Exhibited in the Don Chapell Gallery
January 6, 2015 – January 13, 2016

Gabriella Ebbesson

Gabriella Ebbesson

Olivia Ellsworth

Olivia Ellsworth

Christopher Fadely

Christopher Fadely

Daniel Johnson

Daniel Johnson

Shane LaMay

Shane LaMay

Elena Nonino

Elena Nonino


About the Exhibition 

This exhibition highlights the work of the inaugural class of six students in the Master of Architecture CityLab Sarasota satellite program of the University of Florida Graduate School of Architecture.

Gabriella Ebbesson
Olivia Ellsworth
Christopher Fadely
Daniel Johnson
Shane LaMay
Elena Nonino

Under the mentorship of program director Martin Gold and renowned architect Guy Peterson, the group was assigned two projects. This will be an inside look at their first year projects. The Exhibit will be in our Gallery through mid-January.

This exhibition will feature project two of the semester that focused on generative design, based on understanding the family, home, site, and context as an ecological system ? a network of overlapping relationships. Students designed an ecological residential ?type’ as both a unit and collective of units to advance the idea of neighborhood as an ecological system. Questions, as generative positions, were raised to foster exploration, further research, and to test design concepts and schemes. The resulting proposals were evaluated as both homes and neighborhood ecologies with regard to the incorporation of local resources, environmental impact, resources efficiency, integrated technology, and ability to promote culturally rich lifestyles.

Each student developed new housing typologies for a neighborhood in demographic transition on Longboat Key, Florida. The new unit type will occupy one-third of the current typical lot (118’ x 75’) within an existing neighborhood on Longboat Key that is connected to Gulf of Mexico Drive at St. Jude’s Drive, Tarawitt Drive, and Jungle Queen Way. This redevelopment strategy will increase the housing density by 300% potentially producing quality ?affordable’ housing with water access. However, this approach runs the risk of being considered too urban and must be carefully designed to be accepted by the community. Students are asked to consider the neighborhood as a community of individuals ?living’ in both private and civic spaces. How can community space replace the residual space of front and side yards (typically not occupied)? How can the street become a more active social space? How will private exterior space be captured? Can the water access become an important mobility element ? an option for commuting? How can local resources be cycled in-place? How can the units be more resilient in terms of storms and sea-level rise? Is there a life span for the residence and how is it recycled, moved, or reclaimed?


Exhibition Events 

Student Exhibit and Scholarship Presentation
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM


Event Photography by Linda Romero


Additional Media

Center For Architecture Sarasota UF CityLab Scholarship Presentation: UF CityLab inaugural class graduate architecture students begin classes at Center For Architecture Sarasota, are presented with scholarship checks and introduced to benefactors by program director Martin Gold.