FDA1-DESIGN 1: INVESTIGATION AND PROPOSITION 1038/ Term 2-2006/2007 Project 2: The Avery Hill Architect's Park
My best formal education has probably been observing things Aldo Rossi, Drawings and Paintings
AIMS To introduce a series of architects and projects as subjects of study To introduce different architectural styles To practice drawing by observing and analyzing an architect's work To propose a simple structure based on the understanding of someone else's ideas To develop your technical understanding of a project evolving from the last one ____________________________________________________________________
After having finished one term studying architecture you have probably experienced the panic of the blank page: The A1 white blank sheet that you have to fill by drawing an entirely new project. Yet, there is always a body of architectural projects and buildings related to your work, that are the main resources for informing your design. It is essential that you develop research on existing architecture (that is: going to the library very often) for understanding how architecture is drawn and made, for developing your ideas and creating your own projects. The main aim of this exercise is to learn architecture from architecture. This way, you will realize the blank page does not quite exist.
From the list attached you will choose one architect as your subject of study. You will do research on the architect's history, body of work, period and style informing yourself about the sources of his/her ideas.
The first task is to produce drawings in the style of the chosen architect. You will investigate the usual way in which the architect draws sketches, technical and/or presentation drawings. You will then compose an A1 drawing that shows your understanding of both the architect's style and ideas and the drawing techniques with which they are expressed. You are encouraged to carefully observe specific projects by your architect and analyse how his drawings transform into real architecture. You can sketch plans, sections and elevations of these projects for your sketchbook work.