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ARCHT-200B - Design III _ Environmental Design Lab - Carlos Gomez

Course:Design III _ Environmental Design Lab
Professor:Carlos Gomez
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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Hello, my name is Carlos Gomez. I am an adjunct instructor in the Architecture department at the College of the Canyons. I will be the instructor for Spring 2022, ARCHT 200B - Design III _ Environmental Design Lab. My academic accomplishments include receiving a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) from the Southern California Institute of 
Architecture (SCI-Arc) and attaining a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design (MSAAD) from Columbia

As a designer, my professional objective has been to work within collaborative environments that challenged preconceived notions and encouraged the expression of ideas as both questions and assertions. I look forward to collectively challenge accepted norms and conceiving of alternative realities during the Spring 2022 semester.

Course Description

This project assignment for the Spring 2022 ARCHT-200B course involves various topics to arrive at three prototypical residences that prioritize passive systems to promote microbial diversity in this current pandemic.

First, we will broadly discuss the relationship between humanity and nature and the dominion of one over the other.

Secondly, you will read a provided article by Winter, Caroline. “How to Heal a Building.” Bloomberg Businessweek, 21 Dec. 2020, pp. 38-43. This article is the source for this ARCHT 200B_Design III _ Environmental Design Studio. It describes the microbiome as essential for human development, immunity, and nutrition produced by microbes and bacteria. The term microbiome refers to the population of microbes that inhabit our body, many of which help create vitamins, hormones, and other chemicals vital to our immune system, metabolism, and mood.

Thirdly, our discussion will involve looking at the techniques of pleating fabric, as used within the fashion industry. The various fabric manipulations will be the basis of the aesthetics to be explored throughout the course.

Finally, by aggressively implementing passive systems to promote microbial diversity, the Microbiohome attempts to replicate what the microbiome does to our bodies within three prototypical residences.

What to Expect in this Course

Weekly physical models assignments will be based on understanding the multitude of pleating methodologies as they relate to both the fashion industry and architecture. Massing studies will involve the organization of three residences within a 1/4" = 1'-0" site model. The culmination of this studio course will be a 1/4" =1'-0" physical site model with proposal, a series of plans, sections and perspectival views. 3D modeling is encouraged but not a prerequisite for the course.

A computer with a webcam will be necessary to impart the course material via Canvas and Zoom.

Types of Assessments

Critical reviews will be encouraged between all students and instructor to assess the studio project, through model making, questioning other disciplines that inform this studio's project. The primary objective is to present the range of contemporary ideas that can be used to express design not only by pragmatic principles but by also accentuating the theoretical possibilities in the built environment.

Readings and one exam are included in this course.

Textbook Information


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Last updated: 02/04/2022 Sub#: 1281