gsd option studio fall 2014 by spela videcnik and rok oman of ofis arhitekti focused on housing in extreme environments. they asked me if i would share some of the environmental considerations with their students for the alaskan studio sites. it was great to be part of the final review and to see the designs for the alaskan settings. affordable housing is a top priority for many alaskan communities. we look forward to hosting the exhibit at the anchorage museum later this year.
“The extreme climatic conditions of the North introduce a design paradox for architects. The fragile environmental conditions require incisive designs that respond to irregular loading from strong winds, heavy snowfalls, avalanche risk zones, and extreme cold. The studio investigated a prototypical design: a unit with sleeping and cooking space for up to eight people, on a mountain site in Slovenia. The talk (on Friday, February 13th) serves as an opening for the exhibition on this project, curated by Spela Videcnik, John T. Dunlop Design Critic in Housing and Urban Development, with Rok Oman, featuring the work of her Fall 2014 studio, displayed on the Experiments Wall (in Gund Hall). Construction of the shelter is planned for summer 2015. ”