Feb 18, 2010
Goodbye Free-Body Diagrams
Posted in: Academics & Research
sketchbook, pencil, tape, drafting board, knife, T-Square, tracing paper, refill lead, glue, wood, drafting dots… Wooooooo – I arrived at my work space in the intro architecture studio to find this:
This is simply a dream. One of the most exciting things about partaking in art-related anything is the sheer range of supplies you get to use! Although all of the above goodies are complementary with the class, I still need to go out and buy fome-cor this weekend. Not complaining…yet. I really hope expenditures for 4.111 materials will be manageable as I can no longer depend on the parental units for feeding this creative money-sucker habit of art-making. (OK - a classmate just informed me that we could quite possibly be charged a lab fee ...but oh well, a sketchbook is a sketchbook!!! :P)
The following is a crop of the syllabus we got for studio this semester.
The purported “blizzard” that otherwise left 49 of the 50 US states covered somewhere in snow last week, forgot about dear Boston. But this past Tuesday brought an actual blizzard that killed our plans again. In the shot above, Professor Bill Hubbard describes our sad 4.111 week.
So essentially, today was the first real session of studio, and we…
practiced drawing a regular floor plan of our lecture space, just to get acquainted with representing a real 3D space on paper…
practiced drawing a section plan with a little person inside, as to imagine a body inhabiting a space...
and learned about our first project: we’re given a long stretch of lake-front space and a single wall, as shown above, and essentially have to design an environment for one person’s perfect reading experience – taking into account sunlight and shadows, views, the estate close by, etc.
One thing I realized during the 3-hour process was that I need to use the materials now! No more saving everything for later, long-lasting use! Architecture is about to take over my life, and it should... I'm beginning to experience the huge transition from taking mostly GIRs to classes in something you want to commit to. Commitment is scary, guys! (End/rambing)
More pictures! :)
Our workspaces! Equipped with drawing/cutting boards and T-squares!
The knife with which I will do much damage. :P
Sam '12, revelling in his new sketchbook.
An overhead drawing demo during lecture.
Lastly, Prof. Hubbard used drafting dots during a demo, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever.
Who knew something made of some puny paper and plastic can be so perfect! They’re like Pez dispensers for drafting dots! Drafting dots, by the way, are used to mildly tape down tracing paper and the like. I have a feeling I'll be using lots of those.
Hooray for second and last half of the week! ‚ò∫