Patterns of work

ARC605 | Fall 2013
Professor Kenneth MacKay

This studio explored the design of an Office Building as a means to investigate the incorporation of various technologies into the comprehensive design of a building. The contemporary office building includes a vast array of systems: structural, heating, ventilating, plumbing, electrical, fire protection, envelope and enclosure. In a public building each of these systems contributes to the creation of an artificial environment which facilitates human comfort, social interaction and life safety. This studio looked at the historical development of office space and the relationship of these precedents to notions of work and production, with the objective to propose a comprehensive design of buildings which addresses these issues and incorporates building service systems, structural systems, and life-safety systems.