Design 7 Students Visit Chicago

Accompanied by Associate Professor Emmanouil Vermisso, FAU School of Architecture’s Design 7 Studio visited Chicago from October 21 st to October 23rd to study an urban location selected for a museum project on Urban Perspective. Among other places, the students had the opportunity to visit the IIT campus (Crowne Hall) as well as the Chicago Architecture Foundation and the architectural practice of Skidmore Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM). While at SOM, students met with Associate Neil Katz to learn about the importance of geometrical thinking in the development of computational design strategies using algorithmic and parametric design tools.

The choice of an urban site in downtown Chicago for the final project of the Design 7 studio takes into consideration urban density and extreme climatic conditions which vary greatly

from the South Florida region; this encourages students to expand their understanding of the climate’s role in design decisions and consider the notion of perspective as both representational tool and spatial experience. Embracing constant shifts in space to allow appreciation of specific vantage points, the project investigates human perception of high-rise constructs and proposes an understanding of circulation not as supporting aspect of a building’s function, but rather an inherent driver of the architecture.