SESSION 3 - SYNTHESIS — Project Statement

Not only could he see the escarpment, but he was aware of its enormous age, felt distinctly the countless millions of years since it had first reared out of the magma of the earth’s crust. The ragged crests three hundred feet above him, the dark gullies and fissures, the smooth boulders by the roadside at the foot of the cliff, all carried the distinct image of themselves across to him, a thousand voices that together told of the total time that had elapsed in the life of the escarpment, a psychic picture as defined and clear as the visual image brought to him by his eyes.
Ballard, J.G. “The Voices of Time” in The Best Short Stories of J. G. Ballard (New York: Picador, Henry Holt and Company, 1995) p. 96. Originally published New Words Volume 99, Number 33, October 1960.

Session 3 began with our trip to the Great Salt Lake to experience first hand the dynamic conditions of liminal boundaries between water and land. The tangible and experiential realities of our circumnavigation of the lake — from geology and topography to temperature and aridity — all track signatures of time that mark space. The primary objective of the studio now is to catalyze an operative knowledge of site conditions into synthesized proposals of the GSLEP base station that we can realize in detail. The time has come to pin down specific decisions, work with known data, and propose and engagement of landscape—architecture—landscape. For this it is vital we remain focused on the primary questions at hand, to avoid distractions, and insure performative progress of our work. Remember William Carlos Williams adage “there are no ideas but in things.” It is vital our synthesis is put forward in testable means through detail drawings, models and texts. Evidence abounds. Make it real and use it as we move forward.


  • Synthesis of clear positions and intentions manifest in tangible evidence.
  • Actualized modes of realization — material, physical and perceptual — aiding the design process.
  • Clear development of project conditions/proposals — site and program.
  • Developed project proposal engage human and regional scales.

Programmatic Requirements

  • GSLEP storage space with deployable access to water and road (via trailer).
  • Storage for all GSLEP components (tubes, pipe, PV panels, infrastructure) unassembled and ready for trailer deployment - 1,000 sq. ft. Component storage both on and off trailer.
  • Trailer with access to road to have 8’ x 16’ bed stored inside in space as needed for trailer and access to towing vehicle.
  • GSLEP maintenance and service shop.
  • Shop for servicing and maintenance of fully assembled GSLEP and component fabrication - 2,500 sq. ft. Assembled GSLEP is 15’ x 35’ x 25’.
  • Infrastructure collection and dispersal of power, water and waste.
  • Resident lodging.
  • 6 resident dormitory style accommodations - 120 sq. ft. each.
  • Common bathroom with bathing facilities - 120 sq. ft.
  • Common kitchen scalable for public events - 500 sq. ft.
  • Storage/support - 500 sq. ft.
  • Interpretation space / public gallery.
  • Exhibition space - 1,200 sq. ft.
  • Storage/support - 100 sq. ft.
  • Scalable event and projection space.

Accommodate 100 people for dinner and presentation screening.


  • 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.


  • Assigned: 02 March 2015
  • Due: 03 April 2015
  • 10% of course total.

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