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June 9, 2011

The following list is an ongoing set of drawings that will help you into your projects. You could be developing them autonomously from each other as a means of exploring each without overwhelming yourself with integrating them quite yet. They can be thought of as slides in your final review but will also be put together for generative drawings that include culture texture, plan, and time:

– 2-3 conceptual images (take ownership of image but these explore the EFFECT. Name these in a word).
– 2-3 contextual images (place. Title these)
– Scenarios: name 3-4; Specific name of EVENT (Tschumi) + time and date of year.
– Material research: show a sample of the raw material (you have no idea how many times this is missing from presentations!) The material should support your EFFECT. Show three conditions of the effect. Name them.
– Generative diagram: we each spoke about developing this. Cultural/material texture/effect + plan + time
– Plan diagram, hand drawn in ink: ordering system; effect locations; organizational system- bands, strips, islands, mats, pathways (see Points+Lines) you have multiple ones. (may be in watercolor) 30 second drawings. **SYNTHETIC!! Synthesize these, or some are embedded in site already
– Flows across site: water color or ink drawing. Map flows. (also taken from urban space collages)
– **Figure / Field of your neighborhood plan by midnight tonight**

You may have multiple ordering systems across the site at various scenario times. Draw these. What physical structure will support them all without being generic?

We can review these tomorrow individually after the Igualada trip. Please be ready to leave at 8:15am.


Frameworks for discussions of identity of Public Space

June 8, 2011

Below are some links to public art works that enhance the sense of place of their context, bath natural and anthropological:

Richard Serra

 Janet Echelman: She Changes (undesigned use); Her Secret is Patience (pay particular attention to the testimonies of local residents)
Jaume Plensa’s Crown Fountain Chicago

Christo and Jeane-Claude


Anish Kapour

Presentation 02: 22@Analysis, still Barcelona

June 2, 2011

Next week we will move on to synthesis of design work, thusly Tuesday’s presentation should firmly look to establish the focus of investigation through a concise definition.

To help provide an outline for your presentation you may use the following list of slides:

– Thesis paragraph with highlighted words: 1) concise yet complete question sentence touching on the definition of the site, the problem, and the effect to investigate; 2) cultural and identity that you will highlight and support; and 3) architectural strategy/ies that you will deploy to provide a structure/framework for the desired effects.  think about living/working in 22@.  use the 22@ website for information.  You may review the questions in the Field Book for guidance.

– Location plan

– Neighborhood plan

– Open space diagram (based on the actualized 22@ plan and your site research)

– Residential use (Habitatge)

– Office use (Activitats)

– Institutional use (Equipaments)

– Protected Buildings (Edificis industrials consolidats)

– Timeline collage/diagram: time callibration; plan; and texture

– 1-3 conceptual images- these should be worked / abstracted (possible video or proposed neighborhood website/weblog)

– perspectives / collages highlighting effects or areas of interest

– Site collage of site plan, thumbnail plan diagrams of ordering system, use, shadow, etc, perspectives, materials, and cultural symbols. name organizational systems/patterns.

– Comparative diagrams: selective a space/neighborhood in Barcelona of similar conditions

– Map existing patterns of use/inhabitation over the time/over time. (see 03 Pluralism time-based diagrams of scenarios over site, Charlottesville Foot-Hills design).

– Any other site video, elevations, materials cataloging, effect cataloging, site-section, and/or other media

* begin to look for/test/propose organizational systems / frameworks that support conditions of Context | Operation | Matter.

Please be ready at 10am at the apartment.

Thank you.  Be safe over the weekend.  Call me if you need anything.

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May 31, 2011

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The Art of the Long View + Digital

May 31, 2011

Please, before class tomorrow, ie, before the morning, read the Art of the Long View by Peter Schwartz.

It will be essential for our conversations of time and scenarios.

See you tomorrow.  If it is raining in the morning, please do the analog wrapup from today; the digital drawings of open space, residential, office, and institutional; and begin non planometric, qualitative drawings- ie, perspectival collages, material collages, section, unfolded elevations, etc.  Consider the drawings toward the middle/end of Part 3: Pluralismo.

Writing down a thesis sentence idea and positive and negative concerns may also be helpful during this analysis phase.  We will move on the Mapping existing flows through the site over time on Thursday.

Beginning to think about other media, video, sound, and material installations may also be helpful.  Consider public artist: Ned Kahn; Christo (Over the River); Janet Echelman; James Turrel; Maya Lin

Some of my drawings of Yosemite and the sound of waterfalls related to orientation and topography.


May 30, 2011

Part three of the course will focus on the Pluralismo phase and your projects.

For tomorrow at 10am please have you Granada accordian books completed and do the Stan Allen reading with images. We will spend the morning starting Analysis for this week for your project in 22@. You can prepare a location plan and neighborhood plan of your area of 22@. Perhaps you can go our and do analog drawings of the area on the way to 1992 Olympic Village (afternoon lesson).

Click here for a 22@ video for some inspiration.  Ask how to capture the culture of the area and the people in your projects.

Click here for a 22@ video by the city government. more

Please review the Pluralismo page on the weblog (view together in groups so as not to collapse the apartment internet).

Spanish Cinema, Sunday evening

May 22, 2011

Cine Verdi in Gracia and Icaria Yelmo in Vila Olympica both show films in original version (undubbed).  Otherwise I encourage you to see something in Spanish or another language.  You will see people out supporting Spanish Cinema.