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

RESEARCH LOG — Project Statement

Creative work calls for a double perspective: one needs to focus simultaneously on the world and on oneself, the external space and one’s inner mental space. All artworks articulate the boundary between the self and the world, both in the experience of the artist and in that of the viewer/listener/occupant. In this sense, the art form of architecture does not only provide a shelter for the body, it also redefines the contour of consciousness, and it is a true externalization of our mind. Architecture, as well as the entire world constructed by man with its cities, houses, tools and objects, has its mental ground and counterpart. As we construct our self-made world, we construct projections and metaphors of our own mindscapes. We dwell in the landscape and the landscape dwells in us.
Pallasmaa, Juhani. The Thinking Hand: existential and embodied wisdom in architecture. Wiley, 2009. pp. 19-20. ISBN 9780470779293

Collecting, synthesizing and being able to act on research assembled though this studio is an essential aspect of our primary charge. To manifest that effort and ambition each student will create a personal research log that will contribute to our collective knowledge base. Consider a sketchbook with expansive memory capabilities.


  • Container for collecting, synthesizing and developing studio project from research collection.
  • Understand sketching and process studies as research essential to project development.
  • Ability to reflect and discuss knowledge emerging from research findings.


  • Deep geologic time.
  • Adaptable tectonics.
  • Autonomous shelter.
  • Infrastructure—active and passive solar energy collection and storage, water collection, waste distribution (compost & recycling), and communications.
  • Material performance and systems.
  • Site conditions and programmatic aspirations (such as persistence, lightness, frequency).


  • Frequent use of wide data collection.
  • Documentation of experiential modeling.
  • Documentation of perceptual drawing — including active sketching.
  • Documentation of persistent measures of daily practice.
  • Physical and digital manifestations of all materials.


  • Digital assembly of research log materials organized within sensibly named nested PDF.
  • Digital assembly of source files with sensible names and folder structure.
  • Physical research log book.


  • Assigned: 19 January 2015
  • Due: 05 May 2015
  • 5% of course total.

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