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    ichweiB Jan 25 '07 3

    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:



    • Steven WardSteven Ward
      Jan 26, 07 7:21 am

      a very perceptive critique of your instructors, michael. have you addressed this question to any of them?

      while i don't think there must necessarily be a precedent for everything, i do think that there needs to be some sense of plugging into a continuum of what's come before - picking your spot in the flow of ideas. what if your precedents were the work of artists, engineers, or scientists? it's not necessary that something be solved architecturally in the same way a project has before, but it probably is necessary that it relate to the world as we know and understand it.

      what are your cultural touchstones? what are the references or associations that you're are using to communicate the vision for what you'd propose? can you make typological connections between your idea and your proposed embodiment of that idea?

      finally, are you presenting something which gives enough information for someone to understand what you're saying? sometimes instructors reach for similar projects to relate to your project simply because it gives them something tangible to wrap their heads around, lacking sufficient stimulus from the materials shown. the challenge may be to show them enough explanatory materials that they're excited and distracted enough that they don't have time to start spinning through their internal architecture history rolodex.

      Steven WardSteven Ward
      Jan 26, 07 7:22 am

      oh, and my comments might have been more specific but your images aren't showing up.....???

      vado retro
      Jan 26, 07 6:27 pm

      why reinvent the wheel,,,

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