Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Precedent Study Images

For this assignment we had to chose ten competition boards with successful layouts, ten successful renderings, and five successful diagrams. We chose these images based on our own personal knowledge about these projects and tips given to us by Jonathon Anderson. Below are all of the ones that I selected for each category because I thought they were successful.

Competition Boards




























Sunday, August 28, 2011

Diagram 2 of the Weatherspoon Art Muesum

This is my second diagram of the Weatherspoon Art Museum. For this diagram I took most of the same general ideas from my first diagram and revised them to create this diagram. I used more shading and the only color that I used is in the detail photos.

Finished version of Diagram 2

Diagram 2 without detail photos

Guest Speaker: Frank Cheney

On Friday the 26th we had Frank Cheney as a guest speaker talking about his experiences with architecture and design. Some of the things that he covered reflected what we are reading about in our textbook. Such as context is important and that design should be functional and solve the problem at hand first and then look good at the same time. The key to successful architecture and design is that it be functional but beautiful at the same time because something can look great without working well and vise versa. I learned that although there are a lot of people who want someone to be able to stand at the front door and be able to see all the way though the house to the view in the back that it is better to make them go around the house and then have them reach the room with the view to catch them by surprise and make them say "oh wow". Cheney also talked about Frank Gehry's architecture and how he calls his buildings "art" and they are but they do not fit into the context they are in. For example, Gehry's "Dancing Building" in Prague does not fit in with any of the architecture in its immediate neighborhood.


Frank Cheney talked about how important it is to know the history of architecture. He said "it is better to use an old idea well than a new idea badly." 
Cheney told us about using a Butterfly Plan for buildings facing several different beautiful views so that people inside the building can experience all of the views. An example of a butterfly plan building is the one below because it has a central section and then two wings coming off of each side to make the building look like a butterfly flapping its wings.


Design should be timeless and be able to last though the years and still belong. This is where there is a problem with Frank Gehry's architecture because his architecture is a work of art but his designs are not timeless. 
I enjoyed having Frank Cheney as a guest speaker because he had a lot of interesting things to say and the information that he provided will be helpful to us though out our education in architecture and design.

Diagram 1 of the Weatherspoon Art Museum

For my first diagram of the Weatherspoon Art Museum I shaded the diagram to show the varying lighting within the spaces in the building. Then I used the different color outlines for the different kind of spaces like entry, waiting space, side trip, and destination. Then I made a dotted outline map of the person in my stories route around/within the space.

Diagram 1

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Summer Deck Project

Over the summer my brother and I replaced the older section of the deck at my mom's house. Originally we made up the designs for it to be a lot like the deck that had been there before. However, somewhere along the way in the planning and designing process we came up with the idea to turn it into a deck/patio area with a lattice wall and a pergola. We spent the beginning of the summer working on the planning, sketches, and other things. Then we started building it in the beginning of July and the deck portion of the project was finished before I left for school but my brothers are in charge of finishing the patio now that I'm back at school and they are the only ones left in Raleigh to do it. Unfortunately, I didn't think to take pictures of the original deck before we tore it out but here are some pictures of the building of the new deck and how it turned out.

Trying to dig the holes for the posts by hand.
It didn't work out so well with all the hard red clay.
So instead we rented a drill to dig the holes with, which went much faster.
The hole for one of the railing posts.
The posts for the pergola are in place.
The 2300 pounds of gravel my brother gave
me the joy of moving by myself. 
All done!
Gravel is in place and we started the decking.
Stair supports.
The stairs are done!
Lattice under the deck is finished.
Another view of the lattice.
The pergola is up.
Almost done with the deck!
Railing is complete and the posts are carved.
Lattice wall is done!
The deck portion is finally done!
All done!

Completely finished design with plants and all.