Sunday, October 16, 2011


\\Thesis prep assignment 1 


Before architecture has even a site, it is a citation; a borrowing; a reference.  All architecture references its predecessors, whether intentional or not.  What cam before inevitably influences what will come next. This assignment seeks to cite the idea before you site the idea.  This was also our first "public" presentation of our thesis proposal to our peers.  A majority of the presentation was directly from the proposal with the exception of some reformatting and additional images and paragraphs (found below). 

Complete Assignment 1 Presentation

Rivers of Conflict, Sectional inquiry/experiment

On Performance
     Increasingly, architectural discourse has begun to obsess about “performance.” This is evident in Landscape Urbanism and Ecological Urbanism. No longer are conversations in academia centered around archaic notions of form and function or of composition, place and light, but rather on a notion of performance. So, what is performance? As it stands, notions of performance stem from Corbusian ideas where “architecture as a machine for living”, transformed into “architecture as living machine”. Thus “performance” often refers to mechanical performance; efficiency, production and consumption all terms in architectural zeitgeist. Additionally, the “sustainability” or “green” bandwagon engage dominantly mechanical or resource centered ideas. Yet, performance has many connotations, where mechanics are only a small portion.
     In the artistic sense, performance may refer to an exhibit or spectacle, more related to ephemeral concepts like elation and entertainment, rather than objective measurable performance. In a similar sense, performance may also refer to an exaggeration of a particular process, i.e making a performance of something rather mundane, which implies an utter lack of efficiency.
     While mechanical performance is important for obvious reasons, I am interested in the combination of all of the senses of performance. In essence, a performance of performance. In particular, I am interested in performance that requires a cultural performance, in effect altering cultural norms and replacing them with new and exciting cultural processes.
     For example, Bjarke Ingles’ Waste to Energy plant in Coppenhagen contains measurable and cultural performance, both spectacles. CO2 emissions are measured by ton, and performed as a gigantic one-ton carbon smoke ring released from the crown of the building, while the roof of the building serves as a public ski slope, altering the traditional sense of roof, mountain and skiing. Renderings of jubilant skiers are coupled with analytical diagrams of CO2 emission and storage.

Selected Bibliography Citation/Annotation

Allen, Stan, and Marc McQuade. Landform Building. Lars Muller Publishers: Baden, 2011.

“Landform building is less interested in the imitation on natural form and more interested in new programmatic possibilities that are opened up by the creation of artificial terrains . Landform building favors program, process and affect over formal similarity.”

-This book is a collection of projects which run in the vein of “Landscape urbanist” ideals, but challenge the discourse by retaining “building” as the central focus. Whereas Landscape Urbanism promotes urban landscape systems, Landform Building finds value in the distinction between landscape and building. Matters of site and ground are central to form and program making

Also, see below post thanking my [IN]Arch students for two additional resources.


From: Raveevarn Choksombatchai; Assignment 1: Citing + Sectional Probe

L. citare to put in motion, rouse, summon
1: to call upon officially or authoritatively to appear (as before a court)
2: to quote by way of example, authority, or proof
3: a: to refer to; esp: to mention formally in commendation or praise b: to name in a citation
4: to bring forward or call to another’s attention esp. as an example, proof, or precedent


As part of the process to identify both design thesis parameters and methodology, you are asked to prepare the following:

1. Re-investigate your past projects, then cite specific sections/details of the work where they posit the most architecturally
poignant set of inquiries closely linked to your thesis. Bring these projects to the class next Thursday.
2. Cite at least two excerpts from the bibliography of your thesis based on this particular assignment; please bring one hard copy
of each excerpt into class on Thursday as well.
3. Bring at least three case studies of architectural projects, which are exemplary of the inquiry stated in your thesis proposal.
4. Re-write a one-page (minimum of 1000 words) description of your design thesis proposal.

-Zoom-in images of those citations and create a collage of which the relationships among them are clearly defined and represented.

-One-page (minimum of 1000 words) description of your investigation
Selected list from your bibliography and distribute your list in class

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