Architectural Communications (F19)

ARCH-4526 – Architectural Communications – Fall 2019
This course instructs students on how to compose and edit individual architectural representations. Presentations and workshops by the course instructor assist students in developing and critically editing their design work. The course delivers technical knowledge on the appropriate use of software and developing techniques that best express individual graphic and design work. The term assignment uses literary sources as a backbone to explore architectural representations and individual assignments challenge students in specific areas of drawing and representation. The skills developed throughout the course will assist students in portfolio creation and communicating their design projects.

Course taught by Kemal Alladin and Adil Mansure. 

ASG-1 - Literary Space

This assignment is an exercise in design and drawing.

In design, a literary source will be used as the conceptual starting block providing the tone, atmosphere, site, context, voice, and framework from which a space or series of spaces will emerge. The space is only bound by the literary source, as such, design freedom and exploration are encouraged. The end result may be an interpretation of the text, it does not have to be a direct reflection of it.

Using a literary source as the foundation of the design assignment actively engages the connection between literature and architecture. Narrative binds these two forms of expression. It drives literature and structures architecture. As a result, the methods of producing, analyzing, and understanding architecture translate to literature and vice versa. Rhythm, form, composition, structure apply equally to both. Understanding the underlying logic of one will help unlock the potential of the other. In the productive middle ground between the two lies the potential for rich architectural spaces that are released from traditional constraints of the two forms of expression.

In drawing, the space will be described through a series of required drawings that explore the architectural communication concepts described throughout the course. These drawings will then be assembled in a booklet that describe the project, the drawings will be supported by a written description of the project, photographs of models (if necessary), process sketches, and any other supporting material.

ASG-2 - Architectural Representation

This assignment is about persuasion.

Using your Design Studio project, students will create two renderings presented on a 11”x17” poster. While the renderings aim to communicate the main spatial experiences of the project, the poster should be designed and composed to provide a brief and concise overview of the project. Students are free to add supporting drawings and text to help highlight key ideas and elements and to help give an overall understanding of the project. However, the poster is not meant to be a detailed account of the project, but rather a clear, coherent, and easy to read summary.

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