University of Virginia: School of Architecture

Belmont Vortex

Eduardo Arroyo Design Workshop

Belmont Vortex
Date: Wed, 02/1/2012 - 02:00 pm to Fri, 02/10/2012 - 06:00 pm Info: Project Gait-Way Type: Special Event

This workshop, led by Eduardo Arroyo, is a first and ambitious experiment in an all-school design charrette involving the Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, as well as being open to the Departments of Urban and Environmental Planning and Architectural History. As a collaborative and interdisciplinary activity, nearly 300 students will be fully involved in thirty vertically structured teams. Any SARC students outside the studio structure are highly encouraged to join a team. Students will be divided up into design teams of 10 students of different levels and disciplines. Each team is assigned one faculty member whose role will be to facilitate and advise the team as needed. 

The project area is the Belmont Bridge in Charlottesville, the surrounding properties, especially the vacant or underutilized ones south of the railroad tracks, and adjoining residential neighborhoods of the Woolen Mills and Belmont. The competition follows the guidelines of the ongoing 'Project Gait-Way,' a current design competition that is open to the public. Teams will submit their design proposals to this public competition which ends February 11, as well as compete in an internal SARC competition which will recognize outstanding school proposals.