Team Approaches to Home Design

By Sharon Leshner on Oct 05, 2016

Intercurrences: Intervening Design Strategies
Thursday October 6th - October 10th: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
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Head to the Center for Architecture and Design to gain perspective on urban architecture and design of the “home” at the new Intercurrences exhibit, designed by Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University, DesignPhiladelphia 2016 co-sponsors.

Intercurrences, a collection of projects prepared by Philadelphia University student teams and outside collaborators, depicts aspects of urban “home” or dwelling, or urban architecture and design. These projects challenge all assumed and conventional limitations of design by using intervening design events that occur within the spatial and structural boundaries of the built environment.

According to exhibition designer, Donald Dunham, AIA, Associate Director of the Master of Architecture Program, at PhilaU’s College of Architecture and the Built Environment,  it is through these intercurrences that designers synthesize their research and design ideation and apply their knowledge of typology, program, function, form making, planning, human behavior, construction, materials, building systems, acoustics, lighting, and sustainable tactics within the context of home/house and the built environment.

Philadelphia University  and Thomas Jefferson University view design and design thinking as integral to innovation. Intercurrences captures these components through myriad student projects that merge sustainable thinking and material experimentation in the context of architecture and interior design.

These interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary projects, which Donald notes, are prime examples of Philadelphia University’s signature Nexus LearningTM, an approach to solve problems through active, collaborative, real-world learning infused with the liberal arts.

“Most of the exhibit projects were structured to unite architecture and interior design students with industry leaders to create an immersive learning experience and help students build key competencies,” Donald explains.

Projects on display include one crafted by architecture and interior design students, who worked together in the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture’s Timber in the City: Urban Habitats Competition and the multidisciplinary Verizon Connected Home Industry Challenge.

The Verizon Connected Home projects were produced by teams made up of students in architecture, industrial design and business administration and undergraduate students in architecture, engineering, fashion merchandising and management, finance and marketing. The team of architecture and interior design students earned honorable mention in the Timber in the City competition.

A series of videos made by multidisciplinary design teams explores the “home of the future.” The exhibition also includes projects from Sabin+Jones LabStudio and Thomas Jefferson University’s MEDstudio@JEFF, which involved ten years of collaborative projects in medicine and design.