COURSE THEME: PRACTICE, MANUAL WORK, TRADE
In this studio, we will offer several opportunities to practice design and develop strong concepts at differing scales. The products of this approach will bias toward hands-on work, through sketching, making models, handling materials, and drafting. This approach will serve our program focus of manual work and trade.
ASSIGNMENTS AND VALUES
Project #1: Common Object - 10%
Select an object from everyday use that you’d like to know more about: a small appliance, garment, tool, or fixture.
Carefully disassemble the object using the appropriate tools. Represent the pieces with plans and elevations in such a way that best explains them and the assembly of the object.
Use the pieces to create an architectural space. Determine the most appropriate scale of your model as suggested by the nature of the form.
Project #2: Artist in Residence Intervention - 40%
An historic building will be the site for this project. The program will introduce an artist in residence to an existing museum. The visiting artist’s purpose is to energize the museum space through the active creation of sculpture on premises. However, the inhabitant must occupy the museum in a discreet manner so as not to disrupt the permanent exhibit.
Project #3: Trade School for grades 9-14 - 50%
In contrast to the Project #2 site, this charter school for 100 students will transform a warehouse in industrial East Austin. A mission statement will be provided to clarify the intentions of the school; our task will be to interpret this into physical needs for space, light, materials and campus interconnectivity. This project will run partially in parallel with Project #2.