Clemson University to Focus on Transit

The PCI Foundation recently made a grant to Clemson University to begin a new program called Precast Performative Morphologies. This application of digital design solutions to precast & pre-stressed concrete for innovative and sustainable design in architecture is proposed as a four-year project of integrated and collaborative design studios, seminars and courses for graduate and undergraduate architecture students at Clemson University Architecture programs.

The project aims to study the use of digital technologies and morphological research to find innovative precast concrete applications for sustainable design in architecture. The courses will focus on current initiatives for development of a new high-speed rail line to improve travel in the Southeast proposed to follow the historical route of the Southern Crescent rail line, which connected Atlanta to Charlotte, Birmingham to Washington, DC, and New Orleans to New York. “Initially we believe that this will allow design and research teams comprised of both faculty and students to investigate design and material innovations that are associated with infrastructure and transportation options at various scales,” says Carlos Barrios, assistant professor of architecture.

Projects may include:

  • High-speed transit stations
  • Multi-model transportation hubs
  • Parking structures
  • Bridges and structures for accessibility
  • Public space fixtures
  • Barriers/railings
  • Sound walls
  • Sustainable retaining walls

In each of these project types, the program will look for innovation in design, material and long-term community impact.