Project I

Due Date: Monday, January 27, 2014

Time Frame: 2 Weeks

Program: a place to stand, to sit, and to lie down

Element/System: a Wall

Site/Context: A Field

Orientation: Climate and location we will assume the Texas Hill Country.

Due Wednesday January 15, 2014

Readings: (Unwin’s Analysing Architecture pp 1-42)

Three images of each that either relate an experience or a precedent to the program.

(sit, stand and lie down)

Three images of examples of a Wall or images of a representation of a wall.

Precedent: Pick one minimalist sculpture and artist. Bring into class a photo of the sculpture you have chosen. Be able to talk in class about the sculpture and the background of the artist chosen. Ex; Donald Judd

Narrative: (Due Monday by 11:59 pm)

After researching your program and your element/system/sculpture and artist, you will need to write a narrative about your intent and design direction of project one. This should give us a glimpse into the experience of the space you intend for us to occupy. Around 250 to 300 words.


Also for Wednesday January 15, 2014:

Bring everything used in Design One that you may need to draw, sketch, draft and the creation of “sketch models.” You may also need to bring a digital camera to document your work.

At the bottom of page 3 of UNWIN, there is a link to a site discussing how to use a notebook to study architecture. Find it, go there, study it, and purchase a good quality sketchbook for this studio. Make it your constant companion. Always have it and something to sketch with whenever you are doing anything related to this class. Also, note there is the link located within your studio blog site.

Objectives for Wednesday January 15, 2014

Go over images on collage wall.

Go over readings.

Keep in mind order, form and scale.

Physical aspects of form:

Foundation (idea of floor), Wall (barrier), Roof, Columns

Openings, Materials, Airflow

Experiential aspects of form:

Environment, Shade, Shadow, Reflection, Natural Light, Point of view

Actual site and form, Materials, Airflow


Texas Hill Country, Materials, Sun and Sun direction, Idea of Hill

Due Wednesday January 22, 2014

Post all narratives that were emailed, on to blog.

Re-work narrative if necessary.

Studies of the Human form (group of 2), present relationships to class of the proportioning system used to study each person and does this have any relationship to sacred geometry (ie; fibonocci series, golden rectangle, etc.) Studies should be conducted using a scale of 1″=1′-0″



Wednesday January 22, 2014

In Class Work Day! Work on site model, sketch models and drawings of each.

In class we will build sketch models of form that relate to sit, stand and lie with an idea of wall in each.

Drawings/sketches of form from sketch models.

From your sketch models see if there are any underlying geometries between any of the three sketch/study models. See if you can merge any of the models together to create a fourth model that would incorporate ideas from the other three. Of this fourth model, create 2 dimensional drawings of all sides. Do these have any underlying geometries, is there any relationship to your artist, can you now include ideas of your artist into your studies? Continue exploring your form but now start incorporating scale. Going back to your human studies, start pushing and pulling your object in order to start incorporating scale. Then draw these studies at 3/16″=1′-0″. Overlay and incorporate into our site using, but always being aware of our site analysis. You may have to do further explorations of the model and drawings to make work within the site.

Look at the link below of temporary pavillions….

Site analysis drawing due, scale 3/16″ = 1′-0″

Site Model due, scale  3/16″ = 1′-0″

Drawings of iterations of model/models. Scale: 3/16″ = 1′-0″

Drawings and sketches of structure injected into site.  Scale: 3/16″ = 1′-0″

Remember to always include the human form as scale within your drawings and sketches.

Due Monday January 26, 2014

For the presentation due on Monday, the following is required;

Updated Narrative

Drawings and Research to be included in Presentation:

All drawings are to be drawn at the scale of your choice. preferably 3/16″=1′-0″ or larger

Presented as a composite drawing on 18″x24″ drawing paper in pencil.

You may have more than one drawing.

You may have overlays of trace to show relationships

Research and Drawings listed as follows:

(1) The human form study (anthropometry)

(2) Studies using sacred geometry and the human form

(3) Relationship to painting or sculpture studied, can you find any underlying geometry, such as; golden rectangle, fibonocci series, etc.

(4) WALL, identify your idea of wall, what relationship can you establish with the human form. (show images and or drawings)

(5) SIT, STAND, and LIE, any drawings or research

Student Artists – Websites

Donald Judd – Minimalist Artist

Kumi Yamashita

Aaron Keller

Gavin Worth

Ronald Bladen

Ron Robertson Swann

Isamu Noguchi

Sit • Stand • Lie / Wall

Site analysis drawing due, scale 3/16″ = 1′-0″

Site Model due, scale  3/16″ = 1′-0″

Drawings of iterations of model/models. Scale: 3/16″ = 1′-0″

Drawings and sketches of structure injected into site.  Scale: 3/16″ = 1′-0″

Remember to always include the human form as scale within your drawings and sketches.

Beginning of class depending on your progress we will watch the documentary “Between the folds”

Between the Folds


16 Responses to Project I

  1. Angelica Campos says:

    I am able to open the webpage and post on the blog!

  2. Wes Baird says:

    I’m researching Nikken Sekkei. The Hoki Museum really caught my attention first. Then i looked into their green portion of the website and the Eco-Walls made me want to design that into the wall because of our blazing heat. The in ground structures also caught my interest since we are able to design downwards.

  3. Francy Martinez says:

    The minimalist artist that caught my attention was the American sculptor Tony Smith with his “smoke” sculpture. The sculptures that Smith designed resembled geometric features; for example with simple rectangular prisms he made “marriage, Night, and We Lost.” I find it very interesting how an artist can get inspired to design sculptures just by thinking of simple shapes. This sculpture is painted aluminum and was fabricated in 2005. It is based on “cellular organic shapes like crystals and beehives,” it is said that Smith sees his sculptures as “presences.” The idea behind this sculpture was to have geometry but not at a 90 degree form, he wanted to make something different while still using the art of geometry. I like this idea of using simple shapes to create a unique sculpture and want to use this idea in my project. What I find very interesting about this sculpture is that it is seen in many ways. Since the sculpture is built at different angles and the design is detailed, the sculpture is seen differently from different perspectives.

    Words of inspiration: Barrier, protection, solid, delicate, sit, stand, lie, division, enclosure, wall, movement, shadow, shade, smooth, rough, view, warmth, cool

  4. Francy Martinez says:

    On this project, I believe that walls give limit to a limitless place that can also give comfort, satisfaction and provide protection to individuals who seek peace. In many ways a wall signifies a barrier, physical as well as mental. This barrier doesn’t have to be solid, so it can also be fragile; it can be as tough and sturdy as a brick wall or as gentle and unstable as a curtain. Walls are done to the satisfaction of the human body, whether it involves the body standing, sitting or lying down. The body is flexible but at the same time delicate. A relaxing get away should accommodate to what relaxes the human mind like nature itself. Along a side walk, there is a 3 feet wall that creates a barrier from the sidewalk and the site. As a person walks into the site, the side walk continues to take them through a path towards a wall that is at an angle from the trees facing it. This wall has circular stones on the ground that create a path that go from one side of the wall to the other to give a person a direction and a reason to stand up. Just like Smith, I want to create something with simple shapes; the wall I am creating has multiple use and creative simplicity. I want to use geometric figures that will adjust to the human body as it sits, stands, and lies down. This wall is at a slight angle towards the northeast to give view to the trees located at the north side and shade when the sun rises. This wall is going to be made with the idea of gathering the community as well as giving some privacy to those who desire it. The main character in this site is nature and this is what the people feel as soon as they walk into the site. The grass is green and alive, the trees are tall and vibrant and the warm breeze just makes a person want to lie down and be connected with nature. The smell of the flowers, the soft noise of people’s movement, the scenery of the site; all this takes part in the relaxation of the mind.

  5. ypenelova says:

    The sculptor I chose is Anthony Cragg. He is a British visual artist who bases his designs on human scale and relationship to the surrounding environment. A lot of his sculptures show examples of the human body to another object. He has recently taken a different take and has begun to create sculptures out of bronze and aluminum metal and tricking people on what the material is by using color and curvature. One particular piece that caught my eye was his “Declination”. The sculpture was made out of bronze, a heavy material, but the artists made it look weightless simply by adding yellow paint over it making the sculpture appear as if it was made out of plastic. Every angle of the sculpture changes its appearance and as it is walked around, providing a different experience. The artist is able to control the strong and bulky appearance of bronze and turn into a light, weightless, and intricate sculpture. I got inspired by this sculpture because of the curvature that could be used to adapt to the human body. The curvature could be constructed in such a way that it provides shelter from the elements but also has a natural system of ventilation and a place to sit, stand, and lie. The dwellings could force the experience of sitting, lying, and standing as one walks through the objects as it acts as a wall.

  6. ypenelova says:

    This is my sculptors website that contains all his works and interviews he has had throughout his career.

  7. Ingrid Saldaña says:

    What I’m intending to do with this project is to create a place where you can develop a connection with nature and yourself. I plan to use some of Donald Judd’s ideologies of how everything has the same importance, meaning that not only the infrastructure would be the most important thing but also the green areas around it. Also, I want to use his favorite geometric form, the rectangular box. I want the place to make the person using it feel liberated from all the problems and stress, a place that could rehabilitate their soul and makes them enjoy being there. In there, they could be in contact with their thoughts and ideas, where they can find that relief and inspiration that they need. The place where they will lay down will be elevated so it makes you look up at the sky and admire the stars and the moon. Also, I’m thinking of using that same place as the place where you could sit and be comfortable to admire the green areas. The floor will be covered with a beautiful green grass. This place will make you want to come back as many times as possible. It will be an exclusive place just for the person using it. Some flowers will be added to have color and a wonderful aroma in the place. And as the breeze comes, the aroma will come and make the person feel like they are in their own world where everything is peace and joy.

  8. Carmen Oviedo says:

    Minimalist Sculpture Image

    The minimalist sculpture that seemed very interesting to me the wooden art ordination by Carl Andre. The wooden blocks in this image are very simple but seem to be adjustable for anyone occupying them. Everything about the sculpture is flat but at the same time can be made adjustable in a way that will complement the human body and proportions which is why it compares to the human movements. In order for someone to sit on them the blocks would be able to adjust them by putting one individually either horizontally or vertically. If one desires to be leaning on something while sitting down they can adjust two block, one horizontally and the other one next to it at the end of the block vertically as shows on the image. If one wishes to lie down one or two blocks can be organized horizontally either by themselves or right next to each other. On the other hand, someone standing up can easily adjust one or two blocks vertically to use them as a wall to lean on. The wooden blocks seem to fall in perfectly with the environment being a Texas Hill Country. I used Carl Andre’s sculpture as an inspiration of simpleness for a public ranch. My will pretty much consist of simpleness and adjustment. Wood would play a big part in the objects that will be used for sit, stand, and lie. The difference would be comfortableness and adjustment. Simple wooden blocks would need to be better adjustable in a way that when they are being used the blocks would not come unadjusted. A few curves would complement the human body shape and will fulfill their needs of comfortableness. The wall will serve more of as a shade or division rather than a barrier. It will hold some type of openings in order to get airflow and the correct amount of sunlight through the area. There will also be a semi-roof for adjustment of shade or no shade. Flooring will consist of a durable material for any weather.

  9. Yoana Penelova says:

    Entering a field of short grass and being lead by a pathway that shows the southern and eastern side of the object created as a space for relaxation and inspiration. Passing by a small square shaped pond that is fairly shallow with pebbles neatly placed at the bottom and “Blue Beauty” lilies floating at the top providing a pleasurable sight and exerting an amazing fragrance. The purpose of a water source being that it provides a cooling effect in the hot Texas summers. Taken by a path to view the intricate angles of the object purely created to promote relaxation. Placed in the flat lands of Texas a place far away from civilization inspired by nature to be able to let loose. One enters from the east side into a space overseeing the lily pond and Texan nature constantly forcing the person to stand and take in the beauty as they exercise or just stand up to view the beautiful sight. Walking through the object is walking into an enclosed object conformed to human scale to be able to move around comfortably.
    Three phases are contained within the object. The standing phase, the sitting phase, and the resting or lying phase, each providing a different feeling and making one engage in different actions. These three actions are the main actions a human being does throughout the day. One rises to sit down and eat or contemplate about the day to come, then they stand up to perform actions or some type of work during the day. Then they come back to sit down and think about their day and rest, finally they lie down to rest their brain and body and enter a world of imagination where they roam with their mind but not by physical means. The object follows the order as they are executed in. One enters and they are standing, then they are forced by the curvature of the object to sit down and think upon their day. They have two choices of the way they are sitting. They can either be slightly laid back where the body in state of rest and promotes thinking without really doing any physical activity with the hands, or a state where the body is at a 90 degree angle promoting some type of work with the hands and active thinking. The two different postures provide blood flow and comfort, as the human body should never be in one position for too long. Afterward one enters the last phase where the curvature forces the person to lie down and rest to an open window made by mesh in order to filter sunlight during the day but provide the perfect view to the clear Texan skies and promote healthy sleep. The curvature of the space promotes comfort at every position hugging the curvature of the body just at the right spaces.
    The shape of the object is undefined. Rather it has complex angles that allow comfort for the human body but provide beauty and work in harmony with nature. The object is made out of lumber but in between a hemp made insulation material to keep the space warm in the winters and cold in the summers also having moisture controlling abilities and noise reduction capabilities. The average temperature in Southern Texas is as high as 80 degrees and as low as 59 degrees. There are a lot of warmer days than there are colder days making it more important that there is means to cool the space than to make it warmer. For this purpose a natural ventilation system is made by having an opening at the bottom of the object where cool air can enter from the Southern breeze and the warm air (constantly wanting to rise) is able to escape from the top of the space where there will be an opening that is able to close and open in order to provide ventilation in the summer and trap warm air in the winter.
    The object is for use of relaxation but doesn’t provide any means of actually living there. It is utilized for a few days of escape into nature to clear ones mind in order to be able to return to the busy world that we live in today. It has insulation in order to be comfortable at any climate and provides shade and shelter by being almost completely enclosed.

  10. Yoana Penelova says:

    -Active thinking
    -brain activity

    -blood flow



  11. Daniel Rodriguez says:

    Minimalist sculture:
    – English sculptor Henry Moore set new standards for the 20th-century sculpture with his bronze, wooden, and stone figures. Today, he is primarily known for his large-scale sculptures in the open air, works which he brought the analytical formal experiments of cubist and surrealist object art into nature. According to Moore, “Sculpture is an art of the open air. Daylight, sunlight, is necessary to it, and for me its best setting and complement is nature. I would rather have a piece of my sculpture put in a landscape, almost any landscape, than in, or on, the most beautiful building I know.”–may-31-2012/exhibition-images

    List of random words:
    -Approach, Rhythm, Module, Scale & proportion, Space relationship, Configuration of space, Movement through space / circulation, Camouflage, Landscape, On-site materials, Environment, Built site, Nature, Threshold, Degree of enclosure, Composition.

    -On a humid but relatively cool February morning in Hill Country, Texas. The nature plays an important role; thus the built site is tailored to its environment, and therefore unique. The site encompasses more than 10,000sq ft of land. Structures are built with on-site materials, each landscape is integrated into the hill countryscape that it appears as if nothing was ever altered.

  12. Arturo Berned
    Arturo Berned is a minimalist Spanish sculptor with a strong architectural background who works with geometry, beauty, and proportions. His work consists of perfect 90 degree angles and simple geometric shapes, knowledge of space and light, balance, stability, and precision. His work is meant to be appreciated by fully interacting with his 3D sculptures on all sides. In that sense it doesn’t just become ornamental but rather a piece of art where one can participate in. The most common materials that he works with are stainless steel and weathering steel. He studied architecture in Madrid and continues it London, Turin, and Oxford. He began as an architect in Mexico, England, Italy and Spain. He left architecture to devote himself only as a sculptor. One piece that I best like of his work is the “Sail VII”.

    As you are approaching your site, you are allowed to see your destination but are prevented from getting there directly. A patterned wall covered by nature almost forces you to turn away from your destination bringing you to a path. The path guided by these patterned walls of nature guide you to the other side of site. The journey through is an experience that slowly breaks you away from the city or from which you come. It slowly transitions you to an area of peace, a place to reflect. As you are walking through you are aware that you are getting closer to the sculptural piece of art. The path allows for visual connection, so that the feeling of lost and being trap is absent. Before you are able to get to the object you are taking time to feel the environment around you. As you are getting closer you can feel the breeze as the walls are less compacted in the site allowing a more natural feel. Once you have arrived at the space where the sculpture is at you begin to see the dialogue between the walls with the object. The sculptor of Arturo Berned shows you how the material transitions between intersecting planes. The planes seem long and odd at first because of the scale, but the piece of art plays with the proportions of the human body. It plays with the idea of using the wall to be able to stand, sit, and lie. First, It provides a horizontal plane that is really low that can be used as a bench or a place to sit at. Then the other horizontal plane that is slightly higher and oriented toward a direction is at the shoulder height of an average person so that they may lean on it and serves the idea of standing. As for lying down, the tall vertical plane purposely serves as a shading device to provide a space so that you can lie down on the grass. The sculpture is a pause in your series of event. It is the midpoint of the journey through the garden of piece. After the sculpture has been admired, the path then continues lightly toward the line of trees in the north. Underneath the trees the walls convert to a smaller version where they change from guiding you to stopping you. There the journey ends and then the built walls give in completely to nature where the trees become the last wall. The trees provide the natural shade and the benches orient you to sit and look back at the outline of your journey and at the place of which you came from. There the relaxation and meditation can begin.

  13. Juliana huff says:

    Walking through sky scrapping trees that hang like monkeys over your head smell like mossy clouds and cedar chips. Shy silhouettes of birds hum and whistle while they sit peacefully on a limb. At midnight, the moon and stars creep closer as you paddle through a golden stream of metallic spotted bass that whip through the wet current. A glowing wall stands at the end of the field. The shape is psychedelic and the color is white like alabaster skin, the first touching is cool and crisp. The snail like tunnels inch smaller the deeper you go, and once you hit the tail, the walls cradle you into ecstasy and you sleep in disguise.

    My sculpture is by Jonathan huff, an emerging artist in San Antonio. There is a balance between simplicity and a disaster which is who I am. Tangled triangles.

    Juliana Huff

  14. Alan Federico Aguilar says:

    The artist I chose is Tony Smith. He was born in 1912 in South Orange, New Jersey. He started his art career as a painter and by being an architect. He was professionally trained in the Art Students League of New York and studied under artist such as George Bridgeman, George Grosz, and Vaclav Vytlacil. Notably he worked for Frank Lloyd Wright’s firm as an architect. Smith, throughout career, taught minimalist sculptures at different universities around the United States. Unfortunately he passed away form a heart attack in 1998, but his work still lived on as a great influence In the American Minimalist art movement.
    One of his works in particular has inspired me to think in a whole new sense. The work of art is titled Asteriskos and it was finished in 1968. It resides as a permanent art piece that the McNay Art Museum displays outdoors. The Asteriskos stands striking the geometric properties produced by steel. The overall shape of the sculpture exists in an implied perfect cube with the dimensions of 16’8” all around. This use of a completely symmetrical object creates a harmonious sense of balance. Although the sculpture is geometric in nature, the composition displays a circular flow of the eye.
    Artist Link:
    Sit- meditates, rest, thinking, builds, contemplation, observation, to ponder, to reflect, comfort, painting
    Stand- work, action, motion, gestures, achievement, purposeful, to create, determination, strength, reason
    Lie- rest, sleep, horizontal, slumber, flat, plane, nap, parallel, relaxation, imagination
    Wall- Barrier, territory, shade, mental, physical, barricade, terrain, spiritual, divider, fence,

    A wall either physical or mental can create an oasis that brings out an emotional response in adaptation to the human body regarding the three main actions, siting, standing and laying down.
    The site introduces itself with a pathway of neatly placed rocks. The trails of rocks are surrounded with vivid green grass. There is also a random scatter of Blue Bonnets to disconnect oneself from restraint. The trail then circles around a shallow source of water. The cooled wind produced by the passing of the water source nurtures the living environment. Then you finally reach the structure. At first glance you could see a wooden structure detached from the ground connecting with wilderness at its opposite side. Steps are extruded from a wall to elevate you mentally and physically onto the platform. The Structure then filters the violent sun rays with wooden screens on both vertical walls, but notably more heavily on the wall facing west. The walls are reinforced with a natural insulator called HempFlax. HempFlax is a natural insulator that moderates the moisture level by absorbing and keeps a healthy organic indoor climate. The vertical walls are attached to a flat plane and by a convex assembly on the top that provides an additional source of shade. Both horizontal walls have a gap to encourage air circulation. At the end of the structure you can see a vast opening of light. It greets you with nothing but a wooden form facing outward. The wooden arrangement is aimed towards a vast opening. The vertical walls end but the horizontal walls continue. Wind presents itself by rushing through the woods. The opening creates an oasis with the wilderness. The seclusion with the wilderness seems otherworldly. A place of mediation where once can sit and be one with nature. The wooden assembly presents a place to lie or sit on. This shelter provides an isolated oasis to welcome those to find themselves.

  15. Paulina Batista says:

    The minimalist piece that I chose is an untitled drawing by Eva Hesse. She was a sculptor and painter born in Germany but raised in the US. Her work is dominated by the use of geometric shapes and the use of repetition. For our project I am going to do a sort of lounge or relaxation space located in the south of Texas. The use of geometric shapes will be a must because of the inspiration. I was thinking of bringing up some of the things in the painting, making it tridimentional.
    Creating some panels with squares, like walls with openings. This panels or walls will be parallel
    and shifted alternatively. For the part of sit, stand an lie, there will be pieces in shape of
    squares and rectangles that will be used as “chairs” or “beds”. The site will be an open space there will not be just one entrance. You will be able to enter the site in the in between spaces of the different panels. Also I would like to integrate the use of nature. On one side of the site there is a grove, this will be part of the design because is an open space. This space is made for contemplating and relaxing and nature goes by hand with it. The purpose is to take a brake from the city and the technology that we have today, giving a sense of privacy and exposure.
    The top of this space will be open, the panels will provide shade from the sun, in case that this is needed. The use of color and repetition will also play an important part because of the inspiration in the drawing.

  16. Angelica Campos says:

    Hey guys!

    Are we still getting together today?

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