Last Week updates

Just a few notes about the upcoming week.

Monday – Class as usual.  Final prep for the review.

Tuesday, 10pm – Pencils down.  With reviews Wednesday morning first thing, and the need to start promptly at 9am, this deadline has been set with all of our best interests in mind.  The deadline is firm, and we will be in studio Tuesday night to confirm that the work you will present for your review, drawings and models, are present and on your desk.  How you approach this deadline is up to you, but please don’t forget the bigger picture.

Wednesday, 8:30am – Back at Crown.  Pin up for final review to begin as early as possible.  Reviews will take place in Upper Core within our studios and in the same vicinity as our Midterm Review.  Please refer to the Midterm Review post for locations.   Reviews will be held until 1:15pm at which point we need to begin to wrap up and clear out of Upper Core, as Advanced Studio reviews are scheduled to commence at 2:00pm.   We will need to be completely clear of Upper Core by 1:45, and they would appreciate us showing them the respect of leaving Upper Core as we found it.

Friday, 2pm.  Studio Clean-up / Individual Studio sessions.  Friday is the day to straighten the studio and prep it for the semester break.  All trash should be thrown out, all models, equipment and materials must be off the floor by the end of the day on Friday, as any material left on the floor will risk being discarded.  All personal equipment and material may be left on your desks, but it must be in a condition that it can be quickly transported to your new studio location come January.

Monday, December 3rd.  Portfolios due in the boxes outside the 3rd year office (4b) in the SE corner of the East Studio.  We will collectively grade from these portfolios.  The intent of the portfolio is to be a collection of your semester’s work and process, not a further effort in bookmaking or graphic design.  The portfolio is intended to be your opportunity to collect and organize your digital archive of this semester for future use.  Please print your work on landscape 11×17’s, and include a cover page with your name and your studio professors name for easy sorting.  Please do not bind your portfolios.  Instead, please binder clip them together.  For any additional criteria, please defer to your individual professors.


Looking forward to getting back to it tomorrow.




FINAL REVIEW deliverables

Deliverables.  A term you have come to know.  But to us, more important than the quantifiable list of goods, is your ABILITY TO DELIVER.  The ability to deliver a well crafted and clearly communicative idea or proposal is almost always our highest objective, and never more so than at a final review.  Be clear of your intent and objectives as you work towards your final review, and use this list as a reference tool.

As always, the specific instruction you receive in your own studios take priority over this list, but armed with this guidance, use the next two weeks to see beyond a list of deliverables, and instead, deliver a presentation that exhibits understanding, meaning and depth using all means of technique and craft.


XL, L, M, S:  Images, drawings, and diagrams across multiple scales that describe your relevant research and analysis of the city, the neighborhood, the site, the program, the structure, etc.  Ideally, your final proposal is in close alignment with the criteria developed from this process, but where there is divergence, be sure to edit/curate this work to support your project proposal. Revisit, where necessary, to locate the firehouse and establish a wider reading of your project.

Criteria/Agenda/Objectives/Parti: Diagrams and models which explain your design intent, design process and design criteria. Clearly composed, carefully edited, and titled/annotated with concise verbiage defining and explaining the big idea(s) or essence(s) of your firehouse.

Site and Building Plans:  A complete and fully realized site plan. Components of a site plan include but are not limited to roof plan, shadows, hardscape, landscape/softscape, topography, vehicular/pedestrian paths, figures/activity, etc. Use this requirement to fully interrogate and design the experience of circulating to, from, and around the building for pedestrians, cyclists, automobiles, public transportation and fire apparatus. Context is very important here – what does your firehouse mean on this site? How is it physically embedded in the urban condition?

Plan diagrams are no longer acceptable. Your proposals should be fully detailed descriptions of your intent, your agenda, your objectives and your tactics using drawing conventions that we all know and share. Your plans should make clear the thresholds between interior and exterior, material shifts, scale, use, etc.

Building and Detail Sections:  Some projects may require 1 building section, others 5. Building sections should convey the interior connection of spatial experiences, through circulation, view, juxtaposition, etc. Building sections should also explain connection to site and environmental context. Think about your project in orthographic section as a means to dissecting the behaviour of your building as this is the best place to illustrate this type of thinking of your project.

Additionally, all projects should present larger scale sections which show both assembly and spatial detail through several key areas. These drawings may be composites of wall sections, connection details, and vignettes.  The presentation scale should be appropriate for the presentation of technical assembly and spatial characteristics and quality.

Experiential views:  Section perspectives, vignettes, sketches, model photographs, rendered elevations, etc. The techniques for these s e can be hard-lined, computer generating views or loose but carefully considered hand drawings. The type of drawings you choose should reinforce your ideas and the essence of your project as well as your methods of delivering your story.

Models:  Final model at ⅛”=1’0” including necessary site features that communicate materiality, scale, structure, frame, experience. Process/study models which communicate critical development of your design.

Process artifacts: Although most of your sketches, working diagrams, study models, etc should be woven into the above deliverables, you may find reason to show many of the artifacts of your project development on their own. Show your work – edited, curated, and assembled as relevant to the final.

Project Description: Written text which describes the intent and condition of your project. This is not a chronological recounting of your entire process, it is a description of the essence and substance of the project in its “realized” state. Consider how this text frames your oral presentation and choreographs your presentation of drawings/models/etc.

All wall mounted 2D deliverables should be composed on landscape-format 11x17s.  All drawings should be sequenced, not necessarily chronologically, but in an order most relevant to the appropriate reading of your proposal, and all presentations should communicate between and across sheets using tried and true representational techniques – orthographic projection, key plans, coordination of font/color/tone – to establish a legible and compelling presentation of your project.

Each 11×17 composition should be deeply layered with content and meaning, such that both the informational and the qualitative aspects of the project are legible within each drawing.  Consider using hybrid techniques, utilizing manual and digital tools, and printing on papers which reinforce the systems of your design and the ideas that shaped them.  The materiality of your drawings can, and should, be as evocative as the materiality of your models, and the experience of your buildings.

Lastly, as a reminder, reviews are two weeks from this Wednesday.  We’ve been assigned the morning session, on Wednesday, November 28th, from 9am to 1pm.  More specific details regarding the review will follow.



Pre-Final Review info

Our Pre-Final (90%) Review is Monday and will occupy the majority of the lower level of Crown Hall.  Each studio will handle the review a little differently.

Kearns, Klaschen, and Park (Room 11) will all be reviewing within your own studios in the West Studio.

Blender and Parente are going to be combining and reviewing together in Room 14.

And Johnson, Klymson and Tinucci are going to be mixing it up between the three, in Lower Core and the East Studio.  The specifics of that switcheroo are described in this PDF. F12_ARCH 305_PRE-FINAL REVIEW ORDER+.

The specific terms of these reviews have been delivered to you in your individual sections, but generally, this is the final check of your progress prior to final reviews, and a tremendous opportunity to test the organization, presentation and delivery of your work.   Take advantage of this opportunity.  Be wise and efficient this weekend, and work to deliver a set (series, sequence) of drawings and models that describe the organization, space and tectonics of your Fire House, across scales, from research to idea to realization.

Work across various drawings and models, connecting ideas and systems across scales, and keeping each drawing at similar levels of completion so that all can be effective, and test your work by asking yourself how well it stands alone to communicate the full breadth of your proposal, without your verbal intervention.

As always, please be ready to start promptly at 2pm so that we can dedicate the entire afternoon to the critique.

Good Luck!