10th Annual CoA Sophomore Student Design Competition
(April 24, 2013) -- The way Americans ‘work’ is an ever-changing phenomenon. The familiar twentieth-century business model produces associations such as business suits, briefcases, commutes, receptionists, meetings, eight-hour days, and five-day workweeks. In the last two decades, new business models, or work-styles, have emerged. These new work-styles, innovated mostly by high-tech companies and avant-garde organizations concerned with global sustainability and workforce satisfaction, often include jeans, sneakers, backpacks, telecommuting, foosball play, and individual time arrangements. This is now. What is the next work-style?
This question was asked of 80 sophomore design students in UTSA’s College of Architecture. Each designer invented a type of business and developed a type of architecture for it. The proposed downtown San Antonio site is adjacent to Main Plaza, and the building being designed had to be equivalent to a twelve-story midrise. Projects were evaluated by an esteemed panel of invited judges, and the top six will received monetary awards. The competition was sponsored by Paul Carter and the Radius Center.