A group of first year Bachelor of Architecture students at Woodbury University are participating in this year’s Design Village competition taking place from April 15 – 17, 2016. The annual design competition hosted by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has become one of the most anticipated events of the year for the College of Architecture & Environmental Design (CAED). This year’s theme, Aura, explores the metaphysical properties of designed space.
Under the guidance of faculty member Jason King, the Woodbury School of Architecture student team – Sejal Bahety, Vanessa Shealy, Amir Fakharian, Jose Monroy, Weidong Zhou, and Miguel Ruiz – have started a GoFundMe campaign to cover their material expenses.
“We are motivated by our desire to apply our skills and ideas to an extracurricular project. However, as the cost of education increases, money for extracurricular design research is nonexistent. So we are humbly asking you to help us reach our financial goal in order to achieve our design vision for this competition.”
Design Village asks teams of students to explore large-scale architectural ideas in small-scale structures. Programmatically, the structure simply serves as an enclosure in which to sleep for two nights. “To respond to the Aura theme, we plan to use transparent acrylic tubes and mirrored acrylic to create a sense of invisibility while bringing the natural surroundings into the project. The earth and the sky are our building materials,” explain the students on their GoFundMe campaign page.