From Retrospective to Retroactive

MArch research into book and beyond



Sep '13 - Oct '13

  • Fail Hard

    So this begins the second part of my last year of school.  Degree Project was definitely a journey.

    I was very fortunate to be working with my professor Paul J Donnelly.  We were really a great match and the balance we kept each other in, though at times frustrating, worked out well.

    After discussing my Design Thinking book and visiting the site, we discussed strategies to approach the site.  What vector forces could the site give us?  Would half levels help with the interaction between programs?  How will all these things interact?

    Like the Design Thinking course of the previous semester, I made it a point to start making as soon as possible.  Over the years, I have accepted the inevitability of crappy first efforts.  I also find that even if what I first make becomes absolutely irrelevant as soon as it's made, I know that by the act of making, I'm putting my mind to work on coming up with the next model/drawing/rendering/idea.

    So I first made a model:

    Something about vector forces pulled from the site.


    Then I made some water colors:





    I then scanned them and started working on a way to tie the exploration into the textures I was using at the end of DT to help delineate programmatic zones.

    Something about the "mediatheque," public space and retail space layering on top of each other.

    I also did some reading:



    While there wasn't too much to directly pull from the Design Research store.  I really liked reading about the feeling they were going for and I liked seeing the feel of the spaces shoppers experienced.


    Then came the Conceptual Review:


    After the presentation, I had the feeling that using "protest space" just caused too many red flags to go up.  It's my belief that if I have to spend most of my presentation time confronting and overcoming the ingrained beliefs of my critiques, then I should find another avenue to achieve the same result.  Switching the way I presented also, I think, helped me in the semester to keep a more open mind about the project's development.

    Anyway, a little bit after the review, I finished my context model and started testing out how my ideas would work on the site.


    As a closer for this post, here was the course outline for the semester:


    All for now.


    Take care,


  • K.O.

    So this is the knock out punch for Design Thinking.I will start and finish posting about Design Research next week.Then I will begin working on how the two can be in a more direct conversation. In this post we have iterations to finished style on related spreads.Links below for the full sets.The...

  • Turnt Up

    With about a two and a half weeks left in the course before we arch-students stopped doing classes and fall head long into studio fancyfootwork-flashmob-midnighthustle time, the main points to hit in the development of the Design Research were site and program.  For Design Thinking, there...

  • Escape velocity

    From the previous post to this one, only one week had passed.  I can’t remember what all happened that semester, but I am pretty sure no studio work was done that week.  I mean, I’m basing that statement on the “last modified” date of my archived files&hellip...

  • Commercial Space and Public Life

    I started to build upon the diagrams and images shown in the previous post.  I wanted to look more closely at what the difference was between the Occupy protests in NYC and STL.  I only knew that one had much press coverage and many people and the other had little to no press coverage...

  • A new frontier

    After the tepid presentation,  I accepted what my professor had been telling me for three weeks --embrace the political.  Embrace the direction of my inquiry.  Allow myself to critique. It became clear that I had repressed thoughts in my head because over the next few days, my...

  • Looking for an invasion

    The last post had two different points in time at once.   It was also missing the presentation from 09/18/12.                     I still insisted on proposing questions and ideas about a temporal public existence.  In part, I am pulling...

  • Scrambled eggs

    ​           Companion post tomorrow.   All for now.   Take care, Christopher

  • Step aside

    So, I feel that at this point I should take a small pause and give more context to what has happened so far.  From the last post, we see a lot of terms and architectural references.  Basically, the thoughts circling around me question whether or not the public should have a more active...

  • Aggressive Impulses

    After the initial beginning, I felt ideas boiling inside but had no words or drawings to make.  So I made objects and collages instead.  All I had going on consciously circled around having some sort of solid element, a platform or stage and a transient element. Aside: The same weekend...

  • 3X3

    After our instructors informed us of the importance found in our design research--how it would either hang from our necks like an albatross (forever) or propel us out into the world of everything ever (for a day or two)--we were asked to choose three words and provide three images for each of...

  • Dawn.

    As Hans-Ulrich Obrist would say, it's best to begin at the beginning.  So before I launch into a blog seeking to make sense of my final work and thoughts from school, I should provide some background. I grew up in Coral Springs...

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I will chronicle my design research and degree project, providing commentary on my thought process at the time. From there, I will transform the body of work into a book which seeks to place into dialogue the two (currently) separated semesters of work.

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