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Mitchell Gauthier

University of Minnesota ARCH 1281 Design Fundamentals I 2019


“An ability to design well is contingent on the ability to discern value within what already exists.�

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Contents A Method of Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 4 Experience of Space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 10 Relationships of Space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 18

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A designer needs to understand the value in what exists in order to understand how it was designed and to therefore learn how to design for themselves. These diagrams explore the usage of symmetry, datum, hierarchy, path, transformation and subtractive form in the design of Rapson Hall. The diagrams allow for a further understanding of how these elements may be utilized in design.

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A design can be considered “good� if it satisfies those who will be using it. Therefore, a well formulated design considers how individuals will experience an area.

These pictures along with this diagram explore the patterns in how individuals will visually experience the library of Rapson Hall.

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These models depict the differences in how individuals experience the outside of Rapson Hall while inside either the original building or the addition.

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Designs will, in some way, relate to the area they will be in, so the designer must see the value in the area in order to determine what that relationship is. These models outline a process of analyzing what already exists in order to design an addition that will continue patterns that exist in the building currently.

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These diagrams investigate the relationships between main portions of structures and protruding parts of the building.

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