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Lecture Series
October 14, 2008, 5:41 pm
Filed under: General

As the academic year starts to hit full swing many of you are starting to grow your interests in architecture outside the classroom. Awesome! Being in the heart of Boston gives you a great opportunity to hear some of the world’s best architects speak about their work and theory at some of the best architecture schools in the country. I’ve posted below a few links to Harvard’s lecture series, Northeastern’s and MIT’s. Take a look and see if any interest you. Renfro will be at MIT on OCT 23, Stephen Kieran on NOV 20. At the GSD (Harvard)Kate Orff will speak on NOV 13 and Ben van Berkel on NOV 19.

GSD: http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/events/lectures/

MIT: http://architecture.mit.edu/architecture-lecture-series.html

NEU: http://www.architecture.neu.edu/events/lectures/



Nolli Map
October 12, 2008, 5:34 pm
Filed under: General, Representation
Detail of Nolli Map
Detail of Nolli Map

Heres a link to the “interactive nolli-map”. It’s a digitized version of the original map of Rome and a great resource, both as a map and a diagram of public and private space through figure-ground. Once the page opens click launch map to get started.

http://nolli.uoregon.edu/



Carpenter Center
October 12, 2008, 5:05 pm
Filed under: Field Trips

Hopefully your feet are all now well rested after yesterday’s excursion around Cambridge. I’ve posted some boards a group of students and I had put together for an analysis project on the Corb’s Carpenter center while in school. Look at the plans, sections and elevations of the building and compare it to how you sketched and diagrammed the building when we were on site. Look at the diagrams as examples of ways you might diagram projects or analysis. After critically looking at everything re-sketch a series of diagrams about your experience in the building. Try and focus on the concepts we have developed in studio.



Ronchamp
October 12, 2008, 4:15 am
Filed under: General

Here’s a link to some of my pics from a visit to Ronchamp in 2006.

Enjoy

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mschur/sets/72157600071765096/

Ronchamp Michael Schur 2006

Ronchamp Michael Schur 2006



Fun with Figure Ground
September 21, 2008, 8:47 pm
Filed under: General, Representation

Found this today and thought it was fun. Enjoy

http://www.dezeen.com/2008/09/21/heroes-of-the-invisible-by-fat

Vase Crit5

Vase Crit5



Chiaroscuro
September 18, 2008, 2:34 am
Filed under: Representation

Here are some examples of chiaroscuro in architectural drawings by Hugh Ferris. How do these drawings differ from your typical architectural renderings? What does he accomplish by using these techniques and how might they relate to your assigned painting? How can you represent the idea of chiaroscuro in a diagram? Take some time and analyze these drawings with a critical eye and post your thoughts.

Hugh Ferris Hoover Dam

Hugh Ferris Hoover Dam

Hugh Ferris Metropolis

Hugh Ferris Metropolis

Hugh Ferris Waterplane in NYC

Hugh Ferris Waterplane in NYC

Hugh Ferris Lever House

Hugh Ferris Lever House



“God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it. Everything else is at least for me an abuse of paper.” -Alvar Alto
September 14, 2008, 1:04 am
Filed under: Representation

For the opening of a new exhibition space at the Architecture Museum of Munich’s Technical University, a group of internationally known architects were invited to a dinner. Instead of showing up, however, the architects were asked to send the museum a sketch on a dinner napkin. The napkin would stand in for the architects’ physical presence and “represent” their current thoughts on architecture. The exercise, a play off the notion that architectural inspiration can strike anywhere and anytime, proved to be a playful and revealing portrait of the way architects think and quickly represent themselves. So… even if you don’t have your sketchbooks on you (I have no idea why you wouldn’t) you have no excuse for not being able to develop your ideas.

Check out the sketches below looking at the differences in line quality. Besides illustrating very different ideas each architect has a distinct drawing style and technique. Also, go to the library and look at each architect’s monograph as a way to better understand what they are about and how their architecture is being represented in these sketches.

Robert Venturi

Robert Venturi

Dominique Perrault

Dominique Perrault

Toyo Ito

Toyo Ito

Matthias Sauerbruch

Matthias Sauerbruch

Mario Bota

Mario Bota

Carlos Ferrater

Carlos Ferrater