ASSIGNMENT: Architectural “Moments” x 4 (x3)

Alexander Passikoff, Fall 2012

DUE
October 24 (Zarse, Ashe, Crosby to pin-up)

MEDIA
Pencil, Charcoal, Graphite Stick

PAPER SIZE/TYPE
12″ x 18″ Drawing Paper

DO NOT USE
Vellum, Newsprint

DELIVERABLES
Three sheets of 12×18 paper, each with 4 vignettes of an architectural moment.

TITLE BLOCK
See example above or on Blackboard for template

METHOD
Divide your paper in 4 even quadrants. Each quadrant will have its own method of sketching, focus, and assigned time.

Q1: Blind Contour (take as much time as you need)
Q2: Hierarchy of Composition (7-10 minutes)
Q3: Light, Shade, Shadow (7-10 minutes)
Q4: Complete the Composition (10-15 minutes)

DRAW FROM OBSERVATION ON CAMPUS
Include location in the title block

WHAT TO DRAW (EXAMPLES ON BLACKBOARD, WEEK F_LECTURE.pdf)
Avoid whole buildings, instead train your eyes on small, interstitial spaces, such as:

  • BOUNDARIES and THRESHOLDS: layered transitions from public to private, wall/gate/door typologies, scales of openings/fenestrations, types of enclosures, architectural shifts in scale that signal change in spatial definition.
  • FIELD and FIGURE: framed views, focal points, open spaces for gathering (outdoor rooms).
  • OBJECTS and POINTS: visual points of focus on approach of a space, props for public activity, urban furniture, monuments, sculptures, obelisks, fountains, benches, scale shifts from building scale to body scale.
  • CORNERS and EDGES: surfaces mediating between ground and sky, vertical scale shifts, porticos, balconies, perceived public enclosures, corner/edge/roof typologies: gated/rusticated/curved/implied.
  • PATTERN and PAVING: ground organization, material changes, textures, bollards, curbs, steps, slopes, vegetation, ground organization.
  • SEQUENCE and MOVEMENT: overlapping moments, sub-spaces, micro spaces, spatial composition/arrangement, approach and arrival.
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