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Student Work

  • WI_19_504C_Octavio_Lean_01
  • WI_19_504C_Octavio_Lean_02
  • WI_19_504C_Octavio_Lean_03
  • WI_19_504C_Matviichuk_Maksym_01
  • WI_19_504C_Matviichuk_Maksym_02
  • WI_19_504C_Matviichuk_Maksym_03
  • WI_19_504C_Mohering_Steven_01
  • WI_19_504C_Mohering_Steven_02
  • WI_19_504C_Mohering_Steven_03

Course Description

“I sometimes dream of a larger and more populous house, standing in a golden age, of enduring materials, and without gingerbread work, which shall consist of only one room, a vast, rude, substantial, primitive hall, without ceiling or plastering, with bare rafters and purlins supporting a sort of lower heaven over one’s head—useful to keep off rain and snow… a cavernous house, wherein you must reach up a torch upon a pole to see the roof; where some may live in the fireplace, some in the recess of a window, some at one end of the hall, some at another; a house which you have got into when you have opened the outside door, and the ceremony is over; where the weary traveller may wash, and eat, and converse, and sleep, without further journey; such a shelter as you would be glad to reach in a tempestuous night…” Henry David Thoreau, Walden, House Warming, 1854

The Public Access studio emphasized inquiry with spatial section, structural form, tectonic syntax, material choice, systems integration and, in particular, detail development. The studio explored the relevancy of technical issues to design ideas, articulated detailed depth through design development, practiced critical observation and construction problem solving, and operated within a deeply regional context.