Sep '06 - Nov '08
I feel like there is a similar train of thought that guides the minds of design professors over the age of 50. When they look at your work, they try to relate it to anything they can think of and then try to understand it in those terms. If your work begins to deviate from that notion even the slighest bit then a typical phrase follows: "well so and so didn't really do it that way, so I think you ought to develop it in a different way."
Another condition might also present itself. If the professor can't think of an architectural example similar or even vaguely similar to the work you're describing then another typical response will follow: "well, I'm having a hard time trying to think of what this might be like, so you'll have to keep working on it."
Is it just me, or does every person's work need to have precedent?
This isn't the reality of the whole design studio. We have other professors that are eager to look at our work for what it is and be constructively critical-sure, maybe they recall something done before to explain what they are thinking, but they don't use another architect's work as the basis for the success of failure of the project's development.
Needless to say, I am getting a little frustrated with some of these issues.
The basis of my initial thoughts on the project was to create an architectural response to the collection of imagery-both video and photograph. When I consider the idea of a collection, it seems to be the result of "putting away" or "filing away" the past. Therefore, I am interested in investigating the potential for one's past to be continually on display-and in this case a couple's past so that it can be continually remembered.
Whether or not this is achievable is another issue. However, I find it interesting to consider the possibility of architecture becoming the backdrop for projected and permanent imagery. Not merely being hung on a wall, but the architecture being a mute reality unless the imagery is there.
We had a quick crit of our initial thoughts and here are the different things I presented: