Silver linings: Innovation, kits, tech animate a hybrid semester

The Cornell Chronicle reports on teaching innovation at the Cornell Department of Architecture at the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, using the First Year BArch Design Studio by Felix Heisel and Sasa Zivkovic as an example. Titled Rising together as a community, the article focuses on newly developed teaching methodologies and pedagogic goals for hybrid design studios, addressing in-person, remote and online students simultaneously.

Whether they’re in Milstein Hall, quarantining in the Statler Hotel or home in China, students have access to paper.

“No matter where you are, you can fold a piece of paper and design with it,” said Felix Heisel, assistant professor of architecture, who co-teaches First Year Design Studio in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning with Sasa Zivkovic, assistant professor of architecture, and teaching assistants Elias Bennett, Isa Branas, Oonagh Davis, Iris Xiaoxue Ma and Todd Petrie.

“For architects, paper is an essential medium to transport the ideas,” Zivkovic said, “but it is much, much more this semester because it is also the resource we’re using to build with.”

Read the full article here.