Reading Discussion & Workshop 2b

Arch 200c 2013 Fall

Course Arch 200c
Date 2013/09/26
Learning Objectives After a quick review of Problem Set One, we move into our first discussion of readings on orthographic projection and the traditional uses of drawing in architecture. Students will lead this 40m discussion, which will be followed by a workshop on moving between Rhino and Illustrator with an emphasis on perspectival techniques.
  • Review of Problem Set 1
  • Discussion of Readings
  • Workshop 2b
Uses Tool(s)

Review of Problem Set 1

We will spend five minutes at the top of class today reviewing Problem Set 1. Please arrive prepared with any questions you might have.

First Discussion of Readings

To help us contextualize what we have been learning in Topic One and the start of Topic Two, today we will split into three groups and spend about 40mins discussing the following readings. Each student should choose two out of the following list of readings and come to class prepared with questions and thoughts on how these texts can put the lectures, workshops, and studio work of this semester into a larger cultural and disciplinary context.

If your name appears in bold below, you've got some extra responsibilities for this class. By Tuesday Sep 24 at midnight, please upload to the class BOX a short summary (about one page) of your chosen reading and two questions that may help to start a class discussion. Your summary should be written as to explain the most important points of the text to those who have not read it, and your questions should seek to tie the text to some aspect of your experience thus far as a student of architecture. Name your Word DOCX as "YOUR_LASTNAME.docx" and upload it to "Arch 200ac Commons/200c Student Summaries of Readings/R1" by midnight, and come prepared to present it to the class.

Although those highlighted below will carry the burden 0f preparing formal summaries and questions, we expect everyone to participate in this conversation. Please don't wait to be called upon - your instructors are here to facilitate, but the discussion should be largely student-led.

The following readings may be found on the class BOX under "Arch 200ac Uncommons/Readings/200c R1".

  1. Allen, Stan. “ Constructing with Lines: On Projection. ” In Practice: Architecture, Technique and Representation, 1–31. Psychology Press, 2000.
  2. Two related readings :
    1. Allen, Stan. “ Diagrams Matter. ” In Any 23: Diagram Work, edited by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, 23:16–19. Anyone Corporation, 1998.
    2. Allen, Stan. “ Mapping the Unmappable: On Notation. ” In Practice: Architecture, Technique and Representation, 31–47. Psychology Press, 2000.
  3. Evans, Robin. The Projective Cast: Architecture and Its Three Geometries . The MIT Press, 2000. [Introduction and Conclusion only]
  4. Schön, Donald. “ Designing as Reflective Conversation with the Materials of a Design Situation. ” Knowledge-Based Systems 5, no. 1 (March 1992): 3–14.

Discussion Groups

Discussion Group A Discussion Group B Discussion Group C
Matt Au Spencer Bates Tyler Beard
Erica Brett Jessica Jia Chen Rex Crabb
Kasey Elliott Yan Xin Huang
Brooke Hair Yuxu Han Wesley Alan Harkonen
Brooke Jones Tina Lee Carlos Martinez-Horta
Kasra Yazdanbakhsh Nancy Mei Iftekhar Mian
Adam Miller Min Zhang Thomas Murdoch
Mia Narell Aissata Nutzel Sean Ostro
Rebecca Rusinow Joanna Salem Tsai-Jung Shen
Chandni Sheth Jeremy Shiman Taylor Smith
Alex Spatzier Phirak Suon
Christopher Wright Xin Xin Nong

Workshop 2b

This workshop session will be led by Rudy Letsche.

Choose 5 perspectives from this PDF, print and bring to class with a roll of trace paper.

For each perspective, identify and draw or trace one of the following on the trace paper overlay:

1) positive/negative space
2) horizon line (is it a 1-pt, 2-pt, 3-pt, 4-pt perspective)
3) trace foreground, middle ground, background elements
4) draw a three-column, three row grid over the perspective
5) identify the strategy of the perspective - what is it trying to convey?

Click here to download the Perspectives PDF shown above

Create a Perspectival Underlay