ARC 101

ARC 101– Arch Design Studio 1

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Course No.: 10132

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2017 Fall

Location: Crosby – 1, 2 & 3

Meeting Day(s): Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Meeting Time: 1:00PM - 4:20PM

Faculty: Hume, Tashjian

Architecture is an interdisciplinary field that involves art, mathematics, media, science, technology, social sciences, history, politics, social sciences, philosophy, and, of course, the other design disciplines. Vitruvius stated that “Architecture is a science, arising out of many other sciences, and adorned with much and varied learning: by the help of which a judgment is formed of those works which are the result of other arts.” In the first year studio, we are introduced to architecture through these many disciplines, and, in turn, learn about these disciplines through the lens of architecture. In this sense, an architectural education might be considered a liberal arts education with a specific purpose.

The studio is a participatory, experiential design laboratory that provides a working forum for developing conceptual awareness and critical thinking in design. Our primary agenda is to examine the many factors that influence our experience of space and how we affect space through what we construct. Through a project series, you will develop general abilities in visual/material literacy, conceptualization, and critical thought/action.

In the studio, we explore drawing and modeling as interdependent design activities. Our two-dimensional work informs and tests our three-dimensional work and vice versa. Studio projects emphasize the development of 2D and 3D constructions as: 1) modes of seeing, thinking, and making, and 2) representational techniques for developing and presenting design concepts. We develop architectural proposals by using processes of architectural production (drawing, photography, material construction, etc.) as investigative tools. Together, we develop awareness and understanding of visual, constructive, and spatial logics.

We design, diagram, draw, model and build a set of three related projects that move from hand-held scale to human scale to building scale.

An overarching objective of this course is to introduce you to methods of working based on studio culture. However, there are several specific objectives as well. In particular, we:

  • consider ways that drawing, diagramming, imaging, modeling, and building can be used for architectural investigation
  • develop facility in a variety of media techniques and conventions appropriate to design processes
  • explore ways that space is articulated by the instruments and methodologies we adopt for looking, projecting, and experiencing
  • analyze materials and space relative to their constructed logic or one applied to them
  • study scale and proportion in relation to the human body
  • develop an understanding of basic structure, construction and projection to describe spatial/material relationships
  • investigate geometric/spatial description and analyze projected and actual conditions
  • consider design in both its physical and cultural contexts