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Architectural Design I

Thursday Evening 5:30 - 9:50pm Room B-214

Three Rivers

ARC K211-211L

Instructor:   Mark Comeau, email MComeau@trcc.commnet.edu

Grading:     Students are graded on various projects throughout the semester in accordance with the following criteria:

          - How well the student identifies the problem;

          - The student’s ability to gather problem solving data & information;

          - The student’s ability to synthesize that data and information;

          - Creative communication of the architectural solution.

Course Objective:

To introduce the Architecture student to the fundamental methodologies of an architect's decision making process.  Students will work individually and in groups, as they apply their studies to the solutions of small “vignettes” or architectural projects that explore form and space design, and ordering systems.  Emphasis in Design I is placed more upon the path of design and the decision making process, than a “polished” solution.

 

Text:             Architecture: Form, Space & Order, and Design Drawing  by Francis D.K. Ching

Syllabus Download

 

Form          Chapter 2

Week 1:              Visual Proportions of Form;

Shape, Massing, Transforming

                                Problem 01, Problem 01A

Week 2:              Additive Forms;

Central/Linear/Radial/Cluster/Grid

                                Problem 02

Week 3:              Articulation of Forms;

Edges/Corners/Surfaces

                                Problem 03

Week 4:              Symbiotics of Form (Crit);

Entry/Circulation/Struct./Space/Light

                                Problem 04

 

Form & Space   Chapter 3

Week 5:              Defining Space;

Horizontal/Vertical Elements

                                Problem 05

Week 6:              Qualities of Space;

Closure/Light/View/Openings

                                Problem 06

Week 7:              Spatial Relationships;

Context/Circul./Unit:Whole/Links

                                Problem 07 A, Problem 07 B

Week 8:              Spatial Organizations (Crit);

Central/Linear/Radial/Cluster/Grid

                                Week 8/9 Program,  Week 8/9 Assignment

 


Required Materials:            ▫ 12" role of cream trace

(along with drafting)           ▫ HB pencils

                                ▫ prismacolor pencils (muted tones of grays, greens, others)

                                ▫ prismacolor markers (muted tones of grays, greens, others)

 

Use of SketchUp will be utilized (click it to download free!).

 

Order                Chapter 7

Week 09:            Ordering Principals;

Hierarchy/Symmetry/Balance/Axis

                                Text - p. 332.

Week 10:            Ordering Progressions;

Datum/Rhythm/Repetition/Layering

                                Problem 10 A, Option 1, Option 2

Week 11:            Constructing Order (Crit);

Signature/Regulating Lines (see homepage)

 

Proportion & Scale   Chapter 6

Week 12:            Proportion Systems;

Golden Section/The Orders

                                (Project to be discussed in class)

 

Week 13:            Thanksgiving Recess;

(Site visit on Tuesday)

 

Week 14:            Additional Proportions;

Renaissance/Modulor/Ken/Ergon.

                                Final Semester Project

Week 15:            Scale;

Generic/Human  (Final Proj Assigned)

                                (In-class studio)

Week 16:            Final Project

(Incorporate previously covered material)

                                (Crits)