Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Moment of Reflection

Moment of reflection

please..... trust that the quality is much better that this.... had to compress for blogger. (cant wait till web 3.0)

"the abyss, the mirage" by ahmed mohtaseb from ahmed on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Monday, April 21, 2008


Mat, Michael and Derick will present on Saturday.
Their projects will, nevrtheless, be pinned up in room HHS111 on Friday morning together with everyone else.

All of you should be ready to pin up your work on Thursday night !!!

The review will start on time at 10 AM

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Plan Scale

this is not the finished plan, but just to show how much context gets in

a scale of 1/32"=1'-0"

after discussion with Dan, I am doing the building plans in 1/32" scale. (with 1/16 or 1/8 sections) and detail section and plan of a part.

question is,

isn't it too much to have 3 plans that all have this much context? (even if the context would be light lines)

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Treatment Unit Plan

Overnight Unit Plan


Dear All:

We will not be in the studio this afternoon. Instead we will be in on Saturday from 1PM until 5 PM. Feel free to contact us with any individual questions, by email or the blog.

Dan and Mark

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


I hate to be a hassle but is there any way that you could stop into studio before Thursday? I can meet at anytime. I just need to show some detailing in Max that I have changed according to our conversation. I am asking only because it will greatly determine the outcome of the physical model which is obviously more difficult to change. I want to have the final model finished by Thursday so the sooner the better.



Sunday, April 13, 2008


I'm interested in coming to the final review. Can you fill me in on the date and time so that I can schedule time off of work. Thanks.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Dan and Marc,

Sorry I won't be able to make to class today. I am working on my plans, sections and 3d model.

I am posting an updated version of a plan for one of the units. I will post more later. It would be very helpful if I could get some feedback.

Thank You

Friday, April 11, 2008

a bit of advice at “two weeks to go”...................

Dear All:

This is a bit of advice at “two weeks to go”...................

This is prompted by seeing where most of you are at this point.

I know that your are still designing !!! Design is never finished! The task is to take what you have and communicate it the best you can. A slightly improved design but not communicated well is of no use!!!!

The wise thing to do is to know when to stop.

Some of you are still changing the overall scheme (but not may) and some developing a part of your total design and developing in greater architectonic detail, both in thde computer in the computer.

That is important to do right now so that you have time to extract interior
(exterior) renderings of your project.

Such renderings to be of high quality and not done in the last moment need time. So no more design changes

to what you have now in the computer, no matter how possibly good the new ideas. Focus on presenting well what you have, not what might have, and run the risk of presenting it badly. (I can think of one or two exceptions)

You must give time to preparing your final presentation. The time is now!!!

The time for major changes to your design IS OVER.

It would be unwise and self destructive to change the basics of your scheme now. Your attention should be

shifted to the strategic task of making a good overall presentation of what you already have. That is to present a “thesis” in all its aspects: including your prĂ©cis(short statement of your overall goals) research/film, synaestesia, project and quality of verbal and visual presentation.

You all must eave time to pull this together. As you hearde said at mid review,
“just a nice design of a building without a well argued and presented thesis question. And research back up will not do”

You all have to stop design now.(with the exception of minor improvements
that do not affect your time frame). That is it.

Any comments from us or others now must be about your overall
research and thesis as it applies to the project as it is now. Anything
that slows you down or redirects your attention from thinking about
developing what you have and the shape of your final presentation
not helpful at this point.

Please consult the list of requirements for the final presentation.
We (Marc aand I) should be able to help with those questions.

Good luck to all….Dan

Thursday, April 10, 2008


these are images shown to Dan today.
I want to keep the idea of 50% porosity of skin(void=solid). it almost looks opaque during the day and becomes more transparent at night(need to work on night renders)
I made a big mistake by making every profile of the tubes 4" wide. I will change this to 3 or 2".
the depth will be revised to 8" from what is currently 12" in images. I am also considering lightening the light shaft structure by making the void space doubled.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

we will be in studeio this evening

Dear All:

Mark and I will be in the studio this evening. I will get there at six and Mark at seven.
Any of you in need of urgent contact with us please be there if you can.

Let us know how many of you can make it. It would be good to speak to as many of you as possible.


Saturday, April 05, 2008


Is this the entry you spoke of? I am working on the details of the catwalk penetration and I am trying to conceptually incorporate the transition from the lightweight tensile catwalk condition into thick massive dungeon threshold of stone (the black box). Also to be incorporated into this joint detail will be the reminence of the past operation of taking the building apart. That is the digging and underpinning. It is Saturday. If I don't see you today I will post a couple of different schemes for some feedback.



Friday, April 04, 2008

Saturday in studio

I will be in the studio on Saturday from 2 PM to 5 PM.

Thursday, April 03, 2008


attempt at a rendering trying to show a little of the city in my mirror.

Marc and Dan I know this is not perfect yet, but I would appreciate getting your opinion and advice on it.

Also I changed my plan and started reconsidering some of the issues we discussed on monday I will post it later

No class Thursday 4/3

Been consulting with the grapevine and there is no Design class on Thursday April 3rd. (Today)

I won't make it to class today

i've been sick all night; already visited a doctor yesterday but seems like its getting worse.
I would like to see the doctor again today and stay home and try to cure myself before it gets
worse, since its not a good time for that to happen.
I know its better to communicate with you in person, but I will use the blog for progress.

I am leaving out the idea of staggering the tube members and instead making it a continuous piece with lateral bracing. the staggered joints works better in the physical model, but thinking of the material as steel tubes, I think its too much. I will post the progress later today or tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

items for final

Items for final presentartion (required) M Th M Th M Th M Th F Sa
old film new film 31-Mar 3-Apr 7-Apr 10-Apr 14-Apr 17-Apr 21-Apr 24-Apr 25-Apr 26-Apr

A1. Brief Thesis Statement
A1.1. Program and Site

A2Brief film synaesthesia half min fall film half
min new sketch
A3. Breief word statement of
Synasthesia : arch+5 senses

B1. (Urban)General Site Plan scale TBA
B2. Arch'l Plans and Sections #+ Scale TBA
B3. Detail large model and drwgs
B4. Architectural Models

Note: All of the above to be
discussed with your studio critics

The "poetics" of your project
Synaesthisia/Arch'l Experience
C Journey through your project
FILM w/sound , renderings, sketches, etc.
Computer interior views
Written description of intendede arch'l experience

Final Review

three weeks left..

Dear All:

Please review the attached list of items required of all of you for the final review. This is a complete list and we will not look kindly on any items missing. You should all have many of these items from last research term. It takes a little thinking and effort to bring back that STAFF into your project as it is today. We will be happy to help and guide how that should be done.Your final presentation MUST cover a whole year research and final project !!!!!!!

For now, we assume you are all defining and drawing/modeling your latest architectural scheme. That is it.
With three weeks left there is no time to keep changing. From here on you should shift your attention to the final presentation and what is it you will have for it. That is the only clear strategy at this point. Any minor redesign must take place as you work on your final presentation. That must start NOW and the attached schedule should help you focus!!!!! I will try to upload that schedule on thr blog. If I am not able to blease printed out from your dmail box.

Because Thursday has been claimed by the school, I will be in the studio on W from 2-5 PM for any of you who would like a cit. Feel free to communicate with me about any and all of this.