Final Presentation Boards:
Final – Model:
Final Review Comments:
Overall the comments from the review were fair. The reviewers agreed that some of the work was not fully resolved and that many of the moments of the project could have been developed further. Not much was mentioned regarding the process work and layout of the presentation but based on the comments the reviewers had a clear understanding of my concept and ideas for the project.
The longest discussion was related to the separation of my project into two buildings, it was mentioned that unless there is a strong conceptual purpose for this separation that people will misinterpret and impose unwanted ideas to the project, such as, a relationship between male and female, good and bad, or light and dark.
Another critique came from the layout of my plan, it was said that there could have been a better effort made to create a stronger connection between spaces and the concept, for example, a bathroom does not have to be just a bathroom, and, there are opportunities that allow us as designers to rethink what these spaces really need and want to be.
The most important critique from the final review, in my opinion, came from my reflection of the review after the fact. I realized that I did not properly discuss many of my ideas during my presentation and that I should have spent much more time preparing my presentation. I could have much more clearly organized my thoughts and presented them to the reviewers, this includes my process throughout the semester for my project.
Midterm Presentation Board:
Midterm – Model:
Three Galleries of Light:
In this assignment I chose one block that best represented the idea I wanted to focus on, in this case indirect light, and began to adjust its parameters to explore the full potential of its design. I adjusted the parameters primarily in plan view for the first two blocks, then began to play with the parametes in elevation to create, in each case, a unique affect. There are five variations of my initial design, three different blocks, on two of which I began exploring the affects of color. The galleries show the progression of the day from 08.00 in the morning to 13.30 in the afternoon. I chose to focus primarily on one half of the day simply to show in more detail the affects at play, showing the later half of the day would, in this case, simply be repititious.
modular wall series
The first block, my most recent design, looks at light that has been captured and visible only on reflected surfaces. The intention was to have no direct visible connections to the other side creating a soft glow within the block. The pour was achieved using a ready mix concrete mixture with no additional additives using white construction foam for the mold on the exterior and foam and duct tape on the interior. In retrospect, I would have rather used a mixture with much smaller aggregate to achieve more precise and clean edges with smoother surfaces and a mix of white portland cement to enhance the calming affect.
Block 2: Channeled Light
My second block looks at channeled light and how the lines of light can be broken up with irregularities on the surface. The play of geometric shapes within the block creates shapes that change over time going from straight to curved to broken and angled. The mold was made of foam on the exterior, and a mixture of foam, duct tape and wood on the interior. The concrete mix consisted of 1 part portland cement, 3 parts medium coarse sand, and 1 part water.
Block 3: Layered Light
My third block represents the branches of a tree, layered to expose different distances of light. The process of this piece was the drilling of holes into a solid block of foam, then filing it with concrete. The foam used was a green craft foam that turned out to be too pourous, as a result the wet concrete combined with the foam resulting in a very rough final product. I had to sand and file the block down significantly to recover the desired shape. The concrete mix was 1 part portland cement, 3 parts sand, and 1 part water.
The sun comes up opposite the San Fransisco Peaks, its light reaching the top of the mountain. As time progresses light slowly crawls down the mountain into the meadow below. The light creates a distinct line of shadows as it rises above the trees filtering through each branch.
Light and Shadow:
Its distinct edge creates a sharp contrast between near and far. As the sun travels lower in the sky a shadow appears slowly crawling into the crater. The suns power becomes less darkening the crater and revealing the view beyond.
Sunset over this butte-like structure reveals an array of colors as natural light fades and artificial light takes over. As darkness creaps towards the building a seperation between light and dark becomes clear.