Lecture: Unfamiliar Adjacencies

adjacencies_lecture [PDF]

We are meeting today at 1:50 in Wishnick Hall



Assignment 3: Hybrid Smoosh



A small scale and rapid paced exploration of irregular and uncommon adjacency.

On the site RECORDED and MEASURED in Assignment 1: INFRA-ordinary, design a solution for an irregular and unconventional use.


– Solve unconventional problems.

– Resolve issues of uncommon adjacency.

– Transform context through bold ideas.

– Bend rules..

– Extrapolate and utilize previous analysis and research


1.   As a group, revisit conclusions reached about the essence of your INFRA-ordinary site investigation.  Develop a list of possible unconventional or irregular adjacencies for the site, and make a proposal for which of those uses you will incorporate into the site.

2.   Analyze the proposed “uncommon adjacency” utilizing a term or small collection of terms which you feel are appropriate to the proposed use and it’s relationship to your particular site.

3.  Utilizing the modeling or concepting techniques developed in the trope (concept modeling) workshop or any other techniques of your choosing, develop concepts for the Hybrid solution and propose multiple design solutions to the problem.  Concepts and proposals must be presented physically, in model form or on paper – not only verbally.

4.  Refine the selected design proposal and develop a presentation in the form of a collage drawing.

5.  Produce a well crafted hybrid drawing (collage) that captures the ‘agency’ created by the new adjacency.


a.   How would you define the  agency  in your operation(s) that allows your proposed adjacency to transform and become a hybrid space or conditions?

b. What do you believe to be the components (new or existing) that contribute to the hybridity of this site in the context of the new adjacency?  Context, environment, concept, use, performance, time, process, material, details, construction, etc.?

c. How does the new adjacency influence  the cultural context of your site in terms of program and use?

d.   How will the project as a hybrid (site + new adjacency)  change or influence it’s context?  Will it drastically change our understanding or experience of the site?  Will it change how people act?  Will it make life more efficient?

e. What problems does the adjacency pose/create, and how can you solve for them?


F 27 Sep               Project assigned.

                                Lecture: Unfamiliar Adjacencies

                                Uses defined.

M 30 Sep              Desk crit: Concepts reviewed

W 02 Oct               Desk crit: Drawing concepts reviewed

F 04 Oct                Presentation


Produce a single drawing/collage/rendering representing the HYBRID proposal.

Format 22 x 22 minimum – 22 x 30 maximum

Precedent Presentations and Dialogues

Precedent Presentations are tomorrow afternoon, and as we have discussed, we will be splitting up by projects/precedents into four groups.  Each group will have two professors who will act as moderators for the discussion, but generally, you are presenting to each other to solicit thoughtful dialogue and hopefully, debate.

The groups, professors and presentation locations are as follows:

Group A (Crown Hall, Lower Core, room 4)
Profs: Chadha, Parente
Projects:Baths at Caracalla, Miami Beach Parking Garage, Waste Treatmet/Ski Run
Group B (3410, Room 216)
Profs: Tinucci, Williams
Projects: Centre Pompidou, Seattle Public Library, Market Hall
Group C (Crown Hall, Room 14)
Profs: Danly, Klaeschen
Projects: Fiat Factory, Eames House, Maritime Youth House, Bryhus Project
Group D (3410, North Studio)
Profs: Glynn, Park
Projects: A8erna, Highline
The presentations will be digital slideshows (PDF’s preferred, Powerpoint is acceptable).  There is no limit to the number of slides, but you will be strictly held to a 5 minute presentation time.  Please edit your presentations to include only the most essential slides necessary to make your strongest points and arguments.  Quality is valued over quantity (remember that you have to maintain the attention of 30 of yourselves).  If you are the first group to present a project, please introduce the project fully (extra time will be granted). If you present after the first group, understand that it is not necessary to repeat the information that has already been given.  Adapt to what has been said before you (this is a good lesson for any presentation), and continue from where others have left off.   Again, the Hybrid nature of your projects should establish the framework for your presentations.  Your research, analysis and contextual investigations have led you to conclusions about the project that you should state clearly and with authority.  You have become the experts.
Also, models have played a significant role in your research of this project.  Please bring those models to the presentations and use them in your presentation.
All presentations must be uploaded to the group Dropbox in your specific group (per the above) and in your specific project folder by 1:45pm tomorrow.  The link to the shared Dropbox folder follows: Click here to view IIT_B3_F13_A305_Precedent Deconstruction Review. Please double check that this works, and if it does not, please contact your studio professor who will email you the link directly.  The naming convention for your presentation should be as follows.  PROJECTNAME_PROFESSORNAME_STUDENTLASTNAMES.PDF OR PPT.  For example, “Baths at Caracalla_Tinucci_Tinucci.pdf”.