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.