Tomorrow we will review the HYBRID SMOOSH project in UPPER CORE (first floor of Crown Hall) starting at 2:00 pm sharp!

We will NOT be reviewing by section.  Instead, we will split up into 4 groups and teams of Professors will lead group discussions and critiques of your work.  Please find your group number here:F14_ARCH_305_SMOOSH REVIEW GROUPS

At 2:00pm sharp we will divide into your respective review groups in the areas designated by the diagram below.  You will be asked to find a partner whose work or project has some relationship to your own, and we will then review in those pairs.  In order to be efficient with the review, please have all of your work in Crown Hall by 1:50, and be prepared to pin up immediately at 2:00pm. NOTE: Please feel free to pair up with a partner prior to 2:00pm tomorrow.  If you have done so prior to 2:00pm tomorrow, please pin up as efficiently and tightly as possible prior to 2:00pm.  The sooner we get pinned up and reviewing, the sooner we will finish!  We are looking forward to seeing all the compelling drawings and models!







A small scale exploration of irregular and uncommon adjacency and use.

As a warmup to the Fall semester, and as your first step towards defining Hybridity, combine two conventional spaces into a single space that in some way becomes more than just the sum of its parts.


– Produce layered orthographic drawings.

– Use the act of drawing to define the act of designing.

– Build a quality presentation model.

– Break rules, be bold, get curious.

– Loosen up. Get to work.  Find fun.


Thinking back to your Dwelling project from last semester, a Dwelling from your memory/childhood, or your current Dwelling, choose two discreet spaces to blend into a new single space.  The two spaces should not typically be adjacent to one and other, and they must require the body to be in different positions (sitting, standing, lying) or states (still or in motion).   They may be interior or exterior.

Some examples to consider:

A space to eat. A space to think. A space to bathe. A space to climb.
A space to transition. A space to sleep. A space to rest. A space to read.
A space to watch. A space to elevate. A space to cook. A Space to store.
A space to defend. A Space to create. A space to wait. A space to run.
etc… etc… etc… etc…

Start by analyzing the individual spaces through drawing(s).  Your objective is to analyze and deconstruct your chosen spaces into their most basic and essential elements by producing a single drawing or series of layered drawings.

Using two separate sheets of 18 x24 drawing medium (or similar size of your choosing), one for each of the two initial spaces, document the object orthographically (plans, sections, elevations).  Produce hardlined and measured orthographic plans, elevations, sections, and details by hand to document and analyze the spaces.   If you choose, you may use other methods of projection including Axonometric, Isometric or Perspective.  Next, find a minimum of two additional examples of each of your chosen spaces, and compare them to them to the spaces you have documented.  Based on this analysis, add or subtract from your initial drawings with the intent of adding more information/layers/meaning to the analysis of the initial spaces. Continue to add layers.  Consider the differences between the lines that the user of a space sees and all the lines and logics that a designer must see, interpret and reconcile while designing any space.  Add those layers to the drawing.   Consider tectonics, materiality, space, time and the body.  Do this by adding and subtracting from the initial drawing, by layering drawings on top of each other, through collage, by using mixed media, or through any combination of processes that you choose.

NOTE:  The drawings may initially appear messy. This is GREAT!  This is the intent.  If your drawing does not achieve this messiness, you are not digging deeply enough into the analysis.  Our objective is to teach you that the act of design is complex and messy, and that you need systems and processes to organize and find logic in that mess.  If a design problem appears simple, then you aren’t working hard enough to solve it.

Next, compare the drawings from your two spaces against one and other.  Find similarities and dissimilarities.  Compare similar layers and logics to one and other.  Work to find concepts for combining the spaces that have the most new potential in their final result.  In this instance, we are looking for 1 + 1 to equal something greater than two, and potentially even 4, 5, 6….  Explore a variety of potentials, and explore different gradients of hybridization by overlapping similar functions or elements.

Options for comparative iterations:

1. Drawing: On another piece of drawing medium, begin to overlay and blend the two spaces into a single space.  We would recommend using trace for the initial iterations.  Using the same techniques from your previous analysis, draw the two spaces together and into one single space.

2.  Modeling: Using scale models and using simple and fast modeling media (paper, chip board, cardboard), begin by selecting similar elements between your two spaces and modeling them individually.  Then, by making several additional models (make many; don’t keep changing one), explore how the layers of the two discreet spaces may be modeled into one.  Do this for several layers until you find the most compelling potentials.

REMEMBER:  It is essential to understand how the value of the resultant Smoosh is measured.  What YOU  like or what YOU want has very little value to your studio professor and ultimately your clients.  How is a compelling idea measured?  Define this system of value measurement early, and your results will be more compelling.   

Finally, draw a final projection drawing that describes the final resultant space.  This final drawing may be the drawing from Option 1 above or it may be a new drawing.  Once the final solution is developed, build a final scale model of the designed space.  The model should be to scale and very finely crafted.


  1.  Scale:  The object/element/moment should be able to fit into approximately a 10’x10’x10’ area.


  1. What are the primary architectural elements of your space and how do they facilitate its primary use?
  2. How does the body operate in each of your spaces, and what are the physical requirements of that space?


M 25 Aug Introduction

W 27 Aug Descriptive drawings of individual objects due

F 29 Aug Lecture “1 + 1 = ?”, Desk crits

M 01 Sep Labor Day_No Class

W 03 Sep Hybrid drawings/Models due – Desk Crits

F 05 Sep Desk Crits

M 08 Sep Desk Crits




A maximum of three (3) 18×24 (+/-)  drawings that graphically describe the design process.

One (1) 1”=1’-0” finely crafted presentation model of your final design made from a single material of your choosing.


Hybrid Smoosh Presentation

Reviews for the Hybrid Smoosh project will be held in Upper Core tomorrow starting at 2pm.

We will review your collages and drawings in our individual studios in our specified studio areas. Those areas can be referenced from the map of Upper Core used for the Infra-ordinary review.

The large format drawings we will be reviewing should be curated and hung with intent, precision and care as though they were being displayed in a gallery. Additionally, please work together to hang all drawings at the beginning of studio so that all of our work is visible, and so that we can begin the review with a studio wide exhibition.

Please let me also say that printing problems are not acceptable. In your third year of architectural education, you now have enough experience to know that plotters can be fussy, that they don’t like huge files being sent to them in large quantities, and that on review days 120 students simply can’t print in the last hour wore the review. Print tonight. Print at 6am. Don’t print at noon….

This time in Crown will be our time to display our efforts this far, and we look forward to a good showing.

Assignment 3: Hybrid Smoosh



A small scale and rapid paced exploration of irregular and uncommon adjacency.

On the site RECORDED and MEASURED in Assignment 1: INFRA-ordinary, design a solution for an irregular and unconventional use.


– Solve unconventional problems.

– Resolve issues of uncommon adjacency.

– Transform context through bold ideas.

– Bend rules..

– Extrapolate and utilize previous analysis and research


1.   As a group, revisit conclusions reached about the essence of your INFRA-ordinary site investigation.  Develop a list of possible unconventional or irregular adjacencies for the site, and make a proposal for which of those uses you will incorporate into the site.

2.   Analyze the proposed “uncommon adjacency” utilizing a term or small collection of terms which you feel are appropriate to the proposed use and it’s relationship to your particular site.

3.  Utilizing the modeling or concepting techniques developed in the trope (concept modeling) workshop or any other techniques of your choosing, develop concepts for the Hybrid solution and propose multiple design solutions to the problem.  Concepts and proposals must be presented physically, in model form or on paper – not only verbally.

4.  Refine the selected design proposal and develop a presentation in the form of a collage drawing.

5.  Produce a well crafted hybrid drawing (collage) that captures the ‘agency’ created by the new adjacency.


a.   How would you define the  agency  in your operation(s) that allows your proposed adjacency to transform and become a hybrid space or conditions?

b. What do you believe to be the components (new or existing) that contribute to the hybridity of this site in the context of the new adjacency?  Context, environment, concept, use, performance, time, process, material, details, construction, etc.?

c. How does the new adjacency influence  the cultural context of your site in terms of program and use?

d.   How will the project as a hybrid (site + new adjacency)  change or influence it’s context?  Will it drastically change our understanding or experience of the site?  Will it change how people act?  Will it make life more efficient?

e. What problems does the adjacency pose/create, and how can you solve for them?


F 27 Sep               Project assigned.

                                Lecture: Unfamiliar Adjacencies

                                Uses defined.

M 30 Sep              Desk crit: Concepts reviewed

W 02 Oct               Desk crit: Drawing concepts reviewed

F 04 Oct                Presentation


Produce a single drawing/collage/rendering representing the HYBRID proposal.

Format 22 x 22 minimum – 22 x 30 maximum