4.153
Architecture Design Core Studio III: BAJA WINERY: architecture in times of drought

Prerequisites: 
4.152
Required of: 
MArch students

** NOTE **:  REGISTRAR'S OFFICE LISTS THIS SUBJECT SCHEDULE AS TR 1-6, WHICH IS INCORRECT.  THE CORRECT MEETING TIME IS TRF 1-5.

 

The Core 3 studio is a moment of in the studio sequence of the MArch program where an architecture is addressed as a comprehensive design project and research study. The notion of ‘comprehensive’ takes into account macro and micro issues and scales that impact design thinking and development of the project, as well as the integration of several parameters as:  techniques for fabrication and systems of assembly; material language; sustainability deriving from a design narrative on carbon; local cultural and social influences; and environmental impacts such as water resources and climate.   

The Fall 2015 studio will continue the recent  lineage of studios at MIT that explore  process of production as a primary generator for formal ideas on building. The studio will be studying the agricultural vineyard and grape industry through the primary program for a winery,  together with associated cultural and tourism elements. The winery program, set in a challenging landscape topography, will take into account the contemporary winery as a place and system of production of wine — but also the changing nature of a winery as potential venue for the cultural aspects of a vineyard: tasting, eating, entertaining, staying, and gathering.  

 The location for the project will be in the Valle de Guadelupe wine making region of Baja, California in Mexico. This interesting but very dry region close to San Diego,  is being impacted by climate change has many issues that challenge the nature of an architectural project, such as water availability shortage, climatic variations and thermal storage, regional availability of materials for construction techniques, and the development pressures stemming from increased tourism catering to an evolving wine culture.