Meeting: Spring Break in Toronto

For all students, who are interested in participating in the trip to Toronto during this coming Spring Break 2017.

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As many of you were occupied setting up for  yesterday’s presentation we will have another Spring Break in Toronto meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 01 at 1:30pm in the Lower Core of Crown Hall.

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Investigation 2 / Schematic Design / Site A / Due: 20-Feb 2017, 2:00pm

Schematic Design Proposal A – Site One
Presentation: 20-Feb, 1:50pm-5:50pm


This Design Investigation is a continuation and fulfillment of the Framework Plan.  Operating at a parallel scale, it is a feedback loop that is informed by prior decisions, and re-informs it.   Therefore, students are invited to rework and re-present an updated version of the Framework Plan along with new Architectural Proposals.

Through the Framework Plan, it should be evident that the influence of an architectural proposal can be larger than a building or buildable site.  Similarly, because the neighborhood’s menu of program is inevitably much larger than the Field House’ total volume, students will need to develop strategies to:

  1. optimize internal relationships – the architecture will have to be hybrid and polyvalent – supporting multiple interpretations of activity, cross-pollination of activity, reciprocity, indifference and conflict between disparate activities, or sequential shifts in activity over time.
  2. supplement and extend external relationships- the architecture can establish direct or indirect relationships (hybridizations, couplings, grafts, superimpositions, juxtapositions, etc.) to adjacent spaces, networks, and public infrastructures.

Students are asked to show their work, being explicit about:

  1. Controls developed for transforming, combining, and translating into architectural form. (How?)
  2. Clearly defining the characteristics and attributes being controlled.  (What?)
  3. Clearly defining the criteria for measuring and evaluating the effect of possible approaches. (Why?)

These could take many possible forms, but must be materially developed (not just verbally stated) via drawings or models, organizational diagrams or charts, notation for describing interactions between systems, fulfillment in architectural compositions via plans sections and models.


What are the observable elements, characteristics, states and behaviors of the city at this site?
What can the project do to contribute to metropolitan life?


What building systems (structure, circulation, envelope, landscape, etc.) or features of metropolitan infrastructure are candidates to prioritize as active ingredients in the proposal?


What are the givens, observations, analysis, controls developed, options and iterations explored?  Show your work.  Drawings and models should communicate a thought process not just present a product.

Students are invited to develop terminology to describe their approach and use that terminology to as a roadmap for creating options (permutations) and refinements (iterations).


At minimum:

  1. A model of the architectural proposal in its Site context. (individual)
  2. Plans, sections and other drawings, well-crafted and thoughtful, as required to communicate the Scheme. (individual – see presentation model below)
  3. An informed revision of the Framework Plan (collective)



Reminder / Symposium / 25 Jan – 9:30a-5:00p

A space has been reserved for our studio at tomorrow’s symposium.
Unless otherwise instructed by your section professor, please go directly to:

Location: Experimental Station6100 S Blackstone Ave, Chicago.
 Designing presents and futures for the South Side of Chicago
Date: 25 Jan, 9:30am-5:00pm

Symposium Schedule and Biographies previously published here.