Thursday, October 19, 2006

Asian Art Museum

History class met at the Asian Art Museum. Instead of our typical lecture, we all met the professor at the museum and he gave us his own guide on the stuff we had been learnding about in class and he asked us to sketch something that interested us.

I sketched this boddisatvya (sp) becasue it reminded be of the Steely Dan song.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Pier 30/32

Our second main project for studio was to redesign Piers 30 and 32 keeping in mind our previous project and keeping it at a human scale. I still wanted to work on the co-dependent theme I had previously and I also wanted to keep the site as it is today. Which is to say as a flexible public space that can be used for concerts and parking and hanging.

My initial and final concept was to come up with a simple tent structure that could be used by a small group, but that could also be joined together and pull off much larger projects. Above is my final presentation for the project.

After I had the tent concept down I realized I needed to do something with the pier so I cut in 3 large notches and covered then with movable covers that can be rotated to act as gates, or lifts or sunning platforms.

However the main focus was still on the tents. This was a simple isometric diagram showing a scenario of an outdoor concert.

or for large private parties.

The best part was the space that the tents made when many of them were ganged together. Above are a few renders for what it might look like at large parties.

or as an emergency shelter.

I also made about a hundred miniature tents at 1/16" scale to show some spaces and allow others to move the tents around to make their own.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The Head Drawings

Our first major lesson for Re:Presentation was to draw our head, in portrait, profile and from the top. We weren't suppose to use anything but a mirror for the front, with maybe some help from cameras for the top and side. Most of us used cameras for all sides.

The first week we all turned in the basic s and it went well for those of us who didn't do anything too radical. A couple of peole got too creative and found it difficult to move on to the3 next level

For the second week we were suppose to find a system of relationships in our head that are typical to most systems (i.e. the head is 5 eyes wide) but specific to us. Above is my grid of measurements. I did not put up the actual drawings as they are very similar to the first weeks.

The 3rd time around he told us to transform them again but to be architectural. No one seemed to get the teachers hint that this was some kind of architectural exersice. I went about making a grid based on the most normal measurement I found the previous week and tried to draw me with straight lines and arcs based on the points form the grid. My hair was very popular.

For the final week we were to tranform it again. Based on a suggestion from a guest lecturer I used a brush and no measureing tools for this piece. The orange arcs are the completion of all the circles from the previous week and the blue piece are offsets of the large interior spaces to accentuate the new spaces created.