Code / Uncode
M.ARCH WORK 2013
ARH 608 Design Studio: The Site Analytic: Territories, Boundaries, & Connections
Educational – Startup School for Architectural Innovation at Octavia
IN COLLABORATION WITH
Architecture schools are often chastised in the architectural practice and construction industries for not engaging fully with the entire construction process. This is perpetuated by architecture schools which focus largely on the aesthetics of architecture and very little on collaboration with other critical disciplines such as engineers, builders, urban planners, landscape architects, social study experts. Moreover, the increasing dichotomy of architectural education and “real world” architectural practice has reached a critical point. Many argue that because of the increased complexity of architectural practice, building systems, code requirements, and liability issues, the “compartmentalizing/silo-ing” of building expertise is necessary for building on current times. As a result, architects, engineers, contractors all have their predetermined workflows and many struggle to make the process integrative and seamless.
How do we redefine the role of architecture school in the world of built environment? Should architects only be the form givers and organizers leave other technical aspects of building science (such as MEP and structural design) to others? Is early collaboration between all team members (client, architect, engineers, builder) essential to the success of a project?
This project we proposed a new kind of collaborative that can reinvent the architecture school to become the creativity powerhouse to fuel those innovative ideas into “real-world” practice and the built environment.
The urban block in Hayes Valley along Octavia Boulevard, San Francisco
The traditional architectural education and practice is linear. The proposed organization, Architroop, is based on a heterogeneous model of learning, practicing, and innovating. It will be based on a entrepreneurial start-up model, in which teams of architects, engineers, builders will assemble based on a product or project idea.
Once every 6 months Architroop (as the venture fund investor) invest an amount of money ($50k) in a number of startup teams. The startups move to the campus for 6 months, during which the Architroop mentors work intensively with the teams to get the company into the best possible shape and refine their pitch to investors. Each cycle culminates in Demo Day, when the startups present to an audience of investors. The startups will be based on development of products and projects for the physical environment, from high performance building façade systems, innovative materials, grey water systems, pre-fabricated housing, bus shelters, to urban proposals (with financial feasibility studies). Or, simply more streamlined tools for workflow process to maximize productivity.
Architroop provides a platform where architects, designers, engineers, manufacturers and builders can constantly interact and work together to innovate and collaborate. It should act as a bridge between academia and the industry to allow for more design innovation and streamlining of process to occur.
MASSING MODEL (ELEVATIONS)