RISD (R. Andrew Highsmith)



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    highsmith Jul 26 '07 7

    Looking back on a semester a few months later always brings unexpected things to the surface. Images and drawings I loved now seem less important, and vice versa. As I'm editing my work again for an upcoming portfolio, I'm realizing that excess is evil!

    This back(b)log includes work from a Spring semester studio at RISD, entitled 'Times Square Doppelganger.' The project was a 130,000 sf library in Long Island City, and the site utilized both an existing building and the terrain above it's roof. The instructors were Philip Ryan of Tod Williams Billy Tsien, and RISD-ite Andy Tower. It's the first studio where I can honestly say I was completely engaged and excited by all methods of representation; virtual and physical.

    Here's the project 'brief' (literally) :

    A library is the intersection of old and new media. Both media require conditions that complement and contrast. A renovation provides an opportunity for architectural interventions that utilize both existing infrastructure and new construction to distinguish elements of program with respect to space, light, and noise. Civic space occurs in the threshold of light and dark, loud and quiet, and dense and spare.



    • xacto
      Jul 26, 07 4:20 pm

      i really like your plans/sections. i would add a ground line to the sections though.

      Jul 26, 07 7:50 pm

      how did you do your third image? watercolor and...

      it does look very todd williams billie tsien-infuenced.

      Jul 26, 07 7:50 pm

      the sections are cut through a build-up of an existing building, and to show all of what exists below would take up too much space for these purposes. is there a graphically reasonable way to demarkate building on top of an existing structure without showing it? thanks for your thought, xacto.

      Jul 26, 07 7:56 pm

      JdesP, the third image is very influenced, as our prof. was teaching us a way of using both digital and hand representation to compose a rendering. i used sketchup to quickly draw the basic interior and context, traced over the plot with pencil, scanned in that drawing, and then rendered it with materials in photoshop. at first i thought it might be hazardous to use so many different methods for one drawing, but the good thing is that there is always an opportunity to go in and change the design after you have begun, adding details by hand, etcetera...

      o d b
      Jul 27, 07 9:58 am

      The model photographs are very nice

      Cheyne Owens
      Jul 27, 07 7:56 pm

      good to see wood models still being made. nice work.

      bryan boyer
      Jul 29, 07 7:36 am

      if you have a mass of building that is too intricate to draw, you may want to try drawing in the outline or some other reduced version of the existing. if there actually is building mass not shown in the section (even if it's outside of your design) the reading of the drawing will probably change quite a bit!

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