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ARCH 2001 is the third studio in the Bachelor of Architecture sequence at LSU. This studio introduces and explores the relationships between architecture and material. The aim is to avoid a singular understanding of architecture and material but rather to examine material as a way of organizing and thinking about architecture.

Each week material, both digital and analogue, is examined through lectures, case studies, representations, and readings. Weekly project-based assignments will focus on the process and production techniques for designing with each set of methods (hand skills, software, hardware) and at different scalesand resolutions (sketch to 1:1). A goal of the studio is the introduction or reinforcement of architectural researchpractices, iterative design processes, and defining parameters for evaluating design.

Introduction

The Mississippi River Watershed Authority (MRWA)[1] was established to rethink and reconsider the future of the Mississippi River Watershed. An MRWA subsidiary, the Louisiana Mississippi River Watershed Authority (LMRWA), emerged in response to the challenges facing the Gulf Coast: economic recession (2008), the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (2010), Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike, and Gustav (2005-12) and Winter Storm Leon (2014).  The MRWA is a (fictional) descendant of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and emerged to coordinate and restructure the future of the Mississippi River Watershed. The MRWA complements the work of the United States Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division (MVD) and the Mississippi River Commission (MRC). The MVD and MRC are responsible for maintaining the Mississippi River as a navigable waterway while preventing flooding. This mandate includes the operation of harbor and lock and dam facilities up and down the river. Additionally, the MVD provides support for military, natural disaster, and national emergency operations.

Project

The LMRWA is tasked with documenting, preserving, designing, and building the urban and architectural future of the Louisiana Mississippi Watershed. The LMRWA’s goal is to support architecture that mediates the human scale of its massive infrastructure scale projects. The first project is a renovation of the Baton Rouge Pump Station.

The project is a flagship project of the Baton Rouge Water Campus. The approximate 30 acre campus will be the home of The Water Institute of the Gulf, an independent applied research organization currently focused on producing and providing unassailable scientific solutions to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority as it works to implement Louisiana’s $50 billion Coastal Protection and Restoration Plan. The CPRA is established as the single state entity with authority to articulate a clear statement of priorities and to focus development and implementation efforts to achieve comprehensive coastal protection for Louisiana.

[1] The Mississippi River has the world’s fourth largest drainage basin (“watershed” or “catchment”). The basin covers more than 1,245,000 square mile (3,220,000 km2), including all or parts of 32 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. The drainage basin empties into the Gulf of Mexico, part of the Atlantic Ocean. The total catchment of the Mississippi River covers nearly 40% of the landmass of the continental United States.

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