Dan Rockhill / Studio 804 Lecture


I know we’ll be on site today, but at 6pm Dan Rockhill will be lecturing, and his talks are usually good ones.

He runs one of the most relevant and highly regarded design/build studios at the University of Kansas, and the message is always energetic and tangible, and most of his images are usually the work of students just like yourselves.

As you know, we encourage you to take advantage of every one of these lectures, but this one is especially applicable.


SITE VISIT: Lincoln Park Boat House

Tomorrow we will be meeting just before 3pm at the Lincoln Park Boat House in Lincoln Park, just east of the Lincoln Park Zoo.  The address for the boat house is 2341 N Cannon Drive, and there is parking along Cannon, either in the Zoo parking lot or north of the zoo and east of the Nature museum on the street.  Plenty of trains and busses can get you there as well.

Only the threat of lightning will keep us away, so please stay tuned to the blog for any last minute announcements and bring an umbrella if there is the threat of rain.

See you tomorrow.



Assignment #3. Boats on Site

The Lincoln Park Rowing Club has grown beyond the capacity of their current facility and is looking to expand.  The first phase for their expansion involves building a new boat storage facility on the north branch of the Chicago River in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago.   The facility must accommodate all varieties of crew boats and provide an efficient means of unloading boats and transporting them from the street to the water/storage facility.  All aspects of the site must be thoroughly investigated and considered to most appropriately utilize the tight site.


  • understand methods of site analysis and investigation
  • develop methods for diagramming a site
  • create strategies for site use through modeling, testing and diagramming
  • understand broad concepts of site planning and design
  • develop site circulation strategies
  • develop landscape design strategies
  • understand basic structural planning and framing principles


Step one: observe, research, analyze and investigate the site.  Through multiple site visits you are to individually or in groups collect a set of information that you will develop into criteria for the design of the storage facility.Step two: generate, from the information collected and criteria established, site strategies and concepts for the placement of the boat storage facility.  Through modeling and diagramming, multiple proposals should be tested, ultimately leading to a single strategy.

Step three: plan the site and facility, including the structural planning and framing of the structure.

unconditioned space

Boat Storage – Volume – 80’ x 100’ x 12’  – 8,000sf

Storage Requirements

[60] Singles
[12] Doubles
[6] Quads
[6] EightsIn addition to boat storage, the facility must accomodate
Oar Storage
Supply Storage
Boat Repair Bay
Boat Washing Area
Apron at Water
Launch Dock


  • site analysis diagrams or investigations on up to (2) 11×17’s
  • comprehensive site plan scaled to fit on single 11×17”
  • comprehensive site and building section at same scale on single 11×17”
  • structural frame model in site model at 1/16” = 1’-0”.

Site Diagram – PDF
Site Diagram – ACAD

WORKSHOP #3 approaching site

prof: issa/klaeschen/blender

This workshop involves learning about the act of going to a site and the process of understanding and evaluating. Before class starts on Wednesday, please bring the following materials:

TOOLS the following items will be needed for the workshop…bring more…bring something else…bring a toolbox.
1. Fat black markers
2. Fat colored markers
3. Trace
4. Camera
5. Chalk
6. Water color materials
7. Graphites
8. Laptop
9. etc…


1. Observing (eye)
how do we look at the site? How do we perceive the elements of the site? What are some techniques for using the camera and using the eye
2. Analyzing (hand)
how can we uncover and disseminate the many conditions that exist on the site through the act of layering, overlaying, and juxtaposition.
3. Synthesizing (hunch)
How do we mentally collect, collate, and organize the information that we have collected in order to establish an attitude, and make a hunch about the site.

The IIT Board of Important People (BIP) has asked you to develop and design an under-utilized area of the campus. You will have 2 hours 15 minutes.
South of the Library between Crown and M&M – you will receive a site plan from your BIP
site for performance: One stage area to be 15’ W x 40’ L and 48” H above the spectator level. Places to sit, eat, view, make a speech, and perform.
truck access for equipment, pedestrian access from campus, landscape elements, hardscape vs softscape elements, site and stage must be ADA accessible.

Process: Break up into 3 groups of 5 +/-.


Exercise 1 3:00 to 4:00
Observing (eye)
Using your camera, go to the site and document portions/all of the site. Think about how you want to see the site and become specific with your picture taking. What aspects of the site are you trying to capture with the images and how can the images be manipulated or composed to further inform your observations.
Deliverable: a photo essay printed b&w or color on (1) 11 x 17 min

Exercise 2 4:00 to 5:00
Analyzing (hand)
Using the sitemap hand-out, develop a series of plan overlays to address and represent the multiple data existing on the site. Use the list of data items below as a start.
Deliverable: 11 x 17 trace – layering of plan information – min (5) layers.

Data List:
Circulation Use Solar consideration
Paths Building View to
History Figure Ground View from
Demographics Vegetation Time
Politics Surface the list goes on…..
Street Transportation
Entry Users groups

PIN-UP – informal discussion of Exercise 1 and 2 combined
The IIT Board of Important People (BIP), that would be your faculty, will review your work.

Exercise 3 5:00 to 6:00
Synthesizing (hunch)
On the faculty provided large brown craft-paper board in studio, and together as a team, develop your “hunch”. Use your observations and analysis to back it up.
Deliverable: all information from observations and analysis, plus your proposal for the site. Scale as required to make it legible.

Please be prepared to answer the following questions:
– What is your stage strategy? Why?
– How do you define the public space?
– Do your organizing principles relate to the campus plan? If not what are your system principles?

Vocabulary List:

1. concepts – what concepts come from the reading of the site?
2. objectives/goals – what are you trying to achieve?
3. strategies – how are you going to achieve them?
4. politics – private institution vs public space? anybody?
5. parti – what is your organizing principal? why?
6. operations + moves – #5’s how?
7. parameters – how do restrictions become useful?
8. tropes- applied to the notion of site?

PIN-UP – as required
The IIT Board of Important People (BIP), that would be your faculty, will review your work.




Box for Boats REVIEWS

Evening all,

For reviews on Monday, we are going to split up alphabetically and meet with professors from other sections for a change of pace and scenery.  Please see the attached roster (11F_A305_MIDTERM REVIEW PROFS ) indicating who you will be meeting with. 

I think we’ll need all the studio time Monday, so please be ready to roll at 1:50.  We’ll be meeting in studio, so head to the location of the professor who will be reviewing you and be pinned up and ready to go by the time class begins.  I don’t think review order is critical for this, so please cooperate and pin up in approximately alphabetical order so that reviews can begin efficiently.