AYA LLE REATIONS
Week 1: Assesing Project Criteria
“Shaping Wonder: Seeking beauty, the unexpected, and the unfamiliar in architectural and interior design expression” • Project prompt: • • In regards to the semester topic :” Transformations of form and space: • Evolving adaptive changes responding to environmental opportunities and • provocations” consider the following: • Exploration and development of small scale environmental installation designs • Assembly of small 3-5 person teams • Selection of a “country” site • Collaborative design • Assignment of roles • Budgeting, materials, and build strategies • Construction • Assessment of challenges and successes • Final presentations and jury Evaluation
Initial Concerns and considerstions:
• Respond uniquelyto the site • -Consider sunlight, wind, views, etc. • Develop a narrative relating to the meaningfulness of your design • Support accidental encounters • Create pathways and nodes which interconnect different spaces, each with a unique emotinal context • Create a space for one person to enjoy in solitude • Avoid the obvious or cliche
• Design with materials which are reasonably accessible and affordable • Design to scale which can accomdate human activity • Consider design concepts that are malleable; • A kit of parts easily deconstructed and reconstructed • Attempt to harness and utilize any potential sun, wind, and/ or rain • Because of the life span of installlation, consider recyclable or repurposed materials • What makes a space for one or multiple people special? • How do we invoke woner? • How do we design and build within group time and budget constraints?
In consideration of program prompt, I am both excited and nervous to begin the design process. My current desgns will be my only deliverables in shaping team build decisions. The pressure is on to begin pragmatic consideration of the “country” sites and to build something beauitful and dynamic.
Site Analysis: Preaviling Wind
• Located on the western most edge and highest point on the hill of the “country” • Most open site on the “country” and therefore most susceptible to o Winds from the W/NW o Sun o Rain
• Wanted to maximize sun, take advantage of opportunity for shadows and provide relief from wind and cold • Needed to create sense of space where there was none • More opportunities for views because there are no natural obstacles and because site is located on the top of hill • Needed to devise artificial anchor points because there is no access to a tree or other natural anchor
Site 1, home of the Waffle
Though site 1 is not my first choice, its gentle slope, high elevation, and access to ample sun and wind make it an excellent home to our installation.I am intitially concerned with the lack of natural anchor points, but assume that we will rely on the weight of our project, and ground tethers for stability.
Views And Access
Ample Views of San Francisco Skyline Batmale hall blocks sun from country between 7 am and 12-pm Access And Circulation From Adjacent Roadway
This View Will Most Likely Be Obstructed By Team 4
Team Waffle View Trajectory
It became immediately clear to us that the cityscape beyond the hills was not the only remarkable view to frame, and that we were surrounded by many interesting pathways and intersections.
Analysis Of Sun Patterns Relative To Time Of Judging
SOUTHERN SOLSTICE, DECEMBER 21ST SUNLIGHT PREDICTIONS 11am 11am
Success: Due to our location and the time of judging, it appears that our group will be the only one to take ample advantage of sunlight
Wind Research According to research, the month of December shall present itself with cool temperatures and light winds: • Any fabrics used in installation should therefor be heavyweight, or Grommeted to prevent damage • Use of kites, sails, or other objects to interact with wind could create Intrigue • Cold weather means greater Planning; productivity slows in poor working conditions • W/NW winds coming in from circle drive provide ample opportunity Observers walking from roadway above can be drawn in from Installation as it interacts with wind
Despite this research, we later found that during weeks 2-3, temperatures were excessively cold and winds exceptionally strong. Luckily, this did not end up deterring our efforts. Other teams were unfortunately more affected. Some suffered damage from the wind, and suffered a lack of productivity in the cold.
APPROACHES IN TESSELATION
Originally designed to interact with the sloping hillside and trees, these iterations were developed in a series to interact with one another, creating a conpy-like enclosure out of simple 45ยบ-45ยบ-90ยบ triangles.
Successes: A simple kit of parts, and uniquely asymmetrical design made this and easily malleable design. Concerns: While styrene and glue are easy to connect, connections with a full scale model might be much more cumbersome.
Explorations in Sectioning
While being interesting in their own way, it is immediately clear that the designs do not follow program requirements; rather they explore a sense of percieved space and explore the qualities of sectioning.
Concerns: Though these concepts can easily be adapted to fit program requirents, I am concerned and intrigued with the full sclae â€œbuildabilityâ€? of theses designs.
Combining Ideas and Revisiting my Narrative â€œLet the enormity of the world swallow you whole and spit you out again. You are the tiny giant. As your footsteps shape the microcosms of matter infinitely small, you yourself are realized as little more than a rivet in the gears, Acommodating a space for one and designing for weather exposure
which bind this world together. Every minute detail takes growth from the whole. Every piece evolves and grows from the previous as if we were mother nature and she herself were the glue binding form and matter. Let light
Creating design intrigue through sun/ shadow paterns
invite new life and meaning and let energy harmonize structure with meaning. This piece is about searching for growth no matter how small in the scheme of things you feel, because light will always present itself. My narrative is evolving out of a curious pursuit of truth and un-
Creating a space for accidental encounters
derstanding. Ask silly questions, question that which you think you understand. Take your soul out of your body and feel a new perspective and challenge the answers for
Successes: The design presents ample opportunity for growth. I am very pleased with the combination of sectioned and tesselated kit parts.
Concerns: The model needs a more distinct separation between personal and communal space, and at itâ€™s 1â€? scale, could be tlaller. Building this model could be expensive
Creating A Team: The Waffles
Because we had so many different initial design concepts, we took a little extra time to work democratically and create a design that would showcase a part of everyoneâ€™s original work. In the end, we decided to hone in on one geometric shape so that we could begin to build a kit of parts. We chose the hexagon and began to build our narrative.
One of the most rewarding parts of this project was coming into collaboration with my team members. Despite the fact that we all had very different intial design concepts, our ability to communicate, compromise, and work efficiently aloowed us great success in the final outcome. with a variety of skills in mathematics, hand building, design theory, materials use and allocation, we were not only able to implement several additional designs onto our project, but finish on time and stress free.
Design Week One: 25% Completion 1” Scale Team build prototype 1. Space for one person
2. Space for accidental encounters 3. Anticipation of framed view 4. The hexagon is a shape commongly found in nature, but less common in man made design.
Design Successes • Structure is an honest collaboration between team members • Design accomodates program requirements • Design has simple kit of parts • Design is open to change and modification
“Waffle! Because it rhymes with Awful!”
Design Concerns • Design needs a break in symmetry • Design could be improved by line heirarchies in line • Design needs skin expression • Cost • Materials • Connections
The Waffle Balsa wood, fabric, glue
What is this new prototype design about? Our big questions: • “How can we incorporate the ‘organic’ and our interest with hexagonal form into our design?” • “How do we create movement and inspire curiosity with static forms using a repeated shape?” • “How do we create a haven and promote a sense of security in a place of vulnerability?” What it’s all about: • Transformation, Journey, Discovery -“Static Inertia” o Instituted through clearly defined path, entry and progression • 6 Directions of stimulation o Initiated by necessity to look down and then up and to sides when stepping over partitions/ thresholds • Use of rhythm and repetition to guide path and influence time and space o Sectioning and repeated shape frame space for place for one, multiple as well as intimate and public space o Tensioning (later developed) develops skins and further promotes our framed spaces and foundation
It became immediately clear that we could design as a team, but what were we trying to accomplish? Honing in on a narrative was initially difficult because the narrative would forever inform any later build decisions.
Build Week Two: 25-50% Completion
• Marking & measuring the site, making adjustments for the full scale build • Appreciating the curvature of the roadway in our installation • Smooting out the landscape • Anticipating the lack of any natural anchor points in our site to provide stability in our design
• Acommodating our design to the site, refining our original kit of parts • Building large hexagon 4’ length prototypes • building a supply list, creating a bdget based on kit of parts • Buying lumber and building intial core frame
Successes: Team has agreed upon budget, kit of aprts, materials, and division of labor.
Concerns: Two weeks through construction, and very little has actually been built. Lack of power tools slows down progress.
A Refined Materials list and kit of parts • 7 Large hexagons made from 41-2x3s • 4 small hexagons made from 242x2s • 200ft - Rope (Assorted weights) • 50ft – String • 10yards – Assorted SheerFabric • 3” Screws • 10”Stakes • Wood Staples • 1” Hooks • Eyelets
Total Budget= ~$500.00
Materials & Construction:
Design Concept and Approaches:
• Selected organic materials (wood & fiber) to match the “country’s” natural environment • Use of rope promoted tactile & rustic perception to add to natural feel • Angling fabric allowed the material to work with the wind and direct it so it was not in conflict with wind which would interfere with the integrity of the structure
• Promote our narrative and big questions with the techniques of sectioning and tensioning • Sectioning was used to create a frame and tensioning to create skins, walls and further define space • Use repeated shape of hexagons coming from our inspiration of naturally occurring hexagons in nature • The spiraling of hexagons create movement andcontrols time- the path is slowed and sped up by the arrangement in which viewer is forced to observe design. • Appreciate curvilinear path of roadway without mimicking precise trajectory • The implementation of a system of varying line weights with inclusion of rope and twine to not only define skin to promote “inside” and “outside” space but to also create intrigue with idea of “hide” and “reveal” • By tapering off northern end of design we designated entry and path • Smaller hexagons and convex hexagons will be constructed as a “centerpiece” enclosing the space for accidental encounters included in inner area to promote intimate space
Interesting discoveries: Despite our early efforts to establish materials, concepts, and approaches, nearly everything had to be drawn out or put into writing before we could move on with any attachments or design modifications. Five busy minds working on similar yet different ideas lead to some amusing misunderstandings. Overall, our ability to communicate and compromise quickly dispelled any confusion.
Build Week Three: 50-75% Completion Hexagons were essentially of two sizes and types: 1. 4’ inside length double sided 2. 4’ outside edge length flush frame 3. 3’ inside length double sided 4. 3’ ouside edge single flush frame
4ft lengths from outside corners
Once we had successfully figured out how to cut the 2x3’s &2x2’s to construct the hexagons, things moved very quickly...
Build Week Three: 50-75% Completion
At this stage, things were coming together fast, but the site still looked fairly â€œbare bones...â€?
By the end of week three, we had finished building our frame and began using rope and fabric to build our skin. Looking back, about 90% of our project construction was completed in the span of week three.
Build Week Four: 100% Completion
Despite our many challenges, we finished on time, with a project that everyone was proud to call their own. Like an overgrown children’s fort, team Waffle’s “Waffle” gave us the experience of working collabortively on a team, having fun, and creating something to be truly proud of.
If i could go back and do it all over again, i would elevate the skin expression, enlarge the are for acidental encounters, and incorporate seating for one or multiple people.
Build Week Four: 100% Completion
• Framing Nature
• Creating Intrigue, Unexpected Encounters
Initally, i was concerned that the design lacked intrigue, but we mange to incrporate many unique and beutiful elements.
Semester Summary My Experiences in Architecture 101, along with the Architectural Department at City College of San Francisco, in general, have been extremely positive and rewarding. Previously a Cinema Arts major, (among several other previous disciplines) I fell in love with the design process. What began as a painstaking and rather arbitrary attempt at mimicking forms which I thought to embody beauty, turned into a process of creating designs with purpose and intent; to mimic my own personal evolution as a designer with growing, changing concepts of space and form. I learned that the stories I was once telling as a filmmaker- those of love, and exploration, and the rites of passage that accompany the human experience- they too could all be told in my design. I came to understand that everything I had learned in my previous studies of math and philosophy and science, had boiled down to preparing me for the moment I found the design studio. Design, as I see it, is a guiltless pleasure; to combine the delicacies of art within the bounds of mathematics, science, politics, and culture. I believe that in life one never stops learning until they make a conscious choice to do so; and that in my short time on this earth, I have given myself basic and necessary tools to address the bodies of philosophy, which surround architecture and its place in our current time. Creating a ful scale installation was an excellent skillbuilding experience. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have worked with so many talended individuals, learn hands on skills in construction, and acommodating my design to the needs of a real population. I believe that I am prepared to continue on with my studies of Design because this course has incited a passion for learning and discovery I have not yet felt so strongly in all of my years of education. I have discovered a renewed sense of patience and endurance for my work, an enthusiasm for approaching group work dynamics, a curiosity for the working mechanics of simple objects I see every day, and a strong desire to achieve success.
A very warm and special thanks to City College of San Franciscoâ€™s Architecture Dept. And Jerry Lum from Architecture 101. This semester was a great experience!