Intro to Digi Fab

Introduction to Computer-Aided-Design-and-Fabrication is a seminar focused on developing a framework for understanding the development of specific technologies that have affected how things are made and how things are designed to be made using tools and techniques that are primarily digital in...

Coming of age in Jap...

Drawing on Japan’s still fertile architectural culture, which continues to present younger firms with opportunities, Japanese architects extend their record of excellence in the Awards, encapsulating the resilience of those who came of age in Japan’s ‘Lost Decades’ Despite the...

APT Victoria: Sustai...

In the 30 years since I arrived in Seattle, I’ve enjoyed watching Kenmore Air float planes take off and land from Lake Union. Last month, I finally took the occasion of the APT (Association for Preservation Technology) Conference in Victoria to fly from Lake Union into Victoria’s...

Design on the Should...

Rome is a city built of discord, created out of struggles for power, out of grandeur, glory, and ruins – all battling each other for a place within the built environment. Monuments “restored” to their former grandeur sit incased by their protected lands, picturesquely dominating the...

47N Lecture : HyBrid...

Join the firm HyBrid arc (architecture research and construction) for a presentation on their work. Learn more about HyBrid arc at www.hybridarc.com. This event is sponsored by 47N a student led series underwritten by the Department of Architecture Professionals Advisory Council. Established...

(S+M) Small + Medium...

Big news! Sometime in 2009, there was a big to do in the news,  because sometime in that year we (the world) crossed the 50% urbanized mark. According to the UN World Urbanisation Prospects, it seems that half the world’s people – about 3 billion of us – are now living in cities....

What it’s like...

Some of you well know the feeling…Day one of thesis prep:  Give a brief synopsis of what you are thinking for your thesis.  The reaction:  Tell you what I’m doing for my thesis?  Are you crazy?  What does thesis even mean? As the shock and frustration gave way to more frustration and...

Trollspotting, the e...

An exerpt from Trollspotting, Jonathan French’s Valle blog… Wow – blink and an entire month has past since the last time I posted to the blog.  To quote current events back in the US – “Ooops.”  The last month has been a busy one – filled with a couple conferences and...

AIR through Naples, ...

We have continued to have warm and sunny weather all fall -until today. Its been a great Indian summer -what Italians refer to as “Estate di San Martino.” Two weekends ago we enjoyed our second long field trip -to Naples, Pompeii and Paestum -and it was a blast.  We saw modern...

Beer, Pizza & a...

There is nothing more daunting than the task of creating architecture. To create we must first be able to define, and defining architecture is a task in and of itself. Is it merely the images we see on the pages of Dwell and Architectural record, or a simple and practical solution to a...

More ‘Really C...

In response to the October 27 James Corner presentation: By Katie Zemtseff DJC Journal Staff Reporter James Corner of New York City-based James Corner Field Operations presented his latest ideas for redeveloping Seattle’s waterfront last week to a packed room of about 800 people. If just...

SML: GREEN BUILDINGS

SMALLMEDIUMLARGE is a series of lectures that examines the impact that graduates of the University of Washington Department of Architecture have on the built environment of the region. The subject of each lecture is a series of buildings that relate to a particular scale of architectural...

Thesis-izing

THESIS. The word itself is daunting, the experience is pretty intense, and with only 10 weeks to design a “building,” there never seems like there is enough time. Despite all of this, thesis is the first time (and may be the only time), where we have the opportunity to choose our...

Urban Bicycle Statio...

There has been an increase in the presence of bicycles in the city, fueled by urban culture, energy costs, environmental awareness, and lifestyle choice. This positive growth creates the opportunity to propose new civic infrastructures and architectural responses that support the commuter and...

Dragonlily

“Nature uses nothing uselessly.”  ~ Galileo Biomimetics loosely translated means “life copy”, but is more precisely defined as the extraction and imitation of natural survival mechanisms or efficiencies. For architecture, and more broadly the world of design, biomimetics offers clues...

Silted Up

I have been thinking about space and volume, how we our design processes idealize them, and how seldom that ideal is actually experienced. When we do happen upon a great space – interior or exterior, designed or natural – we slow down, remark upon it, note how it works and go...

Tessy

Tessy (short for tessellation) is a precursor to the Wedge Shed project that was the end product of Professor Corser’s Collab Fab studio in the spring of 2011. This project is an exploratory model testing the vocabulary and limits tessellated skins have to offer. Ultimately Tessy would have...

Viewing Vancouver

In late October, students from the three year masters of architecture program visited Vancouver British Columbia to learn about the distinctive buildings there and observe the results of that city’s efforts at planning the built environment.  Sites visited included the newly constructed...

It’s in the De...

I’ve never had a chance to build a site model for my studio classes before so when Kimo Griggs asked who would like to help out I jumped in.  We wanted to build one that would last for multiple studios and show the graduate students in the next room what UW undergrads where capable of. The...

The Real Waters of R...

Rob, Anne, and Thaisa continue to remind us that the water, be it Aqueducts or the Tiber, plays an important part in shaping Rome’s history and modern existence. I personally enjoy the benefits of drinking water straight from the thousands of Nassoni fountains that dot the city. However,...