We began with a simple observation. We noticed that we, as architectural learners, repeatedly prove great strength in our abilities to design and communicate our designs to peers. But, this often... More > overshadows and hinders the necessity of observa- tion and experimentation beyond our desks. Without an ability to step outside our own creations through observation and experimentation, our work lacks relevance in the course of hu- man history. To firmly understand where we have been, where we are, and where we are going, we are reaching beyond the boundaries of our studios. We are wielding new instruments. We are seeking new understandings of foreign processes and methodologies. We are learning from those on the frontiers of innovation.
This publication is the compilation of investigations and observations by a small group of contributors. By recording their processes, frustrations, and successes, we hope to inspire others to individually explore and learn from our contributors.< Less
Kollektiv is story of four themes, across four Scandinavian countries, by 24 student Authors. Students from UNC Charlotte's School of Architecture traveled across Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland... More > during Summer 2013 analyzing their surroundings through photography and written reflections. Gump Record compiled this massive catalogue of work and paired breathtaking images with relevant and thoughtful reflections. Every student from this study abroad group is represented in the publication with at least one photo or written reflection!< Less
We often use categories to quickly describe and understand each other; these categories carry expectations and limitations. The life of an "architecture student," for example, is expected... More > to revolve around various assigned projects. But, where are the opportunities for reflection and independent exploration? Can a student be defined by more than their assignments? These are questions that drive our team.
In this second semester of existence, we challenged our peers to investigate unique interests beyond assigned projects. The results were refreshing. This is a collection of these investigations by students, and one professor, from UNC Charlotte's School of Architecture. By publishing this record of investigations, we hope to inspire other students to share their hidden interests with the world!< Less