Final(ly) Reviews

The culmination of the semester is upon us.

As we are all aware, our Final Reviews are scheduled for Wednesday morning at 9am in Upper Core.  We will review from 9am to 1:30 in our own sections, and we will be located in the same locations we were for our Armature reviews.  To refresh your memory, please see the below layout.

Please know that this time was assigned to us by the School, and not our first choice.  We know that some of you have classes at this time, and for those of you that have conflicts, I apologize.  Please let your professor know if this is the case, and we will make sure that your review does not pose a conflict with another class.

Additionally,  directly following our reviews at 2pm, several advanced studios will be conducting their final reviews in Upper Core.  Out of respect for them and their work, we need to finish up no later than 1:30pm and very promptly remove all of our belongings and trash from Upper Core so that they may set up for their classes.  It is important that we finish up our proceedings and get out of their way to ensure that they can efficiently complete their reviews.  To accomplish this, we’ll need to start promptly at 9am, and that means we’ll need to have our work upstairs and pinned up by 8:45.  Please start assembling our projects upstairs at 8:15 in order to be ready to roll at 9.   Let’s make sure that only good will is directed our way on Wednesday.

And lastly and most importantly, and out of respect for ourselves and the work we have produced, let’s carry ourselves well on Wednesday.    Many students and professors will pass by our proceedings on Wednesday AM, and we’d like nothing more than for them to take notice of the quality work we have produced.   We are very proud of the distance you have come and the work that we see in the studio.   Let’s take this opportunity to really show it off.   Bring your best work, and bring the work that most completely describes your efforts this semester.  Treat the presentations like yet another design problem, and craft it’s display with intent, care and skill.

We are looking forward to it.


Assignment 4c – presentation

In the remaining weeks of the semester you are to develop a comprehensive and compelling presentation of your Ravenswood Boathouse design. It must convey not only the basics and details of your design, but the qualities of the space.

-learn to use three dimensional drawing as yet another design tool, teaching yourself to inhabit the spaces you design in order to finalize their spatial qualities
-learn to efficiently create quality architectural renderings with specific intent
-develop the ability to discern what the key elements of a space or design warrant being presented
-build a clear and beautiful model free of distraction

Using the tools and criteria delivered in the presentation lecture and by your studio professors, finalize the spaces of your building through the presentation process. Using the tools that are readily at your disposal, explore the final details to your spaces through this drawing process. Produce final renderings that complete and communicate the story of your design.


1. Minimum four spatial renderings that describe the spatial quality and experience of your proposal for the Ravenswood Boathouse.
2. One meticulously crafted final building model at 3/32” scale (or as otherwise specified by your studio professor) that includes the necessary site context including, but not limited to, the train tracks, the river and the neighboring residences.

Additionally, for your final review, you are to present a complete building design by using any of the material you have developed over the course of the semester. Consider the key elements of your design and the processes used to develop them when creating your own list of deliverables. Presentations are not limited to any specific number of drawings or models, but will be evaluated on their comprehensiveness.

All drawings to be on 11×17 paper. Tiling of pages is allowed, but the taping together of pages is not preferred.


workshop #6 – enclosure

prof: braucher

Envelop : to enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering. (Old French) envoloper, from en + voloper   “to wrap”
Wrap:   1. To cover, especially by winding or folding  2. to envelop and secure  3. to enclose by grasping or embracing  4. to coil, fold, draw or twine about something  5. to conceal or obscure as if by enveloping  6. to put on clothing  7. to be subject to covering, enclosing or packaging

Skin is the soft outer covering of vertebrates.  The adjective cutaneous means “of the skin” (from Latin cutis, skin). In mammals, the skin is the largest organ made up of multiple layers of ectodermal tissue, and guards the underlying muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs.  Skin plays a key role in protecting (the body) against pathogens[3] and excessive water loss.  Its other functions are insulation, temperature regulation, sensation, and the protection of vitamin D folates.

– use the Parti to lead the design process
– allow the enclosure to fully support the idea of parti
– control visual and physical access to our building
– understand the relationship between enclosure and spatial experience
– develop enclosure that meets functional requirements while advancing design agendas
– study alternatives and variations that meet your specific criteria

TOOLS the following items will be needed for the workshop…

basswood from Structures Workshop

NOTE:  you must bring 3 fully assembled structural models of a single significant corner or your project to apply enclosure to on Friday.  Models should be ¼”= 1’-0” structural frames of 2 bays at an important corner of your project.(primary and secondary structure only). We will apply enclosure/skin to each of the three frames.

And, bring three enclosure precedencies, that you have researched that have relationship to your thinking of parti.

have handy the diagrams that contributed to your development of parti

1.      white paper or card stock and colored paper/card stock for cutting and wrapping structural models.
2.      fat colored markers
3.      colored pencils
4.      trace or other paper for sketching/diagramming and layering
5.      scissors, knives and safe cutting implements
6.      laptop


part 1 – lecture (1:50-3:00) – Perlstein Auditorium

supporting parti with enclosure. a great project will use the parti to lead the design process

understand the relationship between enclosure and spatial experience.

envelope is the primary means of controlling visual and physical access to our building as doorways and windows facilitate use, circulation and view

the interior of the building and the exterior of the building, the enclosure system, often in conjunction with the structural system, forms the visual expression of our buildings

the development of common and/or governing logic to resolve all of the parts in relation to the whole.

material strategies, their connections and compositions. tactical approaches to using material and fenestration

part 2 – unwrapping (3:00-4:00)

Wrap each structural model fully with white paper to enclose the corner location for the conditioned portion of your boathouse project. Cut, pierce, remove and unwrap as required to establish a strategy for open and closed as well as additional strategies and criteria identified in developing your parti. Decide where to cut or how to cut in order to unwrap the building’s logic and parti.
Consider the same list of criteria used in the generation of your parti diagrams to identify different strategies for unwrapping.

discover enclosure in 3 iterations using these three main divisions of enclosure:
interior: definition of interior space
interstitial: mediation of physical differences between inside and outside
exterior: object and spacial definition in the site

part 3 – wrapping (4:00-5:30)

beginning with your unwrapped versions begin to rewrap or add to the model using material and scale considerations. rapidly generate a minimum of 3 potential enclosure strategies that have relation to your parti.

work to define your enclosures to their most essential components

enclosures are often the result of multiple layers and tactics. in your  work to generate enclosure, focus on the different layers within an overall system

enclosures are assembled of materials. entertain material selections and consider how each material tactic communicates a different set of visual understandings

explore how your material selections are able to turn a corner, act in horizontal or vertical or respond to meeting another material.

part 4 – discussion (5:30- end of class)

In your studio or in groups of studios, present your enclosure iteration discoveries and be prepared to discuss the logic and process embodied in the enclosure models you have generated.

part 5 – weekend and ongoing:

elevation studies:
now that you have enclosure strategies and tactics, develop a level of control and definition through elevation drawings.

tertiary structure:
all layers must find relation to the existing structural frame. The structure is needed to support the materials in relation to gravity and wind. the scale of materials used for the enclosure of buildings, are limited by their manufactured and structural capacities. a tertiary structural system will be employed in the service of the enclosure strategy after the enclosure is studied and understood. choose one iteration of your enclosure studies to test the relation between tertiary structure in support of enclosure.

wall section:
develop enclosure systems that meet functional requirements while advancing design agendas. this system embodies the control of energy and moisture through the envelope and includes the primary means of waterproofing and insulating a building, as well as controlling the passage of water vapor.   these elements should form continuous lines of control and protection, and should only be compromised when absolutely necessary to satisfy other, and more important, agendas.