Assignment 2a_Use Mapping (Kulturhus program)

S14_3_Use Mapping (Kulturhus program)


Excerpt from Sylvie & Bruno, Lewis Caroll:

“And then came the grandest idea of all! We actually made a map of the country, on the scale of a mile to the mile!”

“Have you used it much?” I enquired.

“It has never been spread out, yet,” said Mein Herr. “The farmers objected: they said it would cover the whole country, and shut out the sunlight! So we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well.”

The program students will be asked to write will embody similar tensions.  It’s a speculation that reflects the student’s interpretation of the territory.  Students will devote themselves to making that fiction seem completely inhabitable.

“Now that I am awake I still find this dream as masterly as when i slept.” –Salvador Dali

“These false facts relate to the real world as spies to a given society: the more conventional and unnoted their existence, the better they can devote themselves to that society’s destruction.” –Rem Koolhaas



– Develop a use program for the Culture House / Activity Center

– Prove the validity/relevance of the use program through GIS mapping and analysis.

– Evaluate your AREA OF INTEREST for the proper site for the Culture House / Activity Center

– Prove the validity / relevance of your choice through GIS mapping and analysis.



Develop a use program for the Kulturhus.  Mine your AREA OF INTEREST for it’s infrastructure and develop a use program that improves, exploits, contradicts, etc, that framework.

Substantiate your use program through GIS mapping.  Use QGIS software and the various data sources available to you, and in conjunction with your fieldwork, produce mapped documentation that validate your hypothethis for the use program of the Kulturhus.

Further, use the use mapping and program substantiation to propose a location for the Kulturhus within the AREA OF INTEREST.



Kulturhus brief:

– a new Chicago institution.  a network of buildings across the city  conceived as a collaboration between the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Transit Authority

– +/-20,000sf

– max 8000sf footprint

– min 3 primary uses

– min 2 stories

– agent of the place

-adjacent to CTA transit (bus, bike, train)



1. Is the relationship between the parts complimentary or not/complimentary?  Why?

2.  How will the Kulturhus ACT in the place?  How will it have agency?




F 1/24 Institution as Agent Lecture / programming conversation in studio

M 1/27 Draft use program due / desk crits / GIS intro lecture 4p

W 1/29 Initial GIS maps, substantiation due / GIS lecture 2p

F 1/31 Institution Symposium / Second draft use program due / GIS maps refines

M 02/03 Use mapping due / in class critique



For an in studio pin up review/conversation on Monday, February 3:

1.  Use program matrix that defines use, size, audience, scale of engagement and class of use.

2.  GIS mapping that substantiates choices for use and location.

3.  Written statement of cultural  effects/result of Kulturhus.  Verbally diagram the relationship and chemistry between the ingredients of the Kulturhus and the neighborhood.



Big Sky Mid-Mountain Lodge

This semester the studio design project will address similar issues to those we explored last fall but the level of complexity will increase as we also consider a fuller range of building concerns. Site, as you have already seen in the warm-up project, will not be flat, urban and empty, the use-program and consequent analysis and manipulation will be more complicated, and, in concrete we’ll be dealing with a material that is much more complex. And, of course, you will be including mechanical inputs that align with the course work in mech/elec.

 The twelve-week studio design project will be for a lodge at the Big Sky Resort in Montana which has served as the site for the warming hut. The mid-mountain lodge site will be lower on the mountain but the site conditions are only slightly kinder. The use-program (11F_A306_Mid-Mountain Lodge Space Program) asks for around 9,000 sq ft of conditioned space and captures a group of disparate and loosely affiliated functions serving multiple user groups. The material about which the project is centered is concrete, and we will seek to exploit its potentials and qualities in the same way we approached steel last semester.

 The project outline will feel very familiar but we will engage the project in a more layered way. The primary objective of the studio is for each student to develop strong competencies in the material topic: concrete. Other important goals are mastery of the workflow process demanded by a comprehensive building design project, ability to conduct research across multiple fronts and methods, ability to analyse a site and then design your way into it, ability to formulate a rich response to a use-program, and the ability to synthesize space, materials, finishes, fittings, and light into the alchemic world of place-ness. Oh, and be able to talk about all that too.

 Successful projects will be those that navigated the project trajectory in a thorough and comprehensive manner, developed meaningful interactions and spatial relationships with a demanding site, mastered the complex use-program, manipulated space, light, color, and materials to create compelling spaces and sequences, fully engaged the topic of concrete, exhibited mastery of the structural principles surrounding the scheme, and deployed all the skills and techniques required to take a vague idea from conception to final review.

 The project will launch on Monday 31 January. The mid-term review will be conducted on Monday 28 February (please note the change from the current calendar published on the blog), with the 85% review being held on Monday 11 April. All the work from the semester will be collected in 11×17 booklet format at 5:50 pm on Friday 29 April.

Program Analysis + Strategy

Like the information collected as part of Site Analysis, the issues addressed in a Program Analysis should be also viewed as presenting a set of opportunities that must be interpreted, analyzed and modeled. It is critical to see a Program as a set of ‘uses’ and ‘functions’ and qualities as opposed to a simple and reductive list of room names and area requirements.  A program analysis is much more a catalog of possibilities – think of it as a map of the unknown – than it is a set of rules about size and adjacency. A good program study will transcend the narrow questions of function and start to help in organizing the building’s activities and define its qualities.

Using the area take-offs in the Market Hall guidelines and your own observations drawn from visits to local markets, construct a comprehensive inventory of all conceivable activities and uses appropriate to the market hall, along with their requisite spaces/areas. Include all interior and exterior activities/uses from the most significant to the most ancillary. Use the following criteria to develop the detailed program:

  • Function: What is the purpose(s) of the individual space
  • Scale: What is the size of the space expressed in rough dimensions
  • Use: What takes place inside the space. What takes place alongside the space.
  • Components: Describe all the components that will ultimately occupy the space such as furniture, fixtures, cabinetry, etc

Analyze each of the programmatic uses/spaces by evaluating them relative to one another through the use of the following criteria.  By answering basic questions about each space as you look at them through the following lenses, you can begin to develop spatial and organizational preconceptions for each of the uses/spaces.

  • Light: What is the quality of light in the space.  Is it direct, indirect, natural, artificial?
  • Climate: Is the space hot, warm, cool, cold?  Is it naturally ventilated or mechanically controlled?
  • Hygiene: Is the space highly controlled hygienically, moderately controlled or uncontrolled?
  • Inside/Outside: Does the use of the space demand it be interior or could it be exterior? What uses/activities/ spaces could become transitional zones between inside and
  • Public/Private: Does the use require that the space be private or public, and are there opportunities for programmatic elements that could be a hybrid?
  • Hierarchy: What are the primary/secondary/tertiary areas and infrastructures?
  • Access: How are spaces accessed? How vehicles, vendors, and visitors access the spaces?  Which program requires what kind of access?
  • Adjacency: What relationships does each use have with one another?
  • Schedule: What are the time frames for use of the programmatic element?
  • Acoustics: What is the sound/noise profile for each use-space? Loud? Quiet? Echoey? Lively? Hushed?
  • Views: In which programmatic spaces are views relevant? What is the purpose of those views?
  • Finish: What is the quality of the different finishes in the space?
  • Sensual: Consider your senses and ask yourself what senses might be engaged by the particular programmatic element.  What kinds of experiences might be relevant or compelling in the particular spaces?

Uncover orders. Invent ordering strategies. With focused analysis of the relationship between activities, uses, and spaces, you will begin to gain insight into possible strategies for ordering program elements across the site. Determine how the programmatic elements relate to one another. Be particular and precise about the nature of their relationship, paying particular attention to the web of inter-relationships. Do elements relate to the human body, are they related to site, are they satisfying operational or functional issues, mechanical, or does a relationship speak to some inherent meaning? What about delight?

Develop models for representational systems that are appropriate to your analyses such as comparative studies, generative matrices, adjacency diagrams, network diagrams (tree,mesh), color coding, mapping and graphing of relationships, narrative sequences.

Presentation Format
11”x17” landscape format, no limit on number of sheets. Any physical models should be built to a scale, or size, appropriate to the intention.

The Program Strategy pin-up will be Wednesday 22 September at 3:30.