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2013 ARCH 1412 Project 1 Pin Up

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Instructor: Chris Taylor


DESIGN STUDIO ONE



"Rigor of beauty is the quest. But how will you find beauty
when it is locked in the mind past all remonstrace?"
To make a start
out of particulars
and make them general, rolling
up the sum, by defective means--
Sniffing the trees,
just another dog
among a lot of dogs. What
else is there? And to do?
The rest have run out--
after the rabbits.
Only the lame stands--on
three legs. Scratch front and back.
Deceive and eat. Dig
a musty bone.
William Carlos Williams, from the Preface to Paterson. (New York: New Directions Books, 1963).


Course Purpose

Introduction to the culture, language and methods of architecture through performance based studio production.


Studio Operation & Structure

As the first architectural design studio in a long sequence of courses culminating in a professional degree in architecture--a journey from Farm to Market--this studio seeks to establish baseline levels of commitment and production necessary to excel in architecture. As the introductory design studio it begins with the premise that you have yet to be formally introduced to how the language of architecture is recognized, constructed, and evaluated. Learning this new spatial language will require precise commitment to vocabulary, syntax and application.

As a point of beginning this class is less about the literal making of buildings as final products and more about creating a foundation of architectural thinking and skills that will continue to grow over the duration of the curriculum. Architectural education is an ongoing and transformational process. The importance of cultivating and developing the students voice--in words, lines, modeling making--is paramount.


Methodology

Operating from a common datum, students locate points in space and construct regulating lines to organize tectonic elements that define spatial conditions through additive and subtractive construction processes. The processes cycle to insure saturation and produce a palimpsest of investigation spanning two and three dimensions. The evolving compositions of words, points, lines, and planes define architectural volume. The studio operates iteratively to develop a density of investigation across a sequence of projects. Each project will engage three registers of media:

  1. WORD ~ writing
  2. LINE ~ drawing
  3. SPACE ~ modeling


Project 1 Sequence

2013 ARCH 1412 Project 1a - Point of Beginning

  • WORD - Placement of a single word to describe architecturally actionable intent.
  • LINE - Construction of set number of regulating lines that translate intent from word to line.

2013 ARCH 1412 Project 1b - Regulating Line Projection

  • SPACE - Projection of linear elements from regulating lines to define and occupy 5.25” x 11” x 17” volume on MDF datum.
  • WORD - Addition of two words to further articulate operable intentions.

2013 ARCH 1412 Project 1c - Spatial Territories

  • LINE - Longitudinal and cross sections of space within composition.
  • SPACE - Addition of planar elements within 5.25” x 11” x 17” volume.

2013 ARCH 1412 Project 1d - Figure-Ground

  • LINE - Figure-Ground analyzing the spatial character of composition.
  • WORD - Three sentences from detail images describing specific moments.

2013 ARCH 1412 Project 1e - Flip

  • LINE - Projection of spatial territories through datum.
  • SPACE - Flip model and project linear elements to complete 11” x 11” x 17” volume.

2013 ARCH 1412 Project 1f - Spatial Boundaries

  • SPACE - Addition of planar elements throughout entire composition.
  • WORD - Three sentences from detail images describing specific moments.

2013 ARCH 1412 Project 1g - Territorial Hierarchy

  • LINE - Longitudinal and cross sections of space within composition.
  • SPACE - Integration of linear and planar elements within model.
  • WORD - Three sentences from detail images describing specific moments.

2013 ARCH 1412 Project 1h - Spatial Articulation

  • LINE - Axonometric of detail condition with model.
  • SPACE - Integration of linear and planar elements within model.
  • WORD - Three sentences from detail images describing specific moments.


Beginning Thursday 14 February 2013 all work from Project 1 will be pinned up for review and evaluation (grading) in the first floor gallery, first year studio and hallways on floors four, five, six and eight. Project 1 materials must remain pinned up until Saturday 16 Feb at 5:00pm. During this time faculty and studio assistants will be evaluating (grading) the work so it is vital that it remains in place. For people with work in the first floor gallery, the space will be unlocked between 5:00 and 5:30pm for you to retrieve your work.


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