Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
This diagram is NOT a tracing of the plan - It does not bear forth the DETAILS - but maintains the plan as a footprint/silhouette/phantom while HIGLIGHTING the different categories of Parti.
Often the Parti of the building will not be clear just by looking at the building. Hence, research and reading is an essential part of this investigation, to find how the enclosure really works or how the circulation really works - Sometimes plans can be deceiving so you need to be alert!
Thinking of the three types of Pre-Modern parti diagrams explained by Xing can be used as A WAY FORWARD into this exercise. However, for more complex buildings such an exercise can be more RETROSPECTIVE such that you think of which of the 3 Pre-Modern Parti's does the parti of your Villa remind you of.
Thanks for your spontaneous and enthusiastic participation in the informal presentation in Week 2. This is my version of Studio Task Week 3.
What we will do
For Week 3, we will not have presentations. However, you will need to attend studio for the full 4 hours to show work already done at home AS WELL AS start or complete new work in preparation for submission in Week 4. In other words, be prepared with tracing sheets, pens and pencils (and other drawing tools), tapes, drawing boards, computers, and model making materials to attend the four hours of studio with a level of seriousness and commitment.
Things you need to complete or develop (not hurried first attempts!!)
Finalized Parti Diagrams to the right scale - no incomplete tracings will be accepted - the method for making Parti diagrams could be derived by studying the Richard Meier diagram on the master blogsite and other diagrams from the links on my blogsite
Poche renderings at the right scale must be attempted - Not sketchy and vague - but developed and skillful understanding of light/dark, solid/void in section and plan - See today's postings on the blogsite for ideas
Model in Process - Some of you may already have started making the model. You can continue this process in the studio. (Some students have queries about model making that I have sent to Xing, and I am waiting to hear back but you can proceed till then).
What not to do
Dont leave additional materials like books and photocopies at home or your work at home :-) You have locker space which should be used for this.
I look forward to an inspiring studio session! I have made a number of postings on the blog site that you will find useful. Thanks and see you then. In addition, keep following the blogsite - I will upload information when I can - Also, you can use it to communicate with me.
When you study these images, consider whether darkening the walls or reversing the technique is appropriate to your Villa. Both types have been used. Also, keep in mind that the modern villa may or may not exhibit such obvious variations between solids and voids (deep pockets of space) because of shifts in technology and material properties of the built fabric. Hence, your poche renderings may refer to lightness in addition to heaviness.
See Soane's rendering of The Bank of England which focussed on the lightness of space.
For other techniques of Poché see Charles Correa's renderings for
Vidhan Sabha (Bhopal, India) and Hindustan Lever Pavilion (Delhi, India)
Try to learn from their representation techniques without copying directly
Pay keen attention to the categories like Distorted symmetry and Enclosure
A key reference could be The familiar and the unfamiliar in twentieth-century architecture By Jean La Marche P 724.6/165
Also, see this book Venturi and Rauch. 1975. Vanna Venturi house, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1962 : Peter Brant house, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1973 : Carll Tucker III house, Westchester County, New York, 1975. Call No:CFAF 720.924/VEN/1
Monday, March 16, 2009
In addition to your own references, a good site for understanding the compositional principles of Villa Muller http://www.desyndicate.de/inhalt/downloads/Adolf_Loos-The_Life-The_Theories-Villa_Mueller.pdf
Hopefully, you can come up with your own analysis without deriving too much from this.
We will run this as a short and informal 'pin up' presentation for 2 hours, then break for 10 and resume with studio work and desk crits till 6.
- Please come prepared with a full set of parti diagrams (first and second attempts), free hand sketches are fine
- Free hand poché rendering 1: 100 (first attempt) of key plans and sections
- A study model (rough working model in either paper or balsa wood (1: 200 or 1: 100) showing where the section is
- Verbal presentation to the tutor or the group re the background story of the chosen villa
All drawings MUST be to scale
Tracing sheets must have white backing
Look forward to your discoveries!