Workshop 2: Program Strategy_Modeling Program

Workshop 2: Program Strategy_Modeling Program


Understand that a program is not a set of requirements as much as it is generator of ideas and space.  It is not a set of rules as it is a set of opportunities.

Materials and Tools:

1. Larger format paper and writing/drawing instruments.

2.  1/2″ thick minimum foam, glue or pins and cutting apparatus for construction of massing models.

3. Site plan of building at roughly 1″=20′-0″ laminated to foam core, cardboard, wood, etc.


 TIME                    ACTIVITY                                

2:00pm                 Introduction (West Studio)

30 min                  Part 1

15 min                  Group Discussion

45 min                  Part 2

15 min                  Group Presentation

45 min                  Part 3

15 min                  Group Presentation

Workshop Description:


This program strategy workshop will be divided into three parts.  Analysis of hypothetical program, analysis of HYBRID program, and modeling of hybrid program.

 Part 1:

You are to analyze the program below using one of the 6 criteria or lenses listed below.  Working in teams of two, you will be assigned one of the lenses, and you will have 30 minutes to complete the analysis for the given program.  These are specific, purposeful and clear analytical tasks.  Thought and creativity are encouraged, but do not use them to ignore the assignment.  While you will be asked to perform only one of the 7 forms of analysis, you should familiarize yourself with endeavor to absorb each of these into your future design purposes.


– a space to enter

– a space to live

– a space to work

– a space to sleep

– a space to eat

– a space to cook

– a space to study

– a space for hygiene

– a space for play

– a space for a vehicle

Programming Lenses (see diagrams below in Production Considerations)

– Program Relationship/Permutation Matrix:  Explore the potential relationships each space has to every other space in the form of a matrix.

– Movement Patterns:  Diagram all movement patterns through the program with regards to function, time or something else.  Diagrams could be sketches, graphs, assemblies, etc.

– Scenarios by Occupant:  Develop scenarios and narratives for individual users or user groups.  Develop written narratives and hypothesis for each occupant regarding their relationship to the space.

– Physical Data, Object Volumes and Circulation Shapes:  What are the physical sizes and volumes of the elements that will occupy the space and what are the physical requirements of their movements? (i.e. walking a boat from storage bay to water)  Produce measured (to scale) drawings of the objects within the space and their constraints.

– Material and Environmental Considerations:  Note material or environmental considerations for each element or space of program.  (i.e. hard, soft, warm, cold)  Describe impressions of each space as they relate to material and the environment.

– Enclosure/View:  Determine rules/opportunities for enclosure for each space and/or the proximity to such enclosure.  Consider views, etc.  A narrative or matrix could be used to analyze these conditions.

Part 2:

Working alone or in pairs, choose two or three of the programmatic uses from  your proposed HYBRID building, and perform the same programming analysis using a minimum of two of the above lenses.

Part 3:  4D (formal) Programming

Now working alone and using the same uses (and more) from Part 2, establish volumetric assumptions and relationships for the programmatic elements.  Evaluate volumes of activities based on use, square footage, height, hierarchy, significance,  time, frequency, orientation in the form of measured and scaled massing models.  Create volumes for each of the uses of your proposed HYBRID buildings and build a minimum of 3 massing/study models that explore the consequence of various spatial relationships between the uses.

NOTE: Generate the forms and relationships based on the rules and criteria established through thoughtful and honest analysis.


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