workshop and to meet with sponsors about their project, Techstyle Haus. The team visited the headquarters of the Viessmann Group in Allendorf, Germany to consult with the corporation’s CFO and chief engineers about continue reading…

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Figure 03: That then Disappear in the Building of It

Data-mining reality and visualizing the results, drawings present our opinions and visions. These documents have an implicit power that carries with it the potential delusion that a drawing is indicative of the world and not the drafter. However, a drawing’s author modifies and flattens the world until each page records a single architectural statement. If continue reading…

Mentoring Opportunity Builds Design Interest among High School Students

Each year Jim Barnes and a few RISD grad students work with local high school students as mentors in the Rhode Island ACE Mentoring Program. ACE is a unique partnership among industry professionals — architects, engineers, construction managers, college and university representatives, and other professionals from related corporations and professional organizations — who work together to continue reading…

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Making of Design Principles Underway

The 2013 Making of Design Principles Studio is taught by Hansy Better, Kyna Leski (who is the coordinator), Carl Lostritto, Ryan Murphy, Brett Schneider, and Adi Toledano. Students began by interpreting the concept of equilibrium by responding to a series of related, iterative prompts, including: Capture the air filled balloon in suspension using the string continue reading…

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Architecture Students Show Work in Complexity Exhibition at RISD Museum

Complex Systems Theory, or Complexity for short, is an interdisciplinary science which examines the emergence of sophisticated networks from combinations of elements following simple rules. Spanning fields as diverse as economics, genetics, computer science, and ecology, the revelations in this area have been so vital that renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has remarked “The next century will be continue reading…

Studio Champions Boston as Future Olympics Site

Advanced studio “Boston Olympics 2024” pursues a new strategy of holding the Olympic Games that goes beyond the outdated model of previous century. Most of the times in history, Olympic cities built massive new infrastructures, stadiums and housings to hold the Games, and in many times, as cities could not find a right way of continue reading…

Advanced Studio: Boston Olympics

Alumnus Alex Diaz at MoMA Art Book Fair

MoMA PS 1 Art Book Fair is the largest graphic design event to date. The fair stands as a symposium for book makers, publishers, and designers to display the newest trends in print and (some) digital mediums. This year Alex Diaz (M.Arch 2013) is collaborating with The Manila Review and Office of Culture and Design continue reading…

Spring 2014 Events

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