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The inaugural studio sessions
Apr 12, 2017
A new format brings the school together to talk about the state of design
This year, SALA introduced a new format for presenting all of the design studios from the school’s programs. Rather than the traditional walk-around, the studios each presented their work in front of an audience of students, alumni, faculty, and staff at the Frederic Wood Theatre.
Over the course of three hours, each studio did a PechaKucha style presentation that highlighted the major themes, design challenges, and outcomes from the semester. At any one time, three studios were on the stage from architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and environmental design.
The studio sessions were hosted by Professor Matthew Soules who said the format is “kind of like a State of the Nation, but State of Architecture.” It allowed for everyone to contribute to one conversation about the projects and resolved some of the logistical problems of the walk-around.
But the new format inherited the informality of the walk-around and inspired thoughtful conversation throughout the afternoon. Discussions were had about the scope of this year’s comprehensive design on the shores of Sea Island and the implications of redesigning Granville Island and parts of the surrounding False Creek area.
In addition, Matthew was offering free drinks to the first five people to make particularly insightful or humorous contributions to the dialogue. The first drink was given to a person who asked if all five could be awarded to the same person.
The inaugural studio sessions were followed by design night, where students, alumni, faculty, and staff could view all the materials produced by the studios and enjoyed music and beverages in the Frederic Lasserre Building.