If you’ve walked by the Stone Building lately in downtown Fargo, you may have noticed some unique structures in the First Avenue windows. Kilbourne Group is partnering with North Dakota State University to create a short-term public display for architecture students! The current display showcases the work of the students in “Environmental Design Fundamentals,” an introductory course for architecture and landscape architecture majors.
“The NDSU Architecture & Landscape Architecture Program prepares students to make a lasting contribution to the design of the human environment. Students gain a detailed grasp of fundamental architectural principles, while mastering advanced modeling technologies and seeing actual projects through to their completion. Our state-of-the-art classrooms and design studios provide architectural inspiration of their own, located in the heart of historic downtown Fargo.”
According to the NDSU course description, the assignment requires students to use a 4” x 4” x 4” cube to investigate the relationship between the mass and void by “carving” out space in the cube. In the second phase of the project, students were tasked with translating their first cube into an 8” x 8” x 8” cube-like volume of spaces. While the first model focused on thinking subtractive, carving out space, the second design is focused on tectonic approach, creating and defining space by adding elements that contain it.
Whether you are eating at Wurst, having a drink at Drekker, or just walking the streets of downtown, the special display makes it worth a trip past the former home of Avalon Events Center for a peek at the work of the talented NDSU students!