24 08 2010

FOLIOWEBLOG click for a list of assignment + content requirements

Whoever knows how to design a park well will have no difficulty in tracing the plan for the building of a city according to its given area and situation. There must be squares, crossroads, and streets. There must be regularity and fantasy, relationships and oppositions, and casual unexpected elements that vary the scene; great order in the details, confusion, uproar, and tumult in the whole. M.A. Laugier  Observations sur l’Architecture 1765.

Notations on architecture and the city have historically been rendered legible through publications and manifestoes. From Vitruvius to Le Corbusier to the present day architects have presented their impressions and design intentions in clear graphic and textual narratives. These works can provide models for a graphic-based rhetorical language. The architectural treatise constitutes a comprehensive means of communicating all aspects of architectural design, from precedent to projection, addressing the varying dimensions of the discipline. A tectonic appreciation of the city begins with creating a graphic-based methodology for reading and communicating architecture.

An Architect can build a house and build a city in the same breath, if he thinks about it as being a marvelous, inspired, expressive realm. Louis I Kahn The invisible City 1972

The Siena Studio FOLIOWEBLOG is a kind of proto-treatise: the graphical unfolding of the studio’s immersion in the social + cultural whirl of the Italian city and the architectural + urban positions derived from it.  It requires more than a distracted appreciation of the merely formal:  food + drink must be had, laundry done, maps read, landscapes understood and needs met while positions are assumed and designs tested.  Rarely do we inhabit our sites so intensely.  The FOLIOWEBLOG documentation serves up in graphical form the narrative of this engagement as an intellectually coherent discourse on architecture and the city, processes and projects.

Each student in the Siena Studio is required to create a FOLIOWEBLOG, containing documentation of the Newark studio projects; travel + analytical sketches from Rome, Naples + beyond; photographs; developmental design sketches + studies from all the places you have visited and worked in, as well as the final presentation of the Newark, Rome and Siena group projects.  Students who worked in groups should arrange to have high quality scans made of the final projects for each student’s individual FOLIOWEBLOG. The general format of the FOLIO is A3 (11×17, roughly) in either horizontal or vertical orientation. It must contain all of the work generated for the Siena Studio. Because FOLIOWEBLOG presentations will be made online via the Siena Studio weblog, there is flexibility in format.  However, along with the web presentation, you must submit a high-resolution digital PDF using the A3 format on CD, which become a part of the Siena Studio archive.  Please be sure your name is on every sheet and CD!

Please note that the Siena Studio FOLIOWEBLOG is a Kepler requirement in accordance with njSOA rules and regulations.

Please note that composing, producing + presenting group projects is a collaborative, collective exercise:  common images, city maps and, especially, installation and presentation documentation should be included in the FOLIOWEBLOG. For on-site presentations, all work should be hung conforming to some overall compositional order. Most everything will be in A3 format, so a common datum can easily be established. Compose the whole, in other words, with no blank space, no misalignment among sheets or among projects.  Include textual annotation so that viewers may know what they are looking at and why. FOLIOWEBLOG also charts process + renders it legible. Compose it carefully; it is no less a design project.

FOLIOWEBLOG click for a list of assignment + content requirements



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