UL architecture students visit UNC
Architecture students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette are visiting the University of North Carolina at Charlotte this week as a part of the Thinking While Doing project.
Thinking While Doing includes nine universities and Parks Canada, a government agency similar to the US’s Parks and Recreation departments, and is funded with a $2.48 million grant from the Social Services and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
The purpose of the project is to develop and test construction technologies and processes, said Geoff Gjertson, a professor of architecture at UL Lafayette.
Students and professors from each of the nine schools will swap knowledge and collaborate about designing and building some dome-shaped structures called gridshells. The gridshells are made of latticework or wood sheathed metal, plastic or other material.
In the summer of 2016, the students will gather in Nova Scotia to build a structure together. Sociologists and anthropologists from several Canadian universities will study the project.