Archive for November, 2008


November 30, 2008

This week we had read and discussed about the Scale and Proportion. The reading is about scale, proportion, mathematics, music, golden section, human body, perception, Utitruvian man, etc. We have focus our discussion on music and architecture. In music there are wave length, harmony, scale, rhythm, beat, form, texture, pattern. Whereas in architecture there are also similar situation, such as there are pattern, scale, texture in a building. In music, texture is the how you play the music and the result is the feeling it gives you. In architecture, the texture you see can give you different impression.


November 23, 2008

This week we have talked about harmony/balance, scale, proportion, and measurement. We have partner up and draw our partner’s face, hand/arm, full body, step, and arm span. We then went outside to the Diego Rivera Theatre and use the body parts to estimate the height, width, and length of the building. For example, how many steps long and how many bodies tall is the building. By doing this exercise, I get to see how many spaces a person receive when he/she is inside the building and also how many space above the person will receive so he/she won’t bump his/her head.

HW: Proportion

Proportion is the harmonious relationship of parts to each other or to the whole with respect to magnitude, quantity, or degree. In architecture it is the relation between elements and a whole. “Proportion is a correspondence among the measures of the members of an entire work, and of the whole to a certain part selected as standard. From this result the principles of symmetry, without symmetry and proportion there can be no principles in the design of any temple; that is if there is no precise relation between its members as in the case of those of well shaped man.” -Vitruvius


November 10, 2008

This week we had talk about formative ideas and did an exercise. A formative idea is understood to be a concept which a designer can use to influence or give form to a design. For the exercise we used column, plane, cube, half dome, and cylinder to design the building in plan and elevation view. We have worked with structure, form, balance, massing, light, symmetry, and additive and subtractive. I found the exercise to be a little difficult because I have trouble arranging the object in the plan and matching the elevation view.

Homework:Peter Eisenman

One of his old work is HouseVI (Frank Residence). He has created a form of from the intersection of four planes, subsequently manipulating the structures again and again, until coherent spaces began to emerge. The structure of it has a methodical manipulation of a grid.  One of his new work is the University of Phoenix stadium. The basic form of the design takes it cue from a barrel cactus and offers alternating vertical slots with smooth panel.


November 1, 2008

This week we went to the library and watch an informative powerpoint. This week we have moved on and have a different look of architecture. We have learned about analysis layering whereas building is achieved only through a rigorous development use of analysis and layering as tools. Some graphic elements that we learn were parti, stucture, natural light, symmetry and balance and additive and substractive. After the powerpoint we have watch a short clip of Joshua Prince-Ramus. I thought the film is very interesting, it is interesting to see how they come up with the design and predict how the building will look like in the future in different angles. Also the way the library was designed in the film was very creative and the inside very satisfy people’s needs. For homework, we are suppose to draw MOMA in plan and elevation.