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    Aggressive Impulses

    Christopher Perrodin
    Sep 19, '13 3:13 AM EST

    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 I made the model, I also went camping with my Uncle Dave.  Fun time. 

    After making the model I took pictures of it from the perspective of traditional architectural drawings--plans and sections/elevations.

    Other aside: The embossed paper I made came from material treatment experiments in the studio I took that semester.


    Feeling energized by my actions but still not finding an expression in words or drawings, I then made a collage around the same ideas.  The backdrop/context is downtown St. Louis.

    In the poster I made my first attempt at refining my ideas by moving locus and firmitas, into urban artifact, and then morphing agency into group form.  Still held on to public action through agency.

    My experience with Professor Derek Hoeferlin from the NOLA studio had shown me that the best way to communicate with him was to be open about the ideas floating around in my head.  I chose him as my Design Thinking professor because he and I work really well together in a constructive manner.

    By extension, the poster had many ideas still appearing without attempting to be totally congruous.  We see Archigram's Instant City,  John Hejduk's The Collapse of Time, Tomas Saraceno's Cloud City, Tschumi's Park de la Villette, Maki's Collective Form and Hillside Terrace, and lastly Kengo Kuma's Casa Umbrella.

    At this point temporary/unplanned architectural events and public space still played heavily on my views. 

    My short written statement for the next class followed similar tones:

    "When humans gather into cities, certain buildings and areas gain a higher level of significance than others.  The architecture which stands on the boarder of significant areas-- urban artifacts--should help accentuate the artifact's qualities, further extend its influence and solidify the zone's sense of place.  Having established itself as an area of interest, people will gravitate toward its location.  It is critical for those arriving to the site to both feel connected with its heritage while also imparting a sense of themselves onto it.   Working in tandem with the urban artifact, an adaptive architecture may grow within the area to respond to the needs of visitors to the site.

    Summary: Locate artifact, celebrate it, impress upon it"

    Sadly, ideas and dialogue did not flow as well from the initial explorations I made here, for reasons to be explained later on.


    Take care,



    • Don't forget that these early stages of DT are basically psychoanalysis- what you make or how you make it isn't nearly as important as the areas of interest and ideas that begin to emerge from it. It's about picking out things that strike a chord with you and then figuring out why they strike a chord.  For me, it was a process of selecting 50 images that struck me for some reason, and then whittling them down to about my five favorites, then looking at them with Ben and trying to read the tea leaves of what linked all the images together. I know DH is a big fan of the Metapolis Dictionary, but ditch the words if you find they constrain you.

      Sep 19, 13 8:08 pm  · 

      Right!  I mean I didn't pick anything out of the Metapolis Dictionary really.  In the early stage I just followed my instinct and engaged in open discussion with Derek.

      I like Derek and Ben because I feel that they are very open to different styles of learning and exploration.  As long as something--words, drawings, pictures, collages, models--is being made, they are able to help with their incredible insight into a student's underlying ideas.

      Sep 19, 13 9:39 pm  · 

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