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Architectural Design II

Arch 1302 · Coordinators: Anali Gharakhani & Galo Canizares

Architecture is often presented to the world as an exterior manifestation; historical and famous buildings are more recognizable by their exterior than their interior. This course will dedicate equal resources to the internal and external configurations of what makes up architecture. Surface articulation as well as space planning will enforce direct and indirect relationships between the two with specific attention to Volume, Circulation and Shell.


Familiar Conditions and Polar Extremes

Arch 2504 · Coordinator: Victoria McReynolds

Arch 2504 Design Studio IV explores the role of sunlight and terrain in generating two site specific idiosyncratic proposals for a Solar Observatory Visitor Center. This exploration builds upon the investigative studies by Peter Eisenman in Palladio Virtuel to exploit Palladio's nuanced design decisions towards celestial and terrestrial alignments. Two differing latitudes, one within familiar temperate region of 33 degrees latitude, the other approximates the poles at 78 degrees latitude, offer contrasting sites from which core spatial arrangements will be situated.

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Situating Space

Creating catalysts for events and activities within the city

Arch 3602 · Coordinator: Peter Raab

The focus of this third-year studio is to interrogate, explore and define new threshold relationships as the seam between the city and the building, to catalyze opportunities for the occupation and activization of the space defined their surface – interior / enclosed, exterior / open, and the in-between. Using the working definition for threshold as any change agent: programmatic, spatial, phenomenological, cultural, ecological, or social boundary that is characterized by discrete sides, elements, subdivisions, separations or transitions, what is the possibility for architecture within a city? The semester's project will be to design a theater and event space within the a urban situation cultural district to house an event space within the vibrant cultural capitals of Austin, Texas and Seville, Spain.

Sheltering Lubbock's 2022 Homeless Population

Arch 4602 · Coordinator: David Driskill

The issue is real. Lubbock has 283 homeless individuals as per the most recent count. Ninety percent of the homeless population suffers from addiction, trauma or both. The site is real. Land has been donated in south Lubbock to provide shelter, resources and treatment for 120 homeless individuals. How to facilitate shelter, resources and treatment is architecturally utopian. The studio will program, design and detail facilities for homeless individuals in Lubbock. A tour of the Bridge Homeless Facilities in Dallas will occur early during the semester. The architectural issue is one of aggregation, isolation and social grouping. Can facilities for the homeless encourage self-reliance and independence? What is the importance of landscape and connection to nature in the healing process? Ecological sustainability is a shared value for designs emerging from the studio. The issues are real.


housing experiments in diversity, equity & solidarity

Arch 4602 · Instructor: Hendrika Buelinckx, PHD

Catherine Beecher, Beverly Willis, Denise Scott Brown, Alice Friedman, and Dolores Hayden—to name just a few— are some of the women who have commented extensively on the social and architectural history of housing throughout the ages. Their collective contributions will be researched and evaluated against the iconic single-family homes designed by modern masters and contemporary star architects. Under the overarching theme of ARCH 4602—On the Social Responsibility of Architecture—this studio will research the various housing experiments in diversity, equity & solidarity throughout the history of American West and beyond. During the design exploration phase the students will be asked to generate the spatial composition and configuration of at least six different unit types of mid-rise, mix-use, and multi-generational houses for a generic city/county plot in Lubbock, Texas. During the design development phase, the students will be challenged to further articulate and differentiate a unit type to create tectonically diverse and ecologically sensitive well-tempered environments. In the end, the studio outcomes should challenge our preconceived notions, singular perspectives, and prejudices toward the housing program of our present time.

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Architectural Design VIII

Arch 4602 · Instructor: Glenn Hill

ARCH 4602 will be designing a new architectural facility for the Guadalupe-Parkway Somerville Center to be located north of the Carmona-Harrison Elementary School (finished, 2021). The Somerville Center has provided ‘After School' and ‘Summer Enrichment Camp' programs to the Lubbock community since 1962. This studio requires the architecture student to directly engage the Center's students and administration through the development of an architectural program for the facility and provide design proposals reflecting their aspirations.


Spatial Connectivity and Shared Identities

Arch 4602 · Instructor: Terah Maher

This studio will investigate the role mass transit plays in the support of human welfare through the ethics of energy expenditure and spatial access, and the generation of shared social identities. Polite society will hardly object to statements that public transportation reduces road congestion and travel times, air pollution, and energy and oil consumption, benefiting both riders and non-riders alike. However, personal attitudes and stigmas against public amenities often derail the economic development and use of such shared spaces.

Arid Futures Exploratorium

Community research institute for air, soil, and water

Arch 4602 · Instructor: Dalia Munenzon

“Grass is what holds the earth together,” writes Donald Worster in his historical accounts of the great plains ‘cycles of aridity'. The terrestrial bond between aerosols, seeds, soil, and water forms this territory. In this unforgiving landscape, the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer and projected climate will bring hotter, drier, and more unpredictable weather and jeopardize local ecosystems and communities. This premise provides an opportunity to explore, invent, and develop spatial imaginaries. We will design a proving ground to facilitate the connection between scientific research and local stewardship – to promote meteorological research, sustainable agricultural practices, and equitable community resilience.

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An Architectural Design Studio for a Future Society

Arch 4602 · Instructor: Jeffrey S. Nesbit, DDes

Acclaimed architectural critic, Reyner Banham understood that the overly clean American house interior was shaped by a flimsy hollow shell—and the primary feature, mechanical services at its core. The potential utility and imaginary of housing systems are confronted by its contingencies in culture, including climate, landscape, and social politics. Postwar American suburban housing stock (single family) and the rise of luxury urban capital (pencil towers) have generated an unhealthy space between idealism and inaccessibility. How do fundamental questions in society and the environment relate to, and (re)form, the design of enclosures, social space, and our relationship to past live-work binaries? After analyzing several housing types across the US and reconfiguring architectural models for social and environmental retooling, new housing methods emerge. This architectural design studio expands upon Banham's earlier observations and imagines a future society of increased affordability, environmental resiliency, and social collectivity across the diverse contexts of this extra-urban American landscape.

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The Double and the Mutable Publicness

Arch 4602 · Instructor: Zahra Safaverdi

Architecture is where redundant and simple construction, in thinking and in material reality, takes shape. But architecture is paradoxical: Architecture inherently contains contested dualities brought together into a difficult whole. This whole is a place of constant tension between competing forces within the discipline - program, sequence, form, tectonic, etc. - on one hand, and vital forces surrounding the discipline - context, content, culture, climate, etc.- on the other.

This brief is a vehicle of paradox: two separate and complete typologies which exist within the same body. This new whole operates as the architectural project and its double; not identical, not symmetrical, but a related and inseparable pair. Within the studio, we will examine the nature of these relationships through the lens of reciprocity between disciplinary components and the surrounding forces. Each student will be challenged to re-think and re-imagine the interface between the building and a varied definition of ‘publics' and publicness and will design potential combinations and permutations of the relationships of the given components. The function, size, and proportion of these components will determine the degree to which they are mutable.

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Arch 5602 · Coordinator: Hazem Rashed-Ali, PHD

The project aims to explore new directions in architectural and built environment education, how these new directions can influence the design of higher-education buildings, and how these buildings can respond to their context, while at the same time also responding to larger societal issues such as sustainability and resilience and taking advantage of state-of-the-art technologies.

Architecture of Rent

Arch 5604 · Coordinator: Kristine Stiphany, PHD

This studio will examine how rent gives form to buildings in cities. It focuses on the incremental building transformation – morphological interactions that promote affordable housing in many locations, yet also compromise human health, public safety, and urban infrastructure. Add to this is the need to preserve heritage housing stock and reduce carbon, which has led designers to shift their attention to the adaptive reuse of already built-up or densified neighborhoods, as opposed to the strong focus on suburban single family housing in previous eras. In many cases, yesterday's tendency to give new form to habitation is today's sensitive densification – whereby existing buildings take on the shape of multiple occupancies. Within a progressive three-project semester, students will use case studies of how the sociotechnical infrastructure of rent is built into (or subdivides) existing buildings, synthesize findings into prototypical unit forms and aggregates, and apply these ‘architectures of rent' to infill sites in Philadelphia, Chicago, and São Paulo. These strategies are intended to shape new housing-urban interactions in growing cities. Studio travel depends on the vicissitudes of the global pandemic.

Novel Construction Methods using Robotic Fabrication

Arch 5604 · Coordinator: Erin Hunt

Computational design and digital fabrication technologies have become a distinct force within contemporary architecture. The translation from digital to fabricated objects is enabled by a wide range of tools and processes such as CNC routing and 3D printing, which have been further democratized with regard to accessibility and affordability within the last decade. These processes have altered how buildings are envisioned and constructed. It has also allowed designers to engage with manufacturing and materials in new ways, which has permitted new opportunities and challenges in realizing architectural elements.

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Thirty-Six Views of Lubbock, Texas

Arch 5604 · Coordinator: Nate Imai

Students taking this studio will develop custom mapping tools for increasing cities' density through small-scale odd lots. As residuals of cities' shifting urban morphology, these unique infill opportunities resist formulaic real-estate speculation and require an architectural vision beyond the imagination of most developers. Utilizing GIS data with custom scripts, lot searching tools developed through this class will analyze locational data as well as shape metrics to determine a set of parcels for testing and applying architectural strategies at an urban scale.

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Arch 5604 · Coordinator: Julie Zook, PHD

By current World Health Organization estimates, one in seven young people globally is experiencing mental health challenges. Mental health and illness are socially conditioned, and communities—including educators, care providers, families, and architects—are challenged to create more effective ways of caring for these young people. Drawing on disability studies, this studio will investigate the meanings and consequences of mental illnesses, while designing safe and therapeutic settings. We will work on defining pertinent aesthetic approaches to healthcare architecture. We will also get expert feedback and use specific analytical methods to better understand the needs and experiences of the intended occupants.

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