Located in the Canadian city of Calgary, Alberta, these projects explore design inspired by local qualities including biology, ecology, geography and geology. Close attention to site and cultural issues informed numerous characteristics of the team-based tall building projects. A creative mix of uses and users was encouraged in this studio, including the incorporation of a cultural center as a key amenity.
The studio incorporated a month-long research phase which examined such issues as open building, the Metabolist Movement, branding of buildings, and innovations in construction. As the design phases of the studio unfolded numerous field trips were executed including a comprehensive on-site study of the Bow Building by Sir Norman Foster. In addition to a wealth of reviewers (architects & developers) engaged through the term the studio also had the benefit of engineers (structural and mechanical) who provided counsel and feedback to student teams. In the end all three projects were dramatically different in expression and location (students were permitted to site their projects anywhere within the city’s core area).