Sunday, April 20, 2008

PROJECT 2

In "Part A" of this exercise, the students were asked to research, accurately record, analyze and synthesize an urban space in Barcelona.

They Visitied visit the space on four different occasions: Weekday morning (10-12), Weekday evening (5-7PM), Weekend morning (10-12), Weekend evening (7-9). Also noting any festivals or special events that occur in thier space.

THey used the following and their allied / contrasting aspects as starting points for their analyses. Students considered all suggested aspects for analysis but determined those aspects that best apply and examine them in depth based on their findings at the site.


Activity and Function
Building Types
Center/Edge

Alignment
Contrast
Corners
Detail
Equipment
Enclosure
Fa├žade / Face of the Square
Ground/Sky
Hierarchy
Light
Materials
Movement / Path
Order/ Pattern
Proportion
Sequence
Size & Scale
Solid/Void
Smell
Sound
Sub-Spaces
Morphology
Transformation
Vegetation
View
Other

Each team completed one (1) in-depth precedent study of a one area in Barcelona. Each precedent study included four (4) sheets that must include hand drawn drawings, diagrams and texts (though drawings are the primary mode of investigation/ explanation).

Sheet 1: Figure/Ground plan at a scale to be determined / Axonometric does not have to be to scale but must be accurate.(Each area should be 250meter square and with North up)
Sheet 2: History of the Site (you may trace or transfer photos and other plans for this section)
Sheet 3: Analysis
Sheet 4: Synthesis / Transformation
Lastly, at least one of your analyses must be a comparision at the same scale to another square in Europe or the United States.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

PROJECT 1

Project Brief:
The studio commenced with a series of figure ground studies (white on black background), utilizing white out or white paint to “carve” urban spaces (outdoor rooms) such as streets and squares out of a black field. The three studies commenced with the development of that most basic of all town plans— avenues, streets and alleys. Based on a critical analysis of the scale and appropriateness of the selected precedents (Barcelona), the students designed spaces to accommodate a City Hall, a Cathedral and a Hospital. The studio was provided with an A3 figure ground base plan at 1cm=200m. The plan includes the remains of a previous community that must be integrated into the design. An A4 sheet has also been provided with plans of three required buildings to be included in your studies; City Hall, the Cathedral, and a Hospital.

Utilizing white paint on a black field, the students developed the three required plans incorporating the following elements:

Design Vocabulary:
Minimum block dimension: 60 meters., maximum: 120 meters
Boulevards: 35 meters to 45 meters wide, including center islands
Avenues: 30 meters wide
Streets: 18 meters wide
Alleys: 9 meters wide
Pedestrian paths 6 meters wide
Civic spaces: to be determined by precedent studies
Neighborhood spaces: maximum 4,000 Square Meters


Josh Humphries







Stacey Carbone







Paul Yurchak








Saturday, April 5, 2008

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Field Trip One