ARC 605-4– Re-cladding the Campus Bldg

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Course No.: 10195

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2016 Fall

Location: Hayes Hall – 205B

Meeting Day(s): Tuesday & Thursday

Meeting Time: 1:30PM - 7:20PM

Faculty: Garofalo

The Ecological Practices Graduate research Group Studio_ Fall 2016 will develop tectonic systems for performative surfaces that embed green infrastructure into architecture. Students will engage the ecological, urban and architectural scales through analysis, material studies, generative geometries, preformative prototypes, and visual narratives.


Proposals will redefine the grey site of the large campus building as a living performative landscape. Our investigation will focus on the recladding of a building on UB’s South campus. We will re-envision our neighboring building and its surrounds through a recladding that is more than skin deep. By focusing on the augmented building skin and its performative tectonic systems, the studio aims to address building envelope’s role in both social and ecological engagement. Seen as an expansion of the landscape, the building envelope can provide alternative strategies at the macro and micro levels that bring multiple strains of new life into the quad. The active skins will aim to provide keystone elements in the local ecology as well as the life of the campus.