ARC 1015 PROJECTS

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill offices in the Inland Steel Building (ca. 1950)

project 01

your architectural history

Introduction

What has drawn you to architecture as a future profession? For many people, it is the inspiration of buildings themselves that prompted the choice. Whether or not you have had a moment of dramatic revelation, it's a certainty that you have grown up in and around buildings and have developed some kind of appreciation for them (or at least some of them). This assignment asks you to think about your history with buildings as a biographical study.

Directions

Take some time to reflect on your past, its important moments, its daily activities, and how those were facilitated, shaped, or confounded by the built environment (you may wish to think of individual buildings as well as assemblages of them in cities, neighborhoods, etc.). Take notes on your thoughts. Reflect. Talk to people from your past about it. Don't rush this part. Assemble a narrative outline or series of case studies that illustrate your architectural biography. Collect photos of specific or representative buildings.

Timeline

TUES 25 AUG: project introduced in class meeting

MON 31 AUG: write more on your architectural biography; post 3-5 images to Instagram illustrating key aspects of your story

THU 07 SEPT: submit your essay for peer review

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project 02

vernacular methods

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TUE 01 SEPT: introduction to project in class

  • Batak house (Indonesia)
  • Cappadocian rock-cut houses (Turkey)
  • funco (Africa)
  • igloo (Inuit Arctic)
  • long house (Scandinavia)
  • minka (Japan)
  • mudhif (Iraq)
  • nipa hut (Phillipines)
  • poteau-en-terre house (Mississippi Valley)
  • Queenslander (Australia)
  • rong house (Vietnam)
  • saltbox (Northeast USA)
  • siheyuan (China)
  • shotgun (American south)
  • tipi (American indiginous)
  • tulou (China)
  • yaodong (China)
  • yposkafa (Greece)
  • Yurt (Mongolia)

MON 07 SEPT: complete your portion of the vernacular gallery

TUES 08 SEPT: by noon, submit a PDF summarizing your work to Dr. Amundson (via email)

  • orient horizontally
  • keep text to a minimum (phrases, not paragraphs)
  • include world map, images of plan, view, and details
  • overall assignment is to explain: how do they build houses here and why do they look different than they do elsewhere?

 

project 03

form and function

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project 04

stylish traditions

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project 05

sustainability

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project 06

manifesto

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project 00

*optional* interview with an architect

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