Since I am an Arts/Engineer, I am taking my first architectural design studio this semester. We are working on a semester long project that is centered around light.
First, we found scrap pieces of wood, dowels, and paper around the studio from previous projects. We were given a piece of foam core to which we attached two straight dowels. One was the north-south axis, and the other was the east-west axis. After doing this, we took the foam core board outside in the sunlight and made sure north on our board was north in reality. Then, we attached the scrap pieces to the axes. Simultaneously, every 15 minutes, we traced the shadows made by the scraps. So, we would trace the shadows and continue to add pieces as we went along. We traced shadows at three times of the day (morning, afternoon, evening) for about an hour and a half each time. We got some pretty chaotic results.of foam core, and we established an east-west and north-south coordinate system.
Next, we had to go back and trace the shadows that we had already traced to make the lines straight, since the ones we had done were really squiggly.
Then, we had to look at all of our crazy lines and make some sense out of them, because we had to make a 3-D model from them. In order to do that, we started with determining the major gestures and movements first and built off of them. The major rule was that we were only allowed to use the lines that were there. We couldn’t make anything up.
At this point, he gave us the program: we were to design a pavilion on a sloping site. Our next step was to design the site for our pavilion based on our lines (again) and the model we had made. We needed to create different speeds of movement throughout the site and design areas to sit, etc.
After the site, we had to design the roof to “cut the sky,” yet again using the lines from our shadow models.
Now, were drawing our models in different views, and then we will make final models.