Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Year 1, Project 5: The Plan

Assignment: From the ideas-concepts-figural elements in your analysis from part A of this assignment, create a new composition (planesque).
Composition Format and Requirements:

1. 7 to 10 spaces.
2. The number and scale of spaces should include: 1 large, 2-3 medium,
3-4 small, 1-2 very small. (don’t consider function or this being a building or focus on flow/circulation)
3. Ideas of figural definition, spatial closure and organization from each architect/building/place analyzed should be considered/combined to create a new compositional gestalt -PARTI. Do not just focus on one
plan, function, or an architect but combine ideas to make a new gestalt – a new composition. This is not a building plan.
4. Don’t forget the nature of the 7 ¾ by 7 ¾ “site.”
5. A variety of spatial/compositional ideas must be present.
6. The process/visual notes of generating a new composition must be evident in your journal and/or other supplementary drawings.

This assignment resembles project 3, except this time we aren't given a set "kit of parts." Part A of this assignment was to diagram and research some very famous historical architecture and come up with ideas for this assignment. My major influences came from the Barcelona Pavilion, Frank Lloyd Wrights Guggenheim museum and Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye. The sketchbook pages to the left diagram some of my process sketches (the page on top was an idea I decided not to do, the one on the bottom I followed through with)

Final Selection

To the right you can see some more diagramming of comments from the pinup I got from my professor. My "Plan" seemed to be the simplest out of my group of classmates, but still was able to define those 7-10 spaces. There was a clear path of movement. A main design element I decided to incorporate was the gestalt principle of continuity. The top of the composition seems to go off the page, but your mind will tend to complete a circle figure, or perhaps something else, but the point is that your mind wants to go off the page in some way. This helped me out in the next assignment in which we took these plans and extended them into axonometric drawings.

Wondering what "Red Dot Story" is? The next blog post will be all about that =)

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