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


Course Syllabus

Course Schedule

Truisms~Studio Ethics

Course References

File Naming

Material Suppliers

Studio Documentation

Studio Work

Wiki Help

Wiki Guides

Student Handbook

University Catalog

Academic Integrity

University Writing Center

FE ARCH Women in Architecture


Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Daily Practice

Research Log

SITE work

Studio Roster

Christal, Chase

Delprincipe, Joseph

Espinet-Rios, Pedro

Knauss, Tyler

Langdon, Jonathan

Lesly, John

Norris, Michael

Safi, Iman

Scarborough, Reese


Chris Taylor



Final Review

Gather everyone is moving and will be pinned up prior to the start of reviews at 9:00 and 1:30. Detailed review schedule at Session 4 Review. Also wanted to remind everyone that in addition to having everything posted to the wiki the Products section of the syllabus cals for submission of an "electronic archive containing all work products, statements, research, precedents, synthesis, reflections, and references. (Indexed/nested PDF document)." It will be great if this is completed by the end of the day Thursday with the wiki posting. In theory it will be the same material.

Looking forward to the dialog today ¡

For Wednesday 22 April

Trust everyone has already looked over the minimum required products for Session 4. If not now would be a good time. For class on Wednesday we will pin up working sketches (can be produced by hands or computers) of the 1/2" scale drawing(s) that locate a specific human / material / site interaction within your project. The goal of this pin up is to first jump all the way into detailing to give the overall project development more teeth and then to map out a first draft of how these drawings operate. Remember performative models and experiential drawings. How both drawings and models operate is a key developmental question. We will learn a lot from getting these drawings, or first versions of them, on the wall to talk details.

Work, work, work. . . .


Quick reminder about expectations for class on Monday (13 Apr) that we discussed in class Friday. Looking to see a working 1/8" model that engages the site and we'll be looking at Research Log progress --- particularly the analog form.

Great day with Barry and extended crew yesterday. Bravo to putting the shoulder (and keen eyes/minds) into the effort.

Llano Estacado Edges field workshop at Muleshoe Wildlife Refuge with Barry Lopez, Kurt Caswell, and Victoria McReynolds

Saturday April 11, 2015

average temp & wind: 80 high / 39 low / 15 mph / 29 mph gust (possible chance of rain)
2:05 am : moonrise
4:45 am : meet at Outdoor Pursuits Center
5:00 am : departure from OPC
6:30 am : arrival / dark

// Track / capture / Victoria leads: exercise, discussion, presentation

6:58 am : blue hour begin
7:23 am : sunrise
7:57 am : golden hour ends

// Mark / extract / Barry leads: presentation, discussion, exercise

{ lunch } @ campsite

// Set / recharge / Kurt leads: presentation, discussion, exercise

// Stage / arrange / Chris leads: presentation, discussion, exercise

7:48 pm : golden hour begin
8:21 pm : sunset
8:47am : blue hour ends

{ feast } @ campsite

10:30 pm : departure
~ midnight : return to campus

Be prepared to work in the field with your perceptual apparatus, modeling materials, sketchbook and any support materials that aid efforts. In addition to working materials it is recommended that you bring the following:

  • water container
  • hat
  • layers to adapt to changing temperatures through the course of the day/night (rain gear)
  • compass
  • snacks and whatever you need for breakfast (lunch and dinner will be provided by the OPC)
  • headlamp or flashlight
  • umbrella for portable shade and weather

Session 3 Products Detailed

  • Perceptual drawings describing synthesized ambitions and propositions. Minimum requirements include:
  • 1/8" scale building sections (cross and longitudinal) locating performance of base station between road and lake across the range of contemporary levels cycles.
  • 1/8" scale building plan(s) locating performance of base station between road and lake across the range of contemporary levels cycles.
  • regional scale perspective drawing (most likely from digital regional model -- note the word drawing instead of rendering) locating performance of base station between road and lake within the context of pre-historic Lake Bonneville.
  • detail drawings necessary to describe ambitions and propositions.
  • Experiential models of various scales and performative investigations. Minimum requirements include:
  • 1/8" scale building model within the analog site model(s) locating performance of base station between road and lake across the range of contemporary levels cycles.
  • study models necessary to describe ambitions and propositions.
  • Sketch model evolution within the daily practice apparatus.
  • Process studies and prints -- including precedents and site conditions.

--Chris Taylor 15:53, 23 March 2015 (CDT)

Bathymetric Maps of the Great Salt Lake

Southern Arm: http://pubs.usgs.gov/sim/2005/2894/

Northern Arm: http://pubs.usgs.gov/sim/2006/2954/

--Chris Taylor 11:28, 12 February 2015 (CST)

April 11 Field Trip

An exciting field trip / work session is developing for 11 April in conjunction with the writer Barry Lopez, honors faculty Kurt Caswell and architecture faculty Victoria McReynolds. Detail plans are being developed, however I'd like everyone to put the date on your schedules. We plan to arrive at the Muleshoe Wildlife Refuge before sunrise on the 11th, have a day long field session with Barry and students from each faculty, then return to Lubbock for a group dinner and discussion. It is a distinct honor that Barry is keen to spend time with us and it will be a productive work session for the studio. More details to follow.

--Chris Taylor 12:04, 11 February 2015 (CST)

Barbara Kasten


Wiki Guides

Page was created with wiki guides at 2015 Liminal Studio wiki guides.

--Chris Taylor 16:29, 21 January 2015 (CST)


Greetings, welcome to the 2015 Liminal Studio page. This will be the primary base location for all official course materials as well as the products of our work. The ambition of this design studio is to develop a particular, distinct and vivid body of research that examine liminal spatial conditions that exist between landscape and architecture. The studio will be exceedingly productive operating through tangible evidence of our investigations. There will be no arm waving or talking about absent substantiation. Work will develop to a level of completion and integrity beyond standard academic studio practice and be held accountable to the details of action that follow the adage of poet and pediatrician William Carlos Williams: “no ideas but in things.” It is going to be exciting, demanding, and will have an impact on the trajectory of our individual work as well as those around us.

--Chris Taylor 08:14, 14 January 2015 (CST)

2015 Liminal Studio Announcement Archive