While we were in the 9th studio of undergrad architecture we had a
project of designing a children's organization headquarter building in
I tried to design it in two different face and part... one for
specially the children and the organization itself and the other face
of the building is for the public. See this project in discussion in
I'm curious why, in the final presentation, the perspectives are left
to the end.
Yes, the presentation is to architecturally savvy critics, judges, and
classmates who could all be expected to read the more dry drawings but
a perspective can say so much about the general. They're also a little
Which COULD be a reason to save them for the end, bracket the
presentation with flash.
Still, my inclination would be to give the viewer a general base from
which to work and interpret the rest.
Classic critic comment. Whatever you did could have been done a
different way and you must be chastised for doing it the way you did.
Or just as easily not. Would lifting it be so much better? I don't
know. An auditorium includes lots of traffic; I'd think easy in/out
would be a good thing. Public to private gradient from ground to roof.
As it is, you've provided a nice private roof garden rather than a
dimly lit ground level cavern under an uninterrupted dark auditorium
By ninth semester, if you aren't doing this already, it's a wonder
you're still in design. Did you do as he says? Does he know this from
watching you work the project? Or is this just some comment based on
the fact that you didn't fill up the board with process?
I've seen both admonishments already in my career: "Why isn't every
single scrap and coffee stained paper napkin you breathed on during
the course of this project pinned to the wall?" "What's all this
crap?" No doubt it's a combination of "pushing the students to learn
some thing" and "we all have different arbitrary preferences".
It seems to me that your presentation consists of _this is what this
project IS_. I don't know how to look at your presentation and figure
out that you just settled on the first idea in your head.
Maybe because it isn't full of unbuildable fantasy garbage? Though I
would have expected that to be done with by fifth year.
So, what's the realy story eh? ;-)
We had one idiot in first year who would say, not matter what you did,
"Awhhhhh. What would you want to *THAT* for?!"
It was his job to beat oput of you the confidence in your own thinking
processes so that the other guys could then substitute theirs for yours
before the end of the year.
Yes, they have existing buildings on the site but we were supposed to
ignore them. Not an addition or remodel, a new facility on this bit of
Our designs were to fit new programmatic requirements (real or
imagined as per the assignment).
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