Tomorrow we will have our midterm review in Crown Hall starting at 2:00pm sharp.  Please begin pinning up as soon at the DC review is complete (1:00pm), and please pin up as much work as possible so that we can begin promptly.

We will review by studio in the following locations:

Tinucci: Center Core west

Johnson/Siemionow: Center Core northwest

Kwong: Center Core northeast

Schachman:Center Core east

Glynn: North Core

Despite the short period of time everyone has had to generate a proposal, this is a formal review and you should treat is as such curate your presentations thoughtfully to get the most from the conversation and critique.

Looking forward to seeing all the work!!





Midterm reviews are tomorrow in Upper Core and North Core of Crown Hall from 2-6pm.  In order to afford everyone as much time as possible, please have your material pinned up and ready to go so that we can start promptly at 2pm.  Studio review locations are noted in the diagram below.


After reviews, please return all materials to 3410 and be responsible for cleaning Upper Core. Chairs should be placed back on the racks neatly, model bases neatly positioned against the walls and all trash and left over treats tossed or taken.  Please pitch in and be responsible for more than just your belongings.

ASSIGNMENT 3A: IDEAhaus (program/site/concept)

3A_IDEAhaus (program/site/concept)

Download assignment here: S15 ARCH 306_ASSIGNMENT 3A_IDEAhaus


IDEAhaus is a new Chicago Institution. Owned and operated by the City of Chicago, IDEAhaus is a network of buildings spread out across Chicago intended to establish a framework for community involvement and engagement. Individually, each building is defined by the specific needs of its site and context providing places for the community to MEET, MAKE and PERFORM, fostering public programs and potentials that are as diverse as the network of neighborhoods that make up Chicago.

You are now asked to specify the use program for the IDEAhaus, define a specific site for the building within your AREA OF INTEREST, and to develop and refine the primary motivations for the design of the facility.


– Develop a specific use program for the IDEAhaus

– Complete the necessary research to fully vet the site selection and use program

– Familiarize yourself with Quantum GIS software

– Learn how to create shape files with specific criteria in QGIS

– Select a site for the IDEAhaus within your area of interest and substantiate that location through GIS mapping and analysis.

– Practice quickly exploring concepts through modeling

– Develop and test concepts for the IDEAhaus

– Present a compelling argument for your IDEAhaus at Midterm review.



Develop a specific use program for the IDEAhaus specific to your research and area of interest.  Mine your AREA OF INTEREST for it’s INFRA and develop a use program that improves, exploits, contradicts, etc, that framework.

Though simple, the programs can have a range of implications depending on where in the city they exist. What does meeting, making and performing mean across the city?


Identify potential sites and analyse their suitability. Select a site within your AREA OF INTEREST for the IDEAhaus.  The site should be no larger than 30,000sf.  The site can be any open, vacant or empty lot or any portion of open lot or parking lot. Proof of specific ownership is not essential.  You will be asked to substantiate your chosen site through the use of GIS mapping.

Using the Quantum GIS software, you will be asked to overlay existing and newly created datasets to substantiate a specific site selection.  Site selection will be contingent on the IDEAhaus’ specific use program and the agendas and criterias you have developed for the design of the facility.

NOTE:  You must generate multiple of your own shape files or data sets to map.  Existing GIS data is useful, but will not be adequate to substantiate your site selections.


With use program and site selection established, develop agendas/concepts/motivations for the design of the IDEAhaus and through an iterative process, establish the most appropriate design path/process.

Produce diagrams that explore intent, and produce massing studies that test that intent in place.  You are encouraged to continue to explore possibilities using your site model from the Assemblage investigation.

Develop your design with the necessary documentation to adequately describe the site location, site substantiation, site influences, programmatic influences, programmatic adjacencies and form or massing for the design at your Midterm Review presentation.

IDEAhaus program and site  brief:

– a new Chicago institution.  a network of buildings across the city

– +/-20,000sf

– max 10,000sf footprint

– minimum (FAR) of .75.  maximum FAR of 2(+/-).



  1. What are the potential impacts of your project’s siting and program to your Area of Interest?
  2. What are the influences of the area on your IDEAhaus?
  3. How can the  IDEAhaus interface with your area of Interest?

schedule (key dates):

W         Feb 11              Assignment Launch / Program brief

F          Feb 13              GIS intro lecture / desk crits

M         Feb 16              Program research due

F          Feb 20              GIS lecture / desk crits

M         Feb 23              Concept modeling workshop

F          Feb 27              Cincinnati Field Trip

W         March 11           Mid-term Review


Midterm Review: Wednesday, March 11th, 2015, 2-6pm, Upper Core:

  1.  Programmatic diagrams or research that describe specific uses for the IDEAhaus.
  2.  Minimum one (1) GIS map with a minimum of 3 datasets that have been customized to substantiate choices for IDEAhaus site.
  3. Parti sketch/diagrams supporting your overall concept.
  4. Concept/diagrammatic models in place on an individual site model that describes at a minimum all adjacent buildings and streets.
  5.  Diagrammatic plans and sections that described spatial conditions and sequences.
  6.  Representative drawings that demonstrate spatial experience.

Hybrid Mid-Project Review TOMORROW

The Hybrid design project Mid-Project reviews are tomorrow in Crown Hall Upper Core and North Core from 2pm – 6pm.   We will review in studio sections and with invited critics.  The below diagram locates each of the studios in Crown.

F14_A305 HYBRID MID PROJECT REVIEW LOCATIONSPlease begin pinning up at 1:30 to ensure we are ready to begin promptly at 2:00pm.  The sooner we begin, the sooner we will wrap up.

Looking forward to seeing all the work tomorrow.

Kulturhus MIDTERM tomorrow

Midterm Reviews are tomorrow from 11:30am – 4:30pm.  We will review in our studio sections, and we will use both Upper Core and North Core for reviews.  Please see the layout below to see where studio sections should locate.  (Note:Glynn’s studio reviewed today due to a scheduling conflict).



Please begin pinning up as early as possible tomorrow in order to begin our reviews as quickly as possible.  Our reviews will need to wrap up no later than 4:30pm tomorrow in order for Upper Core to be set up for the Herman Hertzberger lecture at 6:30pm.  We will need to have all our material out of Crown Hall and all of our mess cleaned up by that time.  We would ask for everyone’s cooperation AND assistance to both clean up and assist with setting up the chairs for the lecture tomorrow evening.