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Morrisville State College Students to Exhibit Architectural Projects at Stone Quarry Art Park April 1-24

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.—A dramatic exhibit created by students in Morrisville State College’s Architectural Studies and Design and Landscape Architectural Studies programs will be on display April 1 through 24 in the Winner Gallery at the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia.

The exhibit contains projects created by teams of Morrisville State College students as a final class project, titled Room Play, for their Architectural Design I Class. Each was a full-scale model of a vernacular place for seclusion for one person, containing a sequence of three defined spaces that represent a meditation state.

“The materials used are nothing more than common plastic sheeting, wood sticks, string, and clamps,” Kurt Ofer, AIA of Altonview Architects, adjunct professor and originator of the Room Play concept, said. “Yet, the students showed enormous creativity as they transformed their ideas into works of art.”

The students also employed tinted lights and images to evoke emotions from viewers and heighten the drama of their projects, which were originally constructed in the Architectural Studies and Design Studio at the college.

Students in several of the groups incorporated sound tracks, a movie, photographs, and other elements to intensify the experience of moving through the succession of spaces they created.

Room Play is an example of what is known as full-scale modeling, where students first model a design at a small scale and then create a mock-up of the spaces at full or human scale.

“Full-scale modeling as an architectural design tool is really a nascent medium, and it is wonderful for the Morrisville students to have this experience; this is cutting edge.” Ofer said. “Hopefully, students now have an inkling of the link between the lines that they put on paper and the spatial experience.”

In addition to Morrisville, universities that offer full-scale modeling include Vienna University of Technology in Austria, Universidad Central de Venezuala in Caracas, and University of Lund in Sweden.

Room Play enabled students to apply what they had learned in class, including understanding design as a process and the placement of planes to design spaces and place.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, may be viewed from 10 a.m. until dusk.

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park is a mix of walking trails, open meadows and outdoor sculpture exhibits. The park is located on Stone Quarry Road off of Route 20, just east of the village of Cazenovia.

For more information about the students’ projects or the exhibit, call the Architectural Studies and Design faculty at 315-684-6281 or the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park at 315-655-3196.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.

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