Introduction to Design, Fall 2011

Point Bonita Intervention

Raveevarn Choksombatchai and Kyle Steinfeld

Whereas previous to this final project, the course explored a range of "design departures", including those that begin with material-driven, site-driven site-driven, and form-driven agendas, in this final design project for the semester, setting a design agenda is left to the individual student to define. While students must address the position taken in their manifesto project, and adhere to the requirements below, they are otherwise free to engage the project through any of the approaches discussed this semester.


Program and Approach Requirements

This set of requirements include written and graphic representations of the proposed building program, and serve to articulate the design approach adopted by the project.

  • Design approach text: A two-paragraph discussion of the design approach you will adopt for this project. Explicit reference should be made to canonical examples that influence your design (a'la 270) as well as how you will deploy strategies learned through the three Departures. Be prepared to discuss how your approach is form-driven, site-driven, or material-driven.
  • Program narrative: A two-paragraph narrative description of the use of your proposed structure. This may include reference to a built typology as well as a discussion of experiences and needs of the diversity of occupants who will occupy your architecture.
  • Program breakdown: A space-by-space breakdown of use, spatial character, and square footage in list and graphic form. The list format should discuss spatial types and areas, while the graphic format should diagrammatically present programatic relationships and areas. Recall the five spatial types assigned earlier in the semester: entry, transition, group observation, individual observation, and gathering. Some of these spaces must have both indoor and outdoor components. Also consider required services (bathrooms) as well as how one will arrive on the site.

Site and Scheme Requirements

Include drawings that depict the overall formal gestures of the scheme, and how it fits into the conditions found on site. Expect that a discussion of how the project shapes and responds to site conditions will be carried through these drawings.

Space and Form Requirements

Deliverables that include the standard set of building description drawings that depict the spatial character and layout of the proposed design. Expect that a discussion of the distribution of building program and the intended phenomenological experience of occupying the proposal will be guided by these drawings.

Detail and Material Requirements

Requirements include a full building plan, a minimum of two sections (in perpendicular directions), and a larger scale partial building plan and related section depicting the constructive and material logic of the proposal.

There's more!

Some other projects from this same class have been posted, as well as some interesting student work from this same year.