The Hyde and RPI Collaborate
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's School of Architecture's second year students exhibit their concepts to unify The Hyde's campus in Building Futures: Re-Envisioning The Hyde at Rensselaer. From February 11 - April 15, 2012, fascinating design proposals offer a glimpse into the creativity of these students, showing work generated by both a four-day charrette and a semester-long design studio course. (A charrette is an intensive planning session where designers/architects and others collaborate on a vision for development, providing a forum for ideas. It also offers the unique advantage of giving immediate feedback to the participants.)
The exhibition will include mounted drawings, renderings, sketches, and analytical diagrams. It will also display physical models for both final proposals as well as works in progress. This thought-provoking project is part of ongoing master planning for all of the Museum's structures and grounds. Although unlikely to be directly interpreted in future plans, the fresh perspectives engendered by this exciting collaboration with RPI's students and faculty will enrich and inspire The Hyde Collection's board and staff as they seek to re-envision its buildings and future.
This is the first time the Museum has partnered in an exhibition of this nature whereby the entire design process and installation was implemented by another institution as part of their scholastic process. The Hyde's curatorial staff, however, oversaw the project's installation to ensure the high level of standards and codes required for the institution.
A book, which illiterates the students' process, is being produced and will be available in the Museum Store. The content includes a review of the students' preliminary visit to The Hyde to analyze the collection, the campus and grounds, as well as the context: physical, regional, environmental, institutional, historical, economical and cultural.