Word of excitement spreads quickly around here, so it wouldn't be surprising if you've already heard how wonderful Winterim 2014 was! After nine truly intensive days of immersion in the scope of the ICAA's curriculum, the 23 students (our largest class ever!) left the ICAA armed with the refined skills necessary to apply classical design principles to their work and study.
Taking inspiration from the grand scale and historical relevance of last year's design problem - a redesign of Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall - the instructors presented an equally timeless and ambitious task to this year's students: designing a kiosk to house the New York Public Library's proposed touchscreen information tablets. Though the library has yet to decide upon a location for the tablets, it was asked that the students envision placement in Astor Hall, the rotunda that serves as the sole entry- and exit-point for the general public.
Amidst work on this design problem, participants immersed themselves in coursework in geometry and proportion, the Orders, drafting by hand, observational drawing, wash rendering, and reading architecture. In each session, instructors tied the various skills back to the design problem, which was apparent during the presentation of designs that brought the intensive to a close.
Saturday, January 17 brought architects Mark Ferguson and Mark Hewitt and noted New York historian Francis Morrone to the ICAA to serve as jurors for the final critique. Each student had the opportunity to present his or her esquisse and explain the reasoning and materials that inspired their conception of the kiosk. Though all 23 designs represented thoughtful, actionable approaches to the challenge, a handful were identified as worthy of special commendation.
Winterim Award Winners:
1st Place: Steve Goodwin
2nd Place: Jessie Rokicki
3rd Place: Brian Biglin
Honorable Mentions: Joseph Brickey, Jeff Cobabe, Michael Hampton
Congratulations and thanks to all who participated! For more images from the intensive, please visit our gallery page.