School of Architecture + Art

City Lab: Berlin—Norwich University’s international campus

By Christian Dengler Director | City Lab: Berlin Contemporary Berlin is experienced as a dynamic superposition of disrupted layers of history, unfolding on it’s way back as a global capital and intellectual and artistic center. Berlin is one of the few UNESCO cities of design and a prototype of radical urban and architectural transformations. It‘s …

In Europe, students ponder old London, Roman concrete

By Shaili Patel and Taylor Davidson Visiting London and Italy, two Norwich University architecture students spent the summer researching intriguing puzzles of the past. Undergraduate architecture and history major Shaili Patel, a rising junior, researched the influence of Enlightenment philosophies on London city planning through the work of Christopher …

Loco for Locavores

As part of an in depth look at issues concerning food security and food safety, students in Professor Eleanor D’Aponte’s AP558 Global Issues in Design are preparing a locavore meal on Wednesday, October 1. In preparation, Robin McDermott, co-founder of the Mad River Valley Locavore Project spoke to students about a broad range of issues …

Architecture on the Road: Boston

Students in Professor Wendy Cox’s third year architecture studio visited Boston, Massachusetts, to experience and learn about urban design and select their sites for a hypothetical craft beer brewing and tasting facility sited in an urban environment. Junior architecture student Sheridan Steiner documented their trip with a video. The first half of …

Daylight Targeting from 94 million miles

Students in Prof. Matt Lutz’s Introduction to Passive Design (AP225) were recently challenged with hitting a 1/2″ square target from 94 million miles away. Using the Sun as their point of origin and a small orthographic sundial as their targeting device, students precisely located windows in their scale models that allowed sunlight to pass …

Essay: new architecture book and making connections

Research is all about discovery. An obscure source illuminates more of your subject than you anticipated. An unexpected bit of information suggests a question you had not yet thought to ask. Or several smallish discoveries accumulate until your view on a topic becomes markedly transformed. And then there are occasions when, buried in the midst of minutiae, …