Defining The Sacred

A Non-Denominational Place of Reflection




Note:    Schedule is subject to change as per the progress of the studio.  Check back regularly for updates.



WEEK ONE          Monday     Course Introduction

                                                Preliminary Exercise: “A Condition of Separation”

-          Reference handout

                                  Wednesday     Review of Definitions & Strategies

                                             Friday     Discussion of texts


WEEK TWO          Monday     Presentation of Conditions of Separation

                                                Assignment of Case Studies

-          Students are to do a thorough investigation as to no simply the history of the particular subject, but more in regards to how it facilitates a specific perception of place.

-          Students are to develop a presentation of these qualities (Not just a board with photocopies pasted onto it!).  Presentation can / should include a variety of diagrammatic models, perspectival studies, 2D/3D collage, etc.

-          Students must consider how the presentation is to be engaged (from what POV, etc).

-          Reference course website for outline of subjects

                                             Friday     Discussion of texts


WEEK THREE       Monday     Presentation of Place – Case Study Review

                                                Assignment of Sites

-          Site Analysis may be conducted as a group.

-          Students are expected to develop a thorough understanding of the site from the experiential point of view.  Plan / orthographic drawings should be utilized, but the overall presentation must also involve the use of perspectives.

-          Reference course website for additional information

                          Wednesday     Site Visit

-          Meet at site, to be announced


WEEK FOUR        Monday     Presentation of Site Analyses

                                                Design of Intervention

                                                Strategy Development Models

-          Design of the experience of the Gathering Space


WEEK FIVE                        Site Analysis & Intervention Strategy Development


WEEK SIX                          Site Analysis & Intervention Strategy Development


WEEK SEVEN                     Intervention Development – Initial Contextually Specific Study

                                                Scale of Study A:  1” = 20’-0”

-          Begin design development from “inside to outside”

-          Primary solid / void relationships


WEEK EIGHT                     Intervention Development

                                                Scale of Study B:  1/8” = 1’-0”

                                                            Issues to consider:

-          Introduction of supplementing material definition

-          Explore quality of edge relationships

-    Thick / Thin:  May contribute to the balance / imbalance within and/or between spaces (This is not a “rule”, just something to consider)

-    Translucent / Opaque:   May contribute to specific understandings of separation or connection between or within spaces (Again, this is not a “rule”, just something to consider)

-    Remember that a specific definition of “thick” only reads as such when put in context with “thin”, etc…

-          Further design and refinement of the experience of approach and arrival.  Work diligently to visualize your design from the experiential POV, posing the question “To what degree can I say I’ve arrived” to better understand the potentials of various levels of transition.

-          When considering detail development, begin thinking about the varying levels of joinery that occur in architecture.  In a sense, you all have already begun exploring the nature of joinery, in the manner in which we will be discussing it, by examining the ways in which your intervening architecture engages the overall context of the site. 

-          Consider the relationships between formal joinery within the architectonic composition, and how that may contribute to a resultant spatial joinery.  While they may be very much related, they are not inherently the same thing.

-          Initial explorations in formal joinery may involve the relationship between the building itself and the ground / site plane, while the next level of detail may require examination of the joints within the building mass, between and within the primary edges. 

-          Joint articulation should contribute to the degree to which, and the ways in which the architectonic composition “completes” itself (ie: a container in which the edges meet seamlessly, or in a balanced and “orderly” fashion, as opposed to a container in which joint articulation works to fragment or isolate the edges).  Experimentation with this type of detail should be made with the full understanding that the resultant spatial quality is what always must be tested (Again - we are manipulating the resultant spatial dynamics, NOT the formal dynamics).

-          Start looking at the wide variety of joints you see in buildings everyday, both at a large scale and at a small scale, and develop an awareness as to how they may be playing a part in a very specific perception of place.

-          Development of the spatial PROGRAM

-          When making initial attempts to modify your design to accommodate these programmatic elements, consider the following issues and requirements for each space:

-    The number of people required in each space, and the corresponding required square footage

-    The degree of privacy / publicity required for each space

-    The required proximities and adjacencies for the spaces

-    The Gathering Space is the main room within your design, while the other spaces can be thought of as support spaces.  As you develop your Gathering Space, you must begin considering the specific types of “gathering” that your room will accommodate.  While this should remain somewhat open, in the spirit of non-denominational gathering, you could / should begin to take into account the various ways in which people can gather.  Begin with a very general list of “sacred” activities:  birth, marriage, death, congregation, celebration, meditation, etc.

                                         Monday     Due:     Final 1” = 20’-0” study model

                                                            Preliminary 1/8” = 1’-0” study model

-          Must include entire site

-          One material only, but begin considering how material quality contrasts may be useful as supplementing detail.

-    Tonality

-    Texture, smooth / rough

-    Weight / thickness

-    Degree of translucency

-    Degrees of reflectivity

                                  Wednesday     Due:     Developed 1/8” = 1’-0” study model

                                                            Individual Critiques

                                                Begin:   Group Site Model

                                                                        Scale:   1/8” = 1’-0”

                                                           Scope:   NW Hoyt (Include façade of Post Office and parking lot) to NW Flanders, midway between NW Broadway / NW 8th to midway between NW Park and NW 9th   (Roughly 5’-6” x 7’-0”)

                                                                   Materials:   TBA

                                                                        Notes:   Buildings directly adjacent to site should include significant façade detail. 

                                                                                    All other buildings should be simple masses.

                                  Friday     Due:     Developed 1/8” = 1’-0” model (Introduce primary level of material definition – see above)

                                                            Individual Critiques


WEEK NINE                       Intervention Development

                                                Scale of Study C:  1/4” = 1’-0”

-          Detail Development

                                         Monday     Due:     Group Site Model

                                                            Developed 1/8” = 1’-0” study model

                                                            Individual Critiques

                          Wednesday     Due:     Developed 1/8” = 1’-0” study model

                                                            Individual Critiques

                                                Begin:   1/4” = 1’-0” study model

                                  Friday      Thanksgiving Holiday – No Class


WEEK TEN                         Intervention Development

                                                Final Presentation Production

                                                            Presentation Guidelines

                                                            Final Review Preparation and Processing

                               Monday     Due:     Final Study Model at 1/4” = 1’-0”


WEEK ELEVEN                    Final Presentation Production

                         Wednesday      Final Review 

               December 8th, 2004        One-on-One critique format

                         2pm – 5pm      Shattuck Hall

                                                Third Floor Hallways



                                 Friday      Portfolio Due (PDF Format, on CD)

               January 7th, 2005