ARC 607-1– Arch Design Studio 7: Solar Decathlon

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Course No.: 10281

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2015 Fall

Location: Hayes A – 01/B

Meeting Day(s): Tuesday & Thursday

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

Faculty: Bohm


The GRoW Home argues that thoughtful, innovative design can address energy usage to yield a unique manner of living. First, the house captures solar energy in various forms to heat and power itself and a car. Passive solar energy creates a living zone which is seasonally and diurnally dynamic, suggesting new domestic rituals and patterns. Second, the design acknowledges the energy intensity of conventional food systems, and contests this while supporting community empowerment through local food production. The house engages the homeowner, giving her agency and enabling a greater stewardship of energy and resources.


This studio is the sixth and final semester of courses developing UB’s project for the Department of Energy’s 2015 Solar Decathlon competition. Following directly from coursework over the last five semesters, this studio will build out the design, and participate in its exhibition and competition from September 28 through October 23 in Irvine, CA. The studio group and project team will function as an innovative firm, with organizational and process cues taken from practice. This work is intensely collaborative, requiring a nimble work flow and open communication. This coursework will include construction, architectural drawings, specifications, BIM modeling, and communication graphics.