Instructor: Victoria McReynolds

Architecture Design Studio IV


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White Sands Black Box

White Sands Performance

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Exercise 3

White Sands Itinerary

White Sands Checklist


Castro, Thomas
Charanza, Mason
Equivez, Yazmin
Escareno, Alan
Flores, Steven
Flowers, Brittany
Kranz, Danton
Limon, Daisy
Mckay, Leo
Olivas, Steve
Thomas, Josiah
Zamorano, Richard


Final Review Content

(3) Mass + Line Model
(1) White Sands National Monument Collage
(1) White Sands Missile Range Collage
(1) Project Position Essay

(3) Site Strategy Grid Drawings
(1) Site Mapping
(1) Revised Collage

(1) 1/16” site model
(1) 1/8" project model

1/16” final plan(s): w/grid lines & section cuts
1/16" circulation plan: accessible route w/slope angle, landings, rise + run numbers
(2) 1/16” final longitudinal sections
(3) 1/16" final cross sections
(1) structural exploded axonometric: primary, secondary, tertiary

(4) 4"x4" model photos, minimum
(1) project diagram
(1) interior project perspective: composite model photo, site photo, line work
(1) exterior project perspective: composite model photo, site photo, line work

(x) process work
(x) additional drawings or diagrams as determined per project

11/30 @ 1:00pm - all content due 12/5 - pin up

--Victoria McReynolds 12:46, 18 November 2016 (CST)

Mass + Frame

Identify three grid studies from which to construct three models. Each model is a three dimensional exploration of your position developed in the two dimension study between landscape and human scale grid from the previous week. This translation from 2D to 3D is all about the section (heights from dunes, heights of datums) and inhabitation (formal and informal performance, personal transitions space, and the platform). When considering the section position datums (horizontal members) to emphasize relationships with the human body and/or the landscape. Continue to deal with the reality of site and people. There are three uses to consider when modeling inhabitation: formal and informal performance, personal transitions space, and the platform. Each use is modeled as a solid mass and positioned within the grid to reinforce larger ideas of organization. Roughly allocate the following square footages when planning for the masses: voyeristic performance - 3000 sq ft, personal transition space - 2000 sq ft, platform - 800 sq ft. The total performance square footage should be separated to provide an area for formal theater organization (audience seated) and informal theater organization (audience distributed). Personal transition space includes uses of changing rooms, termed galleries, and bathrooms. The platform is the arrival location for all individuals to the theater. From this platform they will approach your project.

Each model is to have its own cardboard base, minimum 3" in height, cut on end and stacked horizontally with corrugated edge up so to slide vertical members of the grid into the openings.

Monday (10/17)
(9) 1/64" Refined Grid Studies
(3) 1/16" Mass + Frame Models
(1) Position Essay

--Victoria McReynolds 20:31, 15 October 2016 (CDT)

White Sands Unit

Each unit model can be thought of as a three-dimensional diagram, a demonstration of the tensions illustrated between your collages. Where as the collage is a complex assemblage of images, lines, and notation the model is a restrained orchestration of minimal moves between tectonic and stereotomic elements.

Work within the following constraints:

only one mass
mass must include a void
mass is made of wood
lines must construct a boundary
each line terminates either in another line or the mass
minimum of three lines to a single point, maximum of five lines to a single point

Friday (9/8)
(2) 10"x36" Refine Collages: further defining supporting features AND introduce relevant features that call into question the institutional identity
(1) Bibliography: printed and pinned up, source JSTOR, websites, books, etc.
(3) Descriptive statements: WSNM, WSMR, Mass+Line Model

Monday (9/11)
(3) Mass + Line Models: demonstrate tension between WSNM and WSMR

--Victoria McReynolds 23:36, 7 September 2016 (CDT)

Mass + Line

Refine collages to further clarify your statement and include formatting concerns of white space, image editing, color relation, and annotation, from the points discussed in studio today. Explore and document options (such as screen shots, or pdfs) to give yourself a range from which to self-critique work. Strive for statement clarification by focusing the theme.

Continue the thematic tension from your two-dimension collage into three-dimensional form. Utilize tectonic and stereotomic assemblies to manifest the illustrated tension. The thematic tension is the contrasting relationships evident between your two collages. One model makes visible the tension between the White Sands National Monument and the White Sands Missile Range. To assist in clarifying the tension explored in the models assign one word for each extreme.

Friday (9/2)
(3) Mass + Line Models: demonstrate tension between WSNM and WSMR
(2) 10"x36" Refine Collages: one for WSNM, one for WSMR

--Victoria McReynolds ( vmcreyno ) 19:40, 31 August 2016 (CDT)

Dichotomy of White Sands

Welcome to Studio IV and the design project White Sands Black Box Theater. The studio space is yours so move in quickly and as thoroughly as needed to be creatively comfortable. Make sure to equip yourself with the necessary studio materials (as outlined in the Course Syllabus), such as trace, drawing tools, and modeling materials. Bring in desk lamps to provide focus task lighting and model testing throughout the semester. While this isn't a required component of studio IV it is highly encouraged to provide you with light source flexibility when designing.

For Wednesday, construct two collages that illustrate separately the identity White Sands National Monument (WSNM) and the identity of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR). Describe each location according to the three conditions of land (site), use (activity), and culture (people). Strive to create a composite image that tells a compelling story. Consider the excellent observations raised in studio earlier today regarding gravity, orientation, limits, movement, sky, clouds, propulsion, material, and mineral. Refer to the Site Spectacle Collage by Michael Norris as an example of a combined image, vector, and annotated collage. Search far and wide for relevant, specific, and informative imagery to include.

In addition, resource motivating architectural imagery from this last summer or before to print and populate your studio wall. These images can be as many as you chose to source. Make sure to revisit the Course Syllabus to read through pages 4-7 to be discussed Wednesday.

Wednesday (8/31)
(2) 10"x36" Collages: one for WSNM, one for WSMR
(x) 4"x4" Architectural Motivating Imagery
review course syllabus pgs 4-7

--Victoria McReynolds ( vmcreyno ) 00:24, 30 August 2016 (CDT)