Refine Strategy (curate and publish)


It is important to continuously curate your work and efforts.  This editing process allows you to maintain a critical debate about the quality and direction of your work.  As the next step in your design process, use the criticism and feedback you received during your midterm review to curate your work and position developed during the first half of the semester into a final schematic proposal for the Kulturhus.



– begin your semester portfolio by creating a publication of your Kulturhus project

– refine and present your final schematic Kulturhus proposal



Using, select a publication format (we won’t order books right now, but we will, so find a format that you would like to publish later), and develop a template for your publication.  Beginning with the first assignment of the semester, curate your process and produce a pamphlet that demonstrates the phases of the Kulturhus design process.


As you assemble your pamphlet, critique your presentation to establish the gaps in your process, and the strengths and weaknesses of your Kulturhus design proposal.


Refine and supplement the work that you produced for midterm to present a complete and compelling schematic proposal for your Kulturhus in the form of a draft publication/pamphlet.



W 12 Mar select template, document work, clean desk, curate process

F 14 Mar submit publication for midterm evaluation



A compiled PDF of your draft publication/pamphlet outlining the complete design process for the Kulturhus.



The charter bus for this saturday’s tour has been booked, based on the people who signed the list at the lecture and the few who emailed shortly thereafter.  At this time your faculty is on the hook for the cost of the bus and therefore we need everyone to bring payment to studio on Wednesday.  If you have signed up for the bus, emailed to ask to be signed up for the bus, or are interested in taking the bus, please bring cash or check, in the amount of $45 per person to studio.  We can, if necessary post a list of names for those from whom we are expecting payment, though we assume it to be unnecessary at this point. This is an important matter and we ask for your timely cooperation.

Some of you have asked if your friends, family, fraternity/sorority members can join and they most certainly can.  At present there are still seats available and we will accept them on a first come (with payment) first served basis until the bus is full.  Please tell your friends, spread the word, encourage your peers to hop on the bus.  With a full bus we can bring the cost of each seat down significantly, and refunds will be given to each person after the final number has been determined.  This could be as much as $15 with a full bus, so grab a buddy and think of it like striving towards buy one get one half off.

Massing and volume studies

Drawing heavily on the site analysis and programming work, the next project phase will be to explore the possibilities for organizing 60,000 ft2 of covered space with the various exterior programs across the 177,000 ft2 of available site. At this point all the program and site factors will come into play, but still without straining for “design” or “architecture”.

This phase is open to radical exploration, but demanding rigor and complete mastery of the site and program. So you’ll need to be both irrational and a hard-nosed realist at the same time. While the three previous phases were mostly self-contained, this project phase will require that you synthesize the information developed so far into a cohesive strategy for occupying the site.

Part one: generate five different schemes for arranging the program and the attendant massing(s) and volume(s) on the site.
Part two: select three of the above and develop them further.
Part three: select one of the above and develop to a high resolution for the final presentation.

Studies are to be conducted in 3D physical models at appropriate scales. Drawings will, of course, support the studies but critiques and the review will use the physical models.

Friday 1 October at 1:50.

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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