Instructors: Victoria McReynolds

Architecture Design Studio V


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01a_Vertical Construct

01b_Basin Station

02_Mobile Pavilion


  • Fox, Heath
  • Garcia, Eddie
  • Graupman, Cameron
  • Gruber, Rachel
  • Gutierrez, Abraham
  • Jackson, Asti
  • Jordan, Kaleb
  • Reynolds, Ki
  • Solorzano, Eric
  • Stubbs, Cameron
  • Toney, Andrew
  • Tu, Chai-Chi
  • Velazquez, Giovanni
  • Venter, Johan
  • Zuefeldt, Anthony


Rio Grande Mobile Pavilion

Below are the minimum project requirements for final review on Monday (5/7). Supplemental diagrams and material references may be included to support your project investigation.

concept description
mappings + climate analysis
site plan with sun path & roof @ 1"=20'
floor plans @ 1/4"=1'
longitudinal section @ 1/4"=1'
cross section @ 1-1/2"=1'
axonometric open & closed @ 20"x20" page size
physical model @ 1/4" scale

--Victoria McReynolds 16:47, 2 May 2012 (UTC)

Rio Basin Cultural Station

Moving into the final week stretch the following content requirements for Friday (3/30) are below with supporting documents as sketches, diagrams, study models, etc.:

event collage
mappings + climate analysis
site plan @ 1"=20'
building plans @ 1/8"=1'
building sections (1 longitudinal + 1 cross sections) @ 1/8"=1'
two elevations (street face & parking lot face) @ 1/8"=1'
physical model

>The final physical model is no longer required to be sectional

--Victoria McReynolds 22:40, 25 March 2012 (UTC)

32 degrees latitude

Sundial Diagram to be used for the El Paso site.

Culture + Strategy Models

Construct a culture map that situates your site within the network of either religion, radio media, education, security, museums or stadiums. Record the culture locations in relation to each other, the site, the river and document the spatial comparison between each other.

Write a 300 word narrative on how your culture station operates within the observed network.

Moving forward from the event collages, you are to construct three 1/8" volumetric study models that integrate the event along with program organization. Consider how the program organization relates to the street, light and your culture network. Make use of the site model and sun peg device to understand how the light will fall across your project.

We will review on Wednesday (3/7)

--Victoria McReynolds 18:38, 6 March 2012 (UTC)

Inside Out - Vertical Construct Situated

Working from your Vertical Construct understanding of element control and effect, your exercise is to localize this assembly to the Cultural Station program sited in |downtown El Paso, Texas. This study will take the form of repetition and modification as you adapt the construct to the needs and orientation of the program.

For Monday (2/20), provide a sketch study of your vertical construct as an assembly / envelope that responds to needs of the program and demonstrates control of the element(s).

For Friday (2/24) presentations will include:

Vertical Construct documentation
Upper Rio Grande Sub-basin climate and mappings
Vertical Construct situated

--Victoria McReynolds 15:16, 19 February 2012 (UTC)

Mapping GIS Data

You will need to have ESRI ArcGIS software (ArcGIS Explorer Desktop) to view the GIS datasets located on the Paso del Norte Mapa website, also linked through the Course References. This software can be found on the Architecture library computers and the Architecture computer lab computers. It will better suit you to use the college computers as this software requires a lot of processing power to run the data. ESRI ArcGIS has a collection of software types to view the data differently.

To view the data through ArcGIS Explorer, select "Add Content" icon > shapefiles (file type *.shp). This is one of the file types located in the zip folder downloadable through the Paso del Norte Mapa site.

--Victoria McReynolds 23:32, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

Rio Grande Basin

In this phase we turn out attention South to El Paso, Juarez and the Rio Grande basin. Through mapping and analysis you are to identify conditions that unify and elements that divide the watershed region of the Rio Grande. Utilize the Course References as a way into locating needed data and information.

Regional Mapping @ 1"=5 miles

watershed > nature and constructed water ways
flood boundaries > 50 year and 100 year cycles
circulation > vehicle, air, train
population densities
cultural centers

City Mapping @ 1"=500'

watershed > nature and constructed water ways
flood boundaries > 50 year and 100 year cycles
circulation > vehicle, air, train
population densities
cultural centers

Climate Data Circles

temperature > avg. body, avg. room, ground temp. at 6.56 feet, dry bulb low and high per month, read clockwise from top
humidity > dial, from 0 to 100, counter clockwise, low and high reading per month, 24 readings total
windrose > provide avg. for year, mph in relation to N
sun diagram > 32 degrees North

Construct Documenting

The effect of your vertical construct is best understood through site placement and analysis. Utilize drawings, photographs and diagrams to convey the assembly of your construction material(s) and range of element control as it relates to a specific site and orientation.

Physically locate your construct to a site within Lubbock City limits and record North direction as well as the GPS coordinates. Individually, generate plan, section and elevation drawings at 1"=1'-0" that illustrate your construct on site. Photograph in elevation and plan, the changing behavior of your controlled element (either light or water) and diagram the varying conditions that best highlight successful moments within your construct, whether this is shadow lines or water routes. Gather climate data as it relates to sun diagram, light hours and/or rainfall volume. Use this information to project a behavior pattern for your element control throughout the year.

For Wednesday, on a 12"x36" sheet size, include plan with sun diagram, elevations, cross-section and element control diagram(s). Photographs should be assembled as a 4"x6" appendix.

--Victoria McReynolds 21:46, 6 February 2012 (UTC)

Material Testing

Building from the research and material lessons of your precedent analysis, develop an assembly, in teams of three, that demonstrates control of material and variation of effect. Organize your assembly around the goal to direct either light, water or sound. Work with the material behavior to construct innovative techniques of envelope

For Monday, develop a single page budget that itemizes needed materials, quantity, price, vendor, and phasing of use. In addition to the budget, have three 1:1 material tests that concentrate on the interface between material to material, skin to structure, and construct to base. Be resourceful in acquiring needed materials, such as investigating options of industrial scraps, recycle centers (A-1 Recycling) or discarded items (|Craigslist).

A link to | McMaster-Carr has been added to Course Resources, browse this manufacturer for hardware ideas or material necessities.

Part 2 - Material Construct Requirements

1. element(s) captured - demonstrate a range of spatial effects from capturing either light, water or sound.
2. material(s) control - include variation in the material assembly and treatment to demonstrate technique and craftsmanship.
3. scale 1"=1" with a foot print no larger than 16"x16". construct must be mobile, for example disassembly or casters.

--Victoria McReynolds 00:50, 28 January 2012 (UTC)

Vertical Constructs

As a summary to the first part of Vertical Constructs, analyze the precedent envelope through gathered drawings, writings and images. Share researched information found as a group but individually, index the envelope’s materials, identify the primary and secondary structural systems, assembly organization, and programatic orientation. Through a floor or site plan, identify key walls in which to construct diagrams. In plan and section, diagram the movement of light, transfer of sound, visual sight lines and temperature as it migrates through the material assembly.

Part 1 - Analysis Requirements

1. precedent summary - provide a written summary of the project intention and resultant effect from the envelope assembly
2. precedent diagrams - light, sound, sight and temperature
a. movement of light, include sun diagram of project location
b. transfer of sound, locate Sound Transmission Class ratings for the material, or wall assembly
c. visual sight lines, from varying heights
d. thermal migration, include R-value of insulation

--Victoria McReynolds 17:16, 22 January 2012 (UTC)