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Adaptive Precedents

"It is not the strongest species that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change." — Charles Darwin

Adaptation is not just a tool or technique, it is a necessary aspect of architectural development through time.

The concept of adaptation in architecture is not a new one, rather it is one of the oldest. A survey of global architecture turns up a wide variety and curious convergences of innovative design strategies, material practicalities, and environmental intrigues that combine to bring about architectures grounded — sometimes quite literally — to their site, their environment, and their function.

Through a series of research investigations, analytical drawings, and careful observations, a selection of these architectures, which span the globe from hot and humid jungles to dry cold windswept tundras are presented, each demonstrating their particularities of material, site, atmosphere, and use.

Under the guidance of Associate Professor Val Warke and Visiting Assistant Professor Iñaqui Carnicero, and the teaching associates, Deborah Chang (M.Arch. '13), Vivian Shao Chen (M.Arch. '13), Caio Barboza (B.Arch. '13), Kyle Shumman (B.Arch. '13), and Andrew Hart (M.Arch.II '13), this exhibition presents the assembled analytical research of the freshman design studio, which will be presented in the form of a publication later this semester.