So we were told last Friday that today would be a graded concept review with an outside panel of jurors. That’s fine, so I worked on manipulating the programmatic elements to create some passive sustainability opportunities. Last Friday, I came into studio having done my due diligence towards finding out all that I could about the program – square foot requirements, zoning, etc. So I laid out the program in big boxes, and adjusted my programmatic diagram to reflect actual square footage:
new program diagram
The professor and I decided that a return to the more, er, “exciting” designs I had come up with would be more suitable. So again, I manipulated program to fit this formal language I have been developing. I tested the idea of broken edges – can I break the uniform street edge to accomplish things like sustainable design, proper circulation, and rich spatial qualities. I essentially blew the program up in a movie, and rearranged it:
original massing – broken edges
interlock of formal design vs. program requirements
blown up program
Now, I have been working on the structure to hold these idealistic designs up (literally). I would show a picture of the model, but someone put a backpack on top of it and broke it. I’ll see if I can perform some emergency surgery on it tonight.
Outside of that, I want to know: did anyone else have “group” reviews? We are trying to review ~45 projects with 5 jurors in 3.5 hours in a 450 SF space (that is 8.5 feet tall). I think it’s been proven logistically and physically untenable. We only got to 15 works that day. It was a graded review. What now? I understand that there were time constraints and all, I just don’t think this format can work. Thoughts?