The design prompt calls for a regional headquarters to be located in Cincinnati, Ohio for the Sierra Club, an environmental protection agency and lobbyist organization. Students were asked to propose design solutions beyond conventional “green” strategies. Using the primary tools of an architect—design—the studio's work focused on how architecture can create a positive and innovative dialog between climate change, nature, and civilization all within an urban context.
The program is comprised of half standard office space and half public outreach and education spaces (including a library, auditorium, and galleries). This dichotomy of program creates interesting notions of privacy, entertainment vs. work, spectacle vs. archive, and nature vs. urbanity.