UB’s Department of Music sought to explore opportunities to create outdoor public performances by musicians for audiences at Slee Hall. UB Architecture students enrolled in ARC 503/603 Architecture Studio was invited to develop proposals for UB’s temporary outdoor music performances.
Each student was to develop design ideas and present proposals to clients with drawings. The drawings indicated seating, materials, and form, the relationship of proposed temporary spaces to Slee Hall, the square, and indications of how those spaces could be used. Proposals included structure, envelope, materials, and assembly along with affordable factor, ease of construction and dismantling. Students were encouraged to investigate local materials, suppliers, manufacturers, and sponsorship. Most importantly Plans reflected the recommended criteria for COVID 19.
The coronavirus pandemic also radically changed how work was done in schools of architecture.
The sentences below make me think of those days and at the same time also make me wonder that when will students experience this again??
"In our assigned space – a generous day-lit room in Crosby Hall on UB’s Main Street Campus – twelve students each chose a workplace. The room also had spaces where everyone in the studio could meet around a table, large models built and drawings pinned up for informal reviews."
"The absence of physical models in our online studio was a major setback. At UB it is especially frustrating as materiality and making are fundamental to the pedagogy of the Architecture Program."
Curricular innovation in the new world of COVID-19 was on full display earlier in UB when students from first-year graduate architecture media class-tested out their spatial-distancing devices. Using hoops, hot tracks, umbrellas, hats with extensions, and other wearable distancing devices, students assembled their creations over the past couple of weeks to stay safe during in-person class meetings.
Architecture students recently gathered behind Hayes Hall to test out their wearable spatial distancing devices. The exercise was part of an introductory graduate architecture course co-taught by Joyce Hwang and Surabhi Dhopeshwarkar.