Today at 2p we will have our final review of the ASCENT models in the Center Core of Crown Hall.  The models are all that is really necessary for the review, and they will be our primary focus.

As you enter Crown Hall, there will be five terms/categories that will be evident.  Your goal will be to self select/categorize your model/project based on the term and move your model to that general location of Center Core. These categories will be posted around 1:45p, not sooner, so if you bring your models sooner, please know that you will have to adjust the location of your model at that time and prior to the review.

The only other – and fundamental criteria, is that all the models, per category, must be placed end to end continuously so that the plane of the continuous slope is evident as such.



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!!




Today at 2pm we will present our thoughts, work and investigations of site and program in the form of a collaborative discussion/debate.  The discussion will be led by you and should be collaborative, generative and critical.  You should treat this as an opportunity to bolster your own positions and understanding of the program and site to ensure you are ready to beginning planning the facility.

The schedule for today is as follows:

1:00pm-2:00pm – Pin up the work of your group in Crown Hall Center Core by region.  All work must be up by 2:00pm.  Please hang your work as tightly as possible, and keep to one panel per group.  Locations are as follows:

  1. Chocolate Chip – WEST WALL
  2. Oatmeal Raisin – NORTH WALL (WEST)
  3. Peanut Butter – NORTH WALL (EAST)
  4. Double Chocolate Chip – EAST WALL

2:00 – 3:00pm – Individually, please review all of the work, especially the work of your classmates in your region.  Please answer the following questions for each of the investigations in your region:

  1. What are the agendas being presented?  Are they clear?
  2. How could these agendas guide your next steps?
  3. Is this a viable or less viable agenda?  Why?
  4. Is this a viable or less viable site for the boathouse?  Why?

3:00pm – Per region, organize and conduct a group discussion to discuss each of the Agendas developed by your group.  Starting with one group, please spend a few minutes presenting your work followed by a group critique/discussion to evaluate and further develop and understand your positions.  You should collectively spend +/- 10 minutes discussing the Agendas of each group.

Review: Exercise 1 – ARMATURE

We will review our first project of the year tomorrow, Wednesday, September 5th starting promptly at 2 pm in Center Core.   Please see below map for general layout of pin ups.  In Upper Core, including the outsides of the walls but not including North Core, there are approximately 75 panels.  Unless your presentation requires more space than a single panel, please attempt to use one panel per project and have ALL projects pinned up prior to the review time.  This will require a little bit of collaboration and coordination, and we are sure you are capable of communicating and managing your time accordingly to be ready to go.    We are looking forward to seeing the work!


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.