Sunday, December 12, 2010


Point Explorations
Exploration is defined as to travel for the purpose of discovery.  In this section we explored the modern world and defined what modern was, and unfortunately or fortunately it is ever changing.  We began with the Bauhaus, which was a movement that symbolized the stripping of “excess” into only necessary parts.  But it was also grounded in the idea that a single person, through education, could acquire a taste for fine arts through the opening of a school.  As men continue to explore new materials it gave birth to new architecture.  Metal, glass and concrete define a new city and the second city became the first city of Chicago.  New York could not be left behind, and they began to create a city full of architectural richness who expanded upward and covered there steel, glass, and metal with art deco design, and in turn gave way to post modernism.  The Chrysler building is one of the most pure forms, and a great example of this movement.  In the art world we took a look at great artist that explore neo-classic art, cubism, modernism, soft realism and more with a great amount of movement.  In this unit we explored great architects, such as Le Corbusier, who went beyond his time, and delivered beautiful architecture with clean lines, pillotis, roof gardens, and abstract garden sculptures.  One of his modern works was a set of apartment buildings for the city dweller.  His approach very modernist at a time was to create two story units stacked on top of each other in a long narrow building supported by concrete pillotis’.  His main point, “a house is a machine for living.”  This meant that every part of the house must have a purpose.  This exploration of great architects such as, Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe, Eero Saarinen, Frank Lloyd Wright, Renzo Piano, Frank O. Gerhy, and many more modern day artist along with the classical architects starting with Vetruvius and Pallattio all the way to Alvara Aalto, has helped us find our way as designers.  This has launched our own explorations into our inner self, and has helped us define who we are as designers, and who do we admire most to take inspiration from.  

final documentation

  1. At the beginning of the semester I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  The prior semester was a difficult transition for me, because I had been out of school for so many years, and was introduced to many new programs that were absolutely necessary to be able to develop the amount of work given.  But the most difficult thing that I had to undergo was that I was challenged to all my convictions, and forced to design against my beliefs.  This experience made me not know what to expect for this semester, but I was greatly surprised to discover and be part of a new type of teaching, where my ideas were important.  Patrick’s studio was by far the best studio I have ever been in.  Since the start the introduction of The Poetics of Space, by Gaston Bachelard, as our text for this studio was a very pleasing surprise, and I remember thinking, I already like this Professor, because he can pick great books, and I am very thankful I was not wrong.  My ideas about residential design shifted dramatically during the course of the semester.  My points of view were broadened, and details became imperative and extremely important.  The studio environment was perfect for producing quality work because we were evaluated and challenged on an individual basis, but within group projects that enabled us to push together towards a common goal.  I ended the semester on a very high note, much more confident as a designer, much more knowledgeable as an individual, much more appreciative of prior great works, and with great portfolio material. 

  1. My main goal for the studio was to pass it with an A++, which became very difficult throughout the semester because I was not challenged in a sense of just developing work, but instead I was challenged in developing the best work I could possibly develop, and we are always our own worst critics.  I hoped I would gain from the studio a farther understanding of colors and materials, choices, better rendering skills, and better thought work, but instead I gained much more.  I gained insight into other designer’s hearts.  I learned how amazing my colleagues are as designers and as individuals.  I learned how less competitive and more humanist we have all become, and this is all things to the leading by example of a great professor. 

  1. Clark, Bachelard, an Alexander were great source materials and they did impact my work in many ways, especially Bachelard.  Being a romantic at heart, and Architecture being my passion this book hit the nail on the head.  It is a recollection of my thoughts and heart, beautifully put in writing by someone else, it sounds weird I know, but it is truly an amazing book.  I love how he explores the different parts of the house that otherwise would be inanimate, and breathes life into it by attaching them to feelings that we all have even those who appear not to have them.  My favorite quote in this book is “by recalling these  memories, we add to our store of dreams; we are never real historians, but always near poets, and our emotion is perhaps nothing but an expression of a poetry that was lost. 

  1. The research and design process was very different for each of the projects, but surprisingly, they all had the same steps only in different orders.  The charrettes were very important and crucial, sometimes difficult because we had to produce amounts of work, many ideas almost without giving any thought.  It was a brain storm in developing 3D objects and working through the ideas in a very fast pace.  I liked that because we were able move fast, and not be stuck on one thing.  The process work was also great because it was simple ideas put on paper to clarify our minds, and almost provide a map into the final layout of the space.  My thought work looked like chicken scratch, but they were really truly amazing pieces of art developed by other colleagues, and I really enjoyed looking at those

  1. The structure of the studio was quality over quantity I have nothing bad to say about timing because we all took our time to produce great work, and we met the deadlines.  We got much better at teamwork and actually got to know each other’s work and strengths and weaknesses.  I feel very fortunate to have been part of this studio, and I hope the next one is as good as this has been. 

mcmasion report

bungalo board

bungalo rendering

bungalo progress