Architecture 101 Learning Por2olio By: Alexander A. Resler Instructor: Jerry Lum Monday & Wednesday 3-‐6pm 03-‐14-‐12
Ice breaker: Bare Bones (Itera0on 1) 1-‐20-‐12 In our ﬁrst week iteraKon I was confused on what item I would use to represent our bare bone design. I wanted to choose an item that I enjoyed and used oOen. The item that immediately came in mind was a guitar pick. Its simple shape and its curvilinear aRributes caught my aRenKon.
Ice breaker: Bare Bones ( First IteraKon ) 1-‐20-‐12
Materials: The materials I used to construct my design were toothpicks. The design intension to use toothpicks derived on the cost of cheap material. In the design process there were eﬀec0ve procedures and ineﬀec0ve ones. The s0ﬀness of the toothpicks made it diﬃcult to give it its roundness shape, so I preceded to soak the toothpicks for an hour to achieve a more ﬂexible bend from them. For adhesives I used crazy glue to allow the s0cks to hold faster. What I learned from our ﬁrst itera0on is that my design should have been larger in scale and by doing so the complexity of the design increases in parts. Also, if the designer does not commit to the design the outcome of the project wont be eﬀec0ve to viewers. Most importantly I learned that design hierarchy is a good element in ones design process.
Second IteraKon (1-‐25-‐12)
This week I changed the materials being used, the toothpicks in last weeks itera0on were too s0ﬀ and unaPrac0ve. For this weeks design I used colorful paper clips to catch the viewers aPen0on towards the design. The paper clips were more forgiving in bending and shaping into a curvilinear shape. To increase the boldness of the paper clips I twisted them together for the scale to be larger. This design I felt wasn’t as complex as I would of liked it to be, but I did succeed in making the scale of it larger. In areas that I can improve in, I would like to see my design develop in greater speciﬁci0es in design inten0ons. Also, the rhythm of the design feels too boring and slow paced. The journey of the design needs to be more complex and branch out like diﬀerent routes on a freeway. On my future itera0on I would want my design to have more regularity and paPerns in it, so it can develop a rhythm throughout the design.
Third IteraKon (1-‐30-‐12)
This week we started to incorporate gesture drawings into our design process. At ﬁrst, I was hesitant on the drawing process coming from a back round of zero drawing abili0es. I thought it would be problema0c for me, but the gesture drawings helped capture the energy and movement within my thought process. This week Jerry wanted us to apply dynamics into our design, so the design can perceive as if it was in mo0on. We talked about applying mo0on through ver0cal, horizontal, parallel, right angles and ver0cal spiral aspects. By responding to mo0on the design gets a sense of energy of chaos, explosiveness or even aPributes of slow mo0on. From my itera0on this week I discovered new materials to use within my design. I stumbled across 12 dozen egg crates in front of a market and analyzed the shape of the egg crates. They had a concave shape within the inside and thought it could be used to show mo0on within my design.
Fourth IteraKon (02-‐01-‐12)
FiOh IteraKon (02-‐13-‐12) This week Jerry showed us a video clip of Philip Beesley and his exhibit on hylozoic ground it was one of the most interes0ng and inspiring videos we’ve seen in class. Hylozoic is deﬁned as life coming out of materials. In this weeks itera0on I applied hylozoic aPributes into my design. Within this design I was trying to show quali0es of mo0on from the repe00on of the pick moving downwards. Also, another aPribute that I liked in my design was the space within a space. What I didn’t like of the design, was that the propor0ons of each level came out diﬀerent than each one. The materials I used made it diﬃcult to make each level propor0onal and that’s something I will keep in mind for future itera0ons. This week we applied narra0ves to out design process, I feel that the narra0ves helped on direc0ng my work to be more speciﬁc within the design.
FiOh IteraKon (NarraKve) You walk into the room where your guitar stands tall, like a worthy adversary . You ﬁnd yourself scaPering around your room looking for your main weapon against your guitar. At last the pick of des0ny is in your hand and ready for baPle. As the pick rests ﬁrmly between your thumb and index ﬁnger your heart begins to race with an0cipa0on. From your crea0vity a single note of E minor rings out, you visualize the pick slowly hiYng all six strings in a downward mo0on. As the pick hits each string, the front end of the pick bends with the mo0on of the downward strum crea0ng a beau0ful note.
Sixth IteraKon (02-‐22-‐12)
This week I feel that I didn’t commit to my design. I was trying to interpret music as a journey and how it can take you to diﬀerent distant memories. Music for me connects all individuals together, no maPer where you live or any physical appearances. I feel that my ideas were on point, but the materials I worked with held down my design. Also, the literalness of the design is keeping it from ﬂowering into a new complex itera0on. My design consists of paper clips on an eleva0on of a guitar pick body, within the body there are four spiral mo0ons. The four spirals represents diﬀerent journeys that music can take you on. This weeks itera0on we started to apply tracing paper into our design process its been helping with visualizing diﬀerent idea concepts.
Seventh IteraKon (02-‐27-‐12) In this weeks itera0on I changed my materials from paper clips to wooden skewers. I feel by using wooden skewers it helped me regulate lines bePer and achieve propor0on through triangular ﬁgures. Also, I used the Fibonacci series to symmetrically order the thread to expand in diameter by doubling as each division occurs. In this weeks itera0on some ideas on improving are, that the joints in the structure were to 0ght and were leading to too much tension within the design. A new idea Jerry told us to do to help our design process was to create a 0meline of all our itera0ons to show a process of growth. By doing so it visually shows us on what ideas we had in past worked and what design process’s didn’t work.
Eighth IteraKon (03-‐06-‐12)
Ninth IteraKon (03-‐08-‐12)
This week were incorpora0ng skin into our design, by applying a new idea into our itera0on many new ideas will brew up in our crea0ve process. In this weeks itera0on I concentrated on crea0ng a spa0al experience by crea0ng a ver0cal eleva0on through my design. I feel that this week has been the most 0me consuming and stressful class mee0ngs we’ve had in the en0re semester. Itera0ons are becoming more complex in ideas, structures, paPerns and organiza0on. My new itera0on at the moment is unknown to me, from feeling so stressed from my other class’s, inspira0on has been diﬃcult to ﬁnd. The new tectonic language we’ve gained from the course has been changeling. The changeling part of shaping our vocabulary has been, when we present our itera0ons we need to use speciﬁc transforma0ve ac0ons to describe our design.
ReﬂecKon (04-‐09-‐12) In this weeks itera0on we’ve been discussing our ﬁnal project, and how were going to organize the site. We talked about the intro of the site, organiza0on, seYng standards, research and site Analysis. Jerry talked to us about our goals of expressing and iden0fying emo0ve feelings by correla0ng design concepts, principles, tectonic language into our ﬁnal project. In my ﬁnal proje-‐ ct I’m trying hard to incorporate all our lessons, that I’ve learned from previous itera0ons and Class mee0ngs. Such as, contrasts can manifest itself in many ways, arrangements of things are Important (primary/secondary). Our class was given the task to build our ﬁnal project on the hill-‐ Side “country”. I’m nervous and excited about star0ng this project, some factors that fear me are Wind factor, slope of the hill, building in dirt and rain.
Tenth IteraKon For my tenth iteraKon Jerry wanted us to bring in three design concepts for every class meeKng. At ﬁrst I was shocked and didn’t think I was able produce three designs, but I proved myself wrong. With these 3 designs my intensions were to create a place of relaxaKon where students can relax and be sheltered from the vigorous winds. With my ﬁrst design I created space within space for the roof porKon. I used a theme of squares gradually decreasing creaKng a smaller square in the middle of the roof. I incorporated the wind and light into the design by having skin on two sides of the design. The purpose of the light factor is to shin into the node and create paRerns of light inside the design. What I didn’t like about this iteraKon was that the frame of the design is to obvious and it looks like a cabana for paKo.
Tenth IteraKon Pictures
With this itera0on I was s0ll stuck on the concept on crea0ng a node, so the design frame is the same as my last itera0on. In this itera0on I created a paPern of hexagons decreasing into a smaller hexagon in the middle. I put skin over the small hexagon and punctured small wholes to create paPern of sun light that would be projected onto the ground. I closed oﬀ one side of the wall and applied skin to the le_ and right of it blocking the wind ﬂow.
TwelOh IteraKon Pictures
ReﬂecKon (04-‐16-‐12) This week I’ve been researching new design concepts and trying to ﬁnd unique styles of frames to incorporate within my design. Last weeks itera0on I felt I came up short handed and lacked complexity and uniqueness. This week I’ve been interested and inspired in the Russian architect Vladimir Tatlin. Tatlin created the monument to the third interna0onal (Tatlin Towers). His work inspired me with his curvilinear shapes running through the top of the structure. During class we’ve organizing how our country will ﬁt into the hillside and what diﬀerent sec0ons will be incorporated. Marco and I will be taking on the task to create a pathway unifying all the students designs together. Are goals for this week are to respond to a speciﬁc site aspects, develop unity within all installa0ons, and research what materials, tools and components will be used.
Thirteenth IteraKon Pictures
ReﬂecKon (04-‐25-‐12) This week our concept should have been developed by now, but nothing I’ve designed has sePled well with Jerry. I know he is hard on all the students because he wants to squeeze out the best work out of everyone. This week I created a elevated overhang that will unify and help show entrances to each classmates design. The curvilinear shape is in contrast with the curve that the site oﬀers. I also, added skin to the end of the design, showing the entrance towards Jason’s site. What I disliked about this itera0on is that the ﬂatness of the overhang is to familiar and doesn’t spark a sense of mysteriousness. I feel like this design was an improvement from my last designs, but s0ll isn't exactly what I’m looking for. On ways to improve this design, I’m thinking of adding some sort of depth to the overhang to create a sense of compression.
Fourteenth IteraKon Pictures
FiOh tenth IteraKon Pictures
Sixteenth IteraKon Pictures
ReﬂecKon (04-‐30-‐12) •
Finally! A design that Jerry didn’t destroy. This week was a huge break through for my design concept. I created eight cubes that will be gradually decreasing crea0ng compression while people walk under it. The design will also be projec0ng outwards to mark the entrances to the nodes of the site. The diﬃcult part of this design is how to hang the design and incorporate it with the slope of the hill. Jerry gave me a good idea of hanging the design with tension wire from each tree on both sides. We also discussed about puYng columns to help the design be stable and hopefully not injure anyone. There's six remaining class sessions and Marco and I haven't even started to do site work, so hopefully this weekend we can start buying supplies and transport them to the site.
Seventeenth IteraKon Pictures
Eighteenth IteraKon Pictures
There's four class sessions leO unKl we present our design to the judges! This weekend Marco and I started cucng all the Pvc for the cubes, which will be the overhang of our design. Each cube will be 4 X 3 and we will be added depth to each one. Some struggles that we been having this week has been that, we didn’t realize how heavy each cube was going to be, so that mishap took us by surprise. We also, have been struggling with creaKng columns that will support the structure and will work well with the slope of the terrain.
Learning Por2olio Timeline
Learning Por2olio Timeline