Studios and Projects in Sioux City since Summer 2007
All projects by students and local designers in the community
Concrete Cabin Project
Instructor: Bruce Bassler, associate professor of architecture
In the spring of 2008, the Design/Build studio of more than 40 students designed and built a concrete cabin, using LiteForm technology, in Scenic Park, South Sioux City, Nebraska. To learn more about the evolution of the project, please view the following Concrete Cabin slideshow
Instructors: Mark Engelbrecht, dean of the College of Design, and Nathan Kalaher, lecturer in architecture
This studio examined urban design and planning issues that challenge Sioux City and its surrounding metro region. They created an architectural history installation now housed at Design West.
Food and Social Justice Sustainable Foods Studio
Instructor: Ferro Trabalzi, assistant professor of community and regional planning
Working with local housing officials and potential clients, this studio studied economic and social inequalities in the housing sector and developed affordable housing concepts for Sioux City.
LA 402: Urban Design Studio
Instructor: Heidi Hohmann, associate professor of landscape architecture
Students in this course will be working in Sioux City on the I-29 relocation and re/establishing connections to downtown Sioux City. Students will do a lot of analysis prior to the design work, and anticipate this will be a semester-long project, in conjunction with another "parallel" project. While the "big picture" design is important, it will be important that the students can make some connection between large scale and smaller scale design. This will be an exciting project for Sioux City and ISU.
LA 201: Traveling Studio: Savanna Landscape Studies
Instructors: Peter Butler, Bridget Belkacemi, Gary Hightshoe
The Savanna Traveling Studio encompasses the fall semester of the second-year curriculum in the landscape architecture department at Iowa State University. The semester includes six weeks of travel through the Savanna eco-geographic region, a north-south corridor running from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. A main component is LA 201, essentially a course about observing and representing the landscape. It is taught concurrently with four other courses.
The major goal of the studio is to observe and record the landscape: all aspects, including landform, architecture, culture and vegetation. The course teaches new methods and techniques for accomplishing this. As the students' ability to "read," describe and record the landscape improves, their understanding and appreciation of the regional landscape increases. In addition, students are taught how ideas of site and landscape/culture can be used as inspiration for design and as a part of the design process. In other words, this studio sharpens skills, provides experiences and generates ideas that students will need for understanding and designing new sites and landscapes in the future.
Bus Stop SheltersArch 543X: Science and Technology for Architects III
ISU Architecture Graduate Studio
Instructor: Jason Griffiths, lecturer in architecture
At a bus stop, you wait! Perhaps you look at your cell phone, your watch or at other people. Perhaps you consider your place in line. Perhaps you look up and down the road for the next bus. Perhaps you might even look at the building you are standing in. Perhaps! As architects we see this experience as an opportunity. We ask what might be done to replace the boredom and give importance to the act of catching the bus. How might a bus stop become an interesting place that reflects the city's commitment to architecture and the use of public transport?
A bus stop, we agreed, should be more than ... a bus stop!
Our response to the challenge of designing a bus stop is a response to the wider challenge of the downtown and its architectural legacy. Downtown Sioux City has a collection of interesting and unusual buildings and spaces that testify to its dramatic history. Despite its size, this bus-stop shelter, like all buildings in good downtown areas, should play a part among the characterful edifices that you experience as you move through the city. A bus stop should become a micro space of civic pride and pleasure.
With this in mind, we have produced two prototype bus stops (see photo at right) that create connections to the local context in several ways. First, their forms are intended to reflect typical Sioux City buildings both past and present. We call these forms typologies of which we have chosen two versions: The Storefront and Smoke Stack Industrial.
These forms are created as reminders, in miniature, of buildings that have disappeared but once played an important role in the creation of the city. To these forms we have applied a cut pattern that recalls the rich traditions of architectural decoration and Prairie School design of the Midwest. Here it takes the form of abstractions of designs by Purcell and Elmslie (Woodbury Court House) and Luis Sullivan.
Second, our choice and use of steel is also considered for its significance to the context of Sioux City. Steel is intended to promote the advanced capabilities of local industry that are reflected in the complex cutting of intricate patterns and detail. All the panels were cut from computer drawings using CNC laser cutting technology that were rapidly produced from large panels of quater-inch sheet steel.
Finally, paint finishes, painted locally, are the same colors as used in agricultural machinery that also supplies a crucial contribution to the city.
These elements have been brought together in a project that is collaboration between the Iowa State University College of Design and Sioux City. The project was initiated by architect and ISU instructor Jason Griffiths, the Sioux City Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Partners. This collaboration was then extended to the students of ISU graduate architecture program who helped develop and construct the bus shelters with Missouri Valley Steel, State Steel and Fimco.
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