Instructor: Victoria McReynolds


Mi Casa es Su Casa:

Constructing Realities of Housing in Latin America



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STUDENTS

Arrieta, Elmer

Arroyo, Alejandro

Benitez, David

Bredemeier, Kylie

Davis, Austin

Ford, Geoffrey

Gonzales, Anthony

Gonzalez, Jose

Saenz, Luis



    


Term Paper + Project Submission

Submit physical copy of Term Paper + Project to rm 405 and upload digital pdf to your wiki page by 11:00am, Friday 9 December. Follow up with an email notifying V.McReynolds@ttu.edu of your submission. Additionally upload a pdf of your Oral Presentation to your wiki page.

Contents to be included in an 8.5”x11” printed and “book binding” (perfect bound) booklet:

• Cover page with term paper title, your name, instructor's name, date, and course. Centered, Right justified with 1" margin on right
• Domestic Challenges essay and drawings per format below
• Each drawing/diagram for your term paper is to be printed centered on its own page, with appropriate notation, graphic scale, and north arrow as relevant
• Essay 1
• Essay 2




--Victoria McReynolds 17:15, 30 November 2016 (CST)



Current Issues
Term Paper + Project: Domestic Challenges

Prompt: Write an concluding essay that contextualizes points made in Essay 1 and 2 with current obstacles and key factors outlined in the recently published United Nations Human Settlements Programme titled UN-Habitat: State of Latin American and Caribbean Cities 2012. As needed, refer directly to context and points made in Essay 1 and essay 2. Create at minimum two plans, two sections, and one site drawing that analyze your Essay 2 building. Additionally create a minimum of two diagrams that convey the current obstacle and key factor conditions. Compile essay and drawings in an 8.5”x11” printed and “book binding” (perfect bound) booklet. The goal of this paper and project is to demonstrate your comprehension of current conditions impacting Latin America domestic architecture and the potential architecture has in the twenty-first century to address such issues. Additionally the goal of this paper and project is to demonstrate your graphic analysis as a designer through drawing and diagrams. Lead the essay with an exemplary first line that embodies a strong idea and taste of what is to come. Evidence of use of the writing center is required. Minimum of 2000 word count, 1.5 spacing, 8.5x11" page, 1" margin, appropriate title and name, standard MLA convention.

Assigned: November 10, 2016

Due Date: Week 14, 2016
Printed Booklet Due Date: TBD

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Oral Presentation: Domestic Challenges

Prompt: Create and orally present a digital slide show of your term paper. For the presentation include researched images and self authored drawings and diagrams, that outline that stated of current obstacles for domestic architecture within Latin America. Utilize your drawings and diagrams to describe specific spatial, material, social, and/or environmental contributions. Compliment drawings and diagrams with your researched images. Presentations will range from 10-15 minutes.

Assigned: November 10, 2016

Due Date: Week 14 (11/29 + 12/1/16)


--Victoria McReynolds 11:55, 10 November 2016 (CST)



Domesticity
Essay 2: Housing Contextualized

Prompt: Working from your essay #1 chosen theme, select a constructed house within Latin America that demonstrates relevant thematic ideas. Write the essay from gathered research on the house such as key spatial arrangements, contextual factors, material achievements, and building methods. Include fundamental information that identifies the house, such as the architect, location, year of construction, and essential collaborators. Define and outline domesticity. Define the connection between this specific project and the conditions outlined in your previous essay. Additionally, describe your position on the relevance of this house in regards to the contribution it made in advancing the thematic dialogue. The goal of this essay exercise is to demonstrate your comprehension of the selected constructed project and establish a correlation with the ideas outlined in your previous essay. Be sure to lead the essay with an exemplary first line that embodies a strong idea and taste of what is to come. Evidence of use of the writing center is required. Minimum of 2000 word count, 1.5 spacing, 8.5x11" page, 1" margin, appropriate title and name, standard MLA convention.

Assigned: October 18, 2016

Due Date: October 27, 2016


--Victoria McReynolds 12:12, 18 October 2016 (CDT)



Latin America Architecture
Essay 1: Housing Contextualized

Prompt: Select one of the themes below from which to write your short essay. Research the theme and describe essential defining factors: the social context, critical project(s), key individual(s), and building strategies. Additionally describe your position on the selected theme as it relates to the architecture culture of Latin America, such as what features contributed, restricted or reframed the conversation of housing. The goal of this essay exercise is two-fold: one, to demonstrate your foundational understanding of the selected theme, and two, to provide a context from which you will further investigate a selected project. Be sure to lead the essay with an exemplary first line that embodies a strong idea and taste of what is to come. Evidence of use of the writing center is required. Minimum of 2000 word count, 1.5 spacing, 8.5x11" page, 1" margin, appropriate title and name, standard MLA convention.

Assigned: October 4, 2016

Due Date: October 13, 2016


• Latin - America : Contradictions and complexities that came about through Spanish Colonial impact on building environments.

• Trans-Interpretations : Modernist strategies for connecting communities, resources, and cultures across great distances for global and commercial aims.

• Innovations in Industry : The emergence of modern technology within various cultural, political, and commercial timeframes of Latin American countries. 

• Building Communities : Investigation into architectural and infrastructural strategies to sustain community within extreme environments through intellectual and research based resources.

• Domestic Space in the Streets : Architecture solutions that fosters culture in rapidly changing Latin American cities. Unpacking the contemporary discussion of formal and informal cities through buildings, infrastructure, and interventions.

• Domesticity in the Landscape : Architecture forms in Latin America that negotiate between domesticity and the landscape.

• Envisioning Futures : Experimental architecture pedagogy formed and architecture projects constructed in Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Argentina during the 20th century.


--Victoria McReynolds 12:02, 4 October 2016 (CDT)