Ohio, USA – The Reclaim + Remake course has been developed as a 6-credit eight-week (May 7 – June 30, 2012) design-build course offered by the Summer Institute for Architecture of the NAAB-accredited The Catholic University of America School of Architecture + Planning (CUArch).
The focus of the course is the historic Hopewell Cemetery in Warren Township, Jefferson County, OH. The scope of the project consists of the careful dismantling of the abandoned and historic Hopewell United Methodist Church structure located at this site, and the design and construction of a commemorative and contemplative structure in the same footprint using the recovered materials of the pre-existing structure.
It is expected that (based on final participant numbers), the dismantling phase will take 3-4 weeks and the build phase will take 4-5 weeks. The design process will take place throughout the entire eight weeks. This course is open to non-CUArch students for university-level credit. It is recommended that students be either upper-level undergraduate (Junior or Senior) or graduate-level.
The eight-week course will take place entirely on-site in Ohio. The Hopewell United Methodist Church will provide sleeping space in their facility several hundred yards from the cemetery site. The facility has a commercial kitchen and restroom and shower facilities and a large eating and meeting room. The course will run Mondays-Fridays with weekends available for options for rest, explorations in the region, etc. Students will be able to bring their own vehicles and a group / project vehicle will be on-site for the project. The site is in a rural area approximately 50 miles to the southwest of Pittsburgh, PA and approximately 130 miles east of Columbus, OH. Students will be responsible for their travel to and from the site.
This course is offered through the Summer Institute for Architecture at CUArch. Applications for these programs are due by April 15, 2012.
For any questions about details of the project and the course logistics please feel free to contact: Bradley Guy, (GUY at cua dot edu)