This project articulates interior and exterior space through the exploration and design of a system of enclosure, a thick skin. A central premise that underlies this project is: the essential characteristics and conditions of 'a whole' reside in a representative cut, 'a slice', of a body/building at its perimeter.
Where Assignment 1 - Balloon Animals advanced spatial understanding through operations in relation to form, gesture, agents of deformation, and matter, this assignment focuses on advancing spatial understanding through a project for an enclosure, focusing on texture and tectonic. Similar to this earlier assignment, here the approach will be dual, with two tracks aligning concurrently:
Track A investigates enclosure through a "skin" of layered and differentiated surfaces.
Track B explores enclosure described just as the "bones" that give it form.
The "deliverables" of this project are limited, with emphasis on their detailed development and repeated iteration. Here, over three weeks, students design a Thick Skin enclosure for a hypothetical building and describe a typical "slice" through section, elevation and model.