Just in case anyone is so delirious from lack of sleep that they have forgotten, Final Reviews are tomorrow in Upper Core and North Core of Crown Hall from 2-6pm.  As always, in order to afford everyone as much time as possible, please begin pinning up as early as possible so that we can start promptly and smoothly.  We will review in the same locations as we did for midterm, and that map is posted for your convenience below.


After your reviews, please return all materials to 3410 and be responsible for cleaning Upper Core. Please help in cleaning up the center tables and removing trash.  Chairs should be placed back on the racks neatly, and all model bases neatly positioned against the walls.  Please pitch in and be responsible for more than just your belongings so that we can leave Upper Core in better condition than we found it.

Two more notes:

First, Friday is a normal studio day.  Come prepared to clean like crazy and then party.  More information will follow, but after we clean the studios on Friday, we will head out to the north side of M&M for our last social and annual Pot-Luck Barbeque.  The grills will be going, the pizza oven will be roaring and with your assistance we’ll have plenty of food and drink for everyone.

Secondly, go to bed.  Like now.


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.

Midterm_Monday, March 10th_11:30 am

Our midterm is scheduled for Monday, March 10th in Upper Core and North Core of Crown Hall.  Due to the Herman Hertzberger Lecture, we are going to start at 11:30am instead of 2pm.  Reviews will run from 11:30am-4pm so that we can be completely cleared from Crown Hall by 4:30pm.  If you have any schedule conflicts due to the early start, please communicate with your professor and we will accommodate your schedule.



 Midterm Deliverables:


Previous Work (edited/refined as necessary):

-Area of Interest Bodies Map (Anatomy of Influence)

-Use Programs/Program Matrices

-GIS program substantiation drawings

-Programmatic Massing Models

-Assemblage Site Models


New Work:

-Site Model including surrounding context (1/16″ = 1′-0″)

-Building Models (1/16″ = 1′-0″)

-Schematic Plans

-Schematic Sections

-Schematic Site Plan


Reviewing HYBRID

Final reviews are tomorrow and will run all day. In the AM, Studios Danly, Glynn, Parente and Tinucci will review and in the afternoon, Studios Chadha, Klaeschen, Park and Williams will review.

Studios will review in the areas that we have reviewed all semester.  Chadha/Danly will be on the west wall of Upper Core.  Glynn/Klaeschen will be in the NW corner.  Parente/Park will be in the NE corner and Tinucci/Williams will be on the east wall.  We will begin the first session at 9am, and the second session at 2pm.  Please begin pinning up early so that we can start on time.

As we have discussed, everyone should participate in both review sessions tomorrow.  For one half, present the work you have done with enthusiasm and conviction and for the other half, participate in and learn from the work your friends and classmates have worked on.   We’ve set the review up in this way to afford you this opportunity.  Please don’t disregard or disrespect it.

Two final thoughts/reminders –

Present the project you have, not the one you wished you had or the one you think you have.  This is a classic mistake, and critics prey on it.  Make them work a bit.

And get some sleep.

FINAL REVIEW deliverables

Deliverables.  A term you have come to know.  But to us, more important than the quantifiable list of goods, is your ABILITY TO DELIVER.  The ability to deliver a well crafted and clearly communicative idea or proposal is almost always our highest objective, and never more so than at a final review.  Be clear of your intent and objectives as you work towards your final review, and use this list as a reference tool.

As always, the specific instruction you receive in your own studios take priority over this list, but armed with this guidance, use the next two weeks to see beyond a list of deliverables, and instead, deliver a presentation that exhibits understanding, meaning and depth using all means of technique and craft.


XL, L, M, S:  Images, drawings, and diagrams across multiple scales that describe your relevant research and analysis of the city, the neighborhood, the site, the program, the structure, etc.  Ideally, your final proposal is in close alignment with the criteria developed from this process, but where there is divergence, be sure to edit/curate this work to support your project proposal. Revisit, where necessary, to locate the firehouse and establish a wider reading of your project.

Criteria/Agenda/Objectives/Parti: Diagrams and models which explain your design intent, design process and design criteria. Clearly composed, carefully edited, and titled/annotated with concise verbiage defining and explaining the big idea(s) or essence(s) of your firehouse.

Site and Building Plans:  A complete and fully realized site plan. Components of a site plan include but are not limited to roof plan, shadows, hardscape, landscape/softscape, topography, vehicular/pedestrian paths, figures/activity, etc. Use this requirement to fully interrogate and design the experience of circulating to, from, and around the building for pedestrians, cyclists, automobiles, public transportation and fire apparatus. Context is very important here – what does your firehouse mean on this site? How is it physically embedded in the urban condition?

Plan diagrams are no longer acceptable. Your proposals should be fully detailed descriptions of your intent, your agenda, your objectives and your tactics using drawing conventions that we all know and share. Your plans should make clear the thresholds between interior and exterior, material shifts, scale, use, etc.

Building and Detail Sections:  Some projects may require 1 building section, others 5. Building sections should convey the interior connection of spatial experiences, through circulation, view, juxtaposition, etc. Building sections should also explain connection to site and environmental context. Think about your project in orthographic section as a means to dissecting the behaviour of your building as this is the best place to illustrate this type of thinking of your project.

Additionally, all projects should present larger scale sections which show both assembly and spatial detail through several key areas. These drawings may be composites of wall sections, connection details, and vignettes.  The presentation scale should be appropriate for the presentation of technical assembly and spatial characteristics and quality.

Experiential views:  Section perspectives, vignettes, sketches, model photographs, rendered elevations, etc. The techniques for these s e can be hard-lined, computer generating views or loose but carefully considered hand drawings. The type of drawings you choose should reinforce your ideas and the essence of your project as well as your methods of delivering your story.

Models:  Final model at ⅛”=1’0” including necessary site features that communicate materiality, scale, structure, frame, experience. Process/study models which communicate critical development of your design.

Process artifacts: Although most of your sketches, working diagrams, study models, etc should be woven into the above deliverables, you may find reason to show many of the artifacts of your project development on their own. Show your work – edited, curated, and assembled as relevant to the final.

Project Description: Written text which describes the intent and condition of your project. This is not a chronological recounting of your entire process, it is a description of the essence and substance of the project in its “realized” state. Consider how this text frames your oral presentation and choreographs your presentation of drawings/models/etc.

All wall mounted 2D deliverables should be composed on landscape-format 11x17s.  All drawings should be sequenced, not necessarily chronologically, but in an order most relevant to the appropriate reading of your proposal, and all presentations should communicate between and across sheets using tried and true representational techniques – orthographic projection, key plans, coordination of font/color/tone – to establish a legible and compelling presentation of your project.

Each 11×17 composition should be deeply layered with content and meaning, such that both the informational and the qualitative aspects of the project are legible within each drawing.  Consider using hybrid techniques, utilizing manual and digital tools, and printing on papers which reinforce the systems of your design and the ideas that shaped them.  The materiality of your drawings can, and should, be as evocative as the materiality of your models, and the experience of your buildings.

Lastly, as a reminder, reviews are two weeks from this Wednesday.  We’ve been assigned the morning session, on Wednesday, November 28th, from 9am to 1pm.  More specific details regarding the review will follow.