Midterm Learning Portfolio Architectural design studio I By: Kenza Abourraja Instructor: Jerry W. Lum CCSF Fall 2013
ARCH 101 Midterm Portfolio By: Kenza Abourraja
Since my childhood I have been influenced by my father, how is an Architect, and my artist uncles. My father would frequently show me his work , which has been a great opportunity for me to become familiar with architecture and to understand some of its basics. I have always wanted to major in architecture. When I started my Arch 101 class I was a little confused because I could not understand all its technical words. I felt nervous when it came to working on my assignments. But my professorâ€™s encouragement and positive feedback brought the best out of me and helped me express my feelings through iterations.
Create a design that is connected to your feelings. Evaluate your design by making it better and more interesting in terms of organization, scale, proportions, space, and texture. Analyze / observe the design, know your insights / issues, and use a specific design vocabulary. Apply and identify changes by models, tools, and elevations.
On my first assignment I was asked to organize twelve similar objects that I either find and modify, or I create on a 8-1/2 inch*11 â€“inch piece of cardboard.
On my first iteration I used a napkin, which I cut into symmetrical strips as it is shown in the previous picture. Then I combined the stripes and folded them back and forth until I got the shape shown in the next picture.
My first iteration was inspired by a zig zag building situated in Doha, Qatar. What really impressed me were the texture, shape, balance and emphasis of its towers.
This amazing building was designed by Henning Larsen Architects. The building was declared the residential building of the year in 2010. This spectacular structure houses 140 apartments, each with a magnificent view of the bay. Located in Vejle, a quaint town in Denmark, it is said that the wave form is inspired by the characteristics of the area upon which it was built: the sea, the bridge, and the hills. What I liked more about this building are its repetition, sizes, scale, color, organization, and especially the space that is created between the waves, which makes its design unique and interesting,
On this iteration I tried to make a design for a circular building that caught my attention because it was different. I think the person who designed this circular building added an artistic touch to it to make it look like a piece of art rather than just an ordinary building.
This iteration represents Burj Al Arab Tower, which is located in Dubai, Emirates. I added the bottom part to add more space to it and to make it look more interesting.
These pictures show the real tower, which was built by the architect Tom Wright.
This iteration was based on space, size, texture, and frames. I used wood, cardboard, tracing paper, and regular paper as supplies to create it.
In conclusion, there are many positive outcomes that come along with the learning process, At the beginning of the class I defined the word â€œCreationâ€? differently, but now I have a more specific and precise definition of it. I think that creativity is derived from our daily interactions with the world surrounding us, and I believe that oneâ€™s focus on learning the process of designing reflects his/her level of interest in the subject.