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10th of September to 19th of October

The ruin becomes important when understanding it as a division which defines the limits, as a fundamental element of spatial definition and of obtaining a concept of time.

The reason that we choose that house is the interaction between architect, ruin and nature, a house where you can stay calmly, without problems of the city noises, enjoying the environment. You can read in a concrete box but you aren't thinking that while you stay here, you think/fell that you are


The new story has to be influence into an important cultural fact of the place. The group ch because the house is near to a best producer city of wine in the world. So the group starts the ways that the story has to be. During the process the group does 3 stories and there wa conversation for do the final history. The group always had a good involvement of each me contributes to the works with their opinions or their investigation about the theme.


The cultural facts that have influence on the house are connection between architect and nature, the integrate of the house in the landscape and his surrounding.

mountain, near the river and vineyards which the story of the house is based. It is possible another reason why the house it's continue renting for short times. Now, maybe, the use of the house is for visit and taste the wine of these vineyards. From this uses and the wine culture we make changes in the house that we think that can improve the house and the stay of the customer.

hooses the wine culture to discuss the theme and was a participatory ember and each one


On this picture is represented the interpretation of the city of Aldo Rossi where he

e said that the form prevail over the use. In the picture you can see Seville on the background. On the left, at the top, there are buildings that on




The action in the house is the wine process, from the harvesting to

the sampling.


process to make a good bottle of Oporto wine, first you need to take care all the year the grapes for later make the vintage and prune to take the wine. Next to prune you need to ferment the wine 1 month minimum and then put the wine into wood barrels for do the maturation of the wine, this process can delay 1 month to 4 years to the Oporto's wine. The Oporto's wine maturation

Next to the maturation you need to store the bottles into a specific space where the UV can't into and you need a determinate humidity and a temperature. And the final step is the tasting, when you can enjoy the taste of the wine but also the views of the landscape or the company of your friends.

The storing condition and the fermentation are so similar, so you can do it at the same place or in the same room. For the storing, you need a continual humidity and temperature, also, you need that the UV don't fall on the bottles because a change of this 3 conditions can change the taste or the composition of the wine making it a bad wine



My section of my detail is based in the UV protection because you need to enjoy the landscape all the time in this house and where the bottles are storing you need to keep of the UV so I do a detail to enjoy the landscape into the wine cellar. The detail is a window that has 2 glases at the opposite end that are UV protection glasses that reflect the UV but it let light into the cellar. At the middle of the 2 glasses, you have an air chamber of 1 meter for do that the UV rebound into the wall and it absorb part of the ray.


We do believe that with the Baiao house there is that idea of co-existence with nature. But the theme chosen was for the revival of the past memory of the site. The way that the architect intervened was not to overshadow the former site, and uses nature (more specifically the site) as a common binder must first see what already exists in order to make an intervention. The focus should be on the ruin of the old farmhouse. The means of integration and being part of a process are all contributing factors of fabricating memories of the place, but it is not necessarily one that is only with nature, it is one that is on the themes of the revival of memories. The Baiao house is the revival of past memories by making

The Blas house uses the theme of transcendence to reflect on past memories. Through the minimal structure and vast exposure to the landscape, a person is able to escape the physical world and enter into a more spiritual area. This area is the area of memories. The Blas House was intended to be a space for reading poetry. But poetry has a lot to deal with emotions and memory. By allowing the house to be a platform for poetry, it automatically becomes a platform for memory. If, for example, the walls on the second floor were made of concrete, it would be much more difficult for a person to escape the physical world and enter into a spiritual reality. Even when poetry is read at night and therefore the second floor can no longer see the landscape, a person is surrounded by natural

We reviewed all of the photo montages today with Halldora. She was very happy with the results from

We have just been given our deadline for Wednesday. It involves another photo montage. The thing to design for Wednesday is the following:

to take the idea of the house and to question the placement of those ideas in 2012. So for the Blas House, does transparency even need to be in a space to read poetry in 2012? We were told to look at John Heartfield and Richard Hamilton as two case studies for their ability to translate an idea into a

present day.

lack of diversity (suburban nightmares) and the idea of conservation, that we must not just sustain the buildings but we must make an intervention in order to be a part and integration with the memory of that place. The way the architect interpreted the site was not to conserve the landscape and the farmhouse but to become a process of the life of that space. Anyway! You lads and lasses can email us anytime if you have questions! Also, do you all have facebook accounts? We'll talk soon!

We just spoke to Halldora and she would like me and Kasey to break our ideas into further categories for you all to work on. This way everyone takes a different prespective on the idea and all of the photo montages come out as unique and different. For the Blas House's idea of poetry, I suggest the following breakdown: 1. What does poetry mean in 2012? 2. How do you read poetry in 2012? 3. What kind of space do you need to read poetry in 2012? 4. Do spaces exist without poetry in 2012? Reference to Peter Zumthor

For House in Baiao, Kasey suggests the following breakdown: 1. Recycling and conservation (in 2012) 2. Suburbanism and the lack of diversity (in 2012) 3. Aldo Rossi's interpretation of the city in 2012

Sorry for the long emails but we just want to make sure the ideas are clear and you all aren't confused. If we used any words that don't make sense, just let us know! Talk to you tomorrow!


Hey, So here is all that happened today: We went through all of the drawings from every group. In general there was a lack of understanding about the purpose/execution of the drawings. One issue brought up was the choice between hand drawing and computer drawing. In the end, it does not matter. But it has to be a strong drawing and not simply a sketch. The drawings should not represent the action, they should show the action. Thus do not use symbols, idealistic or overly artistic images, make the drawing demonstrate the action. Also, another issue brought up was the word precise. The drawing has to be precise. This does not mean that it has to be an architectural drawing. In these terms, precise means that it must effectively communicate the action. The drawing should also demonstrate the humanistic qualities of the action; such as measurement, proportion and information. Essentially, the drawings have to be more informative for Friday. There was a lack of information communication today. The drawings for Friday are also individual work. Halldora suggested looking at Cedric Price's Fun Palace for inspiration. He was an architect from the early 20th century that was able to communicate an action in his drawings. Reply to this post if you have any questions! Brea

The Portuguese architect, Eduardo Souto de Moura, received a commission for a small house from a wished the house to have the character of a shelter used for weekends and requested that the existing ruins on the site would be the starting point for the project. In the past the ruins were a house that had belonged to the grandparents of this family. The house, located in an area characterized by large terraces for vineyards, was a place where the grandparents took care of the grapes and produced wine. Once dead grandparents, to continue to pass on the memory of this place, the family decided to use the old house as a starting point for the construction of the new house. Implemented the project of Eduardo Souto de Moura, for many years the house was used as a holiday home for the weekend to enjoy the contact with nature and continue to nurture the memory of ancestors. But when the couple's life began to be too hectic and busy working, they could not go more than a week here. The house became unused and the family decided to rent it. There was the desire to recover the culture of wine belonging to the family. The enjoyment of wine as the seat of memory. The family then decided to turn the house into a place that would offer customers not only relax, tranquility and contact with nature. It had to be a place where customers could feel immersed in the Portuguese wine culture, a place of discovery of flavors. Was re-introduced the grape growing and wine production. Even if the hands that worked the land and gathered the grapes were not the same, the juice of the berries had the same taste as always. The wine produced was so bottled and delivered to customers. The space for a kitchen-dining room was transformed into a sort of cellar with walls completely covered with bottles of wine. So customers could taste the flavor typical of Portuguese wine. This environment was related to outer space, transformed into a place of sharing and relax. Were placed outside seating where customers could sit and drink wine together, read a book alone or watch the landscape.

A portion of the exterior soil was destined to a garden. Customers were required to take care of this garden so you can enjoy and eat the products that we got, fresh fruit and vegetables. A stay at the rediscovery of the simple and authentic flavors. The growing interest in the culture of wine, which has developed in recent years, brought his family to re-evaluate the use of wine not only in the field related to the taste. The house as a place of wine therapy not only by sight and taste, but also through touch. The ruins were transformed into an intimate setting where you can enjoy a scented bath and dense in a barrel full of wine. A practice with beneficial effects on the body. The house became a place to take a walk through the vineyards, enjoy the view of the river Douro, discover the sweet taste and soft of the wine, relax by taking a dip in the pool or merging the scent of your body with that of wine. A holiday of conservation, motivated by the desire to know the flora, fauna and local culture. Here, the memory is mixed with the culture and well-being. Silvia

From this base story, I think now everyone can add certain aspects of their research to make the

Brea I would only add a little depth about the type of customers to whom the house may be of interest ... Claudia I think that this is a good story for our house, in the story mix all the cultural fact that could be possible



kind of tourism?? maybe more connection between owner and costumer, who must be regulars, costumers must commit themselves with winery, like designing a new community that would be an inherit part of the final quality of that wine, maybe the taste of that wine would be normal, but the

I like the story, but in order to improve the quick impression we could give a clear structure to the text. develop that idea and adding new concepts to the story making the body of the story (here we can use

I think there are many concepts and ideas in the story, like wine, nature, tradition, sustainability, the cultural fact that is changing: people needs to be close to nature, to experiment what is really meaningful, to deeply enjoy life. this is the aim of the slow movement, and that's why i offered you my reflections, so in my opinion this kind of general thoughts about society must open the story. wine, tradition, agriculture are the tools to have a better life, but the aim is that, to have a better life. Alvaro

A PLACE OF SLOW LIFE At the end of twentieth century, life becomes too hectic and fast in the cities. Time is money, and life is to earn money and spend it. If you are a tourist you must see all important monuments of a country in a few days. But now society is realizing that this is not a quality life. part of the production of a wine it's better than only drink it. Connect with a place, its culture and landscape, make it yours, transcends the complexity of wine and becomes a liquid memory. was unique. Not only rent the house for normal tourism, but looks for some selected customers with a commitment with a project of life. They could come to the house some weeks year after year, learning about the process of making wine, culture and nature of the region as well. Of course, they could relax in the courtyard enjoying the landscape with friends, and wine inside everyone glass. landscape, a way of life that must be recovered from tradition, there is no need to imagine a completely new life, just the revival of a life that always have been there, Alvaro I think we need to not call it "Slow". We are not dealing with an alternative to a rushed society but rather returning to the history of the site. Remember, the history of the site could have also been easily

Brea I published the story of brea on the blog because to Javier i send the long story and the brea's one. Now i read your story and i add to brea's story in the blog some final expression from your text ok? Are all agree? if not you can change something of the story on the blog. Silvia I like this story than there uploaded to the blog. This story conveys much better the essence of the vineyards. Agueda I was just about to say the same thing! Who ever added to the end of the story about liquid memory - it


For Monday we have to do the action drawing again! My notes from this afternoon: - Group 5 action: making wine - Draw the process of making wine - include minimum square feet to produce a certain amount of bottles, time it takes, number of people it requires, circulation - Essentially you are taking all the minimum requirements of making wine and illustrating it. Illustrate all the steps (all the major steps such as fertilization, watering, seeding etc) So for Monday, our group individually should have many little drawings that add up to the total process of making wine. If you have any questions, just reply to this post! Brea

According with the information that this web give: 1Hectare(10000m2)=3500kg grapes= 2200 l = 2916

The platforms downhill the house has more than 1 He easily, but it would be useful to know how many

but maybe we need more accuracy. Another question should be how many bottles we want, maybe not more than 1000, and according to

Alvaro Well, then everyone should choose on what topic you want to draw or everyone draw all the facts? I don't know if I have explained well... Cristina We all have to draw all of the actions. So we each have a lot of drawing to do!!! But I think once everyone draws all of the actions, we will all be able to really understand the requirements for the house. Brea Ok, we produce wine. But in the sense that we grow grapes? Because it take to produce the wine cellar etc. .... Claudia Yes I think we are going with the idea that we grow the grapes. It allows for a greater connection between the wine and the drinker since the grapes were grown literally on the land that they are

Brea It is good you draw the different areas for the production of wine. Still, I would forget the house by now and draw the activities of producing it: For example: could you make a drawing with people stepping on the grapes, in that way you will know the necessary measurements. Or what would be the perfect dimensions for a family enjoying a glass of wine, with the position, orientation, views... Basically, if your scheme is more complete, and forgetting the house, you will be able to learn more of the activity.


Hey everyone! So here is the update from today:

somehow work together to produce one final drawing. This drawing is the same thing that we have been trying to achieve for the past (3) drawings - the action of making wine. As you might have read, Alvaro's drawing from submission #2 is a perfect example of an action being drawn. We should use

I didn't take too many notes today but I do have two important things; - draw the activity like how you would want to do it (ex: how would you want to pick a grape? Alone, in the dark, in the rain, with big scissors etc). Take these issues that make grape picking desirable and draw it! So what does all of this mean? Kasey and I were talking and after looking at Alvaro's drawing we think it would be best if we all took an action of making wine and draw it. We all must draw the action in both plan and section (or elevation) and then we will compile all of those actions onto one main plan and

In order for this drawing to look cohesive, we are going to ask you to have you upload your action drawing onto dropbox (I am making a folder called Version 4 Action Drawing) by 20:00 spain time.

Since there are 9 of us, we need to come up with 9 actions of making wine. Here is the list we have so far. Please choose an action reply to this post with what action you are doing. We can only have one

Actions 1. Drinking the wine (sorry Kasey I know you had a fancy word for this but I can't remember it) - Kasey

4. Dining and wining (eating food while drinking the wine - a less formal way of wine tasting - Agueda this sort of relates to the drawing you proposed last) - Agueda? 5. Stomping the grapes (maybe Silvia can do this one - we all really liked your plan of the person moving but Javier suggested that if you showed it in elevation it would look great) - Silvia? 7. Storing the wine (once it has been put into bottles) 8. The process that someone mentioned on whatsapp about specific Oporto wine methods of reducing 9. The grandparents teaching the visitors about the wine (this way we remain focused on eco tourism) - Brea SO here are 9 proposed topics. Please choose one and draw!!! If you want to do a different topic, feel free. Or just do one of these topics but make sure you reply to this post with which topic you are

Just remember, draw in plan and section (or elevation). Look at Alvaro's version 2 drawing as inspiration. Brea I will do the storing of the wine. Eduardo So after doing my drawing, I realized that I definitely did more about teaching then about harvesting. So I am going to take drawing #9 instead of drawing #2. Brea Brea, finally which draw you do??????? If you do #9 I do #2 harvesting grapes. My oncle have


Sorry I did #9. I was going to do #2 but after I drew it I realized I actually ended up drawing #9. So #2 is available to do. As long as you can send us your photoshop file without flattening the image, we can adjust font, colour etc to make everything look the same! Brea

Hey! So the drawing today went really well. We got some helpful feedback from some of our class mates

I know there has been some frustration in some people's designs or boards being present in the final drawing. I truly appreciate hearing all of your frustrations. Everyone's opinion is valuable. But just remember, that when working in a group, sometimes it is more important that your idea is

For Friday we have individual work to do. So that means on Friday, group 5 will have produced 9 different drawings (one by each of us). We are now jumping away from the conceptual drawings of the action to architectural detail drawings!!! SO much fun!!! Each of us have to take a section of the original house in baiao and draw a building detail within that section. This detail should show how our action (of making wine) can be added to the original design.

For example, I am going to take the section vertically through the wall of the windows that look out onto the vineyard. I am going to detail at the roof parapet. My detail with include our action because I am going to add a sun shade at the parapet which will allow the grandfather to stand outside and watch over his vineyard without having the sun in his eyes. So this means I am the only person who can do a detail of the roof parapet. So please reply to this post with your proposed section cut and detail. Remember, only one person per

You also must show the action of the detail. For example, with my detail, I am going to show the top of

Of course, you can use this thread to discuss any ideas or thoughts you may have. Brea

vineyard. I am going to detail at the roof parapet. My detail with include our action because I am going to add a sun shade at the parapet which will allow the grandfather to stand outside and watch over his vineyard without having the sun in his eyes Ok, but which is the action that we should show in own draws? You action is enjoy to the landscape. no? Can we do a plant or only vertical sections? Now, we must show the action that we have drawn the past week in the Baiao House, no? Cristina So i have to draw a section with details about the action of pressing the grapes? Silvia Ideally you could draw that action that you have done the most research on. That way you would understand it the most. You don't have to. But it is important that the spot at which the detail is taken is

I didn't assign details to everyone because this is an individual assignment. I think everyone now knows where they feel comfortable exploring in the house in baiao and also in our action of wine making. If you need help choosing or are really stuck, of course brain storm on this topic and everyone can help!

I think it is ok if we take the same section cut. For example: I am doing the section cut vertically through the window wall. My detail is at the parapet. So if someone else did a section cut the same as mine, it would be fine, as long as they didn't do the roof parapet. Maybe they either did a window detail

Also, this drawing has to be technical. It has to be precise. It has to be a real construction document

Any more questions, just ask! Brea Ok so if i chose the action of pressing the grapes that happens out the house And the ruins maybe i can draw the floor where we put the big barrels for do that or what else? Silvia I choose the action of harvest the vineyards, but i will need the same floor of Silvia because this action also in outside. Cristina

Also, there cannot be a repeat of a detail unfortunately. Only one person per area Brea

Hey! So yesterday we presented all the details. In general, there seemed to be a lack of skill represented in the drawings for all the groups. We have to remember that those detailed drawings could possibly be used to someday build this design. So whatever you need to communicate with a potential builder needs to be shown in those details. If you are still confused, I believe Javier or Halldora emailed an image of a detail that explains the quality of work that was expected. But I do think many people brought up innovative ideas to address the action. I suggest that we all continue to explore our details and to explore the action. For the first time in a month and a half we don't have anything due for Monday!!! But we do have work to do still. The next part (and final part of this assignment) is to create a manifesto of all of our work. This manifesto is done individually but will include the work that we worked on as a group. We have to collect everything that we have done since day 1 up till our details and put it into a book format. We need to reflect on all of our work (you can write text on the reflection). We must also look back on drawings and improve them. So over the next week and a bit, we have the time to redraw, continue development and explore our ideas even more. You have to include diagrams, text and images as well as a catalogue of our conversations from google group. Don't include every work spoken in the group, but edit it down to the important and relevant conversations. Also, you need to include a bibliography that is properly sourced. Not just It must be, for example, chicago style referencing. This book, or manifesto, is intended to allow you to develop your own understanding of the action individually without having to worry about what the other 8 people might say. But of course, you can ask for help. But the intention is for you to now take the action and explore! The title for our book will be: Re - Reading House in Baiao For the Canadians, we have to follow a certain book layout and font. I am not sure if you Spain people have to too so please check with Javier about that. The pdf of this book is due on Monday October 29th. The printed hardcopy book is due Wednesday October 31. Any questions, just reply to this post! Brea

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