The Models

The models shown in this exhibition were made by 11 undergraduate engineering students over the course of one Fall Semester (2010) in a new studio based course “CEE 463: A Social and Multi-Dimensional Exploration of Structures”. We based our studio pedagogy upon the notion that students learn best by teaching themselves. By tackling complex and open ended challenges such as the design and making of engineering design exhibits, we engaged the students actively in learning. Using digital fabrication techniques the models were beautifully crafted and were of exhibition quality (and this coming from students who had never made models before). The students responded very positively to this challenge. In the words of one student:

“… building the model was a phenomenal exercise – both challenging and rewarding.”

For a slideshow of the model building experience please click on the images below.

Meg Lee and Jasmine Low spraying the model facade of the Brunswick Building Jeremy Chen and Scott Huang posing next to the model of the John Hancock Center Maryanne Wachter, Michaela Glaeser, and Professor Garlock discussing the assembly of the Sears Tower Model (photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Elisabeth Deir, Daneeka Abellard, and Elizabeth Nadelman assembling one of the facades of One Shell Plaza Alex Beers and Megan Prier showing the finished scale model of Two Shell Plaza