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101 Things I Learned in Architecture School by Matthew Frederick

By Matthew Frederick

101 issues I discovered in structure School is a ebook that scholars of structure should want to retain within the layout studio and of their backpacks. it's also a ebook they could are looking to continue out of view in their professors, for it expresses in transparent and straightforward language the issues they generally tend to make murky and abstruse. those one hundred and one concise classes in layout, drawing, the inventive approach, and presentation—from the fundamentals of the way to attract a line to the complexities of colour theory—provide a much-needed primer in architectural literacy and make concrete what too frequently is left nebulous and open-ended within the structure curriculum.

Like all books within the well known and celebrated 101 issues I Learned® publication sequence, the teachings in 101 issues I discovered in structure School make the most of a distinct two-page layout, with a short rationalization and accompanying representation. A lesson on the way to draw a line is followed through examples of fine and undesirable traces; a lesson on awkward flooring point alterations exhibits the tv actor Dick Van Dyke in the course of a pratfall; and a dialogue of the proportional alterations among conventional and sleek structures encompasses a construction cut up well in part among the two.

Written via an architect and teacher who good recollects the fog of his personal scholar days, 101 issues I realized in structure School offers worthy guideposts for college kids navigating the architectural layout studio and the remainder of the structure curriculum. structure graduates, from younger designers to skilled practitioners, will flip to the e-book to boot for concept and a advisor again to fundamentals while fixing complicated layout difficulties.

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The partis shown here are from previously conceived projects; it is unlikely, if not impossible, to successfully carry a parti from an old project to a new project. The design process is the struggle to create a uniquely appropriate parti for a project. Some will argue that an ideal parti is wholly inclusive—that it informs every aspect of a building from its overall configuration and structural system to the shape of the doorknobs. Others believe that a perfect parti is neither attainable nor desirable.

Use light guide lines, geometric alignments, visual gut-checks, and other methods to cross-check the proportions, relationships, and placement of the elements you are drawing. When you achieve some success at this schematic level, move to the next level of detail. If you find yourself focusing on details in a specific area of the drawing, indulge briefly, then move to other areas of the drawing. Evaluate your success continually, making local adjustments in the context of the entire sheet. indd 40 4/25/07 3:31:51 PM 20 Engineers tend to be concerned with physical things in and of themselves.

Indd 28 4/25/07 3:31:48 PM 14 Architecture begins with an idea. Good design solutions are not merely physically interesting but are driven by underlying ideas. An idea is a specific mental structure by which we organize, understand, and give meaning to external experiences and information. Without underlying ideas informing their buildings, architects are merely space planners. Space planning with decoration applied to “dress it up” is not architecture; architecture resides in the DNA of a building, in an embedded sensibility that infuses its whole.

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