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Spring 2022 Option Studios

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Bastards of İstanbul is a research-intensive interdisciplinary design studio that will cross-reference the physical artifact and meta-historical fictions of the city of İstanbul. Students will study the city’s cosmologies and mythologies, its cultural and spatial layers, pockets, overlaps and hybridities, disruptions and persistent continuities across various regimes over the course of its history, as evidenced in urban- and architectural-scale artifacts as well as its literature. Literary references will include Elif Şafak’s The Bastard of İstanbul (which the course is named after), Orhan Pamuk’s The Black Book, Nemestudio’s Strait: A Geofiction, among others. We will study the physical artifacts of the Read More >>

Course Credit
  • 6
Days/times for the course

1:10pm-5:20pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

Teaching faculty name(s)

Firat Erdim

Breathlessness is all around us. We are in a grip that is suffocating social respiration on every level imaginable. Franco “Bifo” Berardi in 'Breathing: Chaos and Poetry', asks, “How do we deal with the suffocation that abstraction has produced in the history of humankind? Is there a way out from the corpse of financial capitalism?” His answer is a call for poetical reactivation of the “erotic body of the general intellect” as the only pathway of liberation. The Breathing studio will test Berardi’s position as well as some of our own. It will concentrate on the instrumentality of disciplines of Read More >>

Course Credit
  • 6
Days/times for the course

MWF 1:10 - 5:20 in person

Teaching faculty name(s)

Mitchell Squire

All ISU Majors
  • Seniors and graduate students

As COVID-19 is impacting every facet of our healthcare sectors, we as a designer should prepare for the future healthcare spaces after the pandemic. As a multi-disciplinary studio, this design for health studio will focus on creating a safe and healing environment in a clinical setting. As a sponsored studio project* from a design firm, this studio will be dedicated to creating a micro-hospital including a primary care clinic, emergency department, acute care unit, and various support areas. These projects will be accomplished based on understanding complex functions of healthcare environments and using an evidence-based design approach. Our studio has Read More >>

Course Credit
  • 6
Days/times for the course

M, W, F/1:10-5:30 pm

Teaching faculty name(s)

Daejin Kim & Cameron Campbell

All ISU Majors
  • Seniors and graduate students

This interdisciplinary studio is founded on the basic premise that designers can and must make a difference. This studio will explore the myriad of daunting, but important, design conditions related to the design, fabrication, deployment, and implementation of built environments and objects that can assist in resiliency and / or relief. We will look at ways that design solutions can improve efforts related to food, water, education, health-care, power, and even economic and social issues related to the built environment. It is not simply an exercise in defining a better shelter. We will be looking to create solutions that offer Read More >>

Course Credit
  • 6
Days/times for the course

MWF 1:10-5:20pm

Teaching faculty name(s)

ROB WHITEHEAD

All ISU Majors
  • Seniors and graduate students

This course will be fosused on projects in collaboration with the peoples of the Kamuli District of Uganda East Africa in addressing issues they deal with in their daily lives. These include (but not restricted to) climate change, more sustainable livelihoods, & education. LEARNING OUTCOMES • Have a deeper understanding of Africa, its histories, cultures, & its many contributions to the world. • Ability to critically evaluate and identify effective and ineffective forms of “aid” or service. • Understand the upmost importance of understanding cultural context. • Understand the importance of the voice of the stakeholder(s) & that real development Read More >>

Course Credit
  • Variable
Days/times for the course

TTH 2:10- 5:00

Teaching faculty name(s)

Chris Martin

All ISU Majors
  • Juniors
  • Seniors and graduate students

Students will develop prototypes and a final installation using the Potterbot Clay 3D Printers* and the Industrial Robotic Arms in the Architectural Robotics Lab**. * Located in the Computation & Construction Lab 1125 Communications Building ** Located in 0256 Student Innovation Center. Learning Objectives • Translate digital models into physical objects • Translate physical objects into digital models • Demonstrate an understanding of available robotically aided digital fabrication technologies • Understand and utilize material constraints in robotically aided digital fabrication • Document the fabrication process through drawing and photography • Draw and model design proposals using digital technology • Use Read More >>

Course Credit
  • 6
Days/times for the course

Monday + Wednesday 1.10-5.20 + Friday Arranged Times

Teaching faculty name(s)

Shelby Doyle

The FutureRural studio aims to propose innovative and environmentally, culturally, and socially sustainable visions for rural communities. In this studio, students will:  Develop interdisciplinary skills through the creation of a complex community-scaled design  Understand the forces that are impacting rural communities in the 21st century  Become familiar with innovative and sustainable strategies for community design and transportation planning  Combine site analysis and research into an innovative and responsive site program  Develop strategies for sustainable rural development that balance land use and land production

Course Credit
  • 6
Days/times for the course

MWF 1:10 - 4:30

Teaching faculty name(s)

Hans Klein-Hewett

All ISU Majors
  • Seniors and graduate students

Students will work in interdisciplinary teams to design a 400-room convention/tourist hotel adjacent to the 1960s Olympic sites in Rome. In particular, the studio will focus on current conservation plans for the Stadio Flaminio, a masterwork by engineer/builder Pier Luigi Nervi that is being re-thought as a recreation and cultural center for the district, adding to institutions that include MAXXI and the Parco della Musica. The studio will emphasize a comprehensive approach, from urban planning and socio-cultural contexts to structural, circulation, and environmental response, to experiential qualities of interior and exterior spaces.

Course Credit
  • Variable
Days/times for the course

MWF 1:10-5:20

Teaching faculty name(s)

Lee Cagley and Thomas Leslie

In this interdisciplinary option studio, we challenge students to examine the future of manufactured housing as an innovative solution to rural housing affordability in Iowa, and across the country. This studio is interdisciplinary, bringing together students interested in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, and homeless and affordable housing policy. Students will research the need for affordable housing in rural Iowa, innovative and emerging ideas in the design and production of manufactured housing, funding available to develop affordable housing, and regulatory and land-use barriers to manufactured housing production. Students will then produce a set of design and policy recommendations for affordable, Read More >>

Course Credit
  • 6
Days/times for the course

MWF 1-5pm

Teaching faculty name(s)

Daniel Kuhlmann, Carlton Basmajian

All ISU Majors
  • Seniors and graduate students

After a young adult with autism leaves fulltime education there are few affordable residential spaces designed to meet their unique needs. This project-based learning design studio offers a unique opportunity for students to develop residential housing ideas for young adults with autism on an existing site, the derelict VA Hospital in Knoxville, IA. We have linked in with representatives from the City of Knoxville and Marion County. Students will apply the imperatives of the Living Building Challenge (LBC) to their designs, including the seven petals place, water, energy, health and happiness, materials, equity, and beauty. Students will also be challenged Read More >>

Course Credit
  • 4
  • 6
  • Variable
Days/times for the course

Monday 8:50-11:50 a.m., Wednesday and Friday 8:50-12:55 p.m.

Teaching faculty name(s)

Julie Irish & Andrea Wheeler

All ISU Majors
  • Seniors and graduate students

This course will explore strategies and methods for using art and culture to increase social capital (i.e. belonging) in communities. Students from a variety of disciplines will work independently and collaboratively throughout the semester to learn effective ways to engage communities, facilitate meaningful community experiences, and use art and culture to build understanding among diverse populations. The course will work in a variety of community scales, including the classroom, the College of Design, the ISU campus, and three rural Iowa communities to develop, test, and refine creative engagement methodologies. This course is a sponsored test-pilot for Rural Shrink Smart, an Read More >>

Course Credit
  • 6
Days/times for the course

MWF: 1:10-5:20

Teaching faculty name(s)

Jennifer Drinkwater

All ISU Majors
  • Juniors
  • Seniors and graduate students

This multidisciplinary studio will focus on the design for a new experiential space/building for Sporting Kansas City. Multidisciplinary student teams from architecture, graphic, interior, industrial design and other disciplines will be formed to create a unique and innovative design proposal. Each design team will create a comprehensive proposal, presented at a professional level of proficiency to our ‘client.’ Each team’s design proposal will be developed utilizing a proven multidisciplinary teaching method coordinating with international design professionals and educators. Field trips to the site location in Kansas City and an international field trip to Italy — to understand the sporting experience Read More >>

Course Credit
  • 6
Days/times for the course

M W 1:10-4:30 + F 8:00-11:30 (these times take into consideration the weight and time of an international field trip; the morning meetings on Friday are to accommodate coordinating with ISU Roma faculty and the professionals they will be lining up to speak)

Teaching faculty name(s)

Mike Ford, Peter Evans, and Andrea Quam

Course objectives are to (1) introduce students to global preservation and cultural heritage history, theory, and practice through collaboration with preservation experts on site in San Antonio, Texas, and specifically to (2) learn a systematic design process in preservation, and (3) bridge cultures and build global partnerships through preservation to advance global cultural heritage protection. The five historic missions in San Antonio, Texas (Valero/Alamo, Concepción, San José, San Juan, and Espada) offer extraordinary access to a group of culturally significant American properties, and exceptional insight into preservation practices in the United States and beyond. The course will foster mutually beneficial Read More >>

Course Credit
  • 6
Days/times for the course

MWF 1:10pm to 5:00pm

Teaching faculty name(s)

Diane Al Shihabi, Mikesch Muecke

All ISU Majors
  • Seniors and graduate students

“The City Keeps the Score” decenters the normative rule of cities and discolonizes the symbolic meaning of urban design’s exclusionary tactics to recover from Anthropogenic global warming. The urban design studio asks students to investigate, analyze, and create innovative infrastructures and approaches to planning that respond to the driving question: “how will the city keep the score?” The focus is on how Midwestern cities are actively being reshaped, adapted, manipulated, and appropriated explicitly in response to global, urban trauma. Students will respond to the question through the following course objectives: One: Climate change is affecting coastal communities around the world. Read More >>

Course Credit
  • 6
Days/times for the course

Tu Th 9:00 - 1:50

Teaching faculty name(s)

Benjamin Shirtcliff

All ISU Majors
  • Seniors and graduate students

Our mission: This studio relates design with resilience, social equity, health and well-being, and innovation. It taps into the need to provide children who have experienced trauma, toxic stress and addiction with sensitively designed indoor and outdoor spaces to help them alleviate the systemic effects of traumatic adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in a safe and nurturing way. All children and youth, regardless of race, gender, or socio-economic status deserve opportunities to grow and thrive. Our goals this semester include: establishing trauma-informed design principles, developing a deeply engaged participatory design process and creating an evidence-based campus master plan for the new Read More >>

Course Credit
  • 6
Days/times for the course

MWF 1:10-4:30

Teaching faculty name(s)

Julie Stevens

All ISU Majors
  • Juniors
  • Seniors and graduate students