School of Architecture College of Design

ARCH 4283: Undergraduate Architecture Studio III

Undergraduate Architecture Studio III

ARCH4283

Kristen Paulsen
Adjunct Assistant Professor


Course description
Studio III foregrounds site as design driver. The semester’s work involved a close investigation of the Midtown Greenway – a 5.7-mile bike and pedestrian corridor that runs through south Minneapolis. This unique urban condition merges infrastructure with public use. Projects through the semester required deep site understanding gained through research, observation and making. Analysis and speculation prompted strategic and tactical architectural interventions meant to catalyze the next phase of the Greenway’s development.

The studio took a collaborative approach to architectural discourse and production, fluctuating between large group work (across two studios), paired team work, and individual efforts. Design process and product operated at multiple geographic and time scales. The studios embraced change and indeterminate notions of what constitutes site: architecture, landscape architecture, infrastructure, city, and nature serving diverse publics.


Key considerations for the studio:

  • an overall thesis and strategy toward site and program operating coherently at multiple scales;
  • designs that diversify use of the site for multiple publics, including new forms of movement, access, -public space and amenity;
  • thoughtful introduction of new landscapes, landforms and/or surfaces to the site;
  • vivid narrative scenarios for various publics;
  • strategies that respond to or register seasonal and diurnal change;
  • strategies that include physical accessibility of all spaces to all people; and
  • designs that achieve architectural specificity in terms of structural and material character.



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