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Midterm Review.

Feb 25, '13 12:24 AM EST

This past Friday was our studio's midterm review. The project this quarter is a museum located in Little Tokyo, on an infill lot between the crossings of 1st street and San Pedro. The dimensions of the lot are 50x100 Ft. so it is rather small project. This quarter I have been working on an abstract level to better understand spacial quality, relationships and conditions. I have used regulating lines, minor and major datum lines, syntax and vocabulary, and an irregular grid to derive a variety of spaces. For midterm I presented an abstracted museum which does not necessarily work programmatically, rather I used it as an exercise to create interesting spaces which has set up the framework for my museum. From now until the end of the quarter I will focus on tying in the programmatic functions while maintaining a dynamic set of spaces.

In addition to designing the museum, I have carved the ground. Instead of dealing with a flat 0’ elevation, I have excavated to -11’. I dealt with the ground and museum separately, so when combining them there was problems as expected. I embraced the complications and used them to fuse the two together. The commentary that I received from my jury was to create “more friction” between the earth and the museum. This is another issue I will focus on heading into final review.

I then did diagrams to better understand my project.  The first diagram I did was an exploded axonometric of the parts I was working with. The diagram shows a focus on folding, I noticed that most of the folds I created were in the horizontal while only two of the folds were in the vertical direction, as I begin editing I will focus to keep a balance between the two.  I also noticed that there was one case were I included an intersecting cube, which is a bit odd since I focused on folding. Although this opens the opportunity to use multiple techniques I would rather stay consistent with a fold.

Parts v. Assemblage

Sections:

Ground Studies:

• BulgarBlogger

Interesting models... but...

It looks like you spent 0.5 sec on your sections. Not that your project doesn't have a concept, but none of the material you presented demonstrates any evidence of process... it looks like you just did it and hoped for the best... Is there a concept? I don't understand your project. what did your critics say?

jla-x

structure?  that section seems to be ignoring the laws of physics.

jla-x

maybe just the way it is drawn that is confusing?

hsolie

that being said, the exploded section is a really nice conceptual diagram.

Just need to add the same level of TLC to the sections

BulgarBlogger

I still don't understand "the concept." I happen to think that the exploded axo is the most confusing drawing... the sections (as generic and unfinished as they are) at least talk about the folding of planes... I have no idea what else the axo adds to my understanding of the project than the model or other images... The colors are also horrific. Where is the color legend anyway? The ground plane and the architecture have almost nothing to do with each other... Is that the intention?

I haven't displayed much process here as far as the design of the "museum".  As I stated earlier, I have treated the initial part of the project purely as a spacial exploration, designing in abstraction, by using: figure/ground, regulating lines (in plan/ non symmetrical), minor/ major datum lines (in section). It isn't shown here, but there were a series of exercises that led up to this project (elements from the past exercises where integrated into this project). With what I have presented here, I agree that much of my project lacks clarity, I am beginning to develop a concept/diagram that will drive the project. So this alone is only part of a larger process. As far as the drawings, the exploded axon shows where I created my folds (the colors showing from where they exploded), and I know the sections are poorly executed (they were done under a time constraint).

NPK1

"Where is the color legend anyway?" Maybe the funniest comment I have ever heard for a student project.
Forget the diagrammatic sections. They don't look like they are helping you.
By the way - You are using a method called Program to Form. You need to figure out a way to set some parameters for the folds.

@jwl: ditto
@OP:
I understand the axon as far as all it shows is how your folded geometry is grouped into a block.I can imagine the sections came from the rhino (or whatever software you're on) model that also resulted in the axo image? If not, you should implement that workflow. Still, no idea how to relate the sections to your models, - you need to show us some cutlines, preferably on a plan. Why no plans? Column groups and load-bearing elements should be distributed in plan, tailored in section/elevation.

You also need a lot of stairs and ramps in that thing. Ramps are more in tune with the folding bit. My suggestion is to not sweat the concept stuff too much, and figure out how someone gets in, around, and out of your project. No more Super Mario sections. Figure out your space requirements - a list of rooms with square footage, volume etc. requirements. Consult the Architect's Studio Companion or the like for all these details and more. Make all your diagrams the last thing you do on the project - by then it should be clear what elements of the design need clarification or show off how clever your solution is. The colors should show us the different programmatic grouping of spaces (ie. red=office, green=circulation etc.), hence the comment about the color legend.

I actually have no idea what part of your cardboard studies is supposed to turn into the folded aggregate thing, and it looks like you've got two separate projects up there. This could be just like the missing section markers, and you need to clearly highlight the parts of the models that are detailed in the drawings, or it could be that you don't know either.

Now about the datum lines. Unless they're related to the way humans are to interact with or perceive the space, your guidelines and their manipulations are useless. A datum is a register, but of what? My money is on using it to locate columns, beams, floor slabs, windows and openings - and being able to bring these elements together through proportion and rhythm in the process. So you can have a datum for floors and ceilings (since you've got no plans to talk about), with a thick poche between the surface one would stand on, and the ceiling surface of the floor below; OR you do the skinny poche like you've done to the thickness of the slab+insulation+finish and draw a dropdown ceiling / raised floor assembly. I suppose with the folding operation driving the formal output, you can set up datums for threshold heights, which might lead you to put some doors or openings or windows into your rooms - something to tell us where in the world those poor lonely figures are supposed to go or what they're doing in your project.

BulgarBlogger

@jwl --

My comment about the color legend wasn't so much about the color legend itself as much as it was about the fact that the colors made no sense... and it has nothing to do with my personal subjective view about color schemes- I just didn't understand what the color coding was trying to convey...

Negeen_irani

I have seen this project up close and I should say it's quite impressive. There was a buzz in studio. Students from 1st year all the way up to 5th yr came to see the final product!

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