Georgia Tech, School of Architecture
critic: Jennifer BONNER, Assistant Professor.
Basic architectural elements—wall, roof, floor, window, and door—when looked at together can be a real mess.
It’s confusing how all of these things should go together and it’s especially painful in a first year undergraduate studio. Committed to working on a series of problems in architecture, (not the do-goody kind, but the disciplinary kind) the studio took on the problem of the roof, the corner, and poche to name a few. By isolating a singular archi-element at a time, the studio made a close reading of Atlanta’s “contractor canon.” Straightforward and easily classifiable domestic roof types (gable, A-frame, lean-to, mansard, shed, butterfly, hip, and flat roofs) rarely exist here, instead complex hybrids with endless formal combinations dominate the city’s roofscape. The final proposals reinterpret the original types and form an urban roof on top of an abandoned downtown parking garage.
“On the Edge: The Dormer and the Definition of Space”, Michelle Bunch
“Programmatic Mansards,” Sabrina Hussein
“Inverted Sheds,” Anna Jenkins
“Rigid Direction,” Ryan Meiser
“Piled Hips,” Ross Smith
“Gable Enclosure,” Yeqi Wang