A significant number of people are choosing to reside in self-sufficient communities rather than continue living in large cities. This retreat from city life is being considered for a variety of environmental, economic, technological and political reasons. The retreat studio will give you an opportunity to explore this concept and the architecture associated with alternate models of distributed living.
Retreat invites you to conceive architecture in which humans and nature can live in symbiosis. The departure point for this studio is a real-world project located in Northern Peru. Throughut the first half of semester you will identify precedents and explore a series of advanced physical and digital design processes. You will then focus on one aspect the overall project and use these investigations to develop your final architectural proposition.
The studio will place a strong emphasis on environmentally aware design and self-sufficiency. This will require looking beyond conventional construction approaches towards innovative low- tech, high impact design solutions using recycled, low-cost and locally available materials.