Vassar College is taking steps to upgrade two well-worn, classically academic buildings. They’ll be complemented by a soaring new science center that will host state-of-the-art lab space. It seems that institutions everywhere are taking this next step, imagining bold buildings for technologically savvy students and teachers. “Transparency,” the big buzzword, is tied to this evolution, and architects are designing facilities to encapsulate that vision.
Four firms presented their work, untangling the manifestations of “transparency,” on 03.05.11 at the Center for Architecture. While walls of glass were a large, if obvious, part of their interpretations, their definitions blurred and shape-shifted as architects accommodated different environments. Continue reading “Teaching and Building Transparently”