Student(s): Michelle Schneider
Instructor(s): Isabela Gould
Course: ARCH 3420/4420: Architectural Design IV
Term: Spring 2014

The first part of this studio is dedicated to understanding the nature of “silence” by identifying various situations through research in form, light and materiality. The second part unfolds with the challenge of designing the new Center for Meditation, Retreat and Contemplative Arts, an agency for social well-being and cultural interaction seeking a quiet refuge in the hectic urban fabric of the city. The ultimate intent is to open a dialogue between architecture and the city in an attempt to join the practical with the poetic through the development of architectural research and inquiry. A reiterative process of experimentation through drawing and three-dimensional modeling is used to articulate the translation of conceptual ideas into built form.