The architecture department at Stanford is small and has the potential to be a well-knit community. Recently, our participation in the 2013 Solar Decathlon competition has made many of our students too busy to participate in other activities and competitions.
I wanted to gather a group of students to engage in more competitions in hopes that this would create a more active studio culture and get the department's name out there. The idea is that students would form teams each quarter and engage in competitions and projects.
The class opened in Winter Quarter of 2012-13 and will continue as a means for students to develop projects with faculty guidance.