Final Project Submissions

The final submissions for your semester’s work will be due at 4:00 pm on Friday 29 April. Your professor will collect the required material in your studio area. The deadline is hard and is fixed. There will be no extensions and late submissions will not be accepted. Printing problems, computer crashes, traffic jams, and CTA breakdowns should be anticipated and dealt with by advanced planning. Do we even need to say BACK UP YOUR FILES NOW! ? You will be evaluated by the third year faculty based on what you submit at 4:00 pm. No work, no evaluation.

The entire semester’s work (including the Warming Hut) is to be submitted in the form of one 11×17 booklet in landscape format (some sheets such as wall sections will probably need to be rotated to portrait format) along with one accompanying CD with a copy of the booklet in PDF format and any information that doesn’t live in print format.

Your section professor will clarify the exact drawings and models they would like to see, but the project must be presented fully, completely and across scales from regional site plan to very large scale details. If basic information about the project is missing then the project will not meet minimum requirements for passing on to fourth year.In other words, if the ten studio faculty cannot understand your project based on the work you submit then we will be seeing you in third year again next year.

Models need not be photographed for the booklets but they should be presented for review at 4:00 with the packet and CD.

Here is a final submission content guide for my section. Note that some scales will have to be adjusted depending upon the scheme’s dimensions. And your professor may alter this – it’s a guide.



Site Analysis + Documentation

Course: A305 – 3rd Year Undergraduate – Semester: Fall 2010
Instructors: Blender, Braucher, Brown, Issa, Kearns, Kläschen, Pohrte, Rockey, Sorrell, Tinucci, Williams

The site of this semester’s project is located in Chicago on a portion of the block bounded by Halsted Street, Clybourn and Ogden Ave.


An architect sees site differently than other disciplines. Unlike a picturesque painter, who is more likely to limit the idea of site to a landscape, an architect is concerned with more than what is immediately visible. After understanding all the characteristics and qualities of the site that are visible the architect looks for patterns of behavior, experiences, and systems that help locate, demarcate, and suggest space.

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Assignment 1: Case Study

Course: A305 – 3rd Year Undergraduate – Semester: Fall 2010
Instructors: Blender, Braucher, Brown, Issa, Kearns, Kläschen, Pohrte, Rockey, Sorrell, Tinucci, Williams

Case Study Research
Architectural projects often begin with a survey of the existing architectural landscape in the form of case studies. The purpose of a case study, the research of precedents, is to familiarize yourself with the work that has come before and has previously examined criteria similar to the criteria you will be asked to examine.

Within each section, students should select two precedents to research and analyze. You are to select one precedent from the below list of buildings and one building that employs a large scale steel structure on your own. Using material found in the library (any library) and online, and utilizing multiple resources, collect as much information and imagery as possible to use in analyzing the following.

Notes: Use this assignment as an opportunity to learn how to utilize the numerous libraries and resources at your disposal. Any one article or image from the Internet is not sufficient to thoroughly understand and analyze your selected piece of architecture. The depth of your investigation will be apparent in your analysis and presentation.

Investigate all the following criteria in the analysis of your precedent

  • Parti/Concept: What is the building about?
  • Program: How do the spaces get used?
  • Site: How does the building interact with its urban and environmental context?
  • Structure: What is the structural system, its components and why? How is it functioning?
  • Materials: What are the main materials and what is their purpose?
  • History: What is this building’s story?
  • Culture: What is the cultural significant of the building? What role does it play?

Documentation + Format
The goal of the precedence study will be to establish a comparison of the distinct steel building examples within the studio. In order to achieve this, the entire studio will work with the same set graphic standards and scales.

On two landscape oriented 11”x17” pieces of paper, present the following:

  • Images
  • Plans, sections and elevations (1”=20’-0” though subject to change)
  • Diagrams and/or descriptions that explain the conceptual, programmatic, physical, contextual, and historic condition and/or circumstances of your selected precedent.
  • A hand drawn parti diagram of your selected building.
  • Any additional sketches, diagrams or information necessary to present your precedent.

Notes: As always, we expect for you to make the information you present your own through your analysis, understanding and presentation methods. Provide captions as well as a bibliography as part of your presentation.

You will be evaluated on the quality of your research, the depth of your understanding, the clarity of your thoughts and the level of craft in your presentation.

The presentation will be due on Monday, August 30.  Have printouts ready for pinup at studio start

Case Study Buildings

  1. Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza, Italy, Andrea Palladio, 1614
  2. Les Grandes Halles, Paris, France, Victor Baltard, 1858
  3. Gare du Nord, Paris, France, J. I. Hittorf, 1866
  4. Maison de Peuple, Clichy, France, Jean Prouvé, 1939
  5. River Rouge Glass plant, Dearborn, Michigan, Albert Kahn, 1928
  6. Federal Center Post Office, Chicago, Mies van der Rohe, 1974
  7. Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany, Mies van der Rohe, 1968
  8. Glass pavilion, Toledo Musuem of Art, Toledo, Ohio, SANAA, 2006
  9. Glenn Martin Assembly Building, Baltimore, Albert Kahn, 1937
  10. Buchholz Sports Centre, Uster, Switzerland, Camenzind Grafensteiner
  11. Mercat Santa Catarina, Barcelona, Miralles/Tagliabue, 2005
  12. Butler Building, pre-engineered metal buildings, everywhere, from 1910
  13. Hajj Terminal, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, SOM/Fazlur Kahn, 1972
  14. Factory Hall, Bobingen, Germany, Florian Nagler, 2001
  15. Phoenix Central Library, Phoenix, Arizona, Will Bruder, 1995