Instructor: David Isern


DESIGN STUDIO ONE



DRAW


COORDINATION

DESIGN

CONSTRUCT

COLLECTIVE





Drawing Information




Lectures




Exercises




Drawing Assignments




Readings



Assistants
Andrew Pacheco [AM]

Gabe Winter [PM]




Resources





Section Rosters
Rotation 03: Morning
Alexander, Alonzo
Bishop, Courtney
Brown, Nathan
Cancino, Abel
Castro-Peery, Thomas
Charanza, Mason
Fenwick, Rowdy
Guerra Garza, Hector
Leinneweber, Daniel
Long, Logan
Payne, Chandler
Phachanh, Richy
Rey, Levi
Salo, Lance
Sasu-Twumasi, Katherine
Ventura, Lan
Wiggs, Amanda

Rotation 03: Afternoon
Aguilar Molina, Carolina
Albawab, Ruwaida
Escareño, Alan
Flowers, Brittany
Harris, Hayden
Hudzynski, Brendan
Lewelling, Victoria
McClurg, Jaxon
Orpinel, Darrion
Patterson, Trelyn
Reddick, Spencer
Rodriguez, Monica
Sheek, Joshua
Sustrick, Sarah
Taylor, Samual
Warmack, Kaitlyn


Rotation 02: Morning
Balza Gerardino, Carlos
Cantu, Francisco
Cardiello, Romina
Darnell, John
Garcia, Cecilia
Hernandez, Ismael
Li, Angela
Matz, Jonathan
McGlory, Wesley
McKay, Leonard
Perez, Rosalie
Ramirez, Maria
Rivera-Nesrala, Ivan
Salazar, Savannah
Snyder, Tristan

Rotation 02: Afternoon
Bowers, Shelton
Buechler, Bryan
Cain, Shannon
Kranz, Danton
McKinney, Garrett
Medrano, Cristal
Morris, Logan
Morrison, Ethan
Muhammad, Asad
Nava, Alexis
Norch, Robert
Port, Courtney
Santos, Jose
Vega, Vanessa


Rotation 01: Morning
Ballesteros, Pedro
Bradley, Ryan
Brown, Bobby
Castilleja, Ryan
Chigbu, Kelechi
Estrada, Elizabeth
Fredriksen, Cassady
Grandorf, Taylor
Hawk, Rebekah
Lee, Katherine
Martinez, Rodrigo
Nordyke, James
Rodriguez, Hugo
Shotkoski, Stephen
Veeramuthu, Vaishnavi

Rotation 01: Afternoon
Cormier, Jordan
Crosby, Kyle
Gold, Chas
Gowans, Jalen
Huston, Andrew
Limon, Daisy
Napier, Richard
Nesbit, Adam
Perry, Andrew
Roberts, Autumn
Roberts, Trevor
Rodriguez, Rene
Scherrer, Benjamin
Thomas, Josiah


    


Dimensional Visage

Studio Feed



Upload \\ Clean-Up

Task 01: Documentation
Scan all of the drawings that you have produced in this rotation. This includes: plan + elevation, section, composite axon, exploded axon, drafted parti, material analyses, and building analyses. You can scan the large drawings using the 42” color scanner located in the Print Bureau on the 9th floor. Scans cost $1.00 each and your print account must have sufficient funds to cover the $4.00 total charge before the scanner can be used. The drafted parti, material analyses, and building analyses can be scanned on the small scanners located in either the small or large print labs and these scans are free.

Photograph your creative drawing. Utilize the photo lab and equipment available through the Print Bureau. Do not take photos in dorm rooms, apartments, living rooms, etc. with visible distractions. If you are going to take photos outside the lab, you must have a backdrop that is clean, uniform, and of a neutral color, preferably black or white. Cameras are available for rent in the Print Bureau with your Tech ID. Tripods and lighting equipment are also there for your use. Do not take photos with phone cameras – this is very unprofessional.

You should also scan any and all relevant process work including but not limited to: trash paper, diagrams, sketches, etc.

Task 02: Wiki Upload
A wiki page has already been created for you; links are located in the sidebar under Section Rosters. You must upload all scanned drawings and photos to your personal wiki page using the following naming convention:

15_1412_lastname firstinitial_sectionletter projectnumber.file extension

ex: 15_1412_PachecoA_DR01.jpg

You will then embed these images on your personal wiki page at a size of 500px using the following link convention:

[[image:file name | image display size | drawing name]]

ex: [[image:15_1412_PachecoA_DR01.jpg | 500px | Composite Axonometric]]

These links must be placed underneath the DRAW section of your wiki page. You will upload all five of your vellum drawings, and 3-5 images of your creative drawing. Your wiki page must be complete by Tuesday, April 21, 11:59 pm. Your upload and edit history is available with timestamps so we will know if you’re late or not. Refer to the page Wiki Help for more detailed information on uploading and editing pages.

NOTE: All images must be in JPEG file formats. No exceptions.

Task 03: Dropbox Upload
You will create a personal Dropbox account using your Tech email address. Creating a Dropbox is free and easy, and you receive 2GB of free storage. You will receive an email from Dropbox prompting you to join a shared folder from Prof. Isern. Accept the invitation to join the folder and you will be able to submit your work in your corresponding subfolder.

You must upload all five of your vellum drawings, 7-10 images of your creative drawing, material analyses, building analyses, and any process work mentioned above. The files must be named using the exact same naming convention as used for your wiki uploads. All files must be uploaded by Tuesday, April 21, 11:59 pm.

NOTE: All images must be in JPEG file formats. No exceptions.

Task 04: Studio Clean-Up
All personal items and trash must be cleaned from studio by Monday, April 20, 8:00 pm. We need the space to be clean for the final exhibition. Failure to have the studio space clean will result in a 10-point deduction in participation grades across BOTH morning and afternoon sections.

TASKS TO ACCOMPLISH:
-Wiki: vellum drawings and 3-5 images of creative drawing, Tue 04.21 11:59 pm
-Dropbox: scanned drawings, 7-10 images of creative drawing, process work, Tue 04.21 11:59 pm
-personal items/trash removed from studio by Mon 04.20 8:00 pm


{ Posted 04.19.2015, 21:44 CDT }



Creativity, Concept & Analysis

Task 01: Creative Drawing
Your creative drawing will be a culmination of the skills you have acquired during this studio rotation as well as an opportunity to make major creative decisions on how you want to present your work. You will be the creative director of your drawing from start to finish.

You will need to sketch out some ideas for how you will go about the creative drawing. Apply your material analysis and start to think about what materials you are going to use, how these materials are going to be treated, how the materials will be constructed and held together, what layers of information you are going to include, etc. Remember, it is imperative to stay as authentic to the essence of the building’s materiality. This means you should be crafty in your decision-making without being cheesy. Utilize your building analysis to start to help you what information you are going to convey, how this information is going to be presented, and what decisions you are going to make in terms of layout and composition.

Your creative drawing must be at least 70% completed by the start of class on Tuesday. Materials must be purchased and should start to come together, and you should begin making decisions on layout and composition of drawings on the material(s). Be mindful of the shop hours over the weekend.

Task 02: Material Analysis
You will need to finalize your material analyses. These trash/tracing paper sketches will need to convey how your material(s) will be constructed and composed for your creative drawing.

Task 03: Building Analysis
Your 11" x 17" sheets will be due in class on Tuesday. These drawings will be crucial in helping you make decisions for your creative drawing. You must have, at minimum, one sheet per: plan, elevation, section, and composite axon; and one for your exploded axon -- for a total of six. Refer to the posts made on 04.07 and 03.26 for more information regarding your building analysis.

Task 04: Writing
For Tuesday, you will need to complete the second and third paragraphs of your essay. It is also strongly advised that you start working on your fourth and fifth paragraphs of your essay.

Task 05: Revisions
Continue to revise your exploded axonometric drawings. Pay attention to line weights and consistency. Apply everything you have learned thus far in this rotation. Remember, the standards raise with progression through the rotation. We expect this drawings to be the best you have produced up until this point. The exploded axon must be COMPLETED by Tuesday.

For class:
- Creative drawing, 70% completed
- Material analyses, completed
- Building analyses, 6 sheets minimum
- Writing assignment, second and third paragraphs
- Exploded axon, revised and completed
- Instagram posts, #1412_draw15


--DUE TUESDAY 04.14.2013, beginning of class. All documents needed to complete these tasks are located in the side bar.


{ Posted 04.11.2015, 17:01 CDT }



Axonometric Development \\ Analysis

Task 01: Exploded Axon
Continue working on your exploded axonometric drawings. Refer to the lecture PDF Axonometric & Oblique and to some of the topics of discussion talked about during class. The exploded axonometric is your chance to start playing with layout and composition in order to understand their importance. This drawing should best convey the interior space and elements of your building and how they relate to the exterior elevations. There was minimal progress on these drawings, even in terms of construction lines. It is important that you complete this drawing by Thursday so that you can start to focus on your creative drawings.

Task 02: Composite Axon
Revise your axons according to some of the individual comments made today in class. Pay attention to your profile lines and subsequent line weights as well as to correct portrayal of three-dimensional elements. Make sure your lines are consistent and weighted correctly.

Task 03: Material Analysis
Begin to finalize your material analyses. Refine your ideas so that you can start specifying how your material(s) will be constructed. It is important that you have this done by Thursday as it will be imperative to the creative drawing.

Task 04: Building Analysis
You should be conducting an analysis of your building with each drawing you produce (refer to the post made on 03.26). These simple drawings will serve as the basis of your creative drawing and will greatly assist in the layout and composition of your final drawings.

These drawings will be checked in class on Thursday and are crucial to the development of your creative drawing. You will be provided with more thorough information on the creative drawing next class.

Task 05: Writing
You will need to construct the second and third paragraphs of your analysis essay. These paragraphs will discuss the first and second formal analysis points established in your introductory paragraph. Refer to the PDF Writing Assignment for further information.

For class:
- Exploded Axon, completed
- Revised composite axons
- Material analysis, finalized idea sketches/diagrams
- Building analysis, significant progress
- Analysis essay, second and third paragraphs completed
- Instagram posts, #1412_draw15


--DUE THURSDAY 04.09.2013, beginning of class. All documents needed to complete these tasks are located in the side bar.


{ Posted 04.07.2015, 16:03 CDT }



Axonometric & Oblique \\ Scale & Proportion

Task 01: Axonometric/Oblique
Axonometric drawings are paraline projections that are three-dimensional, but do not have any perspective. With these types of drawings, the scale of features that are further away is the same for those that are closer, so a distortion occurs. Despite this distortion, projections of this type are very useful for demonstrating the spatial relationships of a particular building.

Axonometric drawings are constructed with dimensions along the axes, contain no foreshortening, and have true vertical dimensions. Oblique drawings, or plan-oblique for the purposes of this studio rotation, are constructed so that the plan is always true to scale and orthogonal, contain no foreshortening, and so that all dimensions remain true.

You will construct two (2) axonometric drawings over the next week: the composite axon and the exploded axon. Each drawing will show different spatial properties of your given building. Review the lecture PDF Axonometric & Oblique shown Thursday in class for specifics on each one.

NOTE: The composite axon must be completed by Tuesday. The exploded axon should have, at minimum, 90% of the construction lines on Tuesday at the beginning of class; however, it is highly suggested that you begin to develop this axon as well so you can receive more feedback. The exploded axon will be due on Thursday.

Task 02: Scale & Proportion
Scale and proportion are arguably the most important concepts in architecture. Although these two words go hand-in-hand and are frequently used in an interchangeable manner, their definitions differ from one another. Thinking in spatial terms, it is imperative that one understands the concept of human scale, meaning architecture’s scale being in proportion to the human body.

In your sketchbook, you will produce five (5) separate studies that demonstrate your understanding of scale and proportion: 1) human to building 1:1, 2) human to building 2:1, 3) human proportion, 4) building proportion, 5) golden rectangle. Think about the differences between scale and proportion and also about how they relate to each other.

Refer to the PDF Sketchbook Assignment 02 and your notes from the discussion in class. Remember, sketches are much simpler than formal drawings and should be approached as such. Don’t spend an excessive amount of time on them.

Task 03: Writing
It is highly suggested that you start writing the second and third paragraph of your essay. This paragraph will discuss the first and second formal analysis points established in your introductory paragraph. These paragraphs will officially be due on Thursday. Refer to the PDF Writing Assignment for further information.

For class:
- Composite Axon, completed
- Exploded Axon, 90% construction lines established
- Sketchbook exercise, (5) studies
- Instagram posts, #1412_draw15


--DUE TUESDAY 04.07.2015, beginning of class. All documents needed to complete these tasks are located in the side bar.


{ Posted 04.03.2015, 21:49 CDT }



Diagramming & Analyzing

Task 01: Figure-Ground
The concept of figure-ground is a type of perceptual grouping that helps us understand how to identify and designate the difference between positive and negative, mass and void. The “figure” or black-space is related to what is built or materialized, and the “ground” or white-space is understood as the unbuilt or the void that exists in place of mass. Both are volumes in space; the figure is explicitly-defined, while the ground is implicitly-defined.

In your sketchbook, you will have two (2) figure-ground studies completed to the level of presentation, but you may need to perform the exercise multiple times in order to understand the concept. Each study will be comprised of a set of buildings that must be drawn in relative scale and proportion so that the figure-ground relationships are present. Use Google Maps or Google Earth in order to accurately reproduce the footprint of your chosen sets of buildings.

Refer to the PDF Sketchbook Assignment 01, the notes you took in class, and the Nolli Map located on 9th floor by the library.

NOTE: It is not stated in the assignment PDF, but remember to draw zones using dotted lines denoting figure-figure, figure-ground, and/or ground-ground relationships.

Task 02: Parti
Parti drawings are, in essence, diagrammatic simplifications of a concept or idea. They help provide an identity to a building and organize the primary design concepts present, in a simplified form.

In your sketchbook, you will have seven (7) parti drawings that identify the building that you have been working with in studio. These drawings should be simple; if it is taking you longer than an hour to do all seven, you’re over-complicating the assignment. Refer to the PDF Sketchbook Assignment 01.

Task 03: Material Analysis
Begin conducting research on the materiality present in your building. Focus your case study on two or three materials that are the most pertinent to your building. Start to think about ways that these materials can be recreated. It is suggested that you take a trip to local material and supply stores (e.g. Varsity, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Home Depot, Lowes) and walk up and down the aisles to see if any materials can be applied in the representation of your material.

Brainstorm and start to diagram possible methods of recreation. Using trash paper, sketch out possible materials in three dimensions and how they will be used in composition. It is not necessary to start purchasing any materials, but it is important that you begin to think about how you are going to manifest the essential qualities of your chosen material. Refer to the PDF Material Analysis.

Task 04: Writing
Comprehension through writing is essential to learning about and understanding architecture. Writing will help you begin to establish and develop skills such as: conducting research for relevant content, building a vernacular repertoire of architectural language, and the ability to analyze and understand architecture through articulation.

You will produce a five-paragraph essay throughout the course of this rotation that contains a formal analysis of your building. The writing assignment must be completed individually. For Thursday, you will need to construct the introductory paragraph that will set the tone for your essay. Refer to the PDF Writing Assignment and to the parti drawings from your sketchbook.

Task 05: Revisions
Revise your sectional drawings according to some of the concepts discussed today in class. Remember comments made regarding construction lines, line weights and consistency, scale, proportion, spatial clarity, spatial sequencing, fields of depth, layers of information, spatial relationships, spatial variance, continuity, and legibility. Refer to Ching: Sections & Plans.

For class:
- Figure-ground sketches (2)
- Parti drawings (7)
- Material analysis, trash paper sketches
- Introduction paragraph, completed
- Revisions to longitudinal section
- Instagram posts, #1412_draw15


--DUE THURSDAY 04.02.2015, beginning of class. All documents needed to complete these tasks are located in the post as well as the side bar.


{ Posted 03.31.2015, 19:24 CDT }



Spatial Understanding

Task 01: Longitudinal Section
The section is one of the most important drawings in architecture, if not the most. Drawing sections helps us understand and achieve spatial clarity. Sections provide us and others with a sense of scale, proportion and sequencing through space. Review the assignment PDF Section as well as the lecture PDF Spatial Understanding presented in class on Thursday to complete your sectional drawings.

Sections to be drawn should be longitudinal, meaning the cut made reflects the long side of the building. For those of you with relatively square buildings, your sections should reflect the cut that conveys the most information.

Next, come up with 10 to 15 “spatial” words that describe the qualities of the section that you draw, and write them in your sketchbook. Everyone will have to speak about their building in class, so be prepared.

Task 02: Revisions
Revise your plan and elevation drawings according to the discussion from Thursday. Recall comments made regarding construction lines, line weights, line consistency, ground lines, scale, and proportion.

Task 03: Reading
Read the excerpt “Visualizing with Drawings and Models, Pencils and Computers” thoroughly. Be prepared to discuss some of the concepts and try to make connections between the sections you draw and the text you read.

Task 04: Building Analysis
Analyze your building and construct, at minimum, two (2) simplified call-out drawings using your plan, elevations, and section. These drawings should be done on 11" x 17" sheets of tracing paper and should contain only portions of your building, portions that you see as vital to the concept or essence of your building.

These drawings will be checked in class on Tuesday and are crucial to your understanding of the building. You will be expected to conduct analyses like these with each new drawing you produce.

Task 05: Instagram
Documentation of progress is essential to the design process as it records information about the growth of your project and your growth as a designer. You will begin to utilize Instagram to document your assignments for the remainder of the rotation, starting now. Using the hashtag #1412_draw15, post periodic photos of your assignments through various stages. The amount of photos you take will be dependent upon the scale of the assignment: sketchbook assignments should have between 5 and 10 images each, while drawing assignments should have between 10 and 15 images each.

Instagram documentation will be recorded as part of your grade: you will receive deductions to your participation grade if your posts are insufficient.

For class:
- Longitudinal section, completed
- 10-15 "spatial" words
- Plan & elevations, revised
- Reading 01
- Building analyses, (2) minimum
- Instagram posts, #1412_draw15


--DUE TUESDAY 03.31.2015, beginning of class. All documents needed to complete these tasks are located in the post as well as the side bar.


{ Posted 03.26.2015, 18:04 CDT }



Plan & Elevation

Task 01: Research
Research is an integral and imperative part of architecture. As designers, we must constantly be investigating, examining and exploring ideas, concepts, materials, and a multitude of other things in order to better understand architecture and even ourselves as designers. Research will be a major part of your undergraduate career and it’s important to get started now.

You should have already started researching your buildings for your digital media class. Utilize the resources at your disposal: books, academic journals, image databases, periodicals, etc. Scan anything and everything you feel would be useful in understanding your building. You should be on the lookout for clear, developed drawings of your building; a plethora of images of both the exterior and interior of your building; and articles, essays, and writings about your building that help you deconstruct and comprehend what your building is all about and why it is canonical.

It is important for you to build a library of resource material that you can reference on call. Scan any images and text. The more information you find, the better you will begin to understand your building and master your drawings. You will submit a working bibliography of your found information, in the Chicago citation style, in class on Thursday. You will then add on information as you conduct further research throughout the rotation. Refer to the exercise PDF Research for more thorough clarification.

Task 02: Plan & Elevation
The plan is a crucial drawing in helping us understand the organization of space. It allows us to understand the physical layout of walls and other objects in space and in relation to each other. Elevations are orthographic projections that convey the appearance of a particular project from the exterior. Elevations are typically drawn as two-dimensional configurations of a three-dimensional object, and contain no perspective.

You will construct one (1) plan drawing of your building and four (4) elevations, each corresponding to one side of the building. The plan you draw should be the ground floor level or, if you have multiple levels, should be the level that conveys the most information and is most essential to the building. Once you have drawn your plan, you will then project exterior elevations from each side of the plan. Your drawings must include construction lines, drawn as the lightest line weight of the entire drawing. Refer to the lecture, Basics of Drafting, and the assignment PDF Plan & Elevations.

NOTE: These drawings take time. Start exercising good time management and don’t procrastinate.

For class:
-Working bibliography, in the Chicago style
-Plan, ground floor or other significant level
-Four elevations, one per side


--DUE THURSDAY 03.26.2013, beginning of class. All documents needed to complete these tasks are located in the side bar.


{ Posted 03.24.2015, 17:00 CDT }



Rotation 03 Building List

Morning Section

01 \\ Y House \\ Abel Cancino + Richy Phachanh
02 \\ Steiner House \\ Courtney Bishop + Amanda Wiggs
03 \\ Usonian House \\ Nathan Brown + Katherine Sasu-Twumasi
04 \\ Case Study House No. 22 (Stahl House) \\ Hector Guerra Garza + Levi Rey
05 \\ Villa Müller \\ Mason Charanza + Lan Ventura
06 \\ Chicken Point Cabin \\ Alonzo Alexander + Thomas Castro-Peery + Daniel Leinneweber
07 \\ Maison Ozenfant \\ Rowdy Fenwick + Chandler Payne
08 \\ Azuma House \\ Logan Long + Lance Salo


Afternoon Section

01 \\ Wall House 2 (Bye House) \\ Brittany Flowers + Sarah Sustrick + Kaitlyn Warmack
02 \\ The Queen's House \\ Hayden Harris + Darrion Orpinel + Samual Taylor
03 \\ Winslow House \\ Carolina Aguilar Molina + Victoria Lewelling
04 \\ Kaufmann Desert House \\ Brendan Hudzynski + Spencer Reddick
05 \\ Chapel on Mount Rokko \\ Jaxon McClurg + Trelyn Patterson
06 \\ Maison La Roche \\ Ruwaida Albawab + Monica Rodriguez
07 \\ Rose Seidler House \\ Alan Escareño + Joshua Sheek


{ Posted 03.17.2015, 18:36 MDT }




{ END OF ROTATION 02 }



Upload \\ Clean-Up

Task 01: Documentation
Scan all of the vellum drawings that you have produced in this rotation. This includes: plan + elevation, section, composite axon, exploded axon, and drafted parti. You can scan the large drawings using the 42” color scanner located in the Print Bureau on the 9th floor. Scans cost $1.00 each and your print account must have sufficient funds to cover the $4.00 total charge before the scanner can be used. The Print Bureau will be open from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Sunday. The drafted parti, material analyses, and building analyses can be scanned on the small scanners located in either the small or large print labs and these scans are free.

Photograph your creative drawing. Utilize the photo lab and equipment available through the Print Bureau. Do not take photos in dorm rooms, apartments, living rooms, etc. with visible distractions. If you are going to take photos outside the lab, you must have a backdrop that is clean, uniform, and of a neutral color, preferably black or white. Cameras are available for rent in the Print Bureau with your Tech ID. Tripods and lighting equipment are also there for your use. Do not take photos with phone cameras – this is very unprofessional.

You should also scan any and all relevant process work including but not limited to: trash paper, diagrams, sketches, etc.

Task 02: Wiki Upload
A wiki page has already been created for you; links are located in the sidebar under Section Rosters. You must upload all scanned drawings and photos to your personal wiki page using the following naming convention:

15_1412_lastname firstinitial_sectionletter projectnumber.file extension

ex: 15_1412_PachecoA_DR01.jpg

You will then embed these images on your personal wiki page at a size of 500px using the following link convention:

[[image:file name | image display size | drawing name]]

ex: [[image:15_1412_PachecoA_DR01.jpg | 500px | Composite Axonometric]]

These links must be placed underneath the DRAW section of your wiki page. You will upload all five of your vellum drawings, and 3-5 images of your creative drawing. Your wiki page must be complete by Monday, March 23 by 11:59 pm. Your upload and edit history is available with timestamps so we will know if you’re late or not. Refer to the page Wiki Help for more detailed information on uploading and editing pages.

NOTE: All images must be in JPEG file formats. No exceptions.

Task 03: Dropbox Upload
You will create a personal Dropbox account using your Tech email address. Creating a Dropbox is free and easy, and you receive 2GB of free storage. You will receive an email from Dropbox prompting you to join a shared folder from Mr. Isern. Accept the invitation to join the folder and you will be able to submit your work in your corresponding subfolder.

You must upload all five of your vellum drawings, 7-10 images of your creative drawing, material analyses, building analyses, and any process work mentioned above. The files must be named using the exact same naming convention as used for your wiki uploads. All files must be uploaded by Monday, March 23 by 11:59 pm.

NOTE: All images must be in JPEG file formats. No exceptions.

Task 04: Studio Clean-Up
All personal items and trash must be cleaned from studio by Sunday, March 22 by 8:00 pm. We need the space to be clean for the next rotation. Failure to have the studio space clean will result in a 10-point deduction in participation grades across BOTH morning and afternoon sections.

TASKS TO ACCOMPLISH:
-Wiki: vellum drawings and 3-5 images of creative drawing, Mon 03.23 11:59 pm
-Dropbox: scanned drawings, 7-10 images of creative drawing, process work, Mon 03.23 11:59 pm
-personal items/trash removed from studio by Sun 03.22 8:00 pm


{ Posted 03.15.2015, 16:38 MDT }



Rotation 02 Reviews

Morning Review Sequence

Reviews begin at 9:30 am. You are required to be present for all reviews.

01 \\ Weissenhofsiedlung \\ Carlos + Tyler
02 \\ Villa Rotonda \\ Leo + Wesley
03 \\ Vanna Venturi House \\ Cecilia + Ivan
04 \\ Crown Hall \\ Isabel + Rosalie
05 \\ Barragán House \\ John + Tristan
06 \\ Casa Malaparte \\ Francisco + Ismael
07 \\ Mini House \\ Angela + Romina + Savannah


Afternoon Review Sequence

Reviews begin at 2:00 pm. You are required to be present for all reviews.

01 \\ Monticello \\ Bryan + Logan
02 \\ Gropius House \\ Jose + Shannon
03 \\ Lovell Beach House \\ Asad + Robert
04 \\ Church on the Water \\ Courtney + Shelton
05 \\ Graves Residence \\ Alexis + Danton
06 \\ Smith House \\ Cristal + Vanessa
07 \\ 4x4 House \\ Ethan + Garrett


{ Posted 03.11.2015, 19:50 CDT }



Creative Drawing \\ Reviews

Task 01: Creative Drawing
There has been very minimal progress on your creative drawings. From now on, it is imperative that you allot yourself enough time to complete assignments, especially those that are very time-intensive and account for a large portion of your review. From discussions that took place in class, it seems as though a majority of you have a good idea about how to approach your drawing, and some of you are on the right track in terms of materiality, presentation, layout and composition. Now it’s about execution.

Time is of the essence. Your drawings are due at the beginning of class on Thursday -- reviews will begin promptly. Be sure to prioritize and not waste precious working hours between now and Thursday on minute details if you see that you are running short on time.* To the afternoon section: you will NOT be working on your drawings in studio during the morning reviews as this can be very disruptive. Additionally, just because this is the final stretch, it does not mean you can be sloppy in your work. Be as clean and consistent as possible. Your creative drawing is a reflection of you, your decisions, and your time management. Rushed decisions can result in poor execution.

*Keep in mind that Varsity and Hobby Lobby close at 8:00pm, Michaels at 9:00pm, Home Depot and Lowe's at 10:00pm, and the model/wood shops close at 9:00 pm.

REMINDER: You must have, at minimum, three drawings on your final creative drawing, including but not limited to: exploded axonometric, plan, elevation, and section.

Task 02: Parti
Your final drafted parti diagram will be part of the final requirements for your review and should be placed on an 11”x17” sheet. Additionally, you may also integrate it as part of your creative drawing. If you include it in your creative drawing, it does NOT count as one of your three required drawings.

Task 03: Sketchbook
Your sketchbooks will be submitted at the end of class on Thursday, after reviews have taken place, so that you may take notes. We will be grading for overall completion and comprehension of sketchbook assignments, as well as assessing proper note-taking and process documentation. The sketchbook, as you will soon come to understand, is an integral part of your life as a designer. Use it.

Your sketchbooks will be graded Thursday night so that you can get them back on Friday when you hand in your final writing assignment. You will receive an email with more information once grading is complete.

Task 04: Exploded Axon
There were still some incomplete drawings presented today in class; however, the creative drawing is your main priority. If you have time after completing the creative drawing, go back and make revisions to your exploded axon.

Task 05: Writing
Your finalized essay must be completed and handed in no later than Friday by 1:00 pm to Mr. Isern's office, room 601A; however, you are more than welcome to turn it in earlier than this. Writing assignments will only be accepted in hard-copy format. No email submissions, no exceptions.

DUE THURSDAY 03.12.2015
- Creative drawing, completed
- Parti diagram, drafted (independent, as part of the creative drawing at your discretion)
- Sketchbook to be turned in at the end of reviews
- Instagram posts, #1412_draw15

DUE FRIDAY 03.13.2015
- Writing assignment (analysis essay), completed and submitted by 1:00 pm (rm. 601A)


theREVIEW

Reviews are an essential part of your architectural education. They represent the culmination of your efforts throughout a given project. In the review setting, you present your work to a panel of critics and have the opportunity to receive feedback from a fresh, outside perspective, as well as engage in a conversation about your work and yourself as a designer.

You should conduct yourself in a manner that is professional, but not uptight. Have confidence in everything you say and be enthusiastic about the dialogue between you and the reviewers. Ask questions. Prepare in advance by looking over your essays and analysis points as well as the research you conducted at the beginning of the rotation. Dress appropriately and in a way that is an extension of your personality. Don’t focus on the negative or add any disclaimers. Introduce yourself and your building before diving head-first into the drawings. Most importantly -- be ON TIME, be AWAKE, be ATTENTIVE, be ENGAGED and TAKE NOTES.

There is no such thing as a bad review, so long as the criticism is constructive. Don’t be too nervous. Be on the lookout for the review sequence to be posted to the wiki no later than 5:00 pm tomorrow.

Good luck!


{ Posted 03.10.2015, 15:15 CDT }



Creativity, Concept & Analysis

Task 01: Creative Drawing
Your creative drawing will be a culmination of the skills you have acquired during this studio rotation as well as an opportunity to make major creative decisions on how you want to present your work. You will be the creative director of your drawing from start to finish.

You will need to sketch out some ideas for how you will go about the creative drawing. Apply your material analysis and start to think about what materials you are going to use, how these materials are going to be treated, how the materials will be constructed and held together, what layers of information you are going to include, etc. Remember, it is imperative to stay as authentic to the essence of the building’s materiality. This means you should be crafty in your decision-making without being cheesy. Utilize your building analysis to start to help you what information you are going to convey, how this information is going to be presented, and what decisions you are going to make in terms of layout and composition.

Materials must be purchased and should start to come together by the beginning of class on Tuesday. Be mindful of the shop hours over the weekend. You should have detailed sketches of what your creative drawing will end up looking like.

Task 02: Building Analysis
Your 11" x 17" sheets will be due in class on Tuesday. These drawings will be crucial in helping you make decisions for your creative drawing. You must have, at minimum, one sheet per drawing you have done thus far, five total: plan, elevation, section, composite axon, and exploded axon. Refer to the previous post for more information regarding your building analysis.

Task 03: Writing
For Tuesday, you will need to construct the fourth and fifth paragraphs of your essay. These paragraphs will be comprised of your third analysis point and your conclusion. Utilize comments you may have received regarding vocabulary, syntax, structure, concept and fluidity. Your final draft, in the Chicago style, will be due Thursday before reviews.

Task 04: Revisions
Continue to revise your exploded axonometric drawings. Pay attention to line weights and consistency. Apply everything you have learned thus far in this rotation. Remember, the standards raise with progression through the rotation. We expect these drawings to be the best you have produced up until this point.

For class:
- Creative drawing, significant progress
- Building analysis, 5 sheets minimum
- Writing assignment, fourth and fifth paragraphs
- Revised exploded axons
- Instagram posts, #1412_draw15


--DUE TUESDAY 03.10.2013, beginning of class. All documents needed to complete these tasks are located in the side bar.


{ Posted 03.05.2015, 18:56 CST }



Axonometric Development \\ Building Analysis

Task 01: Exploded Axon
Continue working on your exploded axonometric drawings. Refer to the lecture PDF Axonometric & Oblique and to some of the topics of discussion talked about during class. The exploded axonometric is your chance to start playing with layout and composition in order to understand their importance. This drawing should best convey the interior space and elements of your building and how they relate to the exterior elevations.

Task 02: Composite Axon
Overall, the composite axonometric drawings were well-executed. Revise your axons according to some of the individual comments made today in class. Pay attention to your profile lines and subsequent line weights as well as to correct portrayal of three-dimensional elements.

Task 03: Material Analysis
Begin to finalize your material analyses you conducted over the weekend. Refine your ideas so that you can start specifying how your material(s) will be constructed. It is important that you have this done by Thursday as it will be imperative to the final drawing you will produce during this rotation, the creative drawing. Your trash paper diagrams/sketches will serve as the basis for your creative drawing.

Task 04: Building Analysis
Analyze your building and construct simplified call-out drawings using the drawings you have produced thus far. These drawings should be done on 11" x 17" sheets of tracing paper and should contain only portions of your building, portions that you see as vital to the concept or essence of your building. Drawings should include portions of plan, elevations, section, and axonometrics.

These drawings will be checked in class on Thursday and are crucial to the development of your creative drawing. You will be provided with more thorough information on the creative drawing next class.

Task 05: Writing
It is highly suggested that you start writing the fourth paragraph of your essay. This paragraph will discuss the third and final formal analysis point established in your introductory paragraph. The fourth and fifth paragraphs will officially be due next Tuesday.

For class:
- Exploded Axon, completed
- Revised composite axons
- Material analysis, finalized idea sketches/diagrams
- Building analysis, significant progress
- Instagram posts, #1412_draw15


--DUE THURSDAY 03.05.2013, beginning of class. All documents needed to complete these tasks are located in the side bar.


{ Posted 03.04.2015, 00:38 CST }



Axonometric & Oblique \\ Scale & Proportion \\ Materiality

Task 01: Axonometric/Oblique
Axonometric drawings are paraline projections that are three-dimensional, but do not have any perspective. With these types of drawings, the scale of features that are further away is the same for those that are closer, so a distortion occurs. Despite this distortion, projections of this type are very useful for demonstrating the spatial relationships of a particular building.

Axonometric drawings are constructed with dimensions along the axes, contain no foreshortening, and have true vertical dimensions. Oblique drawings, or plan-oblique for the purposes of this studio rotation, are constructed so that the plan is always true to scale and orthogonal, contain no foreshortening, and so that all dimensions remain true.

You will construct two (2) axonometric drawings over the next week: the composite axon and the exploded axon. Each drawing will show different spatial properties of your given building. Review the lecture PDF Axonometric & Oblique shown Thursday in class for specifics on each one.

NOTE: The composite axon must be completed by Sunday evening. The exploded axon should have, at minimum, all construction lines on Tuesday at the beginning of class; however, it is highly suggested that you begin to develop this axon as well so you can receive more feedback. The exploded axon will be due on Thursday.

Task 02: Scale & Proportion
Scale and proportion are arguably the most important concepts in architecture. Although these two words go hand-in-hand and are frequently used in an interchangeable manner, their definitions differ from one another. Thinking in spatial terms, it is imperative that one understands the concept of human scale, meaning architecture’s scale being in proportion to the human body.

In your sketchbook, you will produce five (5) separate studies that demonstrate your understanding of scale and proportion: 1) human to building 1:1, 2) human to building 2:1, 3) human proportion, 4) building proportion, 5) golden rectangle. Think about the differences between scale and proportion and also about how they relate to each other.

Refer to the PDF Sketchbook Assignment 02 and your notes from the discussion in class. Remember, sketches are much simpler than formal drawings and should be approached as such. Don’t spend an excessive amount of time on them.

Task 03: Writing
For Tuesday, you will need to construct the second and third paragraphs of your essay. The second paragraph will discuss the first formal analysis point established in your introductory paragraph – the parti analysis of your building. Now that you have a clearer understanding of what a parti drawing is, you should have a more coherent and thoughtful conceptual analysis of your building.

The third paragraph will discuss the second formal analysis point established in your introductory paragraph – either the exterior or interior formal analysis, whichever you have chosen to expand upon first. Refer to the PDF Writing Assignment for further information.

Task 04: Material Analysis
Begin conducting research on the materiality present in your building. Focus your case study on two or three materials that are the most pertinent to your building. Start to think about ways that these materials can be recreated. It is suggested that you take a trip to local material and supply stores (e.g. Varsity, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Home Depot, Lowes) and walk up and down the aisles to see if any materials can be applied in the representation of your material.

Start to diagram possible methods of recreation. Using trash paper, sketch out possible materials in three dimensions and how they will be used in composition. Refer to the example drawn on the white board in class.

It is not necessary to start purchasing any materials, but it is important that you begin to think about how you are going to manifest the essential qualities of your chosen material. Refer to the PDF Material Analysis.

For class:
- Composite Axon, completed (on Sunday)
- Exploded Axon, construction lines established
- Sketchbook exercise, (5) studies
- Writing assignment, second and third paragraphs
- Material analysis, trash paper sketches
- Instagram posts, #1412_draw15


--DUE TUESDAY 03.03.2015, beginning of class. All documents needed to complete these tasks are located in the side bar.


{ Posted 02.28.2015, 04:25 CST }



Diagramming & Analyzing

Task 01: Figure-Ground
The concept of figure-ground is a type of perceptual grouping that helps us understand how to identify and designate the difference between positive and negative, mass and void. The “figure” or black-space is related to what is built or materialized, and the “ground” or white-space is understood as the unbuilt or the void that exists in place of mass. Both are volumes in space; the figure is explicitly-defined, while the ground is implicitly-defined.

In your sketchbook, you will have two (2) figure-ground studies completed to the level of presentation, but you may need to perform the exercise multiple times in order to understand the concept. Each study will be comprised of a set of buildings that must be drawn in relative scale and proportion so that the figure-ground relationships are present. Use Google Maps or Google Earth in order to accurately reproduce the footprint of your chosen sets of buildings.

Refer to the PDF Sketchbook Assignment 01, the notes you took in class, and the Nolli Map located on 9th floor by the library.

NOTE: It is not stated in the assignment PDF, but remember to draw zones using dotted lines denoting figure-figure, figure-ground, and/or ground-ground relationships.

Task 02: Parti
Parti drawings are, in essence, diagrammatic simplifications of a concept or idea. They help provide an identity to a building and organize the primary design concepts present, in a simplified form.

In your sketchbook, you will have seven (7) parti drawings that identify the building that you have been working with in studio. These drawings should be simple; if it is taking you longer than an hour to do all seven, you’re over-complicating the assignment. Refer to the PDF Sketchbook Assignment 01.

Task 03: Writing
Comprehension through writing is essential to learning about and understanding architecture. Writing will help you begin to establish and develop skills such as: conducting research for relevant content, building a vernacular repertoire of architectural language, and the ability to analyze and understand architecture through articulation.

You will produce a five-paragraph essay throughout the course of this rotation that contains a formal analysis of your building. The writing assignment must be completed individually. For Thursday, you will need to construct the introductory paragraph that will set the tone for your essay. Refer to the PDF Writing Assignment and to the parti drawings from your sketchbook.

Task 04: Revisions
Revise your sectional drawings according to some of the concepts discussed today in class. Remember comments made regarding construction lines, line weights and consistency, scale, proportion, spatial clarity, spatial sequencing, fields of depth, layers of information, spatial relationships, spatial variance, continuity, and legibility.

Task 05: Instagram
Documentation of progress is essential to the design process as it records information about the growth of your project and your growth as a designer. You will begin to utilize Instagram to document your assignments for the remainder of the rotation, starting now. Using the hashtag #1412_draw15, post periodic photos of your assignments through various stages. The amount of photos you take will be dependent upon the scale of the assignment: sketchbook assignments should have between 5 and 10 images each, while drawing assignments should have between 10 and 20 images each.

Instagram documentation will be recorded as part of your grade: you will receive deductions to your participation grade if your posts are insufficient.

For class:
-Figure-ground sketches (2)
-Parti drawings (7)
-Introduction paragraph, completed
-Revisions to longitudinal section
-Instagram posts


--DUE THURSDAY 02.26.2015, beginning of class. All documents needed to complete these tasks are located in the post as well as the side bar.


{ Posted 02.24.2015, 18:18 CST }



Spatial Understanding

Task 01: Longitudinal Section
The section is one of the most important drawings in architecture, if not the most. Drawing sections helps us understand and achieve spatial clarity. Sections provide us and others with a sense of scale, proportion and sequencing through space. Review the assignment PDF Section.1 as well as the lecture PDF Spatial Understanding presented in class on Thursday to complete your sectional drawings.

Sections to be drawn should be longitudinal, meaning the cut made reflects the long side of the building. For those of you with relatively square buildings, your sections should reflect the cut that conveys the most information.

Next, come up with 10 to 15 “spatial” words that describe the qualities of the section that you draw, and write them in your sketchbook. Everyone will have to speak about their building in class, so be prepared.

Task 02: Revisions
Revise your plan and elevation drawings according to the discussion from Thursday. Remember comments made regarding construction lines, line weights, line consistency, ground lines, scale, and proportion.

Task 03: Reading
Read the excerpt “Visualizing with Drawings and Models, Pencils and Computers” thoroughly. Be prepared to discuss some of the concepts and try to make connections between the sections you draw and the text you read.


--DUE TUESDAY 02.24.2015, beginning of class. All documents needed to complete these tasks are located in the post as well as the side bar.


{ Posted 02.21.2015, 10:30 CST }



Plan & Elevation

Task 01: Research
Research is an integral and imperative part of architecture. As designers, we must constantly be investigating, examining and exploring ideas, concepts, materials, and a multitude of other things in order to better understand architecture and even ourselves as designers. Research will be a major part of your undergraduate career and it’s important to get started now.

You will conduct research on your building with your partner. Utilize the resources at your disposal: books, academic journals, image databases, periodicals, etc. Scan anything and everything you feel would be useful in understanding your building. You should be on the lookout for clear, developed drawings of your building; a plethora of images of both the exterior and interior of your building; and articles, essays, and writings about your building that help you deconstruct and comprehend what your building is all about and why it is canonical.

It is important for you to build a library of resource material that you can reference on call. Scan any images and text and save them on your personal computer and/or external storage device. The more information you find, the better you will begin to understand your building and master your drawings. You will submit a working bibliography of your found information, in the Chicago manual style for citation, in class on Thursday. You will then add on information as you conduct further research throughout the rotation. Refer to the exercise PDF Research for more thorough clarification.

Task 02: Plan & Elevation
The plan is a crucial drawing in helping us understand the organization of space. It allows us to understand the physical layout of walls and other objects in space and in relation to each other. Elevations are orthographic projections that convey the appearance of a particular project from the exterior. Elevations are typically drawn as two-dimensional configurations of a three-dimensional object, and contain no perspective.

You will construct one (1) plan drawing of your building and four (4) elevations, each corresponding to one side of the building. The plan you draw should be the ground floor level or, if you have multiple levels, should be the level that conveys the most information and is most essential to the building. Once you have drawn your plan, you will then project exterior elevations from each side of the plan. Your drawings must include construction lines, drawn as the lightest line weight of the entire drawing. Refer to the lecture, Basics of Drafting, and the assignment PDF Plan & Elevations.

NOTE: These drawings take time. Start exercising good time management and don’t procrastinate.

For class:
-Working bibliography, in the Chicago style
-Plan, ground floor or other significant level
-Four elevations, one per side


--DUE THURSDAY 02.19.2013, beginning of class. All documents needed to complete these tasks are located in the side bar.


{ Posted 02.17.2015, 16:36 CST }



ROTATION 02 Building List

Morning Section

01 \\ Weissenhofsiedlung (Single) \\ Carlos Balza Gerardino + Jonathan Matz
02 \\ Casa Luis Barragán \\ John Darnell + Tristan Snyder
03 \\ Villa Almerico-Capra (La Rotonda) \\ Leonard McKay + Wesley McGlory
04 \\ Vanna Venturi House \\ Cecilia Garcia + Ivan Rivera-Nesrala
05 \\ Crown Hall \\ Rosalie Perez + Maria Ramirez
06 \\ Mini House \\ Romina Cardiello + Angela Li + Savannah Salazar
07 \\ Casa Malaparte \\ Francisco Cantu + Ismael Hernandez


Afternoon Section

01 \\ Church on the Water \\ Shelton Bowers + Courtney Port
02 \\ Monticello \\ Bryan Buechler + Logan Morris
03 \\ Lovell Beach House \\ Asad Muhammad + Robert Norch
04 \\ Graves Residence \\ Danton Kranz + Alexis Nava
05 \\ 4x4 House \\ Garrett McKinney + Ethan Morrison
06 \\ Gropius House \\ Shannon Cain + Jose Santos
07 \\ Smith House \\ Cristal Medrano + Vanessa Vega


{ Posted 02.17.2015, 16:25 CST }




{ END OF ROTATION 01 }



Upload \\ Clean-Up

Task 01: Documentation
Scan all of the vellum drawings that you have produced in this rotation. This includes: plan + elevation, section, composite axon, exploded axon, and drafted parti. You can scan the large drawings using the 42” color scanner located in the Print Bureau on the 9th floor. Scans cost $1.00 each and your print account must have sufficient funds to cover the $4.00 total charge before the scanner can be used. The Print Bureau will be open from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Sunday. The drafted parti can be scanned on the small scanners located in either the small or large print labs and these scans are free.

Photograph your creative drawing. Utilize the photo lab and equipment available through the Print Bureau. Do not take photos in dorm rooms, apartments, living rooms, etc. with visible distractions. If you are going to take photos outside the lab, you must have a backdrop that is clean, uniform, and of a neutral color, preferably black or white. Cameras are available for rent in the Print Bureau with your Tech ID. Tripods and lighting equipment are also there for your use. Do not take photos with phone cameras – this is very unprofessional.

You should also scan any and all relevant process work including but not limited to: trash paper, diagrams, sketches, etc.

Task 02: Wiki Upload
A wiki page has already been created for you; links are located in the sidebar under Section Rosters. You must upload all scanned drawings and photos to your personal wiki page using the following naming convention:

15_1412_lastname firstinitial_sectionletter projectnumber.file extension

ex: 15_1412_PachecoA_DR01.jpg

You will then embed these images on your personal wiki page at a size of 500px using the following link convention:

[[image:file name | image display size | drawing name]]

ex: [[image:15_1412_PachecoA_DR01.jpg | 500px | Composite Axonometric]]

These links must be placed underneath the DRAW section of your wiki page. You will upload all five of your vellum drawings, and 3-5 images of your creative drawing. Your wiki page must be complete by Sunday, February 15 by 11:59 pm. Your upload and edit history is available with timestamps so we will know if you’re late or not. Refer to the page Wiki Help for more detailed information on uploading and editing pages.

NOTE: All images must be in either JPEG file formats. No exceptions.

Task 03: Dropbox Upload
You will create a personal Dropbox account using your Tech email address. Creating a Dropbox is free and easy, and you receive 2GB of free storage. You will receive an email from Dropbox prompting you to join a shared folder from Mr. Isern. Accept the invitation to join the folder and you will be able to submit your work in your corresponding subfolder.

You must upload all five of your vellum drawings, 7-10 images of your creative drawing, and any process work mentioned above. The files must be named using the exact same naming convention as used for your wiki uploads. All files must be uploaded by Monday, February 16 by 11:59 pm.

NOTE: All images must be in either JPEG file formats. No exceptions.

Task 04: Studio Clean-Up
All work must remain in studio through Monday, February 16 for grading. You will receive an email over the weekend regarding picking up drawings and sketchbooks.

All personal items and trash must be cleaned from studio by Sunday, February 15 by 11:59 pm. We need to space to be clean for the next rotation.

TASKS TO ACCOMPLISH:
-all scanned drawings and 3-5 images of creative drawing due to wiki, Sunday 11:59 pm
-Scanned drawings, 7-10 images of creative drawing and process work on Dropbox, Monday 11:59 pm
-personal items/trash removed from studio by Sunday 11:59 pm


{ Posted 02.13.2015, 15:11 CST }

{ Updated 02.15.2015, 15:18 CST }



Rotation 01 Reviews

Morning Review Sequence

Reviews begin at 9:30 am. You are required to be present for all reviews.

01 \\ Single Family House \\ Cassady + Rebekah
02 \\ Villa Dall'Ava \\ Elizabeth + Katherine
03 \\ Eames House \\ Kelechi + Ryan C.
04 \\ Barcelona Pavilion \\ Hugo + Rodrigo
05 \\ Neue Nationalgalerie \\ Bobby + Hunter
06 \\ Church of the Light \\ Vaishnavi
07 \\ Sugden House \\ Pedro + Taylor
08 \\ Villa Stein \\ Ryan B. + Stephen


Afternoon Review Sequence

Reviews begin at 2:00 pm. You are required to be present for all reviews.

01 \\ House VI \\ Autumn + Ben
02 \\ Plum House \\ Andrew H. + Kyle + Trevor
03 \\ Bordeaux House \\ Adam + Andrew P.
04 \\ Robie House \\ Jalen + Josiah
05 \\ Schröder House \\ Jordan
06 \\ Fallingwater \\ Chas + Daisy
07 \\ Villa Savoye \\ Rene + Richard


{ Posted 02.11.2015, 16:29 CST }



Creative Drawing \\ Reviews

Task 01: Creative Drawing
There has been very minimal progress on your creative drawings. From now on, it is imperative that you allot yourself enough time to complete assignments, especially those that are very time-intensive and account for a large portion of your review. From discussions that took place in class, it seems as though a majority of you have a good idea about how to approach your drawing, and some of you are on the right track in terms of materiality, presentation, layout and composition. Now it’s about execution.

Time is of the essence. Your drawings are due at the beginning of class on Thursday -- reviews will begin promptly. Be sure to prioritize and not waste precious working hours between now and Thursday on minute details if you see that you are running short on time.* To the afternoon section: you will NOT be working on your drawings in studio during the morning reviews as this can be very disruptive. Additionally, just because this is the final stretch, it does not mean you can be sloppy in your work. Be as clean and consistent as possible. Your creative drawing is a reflection of you, your decisions, and your time management. Rushed decisions can result in poor execution.

*Keep in mind that Varsity and Hobby Lobby close at 8:00pm, Michaels at 9:00pm, Home Depot and Lowe's at 10:00pm, and the model/wood shops close at 9:00 pm.

REMINDER: You must have, at minimum, three drawings on your final creative drawing, including but not limited to: exploded axonometric, plan, elevation, and section.

Task 02: Parti
Your final drafted parti diagram will be part of the final requirements for your review and should be placed on an 11”x17” sheet OR integrated as part of your creative drawing. If you include it in your creative drawing, it does NOT count as one of your three drawings.

Task 03: Sketchbook
Your sketchbooks will be submitted at the end of class on Thursday, after reviews have taken place, so that you may take notes. We will be grading for overall completion and comprehension of sketchbook assignments, as well as assessing proper note-taking and process documentation. The sketchbook, as you will soon come to understand, is an integral part of your life as a designer. Use it.

Your sketchbooks will be graded over the weekend and will be available for you to pick up either Sunday or Monday. You will receive an email with more information once grading is complete.

Task 04: Exploded Axon
This drawing was originally supposed to have been completed last Thursday. There were still some incomplete drawings presented today in class; however, the creative drawing is your main priority. If you have time after completing the creative drawing, go back and make revisions to your exploded axon.

Task 05: Writing
There has also been minimal progress on your analysis essays. Technically, you are supposed to have finished all but the last paragraph. Some of you have received feedback and commentary on your existing paragraphs. Some of you did not turn in paragraphs when they were asked for, and your final grade will reflect this accordingly.

Out of graciousness, your essay has been postponed by one day so that you can focus your time on making your creative drawings as excellent as possible. This doesn't mean slacking on your drawing just because you have one less thing to do for Thursday. Your finalized essay must be completed and handed in no later than Friday by 5:00 pm; however, you are more than welcome to turn it in earlier than this.

DUE THURSDAY 02.12.2015
- Creative drawing, completed
- Parti diagram, drafted (either independent or as part of the creative drawing)
- Sketchbook to be turned in at the end of reviews

DUE FRIDAY 02.13.2015
- Writing assignment (analysis essay), completed and submitted by 5:00 pm


theREVIEW

Reviews are an essential part of your architectural education. They represent the culmination of your efforts throughout a given project. In the review setting, you present your work to a panel of critics and have the opportunity to receive feedback from a fresh, outside perspective, as well as engage in a conversation about your work and yourself as a designer.

You should conduct yourself in a manner that is professional, but not uptight. Have confidence in everything you say and be enthusiastic about the dialogue between you and the reviewers. Ask questions. Prepare in advance by looking over your essays and analysis points as well as the research you conducted at the beginning of the rotation. Dress appropriately and in a way that is an extension of your personality. Don’t focus on the negative or add any disclaimers. Introduce yourself and your building before diving head-first into the drawings. Most importantly -- be ON TIME, be AWAKE, be ATTENTIVE, be ENGAGED and TAKE NOTES.

There is no such thing as a bad review, so long as the criticism is constructive. Don’t be too nervous. Be on the lookout for the review sequence and time break-down, to be posted to the wiki no later than 5:00 pm tomorrow.

Good luck!


{ Posted 02.10.2015, 18:30 CST }



Axonometric Development

Task 01: Exploded Axon
Continue working on your exploded axonometric drawings. Refer to the lecture PDF Axonometric & Oblique and to some of the topics of discussion during desk critiques during class. The exploded axonometric is your chance to start playing with layout and composition in order to understand their importance.

Task 02: Composite Axon
Overall, the composite axonometric drawings were well-executed. Revise your axons according to some of the individual comments made today in class. Pay attention to your profile lines and subsequent line weights.

Task 03: Creative Drawing
Your creative drawing will be a culmination of the skills you have acquired during this studio rotation as well as an opportunity to make major creative decisions on how you want to present your work. You will be the creative director of your drawing from start to finish.

You will need to sketch out some ideas for how you will go about the creative drawing. Apply your material analysis and start to think about what materials you are going to use, how these materials are going to be treated, how the materials will be constructed and held together, what layers of information you are going to include, etc. Remember, it is imperative to stay as authentic to the essence of the building’s materiality. This means you should be crafty in your decision-making without being cheesy. Refer to the PDF Material Analysis for the parameters of this drawing, and be on the lookout for the assignment PDF.

Task 04: Writing
For Thursday, you will need to construct the third paragraph of your essay. This paragraph will discuss the second formal analysis point established in your introductory paragraph – either the exterior or interior formal analysis, whichever you have chosen to expand upon first.

The PDF Writing Assignment states that the fourth paragraph is supposed to be due on Thursday. It is not required, but HIGHLY suggested that you write the fourth paragraph as well, or at least start it. You will still be responsible for the final two paragraphs for next Tuesday so that we may review your entire essay for spelling, grammar, cohesiveness and comprehension.

For class:
- Exploded Axon, completed
- Revised composite axons
- Sketches of ideas for creative drawing and materials
- Third paragraph, completed
- Fourth paragraph, suggested


--DUE THURSDAY 02.05.2013, beginning of class. All documents needed to complete these tasks are located in the side bar.


{ Posted 02.03.2015, 22:57 CST }



Axonometric & Oblique \\ Scale & Proportion

Task 01: Axonometric/Oblique
Axonometric drawings are paraline projections that are three-dimensional, but do not have any perspective. With these types of drawings, the scale of features that are further away is the same for those that are closer, so a distortion occurs. Despite this distortion, projections of this type are very useful for demonstrating the spatial relationships of a particular building.

Axonometric drawings are constructed with dimensions along the axes, contain no foreshortening, and have true vertical dimensions. Oblique drawings, or plan-oblique for the purposes of this studio rotation, are constructed so that the plan is always true to scale and orthogonal, contain no foreshortening, and so that all dimensions remain true.

You will construct two (2) axonometric drawings over the next week: the composite axon and the exploded axon. Each drawing will show different spatial properties of your given building. Review the lecture PDF shown yesterday in class and the assignment PDFs Composite Axon and Exploded Axon for specifics on each one.

NOTE: The composite axon must be completed by the beginning of class on Tuesday. The exploded axon should have, at minimum, all construction lines; however, it is highly suggested that you begin to develop this axon as well so you can receive more feedback. The exploded axon will be due on Thursday.

Task 02: Scale & Proportion
Scale and proportion are arguably the most important concepts in architecture. Although these two words go hand-in-hand and are frequently used in an interchangeable manner, their definitions differ from one another. Thinking in spatial terms, it is imperative that one understands the concept of human scale, meaning architecture’s scale being in proportion to the human body.

In your sketchbook, you will produce five (5) separate studies that demonstrate your understanding of scale and proportion: 1) human to building 1:1, 2) human to building 2:1, 3) human proportion, 4) building proportion, 5) golden rectangle. Think about the differences between scale and proportion and also about how they relate to each other.

Refer to the PDF Sketchbook Assignment 02 and your notes from the discussion in class. Remember, sketches are much simpler than formal drawings and should be approached as such. Don’t spend an excessive amount of time on them.

Task 03: Writing
For Tuesday, you will need to construct the second paragraph of your essay. The second paragraph will discuss the first formal analysis point established in your introductory paragraph – the parti analysis of your building. Now that you have a clearer understanding of what a parti drawing is, you should have a more coherent and thoughtful conceptual analysis of your building.

The PDF Writing Assignment states that both the second and third paragraphs are due on Tuesday. It is okay if you only have the second paragraph completed for class; however, it is greatly encouraged that you start on your third paragraph. The more you do now means the more feedback you can receive, and the less you have to do later.

Task 04: Revisions
Minimal revisions were done to your sectional drawings between Tuesday and Thursday. In future studios, it is a universal standard that you attend class with sufficient progress in your work; if you come to class without having done anything from one day to the next, the discussion about your work will be limited therefore hindering your learning experience. Revise your sectional drawings according to some of the comments made in class and refer to this past Tuesday’s wiki post for further clarification.

For class:
- Composite Axon, completed
- Exploded Axon, construction lines established
- Sketchbook exercise, (5) studies
- Second paragraph, parti analysis
- Revised sections


--DUE TUESDAY 02.03.2015, beginning of class. All documents needed to complete these tasks are located in the side bar.


{ Posted 01.30.2015, 13:39 CST }



Diagramming & Analyzing

Task 01: Figure-Ground
The concept of figure-ground is a type of perceptual grouping that helps us understand how to identify and designate the difference between positive and negative, mass and void. The “figure” or black-space is related to what is built or materialized, and the “ground” or white-space is understood as the unbuilt or the void that exists in place of mass. Both are volumes in space; the figure is explicitly-defined, while the ground is implicitly-defined.

In your sketchbook, you will have two (2) figure-ground studies completed to the level of presentation, but you may need to perform the exercise multiple times in order to understand the concept. Each study will be comprised of a set of buildings that must be drawn in relative scale and proportion so that the figure-ground relationships are present. Use Google Maps or Google Earth in order to accurately reproduce the footprint of your chosen sets of buildings.

Refer to the PDF Sketchbook Assignment 01, the notes you took in class, and the Nolli Map located on 9th floor by the library.

Task 02: Parti
Parti drawings are, in essence, diagrammatic simplifications of a concept or idea. They help provide an identity to a building and organize the primary design concepts present, in a simplified form.

In your sketchbook, you will have seven (7) parti drawings that identify the building that you have been working with in studio. These drawings should be simple; if it is taking you longer than an hour to do all seven, you’re over-complicating the assignment. Refer to the PDF Sketchbook Assignment 01.

Task 03: Writing
Comprehension through writing is essential to learning about and understanding architecture. Writing will help you begin to establish and develop skills such as: conducting research for relevant content, building a vernacular repertoire of architectural language, and the ability to analyze and understand architecture through articulation.

You will produce a five-paragraph essay throughout the course of this rotation that contains a formal analysis of your building. For Thursday, you will need to construct the introductory paragraph that will set the tone for your essay. Refer to the PDF Writing Assignment and to the parti drawings from your sketchbook.

Task 04: Revisions
Revise your sectional drawings according to some of the concepts discussed today in class. Remember comments made regarding construction lines, line weights and consistency, scale, proportion, spatial clarity, spatial sequencing, fields of depth, layers of information, spatial relationships, materiality, spatial variance, continuity vs. intermittence, and legibility.

Task 05: Material Analysis
Begin conducting research on the materiality present in your building. Focus your case study on two or three materials that are the most pertinent to your building. Start to think about ways that these materials can be recreated.

It is suggested that you take a trip to local material and supply stores (e.g. Varsity, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Home Depot, Lowes) and walk up and down the aisles to see if any materials can be applied in the representation of your material.

It is not necessary to start purchasing any materials, but it is important that you begin to think about how you are going to manifest the essential qualities of your chosen material. Refer to the PDF Material Analysis.


--DUE THURSDAY 01.29.2015, beginning of class. All documents needed to complete these tasks are located in the side bar.


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Spatial Understanding

Task 01: Longitudinal Section
The section is one of the most important drawings in architecture, if not the most. Drawing sections helps us understand and achieve spatial clarity. Sections provide us and others with a sense of scale, proportion and sequencing through space. Review the assignment PDF as well as the lecture PDF presented in class on Thursday to complete your sectional drawings.

Sections to be drawn should be longitudinal, meaning the cut made reflects the long side of the building. For those of you with relatively square buildings, your sections should reflect the cut that conveys the most information.

Next, come up with 10 to 15 “spatial” words that describe the qualities of the section that you draw. Everyone will have to speak about their building in class, so be prepared.

Task 02: Revisions
Revise your plan and elevation drawings according to the discussion from Thursday. Remember comments made regarding construction lines, line weights, line consistency, ground lines, scale, and proportion.

Task 03: Reading
Read the excerpt “Visualizing with Drawings and Models, Pencils and Computers” thoroughly. Be prepared to discuss some of the concepts and try to make connections between the sections you draw and the text you read.


--DUE TUESDAY 01.27.2015, beginning of class. All documents needed to complete these tasks are located in the side bar.


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ROTATION 01 Building List

Morning Section

01 \\ Villa Stein \\ Ryan Bradley + Stephen Shotkoski
02 \\ Sugden House \\ Pedro Ballesteros + Taylor Grandorf
03 \\ Neue Nationalgalerie \\ Bobby Brown + James Nordyke
04 \\ Barcelona Pavilion \\ Rodrigo Martinez + Hugo Rodriguez
05 \\ Villa Dall'Ava \\ Elizabeth Estrada + Katherine Lee
06 \\ Single Family House \\ Cassady Fredriksen + Rebekah Hawk
07 \\ Eames House \\ Ryan Castilleja + Kelechi Chigbu + Jesus Gonzalez Grado
08 \\ Church of the Light \\ Vaishnavi Veeramuthu


Afternoon Section

01 \\ Robie House \\ Jalen Gowans + Josiah Thomas
02 \\ Villa Savoye \\ Richard Napier + Rene Rodriguez
03 \\ Fallingwater (Kaufmann Residence) \\ Chas Gold + Daisy Limon
04 \\ House VI \\ Benjamin Scherrer + Autumn Roberts
05 \\ Plum House \\ Kyle Crosby + Andrew Huston + Trevor Roberts
06 \\ Bordeaux House \\ Adam Nesbit + Andrew Perry
07 \\ Schröder House \\ Jordan Cormier
08 \\ Crown Hall \\ Jesus Ochoa


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Materials List: 01/15/2015

Each student must come prepared with required materials for class on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. See Material List.


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