This vessel became a design muse and instrument for the studio, investigating many fundamental questions that pertain to the tectonics of architecture—space and geometry, structure and skin, form and function, as well as material and construction.
Junior students Autumn Bender, Nicholas Bonora, Nicholas Eichelberger, Kaetlyn Hanlin, Bryce Karcz, Erik Louwagie, and Christopher Sweeney collaboratively designed, fabricated, and launched a buoyant wooden vessel, titled Stasis. This vessel became a design muse and instrument for the studio, investigating many fundamental questions that pertain to the tectonics of architecture—space and geometry, structure and skin, form and function, as well as material and construction. Working in pairs, the relationship between tectonics and water was further refined through the development of a proposed River-Station, which reintegrated people and water along the shoreline of the Erie Canal. The proposals explored and reflected on the role of water in human settlement, and how we might arrive at new tectonic solutions to living in and along the water’s edge.
Crest, by Sweeney and Bonora found inspiration in the threat of rising sea levels, and the more general adverse effects of climate change. Unda, by Hanlin and Bender, was inspired by the Möbius Strip—a mathematical concept of one continuous surface with no discernible beginning or end.
– Autumn Bender, BS Arch
To both Sweeney and Bonora, the interactions between people and architecture is a great source of inspiration. The influence built-form can have on people, and both the predicted and unpredicted outcomes of that interaction, shape their thinking. They consider architecture less about the initial action, and more about long-term implications.
Hanlin has an appreciation for all types of art and communities. She also has a particular interest in the ability architecture has to help people, as well as enhance the world we live in by putting others and the environment before ourselves.
Bender is fond of the peace and comfort that comes from being with nature. She is interested in the human psychological connection to architecture and how our senses impact this perception.