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By Jan Arnett

The guts of each operating farm and ranch, the barn is an icon of rural the US. This e-book chronicles – and celebrates – the entire major kinds, and appears at how those treasures of early American structure constructed. It explains how a wealth of immigrant building equipment and variety of environments and climates led to a desirable number of barn kinds within the usa, from the earliest infrequent Dutch examples to less complicated English forms and others in additional staggering shapes (round or maybe polygonal) crafted through the Shakers within the 1800s. It highlights the main amazing, recognized and ancient barns that the reader can stopover at, and contours highlights the efforts of conservation teams to maintain America’s barns and locate leading edge how you can repurpose those wonderful outdated constructions as houses and studios—and as residing monuments of rural heritage.

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The first semester focused on reuse, the 3rd year students working on a practice based project set in an existing nursery school while 2nd years took on the Smithsons’ Robin Hood Gardens. In the second semester we changed scales and the students divided into two groups designing and making large scale pieces in either concrete or wood. In November the whole group visited the Venice Biennale ‘Architecture Beyond Building’ that had a particularly Interiors theme. Following three days on the lagoon we headed to Palladio’s Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza taking in some of his villas en route.

A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. ’ (Mies van der Rohe) This project looked at built-in furniture, or ‘permanent fixtures’ as French designer Pierre Chareau liked to call them. Permanent fixtures can include all elements beyond the structural frame. Usually one-off designs, specific to a location, they work on a variety of scales, mediating between the architectural scale of the space and the finer more detailed scale of the objects it contains. Permanent fixtures create atmosphere through precise minute interventions but also organise and define how the overall space or building is used.

The unit created an aesthetic language of sustainable architecture, criticising existing stigmas and stereotypes, and proposing models informed by interaction between art and technology. We investigated the idea of enriching culture through intervention, and focused on creation of place asking if site could process the fluid nature of society. By reference to contemporary art installation, we investigated how past and possible future events could have existence today through how we assembled material to create space and a sense of time.

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