Assignments

For you final grade (very important!): (BY MIDNIGHT FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23!)

Please upload the following to the Dropbox link below (make a folder with your name on it):

  1. A PDF of your revised boards
  2. JPG, PDF or PNG image files (as large as you have them) of
    • Your final renderings (at least two)
    • Photographs of any and all models – preferably several on the site model
    • Your diagrams describing your tech innovations in your libraries

Here’s the Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jwohev9xecug0nl/AAC1Pp9sOEiGTiqUSTrMLdgFa?dl=0

For Monday, December 19:

REQUIRED FOR FINAL REVIEW:

You should organize the following information onto (2) 24×36 landscape boards – remember, you should organize the boards so they work together, one over the other. Choose one elevation, section, site plan or rendering to anchor the two boards – the important parts of the image should be on one board, but lines and gradients can extend onto the other board

  • Plans (all floors and site plan), elevations and (2) building sections
  • Diagram sequencing showing the development of your building’s form
  • Relevant climatic data charts – include at least one, and relate it to the building’s design
  • At least (2) full renderings, one interior eye-level and one exterior eye-level
  • A 1/16″ model that you can split in half to show interior floor plates
  • A 1/32″ massing model that fits in/on the class site model
  • Update your “library tech” diagrams, and incorporate them on your boards

Good luck!

For Wednesday, December 14:

Please bring your completed 1/16″ scale study models with you on Wednesday. In addition, print your updated 1/16″ 2d drawings of your project for pin-up.

For Monday, December 12:

Please complete your 1/32″ 3d-printed massing model for Monday, and plan the lasercutting for your 1/16″ model. Make sure you have signed up for a laser slot, that you have materials and have laid out your cut sheets, so you can cut and assemble your model by Wednesday. Remember your 1/16″ model should be split in two halfs so we can see the floor slabs inside.

For Wednesday, December 6:

Please prepare two renderings of your project, and print them at 11×17 for pin-up:

  1. Interior rendering: include people, and enough furniture that we can recognize what sort of program is meant for the space (if it is stacks, you will need some sort of shelves, for example). Make sure that an example of your tech innovation is visible in the rendering, though it need not be the focus.
  2. Exterior rendering: include people, planting and trees, and a photographic background from the site. The photographic background can be black-and-white, to draw focus towards your building.

In order to produce renderings that will print effectively at this scale, you will need base renderings of at least 2200×3400 pixels, so keep the rendering pretty simple – you are looking to show space, light and shadow, and some indication of material change if that is important.

For Monday, December 5:

2D Line Drawings

For class, I would like you to produce the following 2d drawings of your project:

1/8″ Floor plans (all floors) – Show partitions, exterior walls and windows with the correct thickness, do not show door swings. Make sure you show stairs!

1/16″ Program diagram – Using your floor plans as a background, update your color-coded program diagrams to show the current layout

1/8″ Building Section (2) – choose two key sections through your building. You need to correctly show glazing, interior and exterior wall thickness, and floor thickness. Include scale people.

1/8″ Elevations (4) – Make sure you show the cut at the ground correctly. Use your rough elevations from your Rhino model as a background to begin drawing windows, doors, curtain walls. Include scale people.

Finally, 3d-printed massing models will be due on Wednesday, December 7 – prepare your Rhino model for printing and print early if you are able to.

For Wednesday, November 30:

Please finish your Library technology diagrams. Update your blog post before class, and print your diagrams for pin-up in class.

Please be able to talk about how you will incorporate your idea into your building. How might it change the architecture you are proposing? Think how you the idea might be present/visible in an interior rendering, even if it is not the main focus of the rendering.

For Monday, November 28:

Technology Brainstorming

For Monday, I would like you to take some time and brainstorm about how technology might be used in your library. This can take the form of hand sketches, found images, collage, Rhino diagrams. Think about how visitors to the library might use the internet access and e-materials in the library in a way that encourages social and civic engagement, rather than having an isolating effect.

If you haven’t finished your initial interior and exterior renderings (with people) or color-coded plans, finish those and submit them by 6pm Sunday so I can review them.

Happy Thanksgiving!

For Wednesday, November 23:

Concept Design Presentations

I would like you to take a stab at constructing a narrative for the concept of your project, in the form of a single 24″x36″ board. Try to make good use of Technical Mode renderings you have made, adding people and anything else you think is vital in Photoshop. Be concise – this isn’t a comprehensive description of your entire building, but rather a backbone that you can continue to build the project on. Not the whole song – give us the hook so that we can imagine the song writing itself. Some questions that your narrative might answer:

  • What is your unique approach to the library that makes this project vital to the community?
  • How does the massing and the form of your building complete the site?
  • What does this building contribute as an important public space to Roosevelt Island

In addition to renderings and [fresh] diagrams, you will need to include a set of 1/16″ color-coded plans showing your proposal for how the major spaces are laid out. For these plans, you should group the program into major groupings – “Service” areas are generally a light grey; experiment with different color combinations for other spaces (generally pastels work best). You only need major partitions – don’t spend a lot of time working out the plans, but think about circulation and make sure to put in stairs and/or ramps. I would suggest cutting your massing in Rhino to get an accurate base for the plans.

For Monday, November 21:

Interior and Exterior Design Development Renderings

Using Rhino’s “Technical Drawing Mode” (without hidden lines), make (5) interior eye-level renderings and (5) exterior eye-level renderings of your proposal. Experiment with turning “shadows” on under Tools>Options>View>Display Modes – this can give you a bit of shading, especially if you have a Rhino Sun in your scene. Save renderings as PNG files, and finish them in Photoshop. Be sure to save your camera views – you may wish to use these as a starting point for further Vray renderings!

Interior Renderings: Choose the key public space of your project. Model only what is necessary in Rhino to get your point across. Add people to your renderings for scale, perhaps sky beyond windows.

Exterior Renderings: Make sure to situate your building on the site model. Again, model only what is necessary to get a sense of the building – for example, curtain-wall mullions can be a grid of single lines, since Technical Drawing Mode will display curves. Add people, perhaps trees, perhaps a photographed background. The important thing is to look at your building from eye-level in context of the site.

For Wednesday, November 16:

Physical and Digital Iteration Presentations

Prepare your favorite iteration for presentation on a single 24×36 board. Put together diagrams and model iterations to explain to us how you got there, and be able to explain the key features of your design with diagrams.

Full plans are not necessary yet, but see what 2d and 3d diagrams that you can come up with to support your design. Make sure you are able to talk about the following:

  • What is your design’s attitude towards the old “physical” collection, and how can you make it as relevant to visitors that may be visiting for the digital offerings
  • What is your approach to the site?
  • How role does your library take in the Roosevelt Island community?
  • How does your design approach future flexibility? Imagine a time in ten-twenty years when all of the technologies are different and physical books may no longer be needed – how can the design evolve?

For Monday, November 14:

Physical Site Model and Design Iterations

The class will build a 1/16″ scale site model together. The model should be large enough to include the tall buildings, and the footings of the bridge. Roadways and sidewalks should be clear on the model, but keep the materials as simple as possible. Trees can be just wood dowels of the approximate right height, without their canopies.

Individually, you will generate five initial 2d iterations, and five 3d iterations:

Take time to write down a single narrative for how you would like to approach the project. What is the library’s role in the community? How does the building meet the street, and the public? How does the building fulfill both its public functions and its practical requirements?

Carefully read through the list of program spaces and try different groupings – public/private? quiet/loud? public/stacks/service? What different groupings make sense with the narrative you are developing? Where could these groups overlap, and where do they need separation? As the library becomes less a place of physical content (books and periodicals) and more a center of virtual content, how do the separations change? Membranes that were once physical (circulation desks and turnstyles) are now virtual or digital (copyrights and licensing). Make five 2d “bubble” diagrams for how different groupings of program might be, indicating the relative sizes of those programs, how they might overlap, and the membranes in between. A good precedent to look at are the diagrams made by OMA in developing the Seattle Library.

You will make five 3d iterations. You can make five versions of one of your 2d diagrams, or one version of each, whatever you like. Make 3d masses that correspond to your program groupings, and try different ways of stacking them and organizing them. You have no restrictions as to height of your building, but you must stay within your site. Make 3d diagrams in Rhino showing how the buildings go together, either as exploded axons or translucent color-coded drawings.

Finally, make five 3d sketch models of your iterations. Again, keep your materials simple – foam or museum board may be the best option here to make them stand out from a chipboard site model. Think about the skin of your building – does it cling tightly to your program massing, or is there space created between the skin and the program? Does the skin perform an expressive function in addition to containing the program?

For Wednesday, November 9:

Your assignment is to do another precedent study, similar to your housing studies. In addition to architectural drawings, I would like you to focus on the following specific to your project:

  • An approach to library organization that is unique to your project
  • An architectural feature that is unique to your project.

Produce a diagram for each of these two areas – really spend time on these diagrams and see if you can explain them with only the diagrams you are creating. The diagrams can be 3d drawings or 2d drawings, but try to make them work with a minimum of explanatory text. The diagrams must be your own, not diagrams you have found in your research.

You will arrange these two diagrams and the drawings for your building and several key photographs on a single 24×36 board, which you will present in class on Wednesday.

Here is the list of projects we will be examining:

  • James B. Hunt Jr. Library, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina – Snøhetta
  • Seville University Library, Seville, Spain- Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Vennesla Library, Vennesla, Norway- Helen and Hard Agency
  • Seattle Public Library, Seattle, Washington- Rem Koolhaas (OMA)
  • Musashino Art University Museum & Library, Tokyo, Japan- Sou Fujimoto
  • New York Public Library’s 53rd Street Branch- Proposed, New York, NY-Enrique Norten TEN Arquitectos
  • Kew Gardens Hills Library, Flushing, NY- Work AC
    Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt- Snøhetta
  • Far Rockaway Branch Library, Queens, NY- Snøhetta
  • Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale (BMVR), Caen, France- Rem Koolhaas (OMA)
  • Montauban Multimedia Library, Montauban, France- Colboc Franzen & Associés
  • Tama Art University Library, Tokyo, Japan- Toyo Ito
  • Kanazawa Umimirai Library, Kanazawa City, Japan- Coelacanth K&H Architects
  • Sendai Mediatheque, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan- Toyo Ito
  • Maranello Library, Maranello, Italy- Arata Isozaki and Andrea Maffei
  • Stuttgart City Library, Stuttgart, Germany- Eun Young Yi
  • Yale University Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, New Haven, CT- Gordon Bunshaft
  • Glen Oaks branch of the Queens Library, Glenn Oaks, NY- Marble Fairbanks
  • Bishan Public Library, Bishan, Singapore- LOOK Architects

For Monday, November 7:

Having visited the site on Roosevelt Island, your assignment is to start fleshing out your knowledge of the site. First, you need to build a site model from the Autocad Site Plan, similar to what you modeled for the house design.

Second, I would like you to choose one aspect of the site that you have questions about and go into detailed research to answer question, and find out as much as you can on that topic as it relates to the site and to Roosevelt Island. Some possible topics:

When were the buildings on Roosevelt Island built?

Who lives on Roosevelt Island?

Has that population changed over time?

What is the history of Roosevelt Island?

Your assignment is to write a blog post of at least 100 words describing your findings (pictures and links are important). Remember, the ideas here is to go deep on a small topic rather than trying cover a broad topic. Some useful websites:

http://www.oasisnyc.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roosevelt_Island#External_links – read the wikipedia page, then go look at the online sources cited there and go further.

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/planning/zoning/districts-tools/special-purpose-districts-manhattan.page

http://rihs.us/

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/islands-of-the-undesirables-roosevelt-island-blackwell-s-island

Finally, plug the site into Climate Consultant and get the usual set of climate data.

If you’re still reading, you have until Friday end-of-day to work on revising your Project #2 boards – if you have already resubmitted, you can edit what you’ve posted.

For Wednesday, November 2:

We will meet at the site of Project #3, on Roosevelt Island: 460 Main St, Manhattan 10044. Let’s meet across the street from 465 Main Street – I’m not sure what the current state of the site it. Come prepared to spend some time on the site, take pictures, and wander the neighborhood a bit. Print out the site plan ahead of time so you can take notes directly on it.

Here is a link to the site plan and a description of Project #3.

I suggest you also go to Oasis NYC and take a look at the site and the surrounding sites (our site is in Manhattan, technically, and is Block 1373, Lot 9 )

Deliverables for Mid Presentation, Monday October 31:

2D Drawings

Site Plan, Floor Plans, (2) Sections, Elevations at 1/8″ scale

Climate Research

Renderings

Exterior eye-level view and interior eye-level view

Diagrams

(3) diagrams describing important features of your design

Massing Model

1/16″ scale model of the site and your house

For Wednesday, October 19:

Project 02- 2d Drawings:

For Wednesday you need to organize the following 2d drawings on 24″x36″ sheets:

  • Floor plans (1/8″ = 1′, with wall thickness, room labels and door swings)
  • Site/roof plan (1/8″ = 1′, make sure to show the road, lake and property line)
  • Exterior elevations (1/8″ = 1′, all four sides)
  • Building Sections (1/8″ = 1′, at least two)

Do not include any 3d drawings yet – you need to be able to describe your house with 2d drawings!

For Monday, October 17:

Project 02- Final Plan and Massing:

Use this week to finalize the plan and massing for your house. Take your time and trust the process – you need to come up with a plan and massing scheme that you are happy enough with to carry you through the rest of the project.

If you get stuck, go back to your climate and site research and choose one of the strategies that Climate Consultant recommends, and see if you can come up with a plan that just maximizes that strategy.

Step 1 – Plan Iterations

  • Make rectangles for the program areas you are given, starting with the minimum size.
  • For each iteration, I recommend that you come up with a basic plan configuration that you think might work (for example – make an ‘L’-shaped building, with public spaces on the ground floor and private spaces on the top floor).
  • Try to fit the plan areas into your plan configuration, pushing and pulling the building outline and the program areas as needed. Remember to consider what areas want to be adjacent to each other, which areas need visual or physical access to the outside, which areas want to be far away from each other (for noise, privacy, etc).
  • Remember that some spaces can be double-height spaces, and that holes in plan between floors can mean outdoor spaces or double-height spaces for the floor above or overhangs for floors below.
  • When you have a configuration that you’re pretty confident will work, draw in your exterior walls and partitions.

Step 2 – Massing Iterations

  • When you have a couple of plans that you like, try building them as 3d massing volumes.
  • Once you are confident that your massing blocks are about the right size, stop looking at your plan and concentrate on the sculptural aspects of the massing. What opportunities does the arrangement of masses provide? How does your building address the site – it it located on the hillside or on the flat ground? Does your building have a ‘good’ side and a ‘bad’ side?
  • If you aren’t happy with a massing, are there things you can do to adjust it?

Step 3 – Marrying the Plan and the Massing

  • When you have a plan and a massing that you like, you now need to adjust the plan to accommodate what you have learned in 3d. You can use the section command from a side view to get the true outline at each floor of your massing. Redraw your plan to fit inside the actual confines of your floors.

Step 4 – Elevations and Plans

  • For Monday, you need to have 1/8″ elevations and plans and a 1/16″ site plan of your chosen scheme. I suggest you make a set of rough elevations with the site visible and use them to think about glazing and openings on all sides of the building ( if your building is partially buried in the hillside and you have a window that is buried, you will have to carve out the hillside so that window is exposed). For this round, you can draw in doors and windows on the 2d drawings, or you can take the time to model them in 3d.
  • For your site plan, you should show the contours of the site and trees as very light lines. Remember, you can get new contours by using the contour command, especially if you are modifying the site.

Step 5 – Massing model for 3d printing

  • Finally, you should have your massing model prepared for a 1/16″ scale 3d print. You can just use plane volumes with no articulation, or you can draw “windows” on the massing solids by going to a side view and using wirecut to slightly inset the outlines of the glazing into the side of the massing solid (this can also be used for roof features, like if you have a flat roof and a parapet).

Feel free to play and make arbitrary choices in any step in the process – you may find that you discover something in the process that is quite meaningful. If you get really stuck, here is a website you can go to for advice (refresh the page for new advice): http://www.oblicard.com/

Also, feel free to post things you are working on to the blog (I’d rather you put them where the whole class can see them, instead of just sending them to me) – I will comment once or twice a day on new posts.

For Wednesday, October 5:

Project 02- Plan and Massing Iterations:

For this long week, you are going to produce a number of iterations for your design.

PLAN ITERATIONS

You will produce (5) different plans for your house. Keep things simple – start with closed polylines for the different plan areas in Rhino. When you are satisfied with each plan, add in partitions and door openings, but no door swings.

MASSING ITERATIONS

You will produce (5) different massing proposals for your house using Tsplines in Rhino. Starting each with a 10’x10’x10′ cube, use a number of distinct steps to reach a form that you like. Keep your plan iterations in mind for the rough size of each mass, but don’t worry yet about matching them up just yet. Document the steps of each iteration using axonometric diagrams and Rhino’s Technical Drawing Mode – add 3d arrows as necessary to explain the justification for each move.

You will layout your iterations on one or two 24×36 sheets for presentation in class.

Here is a tutorial which we will go through in class introducing T-splines: https://www.dropbox.com/s/97w47ehe9njhydf/TSplines%20Tutorial.pdf?dl=0

For Wednesday, September 28:

Project 02- A Future Dwelling in the Woods:  Design Narrative + Climate Research

DESCRIPTION

The objective of this project is for students to develop and apply a design intention to a built structure with a small program. Students will be expected to develop a logic between the interior and exterior of the project. Particular attention will be paid to the layout of the interior spaces. Sustainable design features will be addressed and considered.

SITE

You can find an Autocad DWG of your site at https://www.dropbox.com/s/avn4mo1kedrxqnc/ARCH2310_Site%20Plan_Project%2002.dwg?dl=0

The six different sites are as follows:

  1.  Jones Mills, PA 
  2. Asheville, NC 
  3. Missoula, MT 
  4. Keenbrook, CA 
  5. Whispering Pines, AZ 
  6. Grand Rapids, Manitoba, Canada 

PROCESS

Students will develop a concept to apply to the design of a house for a family of three or four. Students will research sustainable design features that might be considered in the design of a house. The design should incorporate a coherent relationship between interior and exterior spaces.

PROGRAM

You have been asked to design a house for a painter, computer programmer and their family in the woods. They would like a house that they can both live and work in. The house must stay within a 30’x30’x30’ envelope and be multilevel.
Program below is required. Program may vary according to your concept:

Area Size (Approx) Function
Live: 500-800sf Social space
Eat: 100-200sf For formal and informal dining
Cook: 70-200sf May be combined with eating area – Include all standard fixtures
Sleep (Primary): 150-300sf Include closets
Sleep (2 Kids): 150-200sf/ each Include closets
Work Varies: Work area for each adult
Entry: 50-80sf Include closets
Bathrooms: Include (1) full bathroom, (1) half bathroom
Storage: 100sf

Open space, decks, terraces as required.
Rules: Site approach, driveways, walks and landscape must be designed.

STRUCTURE

Minimum floor to floor height to be 9′-0″. Minimum ceiling height to be 8′-0″.
Floor slabs to be 1’-0” thick.
Roof assemblies to be 18″ thick. Slabs are 6″. Planted roof areas to be a minimum of 36″ deep.
Exterior walls, bearing walls & retaining walls are a minimum of 1’-0” thick.
Non-load bearing walls & interior partitions to be a minimum of 5″ thick.

ASSIGNMENT– Design Narrative and Climate Research
Design Narrative
Individually develop a project narrative. Given current lifestyle trends consider how you imagine a family might live 10 years from now. What types of spaces will they need? What are the anticipated adjacencies of these spaces? This narrative should describe your design intention and be used to guide your design process.

Tools: Writing

Climate research (analysis and design)
Based on the climate analysis workshop in the precedent study, you are required to present the climate study of the given site. Must choose at least two (2) climatic design strategies by using Climate Consultant. Must study the application of sustainable principles you learned from sustainable design principles from the building you studied.

Next week:
PRINT on A SINGLE  24×36 sheet and prepare to present the climate research and narrative in next class.
Post a link to your narrative and climate research on Open Lab.

For Wednesday, September 21:

Final Presentation, Project #1

For Wednesday, you will pull together all the material you have created about your precedent house and put together two 24″x 36″ boards to describe the design. Remember, you are now an expert on this house, and you need to be able to present the design to us.

You can pick and choose from the drawings, diagrams and climate data you have, but at minimum you should have:

Floor plans

Sections (at least two)

All elevations

You should not use any drawings or diagrams from your sources, though you may use photos of your project on your boards. Make sure that everything on your boards has a reason for being there.

For those of you who have not turned in all of your assignments, be aware that this is your last chance to submit work for Project #1. You will have a chance to make changes to your boards after Wednesday before you post them on the blog, but late work will not be accepted.

For Monday, September 19:

Assignment: Diagramming

For next week, you will prepare a series of diagrams describing the design of your precedent house. Export them to PDF and post them on the blog, and we will take a look at them on the screen in class.

Diagram 1 – Public and Private Space: draw a plan diagram showing what spaces are presented to short-term visitors to the house.

Diagram 2 – Environmental Envelope: in plan and section, draw a diagram of where the physical envelope of the building is. If there are openings that are designed to blur the distinction between inside and outside, where are they?

Diagram 3 – Daylighting: In section, draw a diagram of how the design works in section to let daylight into the house and distribute it.

Diagram 4 – Natural Ventilation: In section, show how the design might encourage natural (non-mechanical) air flow through the house.

For Wednesday, September 14:

Assignment: Precedent Drawings

Prepare a single 24″x 36″ board to pin up at the beginning of class with the following drawings:

Roof plan

Floor plans

(4) Elevations

(3) Sections

Drawings should be in 1/8″ = 1′ scale. I recommend that you print a PDF of each drawing from Autocad and spend some time laying them out in InDesign.

For Monday, September 12:

Assignment: Model the climate for your Precedent House

We will be using Climate Consultant 6.0 for this assignment. It is installed on lab computers, and it is also a free download: http://www.energy-design-tools.aud.ucla.edu/climate-consultant/request-climate-consultant.php

A brief tutorial can be found at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ach88f7n950l91u/Climate%20Consultant%20Tutorial.pdf?dl=0

For Monday, please create a 24″x 36″ PDF board (to go with your initial Precedent board) describing the climate of your house and how the design responds to the climate. If information from the designer is not available, you will have to be creative in deciding what the architect’s intentions may have been.

You need to have the following diagrams:

A psychometric diagram with the Summer/Winter Comfort Zones highlighted

Wind diagrams for October-March and April-September

An annual temperature diagram

Winter-Spring and Summer-Fall sun shading diagrams

You will need to interpret these diagrams to understand what your architect’s approach to the environment was!

Here are some questions to consider about how the design works with the environment:

What sort of architectural features were added to accommodate the environment? (Solar shading, thermal mass, size of the windows, do the windows open?)

What architectural features are working against the environment of the house – features that were chosen for aesthetic impact and must be “fixed” with technology? (better glass, more air conditioning or heating)

What strategies in the siting of the house were used to improve the performance of the house? (orientation, relationship to grade, location of trees)

Is your house designed for year-round occupancy, or for specific seasons? What might have to be changed to make it habitable year-round?

For Wednesday, September 7:

EDIT: Prof. Clay-Youman can be available Tuesday morning at 10am to meet with students with specific Rhino modelling problems – please email him if you would like 1-on-1 help. We will meet at the department office on the 8th floor and find a place to work.

Assignment: Model your Precedent House in Rhino

We have a long weekend to work on our Rhino modelling.

How do you start? I would suggest starting from floor plans: bring in scans of your plans using Rhino’s PictureFrame command, and use Scale to make them full-size in Rhino (you may also have to use Units to set the correct units for your project – remember some of you may be modelling in meters because of where your House is located). Also bring in and scale your sections and elevations. For now, line these up in the Top view so it is easier to line things up.

Draw the floorplan as Polylines, being careful to connect the ends of all of the lines. Draw the walls as having thickness – so each wall will be drawn as a double line. Make sure you are drawing flat on the construction plane. Use layers to keep your different levels separate. I would suggest making doorways in the next step using a boolean.

Select your floorplan partitions and make sure all your lines are closed polylines. Extrude the whole floor plan (you can find the height on your sections), making sure to check ‘solid’ in the options. Extrude another polyline for your floor slab.

Make solid Boxes the height and width of your door openings, and use BooleanSubtraction to remove them from your partitions. When you have finished a floor, you may want to boolean the floor slab and partitions together – in any case, you should at least grooup them so you don’t move them accidentally.

Finally, in ‘Side’ view, move the floor to it’s correct elevation.

Remember, it is often easier to model complicated things like stairs in a side view first and rotate them into position. Rather than making individual treads, try to think of the whole stairs as a solid.

For Wednesday, August 31:

Assignment: Precedent Study- Part 01
Prepare a precedent study on a house from the list below that will be assigned to you. Research the architect and the house and understand the architect’s design concept and the layout of the house. In your presentation be sure to include the architect, year the house was built, location, square footage, design concept, sustainable design principles, sketches, plans, sections, elevations, 3d views and photos. Be able to explain why the house was designed the way it was and locate all of the major spaces in the house.

Here are some questions to consider about your house:

How did the location of the house (urban/rural, cold climate/warm climate) effect the design of the house?

How did the technology of the era in which the house was built effect the design?

Was this house designed for a specific occupant, or a generic occupant?

Do you think this house was designed first from the inside-out, or outside-in?

How does the external form of the house serve the owner?

Make sure to include a reference grid for the major structural elements (bearing walls, columns, etc).

Is there another grid that was used in designing the house in addition to the structural grid?

Format on 24×36 sheets and post a link on Open Lab (https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/blog/help/adding-images-to-your-site/).
PRINT and prepare to present the assignment in next class.

1. Curtain Wall House, Tokyo Japan, by Shigeru Ban
2. Slip House, London UK, by Carl Turner Architects
3. Cascade house, Toronto Canada, by Paul Raff Studio
4. The Carnegie Center for Global Ecology in Stanford, CA, EHDD Architecture
5. Loblolly house, Maryland US, by Kieran Timberlake Architect
6. Sunlighthouse, Austria, by Hein-Troy Architekten
7. Meridian view, DC US, iStudio Architects
8. ZEB Pilot House, Larvik, Norway, by Snøhetta
9. E+ // 226-232 Highland Street Townhouses, Boston US, by ISA-Interface Studio Architects
10. Seasonless House / Casos de Casas, Castelló Spain, by Irene Castrillo Carreira y Mauro Gil-Fournier Esquerra Arquitectos
11. Solar Umbrella- Brooks + Scarpa
12. Delta Shelter, Olson Kundig
13. Y House, Steven Holl
14. Lambert House, Richard Meier
15. Simpson Lee House, Glenn Murcott
16. Planar House, Steven Holl
17. Tower House- Peter Gluck
18. Solar Hemicycle Jacobs II- Frank Lloyd Wright

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