The City of Exchange:  Urban Design, Stamford, CT.    Critic:  Sunil Bald     Project Team: Caitlin Gucker-Kanter, Nicholas Kehagias   The studio brief called for a new urban plan for Stamford, Connecticut. The design seeks to understand Stamford as a city of systems, whose inherent potential is currently underutilized. Two new data centers provide a state-of-the-art digital framework around which the city can develop. Existing systems are reconfigured and new systems are established in order to take advantage of Stamford’s digital infrastructure. Related industries such as data-processing, venture capital and agricultural laboratories plug in to the system, dynamically exchanging data and waste products such as heat to produce a diverse digital ecosystem that challenges the convential reading of Stamford as a city composed of isolated office buildings.
       
     
  Woven Enclosure    Critic: Joyce Hsiang   Perforated metal ribbons are explored as a material capable of providing both structure and enclosure. Actions of stitching, stretching and weaving are performed, manipulating the metal to create varying conditions of density and transparency. The structure responds to the conditions of the site fluidly, collapsing upon itself to resolve a stepped condition or unfolding to provide outdoor seating. The metal’s potential to serve as a modular system is also examined; standardized dimensions are used to determine ribbon length and width before each piece is threaded onto a continuous wire. The system of enclosure is therefore composed of multiple independent pieces that are capable of responding dynamically to adjacent modules as well as varying site conditions.
       
     
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  Formal Analysis    Professor:  Peter Eisenman    The purpose of these drawings is class was to critically analyse a series of Italian Renaissance buildings, using drawing as a means of examining and expressing formal characteristics identified in each.
       
     
  The Encrusted Ceiling    Project Team: Nicholas Kehagias, Dino Kiratzidis   The project investigated the idea that ceilings, moldings and medallions could be articulated as the aggregation of booleaned 'soft' geometries. The final project was the development of a corner medallion: the most 'encrusted surface' is its horizontal (ceiling) plane; its vertical planes are articulated as a gradient from encrustation and deep boolean creases, to a completely smooth flat 'graphic' edge. This medallion is both object and graphic, exploiting this inherent tension in the design of ornamental surfaces.
       
     
  Drawing & Architectural Form    Critic: Victor Agran   A series of drawings produced as part of Victor Agran's course, 'Drawing & Architectural Form.' The course examines the historical and theoretical development of descriptive geometry and perspective through the practice of rigorous constructed architectural drawings. The methods and concepts studied serve as a foundation for the development of drawings that interrogate the relationship between a drawing’s production and its conceptual objectives. Ultimately, the goal is to engage in a larger dialogue about the practice of drawing and spatial inquiry. Weekly readings, discussions, lectures, and drawing exercises investigate the work of key figures, such as Leon Battista Alberti, Albrecht Dürer, Girard Desargues, Piero della Francesca, and Brook Taylor, in the development of orthographic and three-dimensional projection.