University of Oregon Department of Architecture
Considering the Predicament of Change
Instructor: Richard Hisashi Shiga
As an advanced architectural design studio this
course will focus on the development of a conceptually and tectonically
sophisticated architectural design response to issues relevant to the City of
The City of Portland is widely recognized as
a place in which the experiential 'line' that separates the City from the
Pacific Northwest's natural landscape seems, at times, deliberately
Any reflection upon cultural history, however, will bring to light patterns of both micro and macro scale responses to changing world views. Within varied disciplines and schools of thought ranging from the scientific to the religious, the concept of change as an inevitability is shared. Using the Buddhist definition as an example, change is occurring at all times in that the environment in its entirety is in a perpetual state of flux. To live and to grow is to be aware of and to embrace the impermanent nature of things. As Pema Chodron writes in The Places That Scare You: "That nothing is static or fixed, that all is fleeting and impermanent, is the first mark of existence. It is the ordinary state of affairs. Everything is in process. Everything-every tree, every blade of grass, all the animals, insects, human beings, buildings, the animate and the inanimate-is always changing, moment to moment."
As a relatively young city,
This course will raise this question within the primary effort of furthering student's abilities to take a design from its conceptual stages through to practical realization, while examining a broader definition of an environmentally conscious design process.
Museums as an institutional building type
play a significant role in the establishment of a culture's identity. The
manner in which the
utilize specific phases of the design process, modeled after a professional
practice, to develop a conceptually and technically sophisticated design
response considering the following issues:
Site Analysis, Planning and Design Development: To continue the development of a rigorous and sensitive set of architectural design skills, particularly techniques of observation, recording, analysis and translation that, when practiced, can result in a sensitive and thorough understanding of context, and play a critical role in the development of a contextually specific design response.
Program Analysis & Development: To focus on the use of programmatic relationships as facilitative & supplementary to qualitative and experiential design goals.
Tectonic and Structural Development: To consider architectonic detailing and structural systems as design decisions that can and must be related back to the project's fundamental conceptual goals.
Architectural Sustainability: To expand upon the notions of environmental sensitivity and sustainability, challenging the systems and materials definition, via a heightened understanding and respect for the qualities of a specific site context.
Building Codes and the Legal Environment: To engage architectural design's legal
environment and apply design restrictions and criteria to the project's development.
- To understand architecture as the communicator of an idea, and a designed relationship between ideology, experiential strategy, and facilitating architectonic construct.
- To practice design from the experiential point of view, utilizing a rigorous and spirited rhythm of investigative 3D and 2D, physical and digital media explorations.
engage and examine
consider, and potentially challenge the existing complexion of Portland's
Students will be assigned a specific site in
will be three studio sessions held in
- An Instructor-run course website will be utilized for daily presentation of student work and dissemination of regular and supplemental course material.
Week One: Readings, Initial Exercise -
Definition of Place / Analysis of Experience
Week Two: Program Development - Qualitative/Quantitative
Week Three: Program Development - Qualitative/Quantitative, Site Visit (Portland Visit)
Week Four: Site Analysis
Week Five: Site Analysis / Code Review / Schematic Design
Week Six: Design Development / Mid Review
Week Seven: Design Development
Week Eight: Architectonic Development
Week Nine: Architectonic Development
Week Ten: Final Review (At the new U of O Portland Center)
Week Eleven: Portfolio
Framing Places, Kim Dovey
Each Moment Is The Universe, Dainin Katagiri
Zen, Kazuaki Tanahashi
Fundamentals of Building Construction, Edward Allen & Joseph Iano
Façade Construction Manual, Thomas Herzog