ARC 201 Design Studio 1
This course is a fundamental inquiry into the nature of spatial composition. Line, plane, mass and volume will be investigated through a series of abstract exercises. The final project will synthesize all of these elements.
1. Development of the following three ethics: analytical, material and spatial. See course topics below.
2. Ability to raise clear and precise questions, use abstract ideas to interpret information, consider diverse points of view, reach well-reasoned conclusions, and test them against relevant criteria and standards [NAAB criterion 2].
3. Ability to use appropriate representational media, including freehand drawing and computer technology, to convey essential formal elements at each stage of the programming and design process [NAAB criterion 3].
4. Understanding of the fundamentals of visual perception and the principles and systems of order that inform two- and three-dimensional design, architectural composition, and urban design [NAAB criterion 5].
5. Ability to use basic architectural principles in the design of buildings, interior space, and sites [NAAB criterion 6].
Course Structure & Topics
Wednesdays: workdays, except when new assignment presentations/lectures will be given
Mondays: reviews or essay discussions
Fridays: guest lectures
In addition to the NAAB criteria, the 201 studio curriculum engenders an analytic ethic that exercises inquisitiveness and rigorous investigation, a material ethic composed of understanding of material properties and the craft of manual dexterity and intention, and finally, a spatial ethic formed from an understanding of the interrelationships between form and space, light as a precise phenomenon in its many variations, and scale in relation to the human body.
Project 1: Create a spatial composition using line (string) in an existing landscape to ‘draw out', intensify or amplify inherent spaces and engage the body.
Project 2: Create a dynamic spatial composition, i.e., understand that the description of space as an active medium is dependent on form, through using planes within a bounded and planar space.
Project 3: Create dynamic spatial relationships in mass and space through a process of subtraction and addition, using formwork and cast form.
Project 4: In a process of synthesis, create a scaled form to be occupied by the human body, in various states of activity or relaxation, using the architectural proto-elements of mass, line and plane.
Project 5: From a thorough study the given site, create an instrument that amplifies a specific phenomenon, extends the range of perception, or transforms data.
Project 6: This exercise is designed to both increase and act as the culmination of students' perceptive and cognitive awareness and studies of space/form relationships this semester. In addition, it adds two new dimensions, of phenomenon and of program [a particular use for the place being created]. In completing this project students should demonstrate the potential of mass, plane and line to define and extend existing spatial conditions so that they appeal to the bodily and intellectual experience.
Students are required to complete all projects on time and in a satisfactory manner. Students are expected to be engaged in the ongoing discourse of the design studio, through participation in formal or informal design reviews, group, faculty/student or and peer-to-peer discussions about the assigned essays, faculty and guest lectures, projects in studio and as they relate to their other coursework. Students are expected to attend all of the guest lectures, unless they have a previous engagement or must work, as part of the design studio curriculum.