Archive for December, 2008

Discussion 12/01/08

December 16, 2008
Walter Gropius designed the Dessau Bauhaus building to look as if the students were always presenting to the public; in this case the people that were walking on the streets. The glass walls allowed plenty of light to come in but at the same time no privacy for the students. He uses the students as puppets of a show. The teachers on the other hand have their bedrooms separated form the main building and have a bit more privacy then the students. The metals all exposed worked with his idea of inspiring movement, artist being revealed. The metal were art pieces for he building. The building was designed on the basis of confrontation and interaction with one another. Students and teachers were forced to see each other everywhere they went and be seen by others every passage in the building. Although the main building works for the purpose of interaction; I don’t understand the purpose of having the teachers building separate if he wants interaction between students, teacher and public.

Alvaro Siza wanted the University to look as if it has always been there and that the trees were hidding the university behind them. He said “ Architecture needs geometry to create order”



Discussion 11/17/08 and 11/24/08

December 16, 2008
Today our teacher left us with a couple a questions in mind.
How does digital connect back to human form?

To me the way digital connects back to human form is by the way we are able to make any design in the exact measurements we want. Doing drawings digitally allows our minds explore an entire different world.

Has architecture become just a play of form?

No it has not, instead it has broaden  the possibilities of  creating different structures. We  experiment more now then we have before but there are reasons for the moves make. We live in a different century with different minds,  the more the years go by the more experiment  will happen. Different types of architecture will be born.

How do you transition into different spaces?

Well scale and proportion are a big part when moving from one room to another.  If a room is really tall and  multiple times human size one would feel overwhelmed  in such a big room.


Steen Eiler Rasmussen  uses different  divisions of the body to decide how tall his door, windows, all building parts should be.  corbu_jp40

Discussion 11/03/08 Formative Ideas and Class Excercise

December 16, 2008

In class this night we discussed the different graphic elements we need for a building. We need the parti, structure, natural light, massing, plan to section/ elevation, unit to whole, repetitive to unique, symmetry and balance, geometry, additive and subtractive and hierarchy. The most interesting part for me was to see how each architect interprets these terms. The architects have each their own symbol for the terms but the meaning of the term does not change.

Discussion 10/27/08

December 16, 2008

Today we talked about the choices Mario Botta made for the museum of Modern Arts. The choice he made to have horizontal lines on the outside, worked for the purpose of creating movement just like in the inside. By having all those horizontal lines it grounded the building and the use of the color of brick gives the building a more rustic old feeling. The color on the outside emphasizes the point of a museum which is keeping history ongoing . The circle on the top creates unity within everything that is going on around it. The use of a circle on top also shows how the continuation of events. Also presents the idea how new artists are born everyday and old ones will always be there, the continuation of life and memories. The vertical line that comes form the bottom up demonstrates growth, just like artist grow with each piece of art they create.sfmoma5002

Discussion 10/20/08

December 16, 2008
During class today we put all our facades together to create our representation of the site.

To me my site is secluded zones directed by two major passages and one major focal point. When me and my classmates talked about he site we felt that there was no specific place that was emphasized more then another but once we saw the food truck we noticed that the flow of people depended on the position of the food truck on the lot. People came in and left from the street located in the campus and on the street around the buildings. These two passages intersected each other creating an L shape. If you go to the street inside the campus you will see that there are two more lines made but they are made by buildings lined up therefore creating an E shape. Where ever you are you can either get a peek at the food truck or not see it at all unless you walk close to it. That creates mystery which invites more customers in the curiosity of knowing what is behind that building, that wall or even that tree depending on where you are coming from.


Discussion 10/06/08

December 16, 2008

Today in class we discussed facades and  to design them. Each and every side has a purpose .

In the site  me and my group got  there is a center where everyone around school goes to. Around this site there are two main passage ways. The buildings in the site are lined up opposite the main car passage ,almost as intersecting the road.  My site  is mostly on a flat plane but  creates  movement  by having  a place to  unite  every building and every person together.


On my facades I was demonstrating how the site is secluded by little zones. The center can’t be seen completely so I used horizontal lines and verticals intersecting each other but with some space in between each other so that some of the site was visible but not completely . Depending on where you are positioned you can see the theater so I used different size windows almost as peeking into the theater. I felt that the looking form the bottom to the top should be opened because I wanted to seem as if the spaces where not defined , they were abstract.

Discussion 12/08/08 Daniel Libeskind

December 15, 2008
Daniel Libeskind used the catastrophes the Jewish had   gone through and designed this museum. He read books about the suffering of the people in Berlin, Germany. The Jewish Museum exhibits  the social, political and cultural history of people that suffered from the 4th century until now.
1.  The architect described the museum as a  piece of art on its own, he said that the museum did not need  fotographs, paintings, or even drawing  show what this race of people suffered.  He wanted people to experince it  while walking trough it.
The outside he mentioned was har to get done but  what he wanted to be shown were the cuts, stiches, scars, left  on the jewish race.
2. I think he sees the world as place to speak your mind, stand for what is right  or in this case what  was done wrong. He  created a building that  made people  imagine the pain they went through. He designed this based on emotions, on this group of people’s  experience.
3. I would say he used lots of rectangles and triangles to creat a sharper look to the building. the way he uses shapes, makes them look as if they are in movement, ready for battle. The building is made out of metal, a material that  is strong  and sharp. The forms look like they attacking  those that walk near .
4.The architect is an artist in the sense of creating  something that  people can connect to  and the architect  allows people to expereince  it. Libeskind  designed the  Garden of Exhile so that those that went to the museum got to experience what a jew had to a while back. In this Garden there is only one way out and that is by going back into the underground building in which you came from, leaving you no room to escape. H e designed  the inside to feel as if everywhere you went something was about to attack you.
5. Libeskind  built the building  close to other buildings creating that sense of rage of a race trying to fight back but to weak and small to overcoem such power. The buildings right next to it seem as almost  closing in and trying to block the lightening. The sun light bounces off the heavy metal and goes through the cuts and  window stiches, to bring hope into a not so fortunate race.
6. The pattern that sticks out the most to me are the strips of metal cuts into the building. Libeskind uses them very well to emphasize the pain that goes on and on; sometimes never heals. Looking from the top you see two broken lines as if two broken hopes. The lines represent two catastrophes in the Jewish race.
8. The idea, of pain, having to  defend, break out and escape.  Also the idea that the building only has one main passage and that the two other ones come to an end, demonstrates the life of many Jewish families. Some went through the the passage completley and survived others did not even make it half way.
9. Scale and Proportion play a huge factor in this building. The outside is huge in size to demonstrate the big affect this  holocaust has had on the Jewish  race. Inside the building the architect decided to have every room closed in  so that  people would feel imprisioned, suffocated, and scared. There are no electrical lighting , instead the architect only used  natural light coming form tiny windows that were always hidden from eye sight.