ARCH 101: Architectural Design Studio 1
Instructor: Jerry Lum
Table of Contents -1st Iteration….. -2nd Iteration….. -3rd Iteration….. -4th Iteration….. -5th Iteration….. -6th Iteration….. -Matrix….. -Proportional Studies….. -Tectonic Journey….. -Conclusion…..
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Materials: Cardboard, BBQ Sticks, Boba Straw, Straws, Scotch Tape Pg. 3
REFLECTION My first Iteration was really hard to come up with an idea because I really had no idea what to expect and felt a little intimidated by the other students. I came up with an idea of an endless staircase. The endless staircase represents the journey of life. Every step is going to be different and the only way is up, because there is no going back in life. It is an endless staircase because in life you never reach the top, life keeps going on whether you like it or not. There are no final steps in life. I used the boba straw as a frame to hold the center pieces of cardboard and straws together. The center part of my model represents how all the steps and events you go through in life are connected to you. Every step in life, whether good or bad, make us who we are. As humans memory is what creates us. I don’t have a meaning for the BBQ sticks except that I just used them to stabilize the steps, otherwise the steps would have been flying and flopping around everywhere. I decided to paint my model black mainly to cover up the scotch tape but also because I feel like everything looks better and more serious in black. After painting my model in black, I felt like it gave more of an intimidating look and looked more scary. I also didn’t fully understand the rules of the project and gave my model a base. My model didn’t come out exactly the way I was hoping it would, or the way I envisioned it in my head. I used scissors instead of a box cutter so all my cardboard pieces came out weak and floppy and the edges weren’t clean cut. The paint also doesn’t stick very well to the straws because the straws are plastic. I should of added more sides to the center part instead of 3, so I could of given a more “staircase-like” look. I’m still trying to think of a better way to create the steps and make them look more interesting and abstract.
Materials: Cardboard, BBQ sticks, Styrofoam Ball, Aluminum Flexible Wire, Wooden Nameplate
For my 2nd Iteration I tried to abandon my original idea of the endless staircase and wanted to change my concept. For my 2nd Iteration I wanted to come up with an idea or how people change after getting their hearts broken. Break ups are always hard and usually thereâ€™s at least one person in the relationship that gets more hurt than the other. The Styrofoam ball is there to represent the heart. The chopsticks going through the ball are suppose to represent the pain that happens to the heart and how the pain never really leaves. The pain remains intact of the heart and is there as a reminder of how much pain the heart goes through in a break up. The pain changes the heart. The wire is wrapped around the ball because after a heart is broken it begins to protect itself from anymore pain. The wire acts as a shield to prevent anyone or getting anything closer to the heart but the sticks still remain and can be easily seen. The cardboard and wooden nameplate are there to represent everything else in life that is happening around the heart. Sadly life continues and while the heart may be sad, there are other people who are enjoying their lives and are full of positive energy. During a heart break the heart will usually want nothing to do with seeing people happy and just wants to be isolated and left alone. It may not be healthy for the heart but this is one thing every heart goes through eventually in life. Thereâ€™s many different stages of going through heartbreak and all hearts never fully recover from the pain. Sorry for sounding too emo, but I feel like I could of done a lot more on this model to show the real pain that some hearts go through. There is so many different ways to express pain that I can definitely improve from this. I was also thinking of painting it black like my first model just to add that deep, dark, scary, depressed feeling to my model.
Materials: Cardboard, BBQ Sticks, Styrofoam Balls, Scotch Tape
REFLECTION For my 3rd Iteration I decided to just go back to my original idea of the endless staircase. For this Iteration I didn’t quite exactly try to make a staircase but I decided to use the same meanings from my 1st Iteration. The pieces of cardboard all represent different experiences in our life. The two Styrofoam balls represent us and how all our experiences in life are what create us and hold us together. I used the scotch tape as a stub to keep the cardboard from slipping off of the BBQ sticks. Even though I was able to make this model more abstract than my first Iteration, I still have a problem with my models being symmetrical. I really like how this one came out, but I feel it is a lot harder to read if a normal everyday person came to take a look at it. What I really like about this model is how I can stand it up on either side I lay it on and how it’s very stable even though I didn’t use any glue or tape. I am still having trouble finding a way to make my model look like a staircase.
Materials: Cardboard, BBQ Sticks, toothpicks, Styrofoam ball, Aluminum Flexible Wire, Glue Gun
REFLECTION At first I had a hard time coming up with a new idea from my last iteration because I really liked my last model. Eventually I came up with an idea to just make a bunch of different looking platforms because every step in life is going to be different. I used glue and the BBQ sticks to support all the platforms and keep them from moving. I decided to still keep the Styrofoam ball to represent how all these steps in life create who we are. My main problem with this idea is that I couldnâ€™t find a way to make the model without a base. I couldnâ€™t find a way to follow the rules and keep my model from needing a base to keep it standing up. I made sure that every platform was on different levels so it would have a feeling that you get higher and higher with each platform. My problem with doing this, is that I spread the platforms really far out from each other and it kind of has a feeling that you have to jump to the other platform like a frog. I like how it came out, but I still have a lot of work to do. The ball is suppose to represent how everything in life creates us, but I need a way to attach all the steps to the balls. I was thinking of using string to attach everything to the ball, but I feel like it would be a big distraction and my model would start to lose itâ€™s meaning.
Materials: Cardboard, Styrofoam Ball, Toothpicks, Glue Gun
REFLECTION For this Iteration I decided to make a more simple model. I think this model is more readable than my other models because it’s very simple. I still made every step different, but I had trouble with where to place the ball so I just put it in the middle. Honestly I don’t like this model very much. I’ve been running out of ideas to work off of. I feel like this model looks too much like an hour glass. I’m also not sure if I should of kept every step the same shape. Also one side of the steps are more abstract and aren’t lined up. I had trouble deciding if I should make the steps more formal looking or leave the steps looking messy, so I decided to just do both and put them each on the opposite side of the ball. I’m running out of ideas and I need help with a more elaborate model.
Materials: Cardboard, Glue
REFLECTION For my last Iteration I decided to just go with my main original idea to see how it turns out. I made a staircase with every step looking different. I like how it came out but still feel like it’s not as abstract as I’d like it to be. I also still have the problem of having to use a base. I like how every step is shaped differently but I feel like I need to find a better way to make every step different instead of just cutting out different parts. I also don’t like how I just used cardboard, I want to be able to find more materials I can use to add to my models. I think this model is a little too direct and people will be able to read it easier than my other models. My two favorite Iterations are still my 3rd and 4th models.
Matrix 2.5 Hours
1 5 Pg. 15
Vertical Linear 2
Base Plane Elevated Plane
4 Depressed Plane
3 Overhead Plane Pg. 16
Base Plane Elevated Plane 7 8
Depressed Plane Pg. 17
L-Shaped Linear Plane Base Plane 10
12 Depressed Plane Pg. 18
Parallel Planes Base Plane
14 Elevated Plane 15
Depressed Plane Pg. 19
U-Shaped Planes 18 17
19 Overhead Plane Pg. 20
Base Plane 22
Depressed Plane Overhead Plane Pg. 21
Open at Corners 26
Depressed Plane Pg. 22
Open at Mid-Wall 29
Elevated Plane Overhead Plane
Open between Columns 33
Proportional Studies Materials
4 hours total Pg. 25
For this project I misunderstood the rules and thought I was suppose to make some random shapes and only use the random shapes I made. I had a hard time with the shapes I created but that didnâ€™t stop me from trying. I always like a challenge and wanted to see what I could do even if the shapes I chose were hard to work with. This was my first model I created and as you can see I struggled a lot creating different concepts with the objects I had.
For this model I tried to get my objects more intertwined with each other, instead of just sitting side by side. I tried layering the bottom part to make it look less boring. I still hate the objects I chose to use but I couldnâ€™t stop trying.
Side View Top View
Isometric View Pg. 27
I started getting more used to my objects and I really liked how my object in the center looked when I used it in repetition. I feel like my half dome object was the main object that threw the whole model off and it was hard to find a way to make it interact with the other objects.
I decided to just get rid of the dome object because it was so hard to find a way to have it interact with my other objects. It was easier to play around with my model without the dome. For this model used a lot of repetition and tried to get the objects to squeeze in between each other to fill up all the negative space.
Isometric View Pg. 29
For my final model I brought back the dome and I decided to put a bunch of the small triangles together to form an even bigger object. The triangles remind me of some of the old buildings in Japan and how their roofâ€™s are shaped and slanted.
1st Tectonic Journey of 3 Diverse Spatial Experiences
Materials: Foam Core, Glue Gun 2 hours
1st Tectonic Journey of 3 Diverse Spatial Experiences
Reflection I was confused with the instructions to making the model. I feel I made the model too big and I’m not really happy with it. The only part of my model I am pleased with is the bridge I made that connects the two buildings. I also messed up on my measurements so my model didn’t come out the way I planned on Sketchup. I decided to make two monumental rooms, one on each side of the building. I also had a problem with foam core and how it doesn’t bend. I wanted some of my walls to be rounded but it is very hard to make foam core round with out ripping it in half.
After seeing all the other classmates models I came up with a better idea to make my models and I know the next one will be a lot better. I also need to be a lot more careful with my measurements. Even if one wall is off by an inch, it can ruin the whole building. Another problem I had was cutting the foam core. Foam core is really tough to cut and I had to keep changing my blade and doing multiple cuts. It just takes practice to learn, but I’m a fast learner and my next model with foam core will be better.
2nd Tectonic Journey of 3 Diverse Spatial Experiences Materials: Foam Core, Toothpicks, Wooden Nameplate, Glue Gun
2nd Tectonic Journey of 3 Diverse Spatial Experiences
Reflection I had a lot of fun making this model. I originally wanted to add some houses and more buildings, but I ran out of time. My building takes place on lands end in San Francisco, CA. I wanted my buildings to be raised with beams so they don’t have to worry about the tide coming in from the ocean. I made a little pier that goes over the water because it’s mainly a tourist spot where tourists can look out into the ocean, the pier can also be used by fishermen. I also added a giant tower that tourists will actually be able to go into and have a better view of the ocean and the beautiful view of San Francisco. I also made a bridge from my wooden nameplates that visitors will be able to walk. Whenever the tide is high visitors can go for a long walk on the bridge over the ocean. I like how this model came out, but I can also add a lot more to it. Especially with the building on the right, it doesn’t look like anything special and I’m planning on remodeling the building in the future.
3rd Tectonic Journey of 3 Diverse Spatial Experiences Materials: Card board, Aluminum Flexible Wire, Glue Gun
3rd Tectonic Journey of 3 Diverse Spatial Experiences
3rd Tectonic Journey of 3 Diverse Spatial Experiences
This was my first time exploring tectonic frames and to be honest Iâ€™m not even sure if I did the project right. I came up with an idea of making a huge circular structure with a bunch of wires to act as frames and connect everything together. I had a hard time tying all the wires together because while I was cutting the boxes I accidentally sliced through my hand and I had to get stitches. In the Emergency Room they put a cast around my hand and it just made everything harder to do because the model this model required a lot of intertwining and tying wires together. I eventually had to stop of else I wouldnâ€™t of been able to finish my other projects. I will finish it after my hand heals, but I was thinking of trying to straighten out the wires more so the model looks more clean. I was also thinking of maybe wrapping my object in tracing paper to give it a more solid look, and I think it would look cool if I put a flashlight inside so it looks like a lamp.
“Once You Have Wrestled Everything Else In Life Is Easy.” -Dan Gable
So far in Design Studio I have been creating things that I have never even thought I’d be capable of making. I’ve made things that I’ve never imagined or seen before. I feel like my creativity level has gone up a lot from taking this class. I’ve learned a lot but I’m still not satisfied with my work, I feel like I’m not performing at the level I should be at. I need to work harder and do more research on other architect structures so I can get deeper into the field of architecture. I come from a wrestling background so I know what hard work is. I had a lot of other things going in my life that were distracting me for awhile from focusing on school, but I feel like I’m finally back on track.
I do get frustrated sometimes with making the models because it takes awhile but I know what it’s like to not quit. I’ve dislocated my shoulder, my elbows, and fractured some of my fingers in a wrestling match but I would just pop everything back into place and get back to my match and win. I didn’t cut 20 pounds and go to practice everyday getting slammed around for 5 to 6 hours just to lose. I don’t like losing and I’m not a quitter especially getting this far into the semester. The class is getting harder and more time consuming but I know what it’s like to commit and dedicate myself to something that I really want to be successful in. You have to be incredibly disciplined, you can’t cut corners. If you really want to succeed you have to be all in, all the time and that means a lifestyle. That means your academics, your social life, its not just getting pumped up and it only lasts a couple weeks and saying “I’m getting lazy I’ll just do it tomorrow.” It means doing it now, today and everyday. There’s some things that distracted me from pursuing my goals but now that I’m back and focused on my goals I’m ready for anything.
One thing I really need to work on is outworking my peers in class. If they put 2 hours into their projects I have to put 5 hours in my projects. I have to be an over achiever, I can’t just settle for a “B” in the class. I need to be working hard and get straight “A’s”, that shows hard work. If I show my portfolio to a UC or a job with shitty ass grades and the guy next to me has a 4.0, Dean’s List, and a bunch of other shit, it’s obvious they’re going to pick the guy with the best stuff. It’s like kickball in grade school, you don’t want the guy who sucks ass on your team. With this motivation I’ve regained, no distractions, and how my mind is set I have I’m willing to put in the work I need to be the best.
Thank You! -Kevin Reber