Re-chartered at the University of Kentucky in 2005, the Triangle Fraternity – a brotherhood of students studying Architecture, Engineering, and Sciences – now seeks to establish a visible presence by building a new fraternity house on-campus. To enable this investigation, professors Gregory Luhan, Peyman Jahed, and Bruce Walcott developed a design + energy studio experience that provided a framework for an integrated design team to use a systems-thinking approach to generate a range of scalable, net-zero energy prototypes. These prototypes can be applied in a variety of contexts and have the potential to address larger issues, such as energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. This initiative created a path towards progressively educating the future leaders of the various professions in both the short-term and long-term, and aligned well with the cutting-edge research ongoing across the University. The vocabulary produced by the studio has become an operative tool kit that, if implemented, will transform a key campus site - as outlined on the 2050 campus master plan - into a powerful gateway to the University’s “Greek Walk.” In its greatest sense, this project has formed multiple pathways that not only demonstrate design excellence, but also give a performative voice to architecture as a means to inform the University’s overhaul of on-campus housing.
Stock, Jeremy H.
"An Emerging Vocabulary: Architecture of Performance,"
Vol. 11, Article 95.
Available at: http://uknowledge.uky.edu/kaleidoscope/vol11/iss1/95