Instructor: Victoria McReynolds

Architecture Design Studio III


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01_Field Conditions

02_Site Diagramming




Phase 04 content

WATERHALL (height x width)

concept model & selected photos > vary
concept collage > 12"x36"
site index > vary
site panoramas interior & exterior > 5"x36"
site plan @ 1"=50' > 20"x20"
site diagrams hot/cold, wet/dry, private/collective > 5"x20"
axonometric > 20"x20"
1/16" physical model
1/16" plan > 36" width max
1/16" longitudinal section > 36" width max
1/16" cross sections > 36" width max
1/8" light shadow drawings, plan & section > 20"x10"

--Victoria McReynolds 13:26, 23 April 2012 (UTC)

Circulation Section 10

The image below is a visual construction of applicable circulation code requirements to be applied for your project. Section 10 is the "Means of Egress" chapter of the | International Building Code.

--Victoria McReynolds 16:05, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

Program Development

For Friday (4/13), develop the sequencing, circulation, building boundary relationship to site, and your spectrum of enclosure scales of your project. Utilize your printed axonometric and plans as an underlay for sketch ideas and organization patterns. At the start of class, pin over your existing print a new series of plan drawings at 1/16" = 1'-0" that includes scale, north arrow and masking of ground plane if your floor plan is below grade.

--Victoria McReynolds 22:25, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

Mid-project Assessment

To ensure the conceptual explorations and discoveries remain accessible to you as the project develops into concrete and programatic requirements, the following work must be pinned up on your board by Friday (4/13) morning at start of studio.

Concept model & photos
Concept collage
Site panoramas - interior & exterior
Site index
Site plan
Site diagrams
Circulation models & photos
Axonometric drawing
Plan drawings

--Victoria McReynolds 22:09, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

Phase 04 - Concept Beginnings

Drawing from your project site (|33.591685,-101.844844) observations and the programmatic frame of therapeutic pools, develop a concept / idea that relates to collection and gathering. Refine your concept collages from Friday and explore this relationship of position and containment in model form. On Monday we will revisit and review:

refined site plans @ 1"=50'-0" / 20"x20" paper
concept collage utilizing your interior panorama / 12"x36" paper
concept model of site and pools @ 1/16" = 1'-0"

--Victoria McReynolds 21:51, 25 March 2012 (UTC)

Phase 02 content

Contents Per Site


(2) panaroma > 5"x36"
site plan > 11"x17"
site sections > 11"x17"
site sound index > 8.5"x11"
(3) diagrams - boundaries, axis, movement > 8"x24"


1/8" scale model > 20'x288'
1/8" scale plan > 36" width max
1/8" scale longitudinal section > 36" width max
1/8" (3) cross sections > on single 36" width max
(3) diagrams - containment, expansion, horizon > 8"x24"

--Victoria McReynolds 23:16, 5 March 2012 (UTC)


3 Folly variations per site.
Each Folly model is anchored to a site base of 20' width x 288' length x 16' depth at 1/8"=1'-0" scale.
Each Folly must have a space of containment and expansion.
Each Folly begins with a 20'x20'x20' cubic space.

Situate your folly to the site through your site observations.
Friday studio is a working day from 8:30 to 11:50am.

--Victoria McReynolds 00:07, 23 February 2012 (UTC)

Reading Questions

Reading questions can be found at Course Readings located under the Phases column. We will discuss Reading 2 and these questions Feb. 20, Monday, at 8:30am J&B Coffee on 26th St. and Boston Ave.

--Victoria McReynolds 18:47, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Site Diagram Sets

Having identified and drawn the key physical conditions for each of the three sites (by AIR, by RAIL and by ROAD) you are now asked to synthesize out, from each site, observations on boundaries, axis, and movement. The diagram should inform the viewer of a characteristic particular to the site. Print each site diagram set on a single 8" x 24" sheet.

Boundaries > explicit and implied
Axis > series, connections, extensions
Movement > speed and direction

--Victoria McReynolds 18:43, 18 February 2012 (UTC)


Each site works within the boundary of 800' x 400'. Referenced below are the rough areas from which you should focus, site images are also included in the 02_Site Diagramming project outline.

| 33.656735,-101.815061

| 33.617237,-101.841946

| 33.587932,-101.842704

Site Extractions

For Wednesday (2/15) have the measure and recorded information of the three sites: by AIR, by RAIL, by ROAD. Work within an 800' x 400' area. Each site should consist of a site plan @ 1"=50'-0" (w/studio desk reference), perimeter and core panoramas, and site sound index.

The coordinates for the three sites are:

by AIR > 33.65678, -101.815119
by RAIL > 33.587952, -101.8428
by ROAD > 33.617303, -101.815119

--Victoria McReynolds 22:54, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

Diagram Collages

Diagram collages are a synthesis of your architecture & site exploration in both the two and three dimensions. You are to combine the analysis of boundaries, figure ground and above & below through model imagery and line delineation. Working back towards the two dimension, photo document your models in plan and elevation with effective lighting that highlights the shadow and light variation across your model. Select a single view and use the model photo as background content to the line diagram information of similar analysis. The resultant diagram collage simultaneously calls attention to the spatial investigation as well as the linear drawing above. Implement photo techniques of edit, crop and opacity while working with line type, weight and transparency to articulate formal / informal organization, explicit / implicit boundaries, and expanding / contracting spaces.

Print and pin up the six collage diagrams (three diagrams of macro site and three diagrams of architecture site) on 11"x17" paper.

--Victoria McReynolds 23:41, 6 February 2012 (UTC)

Diagram Modeling

Diagram modeling is a method of spatially synthesizing information. This demands an intentional use of materials and editing to be successful. Similar to 2-d diagrams, the highlighted information is a concentration that derives from particularities of the project. The material selection, orientation, and treatment all contribute in translation of the edited information.

Working from your precedent project diagrams, develop six total models that spatialize the focused information. One model is to identify conditions of boundaries and connections, another model demonstrates figure ground, while the third model focuses on spaces above and below datums. Three models are to address the relationship between architecture and site at the macro scale (1"=100'-0") while three models look at the architecture and site relationship at the architecture scale (1/16"=1'-0"). We will review these models at the start of class Monday.

macro site @ 1"=100'

boundaries and connections
figure ground relationship
above and below datums

architecture site @ 1/16"=1'

boundaries and connections
figure ground relationship
above and below datums

--Victoria McReynolds 14:51, 5 February 2012 (UTC)


Whether above or below, Architecture's position to the horizon is another tool in realizing site. As you experienced today, being above the horizon perceptually expanded the room by projecting the space out beyond the physical boundaries. While being below the horizon gathered and concentrated the edges, emphasizing the sky as ceiling and walls as limits. Drawing the section of these spaces provided a medium to materialize the weight of the ground plane and variable of diminishing sight lines.

For Monday, you are to identify architecture's relationship to site through the perceptual analysis of horizon in your precedent projects. Locate three section cuts for which you will diagram in section and plan the resultant space as either contained or expanding. In plan address the orientation of expanding or concentrated space while in section identify horizontal and vertical zones in addition to enclosed or projecting space. Be consistent in your direction as you transverse across the section cut plane.

Print each section diagram individually on 5"x36" page, include architecture + site in the section. Print each plan diagram on 11"x17" page, include additional floor plans if your section cuts through multiple stories.

--Victoria McReynolds 01:59, 28 January 2012 (UTC)

Architecture + Site

To visualize the forces between architecture and site consider two questions:

Where is the site boundary? and
How does the architecture relate to the site?

On 11x17, diagram each question as it relates in plan and section. Consider implicit and explicit boundaries, variations in scale, use of ordering principles, object and field conditions, orientation of circulation, and program proximities as you deduce your research to the relevant moments of architecture + site. When diagramming, implement techniques of various line weights, types and color to graphically convey the critical ingredients of your analysis.

Complete and pin-up a minimum of two diagrams per question for the start of Wednesday's class.

--Victoria McReynolds 01:52, 24 January 2012 (UTC)

Ramping Up

Architecture begins before the door to the building in what we will address as site. Through your precedent projects you will observe, record and distill an understanding of site's relationship to architecture and vise versa. In each project the architect(s) dealt with site, either conceptually, programmatically, atmospherically or physically. For Monday, identify the threads between the precedent architecture and its corresponding site. You will present the project and your interpretation of the site/architecture relationship through your found research. Construct a summary that identifies the architect(s) intention, program and relation to site. Gather as much information as possible and at a minimum, site plan, site section(s), building plan(s) and section(s). Print these out black & white on 8.5"x11" or 11"x17", and have them pinned up corresponding to your group by 8:30am.

Reading discussion will be on Stan Allen's writing, "Field Conditions" located in the Points + Lines publication or found here, |Field Conditions, by Stan Allen

Discussion of Dean's Cup will also occur.

--Victoria McReynolds 17:51, 20 January 2012 (UTC)