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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 // Mari Michael Glassell

Venice @ 90 degrees

Studio Work Examples

Studio Presentation and Exhibition


Course Syllabus

Course Schedule

Course References

Program Outline

Program Acculturation

Wiki Help

Student Handbook

University Catalog


Phase 0 - Context + Tower

Phase 1 - City + Survey

Phase 2 - Intervention

Studio Site






Ammons, Leslie
Bradshaw, Taylor
Cauthen, Colin
Guerra, Jacqueline
Iglesias, Luis Carlos
Loya, Arturo
Nguyen, Jaydan
Pellacani, William
Petty, Clifton
Reynolds, Sean
Serna, Edward
Sjue, Jordan
Wilson, Sawyer


Victoria McReynolds

Mari Michael Glassell


Phase 1 - Refinements

Over the weekend work to refine phase 01 drawings, diagrams, and content you have successfully executed over the last week. This is time to solidify, complete, and bring in additional specificity to your work! Use it! In additition to refining all tasks assigned for Phase 1 - City and Survey, you will add the following layers per drawing listed below:

  1. Qualitative Section Slice - Add shade and shadows from one time of the day (morning or afternoon) that begin to help give depth and understanding to your elevation. Also use this time to continue refining line weights and detail articulation.

  1. Quantitative Digital Section - Add a horizontal ruler using the same line type and technique employed by your Phase 01 City Diagrams to call out the conditions outlined below. Each of the markers should run vertically and be aligned at the top margin, 2” from the top of your skyline. Using your inventory log, identify which of the following categories each description most closely relates to and distinguish via the following line weights. Draw a single line (closed circle end and open rectangle start) that demonstrates the EXACT location within your site that you observed the content of the inventory description and label each line accordingly -- ie. 701 would reference: Site 07, Inventory Log 01.

01 Context Condition - 1.5pt
02 Hard Edges - 1.25pt
03 Public Program - 1 pt
04 Temporary and Permanent Events - 0.75 pt
05 Margins - 0.5 pt

Please note the content of these do not need to be drawn within the digital section-elevation but should be notated via their spatial occupancy. To clarify, the top of each line will be aligned, while the bottom of each line will vary in depth depending on location of content, similar to your City Diagrams.

  1. Inventory - Notations are to be made from lower number of site seam to higher number site seam according to physical location on site: list as site # - then inventory number, ex. 1201 would be Site 12, Inventory List 01. Reference the order identified in your longitudinal section to reflect in your inventory list.

  1. Aggregate Site - Make sure that both the image stitching and Digital Site Drawings are uploaded to the dropbox and wiki pages.

  1. City Diagram - Upload final, updated, diagram to the wiki with all layers turned on (replace old iterations), rotate context tags to sit on top margin.

  1. Writing - Through words, you are to asses what you have observed, registered, and investigated as we move towards Phase 02. You will each write one sentence describing your POSITION about each of the following exercises, including a final sentence that begins to stitch them together into a single paragraph.

01 Tower
02 Context
03 Survey
04 City
05 Stitch / Aggregate

  1. Wiki Format - Provide correct individual studio wiki page formats for Phase 1 and Phase 0 assignment uploads. Incorrect formats on Monday at 9am will receive 5% mark down on Phase 1 grade, and every day after until formatted correctly.

1.1 Survey
1.1a Inventory - text
1.1b Base Drawings - photo image
1.1c Longitudinal Section - pdf w/scanned 8’ elevation
1.1d Aggregate Site - pdf, w/architecture scale
1.2 City
1.2a Area Samples - pdf
0.1 Context
0.1a Context Questions - text
0.1b Context Diagram - image
0.2 Tower
sketches - pdf
Disorientation Tour

--07:54, 13 June 2014 (CDT)

Europe Backpacking Trip in Sketches

Recent posting by Architect Vivian Ngo on her architecture tour of Europe in 2003,
Europe Backpacking Trip in Sketches, Vol. 1.

Important to note each sketch became her form of a souvenir and ranges from 30 - 60 minutes to complete. More than 10 years later she writes, "I could still remember the moments I made these sketches and the story of my journey".

--Victoria McReynolds 10:08, 12 June 2014 (CDT)

Foundation Information

Good Afternoon,

Below is some extra research. Also, to evaluate the base "Venice Backstage" the video was used, specifically at the 11:30 minute mark. Proportions on were utilized on the provided diagram to find any undetermined dimensions.

Starting from top to bottom: A 4" slab sits on top of a 5' brick foundation. Below this brisk structure are 2 layers of stone, each about 10" thick. Two layers of 2" heavy timber board sit on top of the piles. Finally, the 4" piles are spaced apart at 1' on center. These piles descend 9'. So in total, the foundation is 16'4" from the ground plane to the depths of the soil. (4" Slab, 5' Brick foundation,10" layer of stone, 10" layer of stone, 2" Heavy timber, 2" Heavy timber, 9' rounded piles). The rest is sediment).

Course References - Venice Backstage reference

-Clifton Petty

Venice Architecture Biennale

This week, along with the Biennale opening, is a series of events happening around Venice. Refer to links recently added in the Course References or those listed below to particular events worth considering.

Fundamentals 14th Architecture Biennale Program Preview
"European-ness Porosity" Symposium - European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture

--05:27, 3 June 2014 (CDT)

Lecture and Blogs, oh my

Please note the new SIDE BAR category titled "Lectures", under which we've uploaded the presentation from today. Additionally, please see the "Blogs" category within the Course References page, where you fill find some great resources for diagramming and architectural drawing.

Venice Architecture Biennale Postings

Some recent writings worth reading on the upcoming Architecture Biennale.

The Global Office - Art in America

Venice Architecture Biennale 2014 preview: the top 25 exhibitions to visit - Wallpaper

International Jury for Venice Biennale Announced - ArchDaily

--14:54, 1 June 2014 (CDT)

Studio Color Palette // CMYK breakdown

Neon Turquoise: 81/39/48/14

Bright Yellow: 2/5/90/0

Colonel Mustard: 14/20/100/0

Brown: 40/62/100/35

Greys: 80%, 60%, or 30%

Please see Joseph Albers paintings for a visual reference. Our studio palette was inspired by the pairing that is farthest to the right (in link above).