EXPERIMENT ONE: DATUM
DUE: Sunday April 2nd, by midnight.
ASSESSMENT WEIGHTING: 25% (marking schedule)
TIMETABLE: 4 Weeks, 25% of final grade.
ARCHITECTURAL CHALLENGE: Articulating below, on and above a ground plane. Studio workshops.
ARCHITECTURAL CATALYST: The Stair.
CLIENTS: Magnus Walker (www.youtube.com), Issey Miyake (http://isseymiyake.com/en/), Louise Bourgeois (http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/louise-bourgeois-2351)
PREMISE: We can understand Architecture as a series of relationships between surfaces, objects and spaces. The datum introduces an idea of measurement into these relationships so that we can begin to understand the balance or otherwise of a scheme.
Choose a specific work from two of the three companies/artists listed above and create an architecture consisting of three spaces; one below ground, one above ground and one on the ground plane. The spaces above and below ground are the clients studio workshops (imagine they are actually creating the work there). The space on the ground plane is a place for selling the work. Create a stair that allows each client to bring their completed work to the showroom on the ground plane in a distinctive and significant way.
In addition to the overall course assessment criteria students will be assessed on the
level and extent to which they engage with the criteria listed below:
THE THREE WORDS _ Do the three words work together to suggest a distinctive and significant approach to engaging with each clients work?
THE 18 SKETCH SECTIONS _ Do the 18 sketch sections communicate a distinctive and significant approach the student has taken with respect to the clients work and their relationship to the datum?
THE 36 CUSTOM TEXTURES _ Do the 36 custom textures demonstrate enquiry and experimentation with respect to ideas of measurement?
THE STAIR _ Does the stair demonstrate a distinctive and significant approach to bringing the completed work into the showroom?
THE ARCHITECTURE _ Do the images and animations demonstrate that the student has thought about the relative size of each element, what their proportions are, their orientation, how texture and color map over their surfaces and how all of the above work together to establish the balance or otherwise of their scheme?
RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS
"Sketchup New Users" video tutorials here: http://www.sketchup.com/learn/videos?playlist=58
The UNSW library home page
Library services for undergraduates
red centre guide