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Architecture Design Studio I

“Community and Privacy – Building in Earthtexture”

The work for the semester is the designing of places for community and privacy. These are always the two main issues that we have as architects. How to make spaces that can respond to the needs of the community for joyful livable placers of interaction and how to respond to the dreams of individuals to provide for a joyful livable place of their own.

The second concern is building on the land or – earthtexture. Earthtexture includes land, sky, air, wind, sun, context- all the influence what we design. Architecture happens in the space between the sky and land and the designs for the studio will always take this into account.
We will also explore materials and structures that can relate to earthtexture and to give architectural meaning to the forms. It is with an understanding of materials/structures that we can give form to our ideas of architecture.

Finally, and most important, we will be understanding and reflecting the ideas and dreams of the people we are designing for. Architecture is an echo of our society and culture and at the same time it can influence the way that people relate to their surroundings.

There are four projects for the semester.

The first project is designing a “ Performance Place” in an abandoned quarry in Rockport near Boston. The concern is how to design a cover for the sky- sky form - and a platform for the land – landform -that can give people shelter from the wind, sun, rain, and snow while enjoying a performance of your choice. In addition, there needs to be a small building for storage and toilets. All designs must either carve into the quarry or quarry stones to be used in the design. Just using the natural area is not the intend but to design a structure that is compatible with nature.

The second project is a short building project to design an “A Place for Shelter” This will be designed and built the total studio. The project will explore creative uses of materials, such as bamboo, that are recycled or inexpensive to provide a shelter that will be taken to the Enicott House and assembled for an overnight time. This project will be done with Chris Dewart.

The third project is to design an “A Individual Place in the Sky” on the rooftops and walls of buildings in the North End. This is another translation of land and we will treat the area as a quarry, the buildings being sides of this quarry. Sites will be on rooftops, on sides of the quarry/buildings, or both. There will be as many sites as designers in the studio and each will be asked to pick a site –space- and design a place for you to live and work while projecting your life ten years from now. Designs will have a program not to exceed 1000 square feet, which is about 5 times what most of the people in the world live in. Each house must connect in some way to a neighbor so that there will be village in the sky. Again the architecture must not only relate to the sky and land but also attached to the walls or roof.

The last project and longest part, is to design an “A Coming Together Place” for members of your studio on a site in the same area. The project is the making of a small building of about 25,000 square feet that will contain, an auditorium/theater, work rooms, living places…..The program for the building is to be designed by each studio member but must include the auditorium/theater space. Adjacent to this building will be a small “earthplace” a place related to nature that might be enjoyed by not only your community but also others in the North End community.

During the semester, designing mediums will include many kinds of sketch modeling, sketching, making of full size pieces of the building and drawing methods both that you used last semester and new ones. In addition we will be working in digital programs, such as photo shop, power point, digital programs that can be useful in explaining your design.

Other issues for the semester include, the making of the space and space within, the making of large scale and human size spaces, the making of light and shadow and the making of beautiful architecture.

More on presentation day – September 6.
First studio meeting will be on Thursday, September 8 at 1:00pm.