Archinect - Iowa State University B.Arch. 2017-10-18T09:17:39-04:00 First/Second Year jtwang 2013-09-23T22:54:33-04:00 >2013-09-30T21:04:28-04:00 <p> Now that I've graduated, it's time for some reflection, starting with first and second year in ISU's architecture program.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">DSN S 102 is the dreaded first design studio, before any of us have "made it" into a degree program. Above is a doorway, constructed from lumber, with hand saws and chisels, in teams of three and four.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">The culminating project in this studio involves building a tool out of paper, a sculptural "space container" from a piece of the tool, and multiple 2d drawings. A design cultures course (history, more or less) and a still-life drawing course round out the first year. After a competitive portfolio submission process, students are accepted into the various design programs.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">Putting the portfolio together.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">Second year started with precedent studies, involving plans, models, and sections. Our model was the Nail Collector's House by Steven Holl.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title="">The geometry of this window was ridiculously hard to determine...</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">After slaving away on models for weeks, we saw...</p> Architecture Schools Should Be Dissolved! *Unless... and other topics jtwang 2013-08-23T20:39:26-04:00 >2013-08-26T21:54:41-04:00 <p> In this year's Datum, Iowa State's Student Journal of Architecture, this and other topics (including one on architecture websites) are discussed. It's also a showcase of a wide variety of student work from the year. Check it out!</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""></a></p> Fallow: Reconstructed Space Exhibit . May 4 jtwang 2013-04-28T12:38:54-04:00 >2013-05-06T15:59:43-04:00 <p> Please join us at the Black's Heritage Farm for the exhibition of Fallow: Reconstructed Space.</p> <p> Fallow has been a semester long effort by students to investigate production of a support system for the re-occupation of a dormant seed-drying chamber located south of Ames, Iowa. Temporary research assemblies within the chamber develop an experiential space through an ethno-specific logic. The investigation crafts a deeper understanding of fundamental human conditions pertaining to identity, farm labor, and the construction of experiential space.</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> NAAB Accreditation jtwang 2013-04-25T22:18:00-04:00 >2013-04-29T11:18:19-04:00 <p> This semester, Iowa State's B.Arch. and M.Arch. programs were reviewed for NAAB accreditation. For a few months, the College of Design was packed with models, drawings, and presentation boards.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title="">Second year projects emphasized exploration through drawing.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">Machines from the second years.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title="">Publications by the faculty were on display.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">A Miami Hotel option studio project.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">A mapping from an independent study.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title="">CODA projects dealt with the ISU cemetery.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title="">A huge gathering of models in the center of the atrium.</p> <p> At the end of the process, the accreditation team went over the objectives and explained where the pros and cons of what they saw. They were impressed by the work and especially by the engagement with physical models. However, we did not pass the requirements for "comprehensive design," because life safety and accessibility were not handled sufficiently. Presumably, in many of the comprehensive projects, door swings and fire stairs were not designed correctly, and ADA-c...</p> Hansen Competition and Lecture + David Leatherbarrow jtwang 2013-03-04T09:38:00-05:00 >2013-10-12T10:47:11-04:00 <p> Every spring, the ISU Department of Architecture puts together a great event: the Richard F. Hansen Prize Competition and Lecture. This year, our guest of honor was author, scholar, and chair of the architecture department at University of Pennsylvania, David Leatherbarrow, who was a member of the competition jury and gave a lecture that evening about Sverre Fehn titled "The Architect's Shadow."</p> <p> The competition is between third year students, who present their projects from last semester. In recent years, the studios have been set up to focus on landscapes. This year, the project was set in central Iowa on a rural site. The program is a healing center for healers: a retreat where medical professionals etc. go to rest and escape from the stress of their work.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">The jury.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">The first team presented a strategy of mimicking the topography to create spatial sequences, surfaces for occupation and solar panels, and building enclosure.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">The second project was like a monastery, with a c...</p> CSI Competition: Comprehensive Studios jtwang 2013-01-20T11:23:00-05:00 >2013-01-29T12:58:15-05:00 <p> During finals week in December, twelve teams (two from each studio) competed at Iowa State for the CSI Prize. Participants were all grad students and undergrads in the last year of their education. Jurors were members of the Construction Specifications Institute or practitioners from Des Moines. This is considered an important competition, because it includes the work of all architecture students in their last required studio.</p> <p> The program was to design a music performance hall, the type of music varied based on studio and team. The original prompt called for jazz, although many designed it for experimental music as well. Here are some photos taken by Mitchell Squire, the faculty coordinator of the event.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">Steven and Dave present a project derived from an "instrument" that they constructed.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">Joey, Reed, and Qing present a House of Experimental Music.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">A grad student team, Mike and Adam, with a formally expressive combination of a tower and the protruding auditorium.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">Blake an...</p> Final Year: Boston Comprehensive Studio jtwang 2012-10-07T13:50:00-04:00 >2012-11-07T09:15:13-05:00 <p> Our class is entering the fifth and final year of the B.Arch. degree. In fall that means we undertake comprehensive studio. This year we are designing a jazz and experimental music hall. It will contain a 1200-seat main hall and a 300-seat experimental hall.</p> <p> Two weeks ago we took a field trip to Boston, which will be the site of the project.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">The Big Dig/Greenway is a long urban park that used to be a multi-level highway. We were completely surprised by how nice it was in real life. The Google Earth view of the Big Dig gave us the impression that it would be an empty, dead space. Seeing it in person, it was an active, open, pleasant space that was one of our absolute favorite parts of Boston. Native Bostonians, how do the locals feel about this project?</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">Quincy Market, a good place to walk around, shop, and get food.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">This information pavilion is really cool, especially how the roof form drains into a kind of fountain. <a href=";v=zF0JMkqBQpU" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">;v=zF...</a></p> Steven Holl's second building in Iowa City jtwang 2012-06-26T22:40:00-04:00 >2012-07-03T11:25:37-04:00 <p> The University of Iowa, located in Iowa City, has always been Iowa State's bitter rival. Even though Iowa State has an architecture program and U Iowa does not, the University of Iowa boasts work by Charles Gwathmey, Frank Gehry, and Steven Holl. Imagine our jealousy at discovering that Steven Holl has been commissioned for yet another building in Iowa City.</p> <p> Ironically, his existing building in Iowa City&mdash;with library, office, lecture, and studio space for art students&mdash;was nearly destroyed in a devastating flood in 2008. The committee originally intended to place the building on a different site that would be above the floodplain. But Holl fell in love with its current site, situated over a pond next to a limestone cliff, placing the building squarely in the floodplain.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><em>On a fieldtrip in 2009.</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><em>You can see the high-water mark on the cor-ten at the left.</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><em>The rough state of the interior in 2009.</em></p> <p> Repairs for the project were completed recently, and I was able to go inside for...</p> Scarpa Weekend jtwang 2012-06-13T21:09:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T13:05:19-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">February 9-11 was a three-day weekend packed with Scarpa. Two of my roommates and I went north to San Vito d'Altivole, Verona, and Venice to see if the real thing is as good as the legends say. A lot of pain and effort was required. It was a cold winter, and we spent quite a bit of time in unheated train stations and unheated train cars. While we were in town, we ducked into a caf&eacute; every hour or so just to warm up. Ultimately, though, the pain was worth it. The projects were amazing. Scarpa's ability with detail and material articulation was so far beyond any of our skills that we were in awe at every project.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Stop 1: Brion Cemetery</strong></p> <p> The Brion Cemetery was a trial to get to. For those who are interested, here are some basic directions:</p> <ul><li> Take a train to Castelfranco Veneto.</li> <li> Find the tourist information office, which is located within the castle walls. They don't open until 10:00 am, I believe. There they will tell you which bus to take to get to the Brion Cemetery.</li> <li> ...</li></ul> Iowa State Rome Show jtwang 2012-04-18T16:26:36-04:00 >2012-05-02T11:57:14-04:00 <p> Architects in Rome:</p> <p> Iowa State University's Rome Program invites you to come to our studio and see what we've done this semester. It will be open on Tuesday, April 24 from 6 pm to 9 pm and Wednesday, April 25 from 9 am to 6 pm. We are located at Piazza delle Cinque Scole 23, very close to Largo Argentina. There will be food and drink.</p> <p> This semester, our studio projects focused on the idea of Casa della Citt&agrave; (House of the City), a hypothetical organization in Rome dedicated to promotion of the city, its culture, and its history. The Casa della Citt&agrave; is located at three sites of three different scales: the Crypta Balbi, Vicolo della Moretta, and Via dei Fori Imperiali. There will also be work from our drawing course and films and posters from our ARCH URB LIFE course.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Forum Boarium, Primavalle jtwang 2012-01-19T16:55:00-05:00 >2012-09-08T13:50:10-04:00 <p> On January 20, we toured the Forum Boarium, which is located next to the round Temple of Hercules and the Mouth of Truth, and Primavalle, a distant suburb in northwest Rome that was made up largely of people displaced from the city center by government visions of the city. Our tour guide was Ferro Trabalzi, who has taught at Iowa State and in Rome, and whose own family was one that was pushed out of historical Rome by visionary urban planning.</p> <p> As Ferro explained during our tour, the Forum Boarium area was heavily inhabited. Piranesi's drawing of the Temple of Hercules shows that it was a church in a residential neighborhood. Before the fascist interventions, ancient architecture was integrated into community life.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Now the Temple of Hercules is "cleaned up," isolated, and no longer part of the life of the neighborhood (which has been primarily moved out of the area). Where there was a dense neighborhood, there now is open space with large streets, lawns, and cars.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> After...</p> Rome, Week One: Forum Romanum + Palatine Hill jtwang 2012-01-14T08:47:00-05:00 >2012-08-10T19:31:09-04:00 <p> In spring of fourth year, Iowa State architecture students have the option to study in Rome for the semester. This year, 35 architecture students and 2 landscape architecture students have chosen to take advantage of this opportunity.</p> <p> As part of our first week of classes, we've been introduced to Rome through a series of walking tours that have taken us through the Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill, the Forum Boarium, and the suburb Primavalle.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>January 12: Forum Romanum and Palatine Hill with Jan Gadeyne</em></p> <p> Jan Gadeyne is an archaeologist and historian, and an expert on Ancient Rome. The walk through the Forum and Palatine Hill lasted 3 hours and introduced us to many of the essential architectural monuments of early Roman history.<img alt="" src="" title="">Jan introducing us to materials of the Forum.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">"As you can see, we are inside of a kickass building."</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">Forum viewed from the Palatine Hill.</p> <p> After this, I plan to make a post on our tour of Forum Boarium and Primavalle.</p> <p> &mdash;Justin</p>