Student Projects:

The following images are examples of some projects from the Spring 2004 courses. The descriptions follow the photos.

Course: Architectural Materials and Assembly
Project Description: SINGLEmaterialSINGLEspace by Andrew Caruso

We have been tasked with the design of a bus shelter for people arriving to and departing from the reconstructed playground at Bartlett Street and Schenley Drive in Schenley Park. There are many issues we must consider including: The human systems of who is using the shelter and their special needs, the location and design in relation to the site systems, and the opportunities afforded us by the systems associated with our material. You are expected to design your value parameters based on your explorations of the above ideas. Explorations should be made in multiple media such as writing, two dimensional and three dimensional materials.

Course: Concept Studio II/III: EcoArt
Project Description: "Journey" by Robert Douglas Fritz, III

The video still marks a fourteen hour endurance experiment in Schenley Park,
filmed on a frigid winter day. In an effort seeking to address a relativity of stillness, space, and time, I remained sitting half-frozen in the same spot for the duration. Journey becomes marked by the world's movement, rather than the conscious exertion of man. There becomes a necessity for servitude and submission as a symbolic credence to forces we acknowledge as larger than the individual. Mark in the work was created by presence, the heat of the body melting the ice, in doing so, forming an intimate relationship between the figure and the environment.

Course: Design History II
Project Description: Analysis of a Pittsburgh Neighborhood by Emily Critchlow and Mike Sui

Students will research the development of the Pittsburgh neighborhood of their choice, and gather information about factors leading up to its present state. Once again, events, artifacts (buildings, streets, public art, etc), people, culture and environment all play an important part in the shaping of any neighborhood. Each group will present their concept map and describe their research and design process in a 10-minute presentation to the class.

Course: Technology and the Environment > Civil and Environmental Engineering
Project Description: Consumer Choice Game
Students are joined into "families" with different income levels and have to spend their money. At first, istudents do not know the pollution levels. When the pollution levels are revealed, they must reallocate their purchases so they have sufficient permits to cover pollution levels.

Course: Mapping The Terrain: Environmental Thinking and Art Practice > Interdisciplinary
Project Description: Untitled

Tree made of found and discarded building materials to bring awareness about human waste and consumption. Recycled paper leaves are attached to the tree by passers-by who write their comments on them on how they can individually effect change. (Exhibited at the Chatham Art Gallery as part of Women Assessing the State of the Environment Conference, 2001).