Residential Design

VOL.2 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Images: Courtesy Prairie View A&M University ticipants had to identify the site as being within one of the six different climate zones identified in the International Energy Conservation Code. Further, the site had to be labeled as either urban, suburban, or rural. In essence, the participants were asked to establish their own problem, site, and location, and then solve for it. Like a blank canvas before an artist, or a blank piece of paper in front of a writer, this is a potentially daunting task in its apparent simplicity. Students were asked, whether in teams or alone, to work with a faculty advisor toward their goal. Despite its difficult and lofty goals —or, perhaps, because of them—the competition drew in excess of 560 participants from more than 50 schools. Jurors for the project were: Aaron Bowman from Liollio Architecture in Charleston, S.C.; Patricia Seitz of the Mas- sachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston; and Emily Roush-Elliott of Delta Design Build Workshop in Greenwood, Miss. The text in the project program identified the range of issues facing the participants and by which the jurors would consider the entries for either a one- or two-family dwelling: Consideration should be given to the relationship between interior and exterior spaces of the home and what role (if any) exterior space should play in the design of the home. Transportation and connectivity should be addressed as an integral component of the overall design strategy. Appropriate space should be allocated for issues such as vehicle parking (bike/car / other) where required. Design proposals should reflect a clear conceptual strategy which is resolved in built form at a detailed level. There are no restrictions or limitations in the use of materials or building systems. However, projects should be developed with an integrated approach to ma- terials and systems and should reflect an understanding of the characteristics, advantages, and limitations of the materials selected. CRAN is committed to promoting the value of design irrespective of style. Residential architects tend to work in a variety of styles based on input from clients, local building traditions, and regu- latory requirements. As in professional practice, design proposals should responsibly address the needs of the client, context, climate, and culture of the area. Design proposals should be informed by historic precedent, but should represent contemporary ideas of domesticity and building science. Through renderings and eleva- tions, the proposals should demonstrate qualities such as materials, texture, and color. Equal consideration should be given to the arrangement and articulation of exterior form and interior spaces. Submissions must clearly address the requirements of the program. In addressing the specific issues of the design challenge, submissions must demonstrate the proposal's response to the following requirements: • A strong conceptual strategy resolved in a coherent, integrated design proposal • An understanding of the physical characteristics of the site and the local climate • A compelling response to the physical, emotion- al, and cultural needs of the inhabitants • A clear understanding and resolution of tectonic issues • An informed position on vernacular and historic precedent Another consideration, not an afterthought by any means, was to be the client. While participants could essentially design their own client, they were required to provide a client selection and description as well as the rationale for that Left: Students from Prairie View A&M University reimagined an infill lot as a duplex in The Dog Trot Duo presentation. 30 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 2, 2018 AIA CRAN

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