To be honest in most of my history classes in Italy I found the best place to sit on our walking tours, and tried catch up on sleep, so I actually had to do some refreshing to make this post. Caio Barboza’s “The Danteum Redux” project pulls from the Divine Comedy, an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri often seen as one of the greatest works of literature today. The Danteum was an un-built monument to Paolo Di Canio designed by the modernist architect Giuseppe Terragni. Caio translates the story into the programmatic relationships within the library. The spaces are broken up into the three different realms Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. Check it out after the jump and tell us what you think!
STUDENT: Caio Barboza
SCHOOL: Cornell University PROFESSORS: Mark Morris, Davide Marchetti and Marina Kavalirek. YEAR: 2013
Everybody gets the sense of being totally overwhelmed either when trying to gather information for a test, the sheer magnitude of a project, or even walking into the library and the overpowering amount of information at your finger tips. At first glance, when we got Natalie Kwee submission, that same sense of being overwhelmed hit me as I tried to figure out the architectural organization and spatial movements in the design. My eyes were forced to constantly move through and look at the all spaces and diagrams. That exact emotion is what Natalie was going for in her Library expansion design, by creating this intense maze of space to move through in your quest for knowledge. Yet at the same time the design encompasses how we internally deal with being overwhelmed, by breaking the task down into smaller compartmental pieces. Check it out after the jump!
It is always rare for a young student to become the lead designer and to have the opportunity actually have their design constructed. Andrew Fu won a competition, among 60 students, to have his design for an early childhood learning center in Cosmo City built. The building itself is bare-bones, yet at the same time extremely elegant with its touches of playfulness and use of bringing light into the classrooms. Check it out after the jump!
Cornell student Kellen takes on the growing trend of single men in chinese society. Due to a stigma against a lack of ownership of property, men work harder to afford property, and have less time to find a wife, a cycle that feeds itself. Kellen’s proposal tackles both issues at the same time, providing affordable housing for singles, as well as becoming a vehicle for social interaction. Although noble, we feel this starts taking a turn towards dystopian future type fiction. What are your thoughts on housing being vehicles for social interaction, whether forced or not. Read the project in Kellen’s words after the jump.