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College of Architecture
Texas Tech University
Mail Stop 42091
Lubbock, Texas 79409
Phone 806-742-3136
Email: architecture@ttu.edu

Instructors: Victoria McReynolds // Javier Gomez

2013 Valparaiso Acculturation Seminar


Course Syllabus

Course Schedule

Course References

Program Outline

Wiki Help

Student Handbook

University Catalog


Project 1 - Mapping

Project 2 - Tools

Project 3 - Research


2013 Participants


Victoria McReynolds

Javier Gomez


Survey Using a Plane Table

Watch the useful youtube video, Measured Survey Using a Plane Table, created by the Scotland's Rural Past (SRP) for a reminder of the key steps and critical relationships to pay attention to when setting up tools and constructing the drawing.

This video is also found in the Valparaiso Tool wiki page with other Measure, Draw, Record references.

--Victoria McReynolds 18:25, 13 May 2013 (CDT)


Print out and bring to acculturation the last two readings, Part 2: The Eyes of the Skin by Juhani Pallasmaa and Chapter 8: We're Going to Smash Him by Stephen Kinzer. Have your own copy to mark us as we will read and discuss these writings in class.

--Victoria McReynolds 10:44, 16 April 2013 (CDT)

Chile and Argentina Entry Fees

For US citizens traveling to Chile and Argentina for the first time the following reciprocity fees will need to be paid. For Chile, the entry fee is $160 paid either in U.S. currency or by credit card upon arriving in the Santiago airport. For Argentina, the entry fee of $160 must be paid online at Provincia Pagos prior to arriving in the country, then print and bring with you the receipt which you will present to the Immigration Control upon arriving at the Buenos Aires airport. A step-by-step payment instruction guide is available online to pay the Argentina reciprocity fee.

Further Country Entry / Exit information can be found at the US Department of State Travel website:
Chile, $160 USD - http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1088.html
Argentina, $160 USD - http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1130.html

--Victoria McReynolds 19:32, 13 April 2013 (CDT)

Tool Assembly

We meet Monday, 1 April @ 1:00pm on the courtyard floor of the CoA building to finish assembling the needed tools for Valparaiso Studio. Bring all materials with you to the shop in order to test and refine as you construct the alidade and plane table.

--Victoria McReynolds 11:35, 28 March 2013 (CDT)

Tool Testing, Schedule Update + Readers

Wednesday, March 27, we will run an in-house tool test. This means you must bring all of your tools complete to acculturation. We will use these tools to measure, document and construct a drawing of a space. Review the information under Project 2 - Tools and if you have any questions email Javier and myself for further description.

The content of our remaining six acculturation meetings have been revised to revisit the mapping project. Take a look at the course schedule for the updated information. We will discuss information regarding Chile's history and context on the first day of studio, May 29. Sections are assigned with each section having its own wiki page to post content.

--Victoria McReynolds 11:35, 28 March 2013 (CDT)

Outlets, Earthquakes, Airlines

Today's acculturation primarily discussed pragmatics of living in a new culture. Be sure to have a travel converter specifically designed for Chilean outlets, an example of one can be found on Amazon here. If you are curious about the earth dancing that occurs in Chile, find information at the USGS real-time earthquake map. Many airlines fly between Santiago and Buenos Aires, so far those who have purchased flight tickets are traveling with LAN.

All of you still need to email Javier and I a photocopy or scan of your passport, and most of you still need to email us a copy of your flight itinerary as listed below.

--Victoria McReynolds 22:20, 6 March 2013 (CST)

Flights + Passports

At this time it is important that you secure your flight arrangements and passport issuance. Email Javier and Victoria a photocopy or scan of your passport and your flight itinerary including flight numbers, departure + arrival times, and airlines by 8 March 2013.

As a reminder, critical flight arrival times are as follow:

29 May - Santiago arrive by 9:00 am
11 July - Buenos Aires arrive by 2:30 pm

--Victoria McReynolds 13:04, 26 February 2013 (CST)

Condition Mapping

Develop your figure ground plaza drawing to include a third space, the ground between buildings and roads. Additionally draw a second map from your figure ground plaza drawing that identifies key cultural destinations, such as Churches, Urban Heritage sites, Museums, Galleries, and Markets within the city. Locate your plaza and the corresponding cultural conditions in the Ciudad de Valparaiso City Map.

Submit your figure-ground plaza drawing and cultural destination drawing Wednesday, 2/20. This will complete the acculturation mapping exercises.

--Victoria McReynolds 18:46, 14 February 2013 (UTC)

Valparaiso Tools

Begin to acquire Tools - Measure which are required for discussion on February 27. Reference the Project 2 - Tools wiki page for links to suppliers and explanations of tool types.

You do not need to purchase the Measuring Rope as this will be provided by the studio.

--Victoria McReynolds 21:43, 31 January 2013 (UTC)


As Javier and I mentioned, this is a good time to purchase your flight tickets for the studio. Specifically for the July 11 flight to Buenos Aires, purchase the ticket from Santiago Airport (SCL) to Buenos Aires International Airport (EZE) and target your arrival to Buenos Aires around 2:00pm.

--Victoria McReynolds 00:44, 31 January 2013 (UTC)


Develop a figure ground study of your designated plaza from the studio google map, http://goo.gl/maps/YtXbZ. Pay attention to the varying edge conditions and ways in which the plaza extends out into the city. Print out on 11x17 page size prior to class for discussion. The following student's plaza are:

Priscilla > 5_Plaza Sotomayor
Sergio > 2_Plaza Iglasia de La Matriz
Joey > 1_Plaza
Jon > 21_Ex-carcel / Parque Cultural
Jonathan > 11_Plaza Victoria & 12_Parque Italia
Corbin > 3_Plaza Echaurren
Michael > 15_Plaza la Campana
Ki > 17_Auditorio gmo Bravo
Gillermo > 9_Arco Britanico y parques
Raul > 7_Plaza Anibal Pinto
Luis > 8_Plaza
Tyler > 19_Atkinson Plaza Outline
Nayeli > 12_Parque Italia
Monica > 13_Plaza O'Higgins

--Victoria McReynolds 00:39, 31 January 2013 (UTC)


Required reading for the acculturation and studio course is:
Road that is Not a Road and the Open City, Ritoque, Chile by Ann M. Pendleton-Jullian (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1996). ISBN 9780262660990, as outlined in the Course Syllabus

We will also have reading discussion with provided excepts from the following:
Building Dwelling Thinking essay out of Basic Writings by Martin Heidegger (San Francisco, CA: Harper, 1964). ISBN 9780060637637
Chilean Modern Architecture since 1950 edit by Malcolm Quantrill (Austin, TX: Texas A&M, 2010). ISBN 9781603441353
The Eyes of the Skin by Juhani Pallasmaa (West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons, 2012). ISBN 9781119941286
Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq by Stephen Kinzer (New York, NY: Macmillan, 2006). ISBN 9780805078619

--Victoria McReynolds 00:08, 31 January 2013 (UTC)