Project II


Time Frame: 2 Weeks

Due Date: February 12, 2014

Program: A place for one book and one reader

Element/System: A Frame


Site/Context: Orchard



Unwin pp 1-42

(25-34 Architecture as Identification of Place)

(35-42 Basic Elements of Architecture)

(151-170 Ideal Geometry)

Identify one author and a book that you have a connection with.

Pick one passage from your favorite literature (readings/poetry/freestyle/lyrics)

Look at how your literature relates to the program  of a structure for one book and one reader, are there any discoveries or words that can be used for the introduction of concept or narrative?

Continuing on Narrative/Literature study, after reading Unwin, write a narrative that looks at both the author and passage you selected and how it relates to the reading assigned. Try to find some comparison or approach to the “structure” for project III. Sight (3) books of reference from a library at the end of your paper that were used in comparison to Unwin/Author/Literature, include Author/Name of Book and where its located for future references. (300 to 500 words)


14 Responses to Project II

  1. juliana huff says:

    Architect: Bijarke ingles
    Danish architect, Known for his innovative and ambitious designs and projects.. His Architecture has a balance between playful and practical.

    Building: 8 house
    Detail: garden ramp- part of building



    I chose a poem by Maya Angelou, one of the most legendary and influential voices of our time. Angelou is a celebrated poet, diarist, storywriter, mentor, playwright, creator, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. Angelou’s confrontations and movements continue to stir our souls, revitalize our bodies, unshackle our minds, and mend our hearts. “Still I Rise”, is a poem that teaches us to live today and learn from yesterday. From the downfalls, tribulations, challenges, predicaments, odds and disappointments of yesterday, I pick up my pieces, and rise! In a sense, the poem is a bit rebellious, but there is so much truth in her courage.
    “You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you? 
Why are you beset with gloom? 
’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise…” (portion of poem)
    I’m confident that this poem has the power and ability to inspire anyone who opens their mind. I feel invincible, like no one can touch me while I read “Still I Rise”
    I want one to experience the same feeling if one were to visit my site. It must be a place painted with white energy, a destination framed with safety but open for inspiration; A place where one can go and forget about their troubles and just move forward. I want a walk full of saturated colors and growth. A place to read and feel the words without distractions. A place to purely bring confidence, and oxygen.

    Poem Reference :

  2. Francy Martinez says:

    The book of inspiration that I am using is titled “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton. The Character I am using for this project is Dallas, one of the main characters of this book. The reason I am using this character is because he is seen as one of the toughest and bravest of the gang. He went through many bad situations that made him the person he is now, or at least was. The passage I chose is the following: “‘Dallas is gone,’ I said. ‘He ran out like the devil was after him. He’s gonna blow up. He couldn’t take it.’ How can I take it? I wondered. Dally is tougher than I am. Why can I take it when Dally can’t? And then I knew. Johnny was the only thing Dally loved. And now Johnny was gone. ‘So he finally broke.’ Two-Bit spoke everyone’s feelings. ‘So even Dally has a breaking point.’” I really admire this character and I find him inspiring because he shows that even the toughest person has a weakness. The structure that I want to create involves concrete as the main material to represent strength; I want to then have a tree somehow going through my concrete wall to represent weakness. I want to convey the feeling of strength and delicacy within my site. I want to provoke comfort and relaxation for the person who is reading and frame a view that can leave a person speechless or calm.
    My female architect is Joan Good, she was a cultural leader in Boston and died of cancer at the age of 73. She worked as a Historic preservation and as the planner of new buildings. She was an important figure to her society because she advocated good designs involving humanistic qualities. She took a great role in leading projects and was considered one of the best female architect.

    Words of inspiration: rest, relaxation, calm, comfort, strength, weakness, free, desirable, lazy, isolated, quiet.

  3. Zac Glasser says:

    My inspiration for this project came from an author whose books I read growing up. I chose Gary Paulsen and the passage I selected is from his most popular novel “Hatchet”. “Patience, he thought. So much of this was patience – waiting, and thinking and doing things right. So much of all this, so much of all living was patience and thinking.” I think this quote relates directly with the program of the structure because it is a space that is being created to read a book in. It takes patience to sit down and read a book and that is the main reason why so many people don’t ever take the time to read. The same idea is seen in the context of the structure, an orchard. The fruit trees in an orchard only provide during the spring season, it takes a lot of patience to tend to the trees while they are dormant in preparation for the next years harvest. I want this created structure to illustrate this concept of time and not allow the occupant to appreciate everything at once. I would also like for the structure to have ideal geometry to reflect the structured layout of the orchard that surrounds it. I think a hexagonal shape would display this idea the best since the orchard has 3 rows with 6 trees in each.
    The architect I chose to research was David Hertz. He is an American architect that resides in California. I really liked his work involving sustainable architecture, particularly how he was able to take apart a Boeing 747 and use its wings as the frame for the roof/deck of his 747-Wing-House in Malibu, CA.
    I would like for this structures frame to be created using weathered wood to further show a sense of time and for the occupant to view the wood grain around them as the structure telling its story. The grain shows the growth patterns of the wood that was used to frame the structure and emphasize the time it took for the material to develop before it was harvested for construction not just mixed and poured on site. I want the reader to be able to patiently sit and enjoy their book while realizing that they are also a part of a greater story all around that takes time to appreciate.

  4. Daven molina says:

    The poem in which I was inspired for my project is the Raven by Edgar Allen Poe the poems gothic literature gives its reader a dark and ominous feeling throughout the story. The Raven is a story of a man haunted by the death of his beloved, who is visited in his chamber by a Raven the symbol of death. For my concept I was to take the negatives of the lines “Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December, And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor. Eagerly I wished the morrow;- vainly I had sought to borrow ,From my books surcease of sorrow- sorrow for the lost Lenore-”,And turn them into the opposite. This passage on his simplistic and environmental friendly along with chamber being a bleak place filled with sorrow is initiative to take that idea and create a palace that is the inverse. A place to read in solitude that is filled the feelings of light, joy as well as provide relaxation to give a more calming sense. For this structure I want to involve lighter materials such as some steel and glass to reflect light, and give a more open view to the reader who will occupy this place. I want to frame the walls so they don’t completely enclose the space and keep the place filled with light and keep a calming effect. My architect Andrew Maynard whose main focus is environmental design, Maynard is architect that pushes the bounders of unique designs. From Australian his designs include an array of different materials to extend the creative and powerful designs. He is one of a few architects in Australia that are changing the face of how architecture is done in Melbourne. These are just a few reasons why I want to use one of his designs the “Nebula” a movable creativity center published in Daily architects in December of 2013 or “Saving trees” created in Tasmania Australia, 2006.

  5. Dhenebb Munoz says:

    The book I have chosen is The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. A passage that really inspired me from this book is, “Fiction comes in all shapes and sizes. Secrets, lies, stories. We all tell them. Sometimes, because we hope to entertain. Sometimes, because we need to distract. And sometimes, because we have too.” This passage inspired me because we can all be two different persons, one who society sees and judges, and the second whom we hide from society and is our true self. It does not matter what is our story because we all do it; so the structure that I am planning to create has two different views and feelings, just like this passage. The outside I want to make it beautiful but the inside I want to make it seem like a secret so like two different feelings. The architect I chose is Steven Holl, he is known for his water color sketches, and he is from New York and has done many projects. One of his projects the Y-house really caught my attention on how he uses natural light to create private and public rooms in this house. Aside from my architect, in the readings from Simon Unwin, I could relate some of his passages to the passage I chose from The Storyteller. Just like in my passage it mentions that we tell secrets, lies, stories because we hope to entertain or distract,I plan to create this place through how Unwin mentions it, “it begins with a minds motivation to make that mark, with its desire to identify a place.”
    Garofalo, Fracesco. Steven Holl. New York: A Division of Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.
    Simon Unwin. Analysing Architecture. p. 32
    Jodi Picoult. The Storyteller.

  6. Daniel Rodriguez says:

    About the book:
    “The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana” written by Umberto Eco is about a man named Yambo, a sixtyish book dealer from Milan, who suffered a loss of memory. He can remember every book, or poetry he has ever read. However, he no longer knows his wife or daughters, remembers nothing about his childhood or parents. In an effort to retrieve his past he is constantly struggling with gray fog hovers in his mind, which impede him to retrieve his lost memories. The extract or passage for inspiration I’m going to utilize to approach Project II is this: ”I am traveling through a tunnel with phosphorescent walls. I am rushing toward a distant point that appears as an inviting gray. Is this the death experience? Popular wisdom suggests that those who have it and then come back say just the opposite that you go through a dark, vertiginous passageway then emerge in a triumph of blinding light. The Hotel of the Three Roses. So either I am not dead, or they lied” (Eco 301).

    A tunnel-like structure made out of wood beams [a rectangular shape prism tilted pointing north] rising up from the ground it appears like if it came out from the grove of peach trees, the view from the top is staggering, breath taking; for you can grasp the smell of the trees and the NW breeze, the sun path warms your back. A deck of wood comes out of the prism, giving the sensation of an open balcony. Wooden louvers mask the exterior façades filtering the light shed from the sun to the interior.

    Word list:
    Approach, Rhythm, Module, Scale & proportion, Space relationship, Structure, Movement through space, Landscape, On-site materials, Orchard, Degree of enclosure, Composition, Book, Reader, Warmth, Meditate, Imagination, Ease, Relief.

    Eco, Umberto, and Geoffrey Brock. “The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana: An Illustrated Novel”. Harcourt, 2005. Print.

    Johan van Lengen. “The Barefoot Architect A Handbook for Green Building”. Shelter, 2008. Print.

    Ching, Frank. “A Visual Dictionary of Architecture”. Wiley, 2012. Print.

  7. Ingrid Saldaña says:

    I used a quote from the hunger games: catching fire as an inspiration for this project. The quote that I used says “From now on, your job is to be a distraction so people forget what the real problems are.” I think that this is what I have to do with this project, create something where the person using it could forget his/her real problems and just concentrate on the book that he/she is reading and the amazing view of the orchard. It has to be something attractive and beautiful where that person could read the book calmly and could really forget everything that is bothering him/her. The person has to feel that this place belongs to him/her; they have to feel comfortable, it has to be something that contributes to the identification of the place, that it looks that it belongs to the orchard but at the same time you will be able to distinguish that it is the place where you are going to read.
    Sergio Orduña is a Mexican architect that created “Casa Gomez” in Cancun, what I found interesting in this project is that it portrays that there is not limit in your imagination and the way he played with the forms is something incredible. I think that is something so beautiful that it really emerges you into a completely different place something that we are trying to achieve in this project. He plays with light, color, and the way different materials come together.

    word list:

  8. I chose lyrics from a song called “Gold” by Adventure Club. Adventure Club is a Canadian electronic dance music duo, Christian Srigley and Leighton James. The duo’s signature sound includes high-pitched female vocals with electronic sounds and heavy drops.
    “You were always searching, for something out there,
    Out of reach, couldn’t stop you, couldn’t hold you back,
    You were so real, so real
    When the words are like bullets and they break through your skin,
    And there’s no way to get them all out
    When it feels like a rush seeping into your soul”
    The above passage from the song is what I chose because in each verse it reminds me of life. Each and every one of us has a dream or goal that we want to achieve and will stop at nothing to achievement it. There may be some bumps along the way, but we all somehow manage to overcome them. Like someone telling us we cannot do it. Once someone says that we shut down, the words will always be in our head and it is up to us to prove them wrong. Life is calling each and every one of us to pursue what we want and we need the strength to do so. The whole structure of the lyrics is strength, a frame is what needs to be the strongest and is what holds everything in place In this case, architecture is what we all want to pursue because we each dream to become somebody in this field and we all love what it has to offer. The lyrics gave me an idea behind my concept for a place for one book and one reader; it gives a sense of getting lost into a project kind of like getting lost into a book; concentrating on one thing to see the final product. My design will focus on the surrounding nature, giving a relaxing mellow vibe. The structure will be spacious and will help the reader relax while reading a book. The lyrics also give a sense of concentration, concentrating to finish what has been started.

    Word List: Relax, Mellow, Concentration, Strength, Support, Confidence, Spacious, Free, Unity, Structure

  9. Yoana Penelova says:

    I decided to use the book “Siddhartha” by Herman Hesse. The book is about one man’s journey to achieving “nirvana” or enlightenment. Throughout the book a man known as Siddhartha is introduced as a part of a prominent family. Never having to struggle Siddhartha was expected to follow in the path of his father but he was unsatisfied with that path. He questioned the beliefs of his father and the religion they followed so he decided to join another group he thought he could learn from. After joining the group known as the “Samana’s” Siddhartha decided he did not want to starve himself any longer and he wanted to experience love. So he escaped and went to a town where he learned the art of being a merchant and found love. He lived a long life becoming a wealthy man until one day he decided he is becoming unhappy than he ever was and left to a river. There he met a ferryman who taught him to listen to the river and reveal its secretes in order to reach enlightenment. By doing so Siddhartha became a wise man people wanted to visit in order to teach them how to reach enlightenment. Siddhartha had completed his journey to reaching enlightenment and was able to live the rest of his life at peace.
    The passage I chose was “Seeking means: to have a goal; but finding means: to be free, to be receptive, to have no goal. You, O worthy one, are perhaps indeed a seeker, for in striving towards your goal, you do not see many things that are under your nose.”
    Narrative: Pear trees are some of the most picky fruit trees to grow. Texas provides one of the most perfect environments for pear trees to grow in. Therefore an orchard of pear trees is the site of a space created for one reader with one book, “Siddhartha”, for the reader to experience the valuable lessons the book can teach one. A small river running through the orchard not only providing natural water source to keep the pear trees growing strong but also to allow the reader to experience the most valuable lesson taught in the book, listening to the river. A continuous wall like structure will follow the reader through the journey framing natural sunlight as the sun moves about its course through the day. The trees are deciduous meaning that their leaves fall out during the winter allowing the trees to still protect the space from harsh northwestern winds but also the branches acting as a filter to allow more of the lower northern light to enter and heat up the space. During the spring the trees bloom with fragrant flowers. The space will utilize the summer and winter solstices to its best allowing for the reader to have the best natural light possible to be able to read the book throughout the whole day and contemplate upon its lessons. The idea is to reach nirvana and when one thinks of nirvana they think of peace. The space will be away from the city in a secluded hill by the river exerting the feeling of peace and allowing for the mind to open and take in the new ideas that one could take away from the inspirational book. To promote blood flow the reader will be able to read the book in three positions: sitting, standing, and lying. The space will focus on human form and making sure one is an active reader and there are no distractions.
    Words list: Orchard – a piece of land to plant fruit trees, often concentrated near bodies of water, have grass or just soil surrounding them, can be triangular, rectangular, square, system, order, frame of space, alignment, nature, path, grid, controlled environment, enclosed garden, pattern, structure
    Frame – basic structure that supports a system, restricted view, framed action, threshold, painting, doorway, pathway, view, blocked out, streets, highways, buildings

  10. Alan Federico Aguilar says:

    Reading: I chose to use a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow named “A Shadow”. He starts the poem by questioning what would happen to “these children” if he were to pass away. Longfellow compares the children’s and his own life to chapters of a book. He finds beauty in life and realizes that the earth and its stories are old. The life that has lived and passed away is described as shadows: Shadows with stories that have been told thousands of times. My interpretation of Longfellow’s poem is that it revolves around the idea that life repeats itself. I think he is telling his readers that we have learned about others past stories, but that we are now living our own stories. He ends his poem by stating that we will find strength and hope because the “world belongs to those who came last”.
    Architect: The Architect I chose is Pierre Koenig. Koenig was born in San Francisco and studied at the University of Southern California where he got his degree in architecture. He mainly focused his practice on the west coast. He, along with others, did a series of case study houses. He is notably known for his case study house 22 (Stahl house). The Arts and Architecture magazine recognized Koenig for his steel and glass house. The Stahl house now is an iconic symbol of Southern California living. His uses of a steel frame with a translucent (glass) feel is what inspired me. The use of steel and glass result in have a house that gives of an effect of being almost weightless.
    Narrative: The site presents itself with a series of hawthorn trees aligned in an orchard-like formation. You travel along the west entrance besides the hawthorn trees. Their white bloomed flowers welcome you and guide you. You consciously stop and notice a tower-like wooden structure framed amongst the trees. At the base of the structure is an entrance with a latter in a shaft. You elevate up the latter resulting in either two destinations. First is an identical entrance to an enclosed structure screened with wood. In this space is a wooden structure where you are able to lecture yourself with a book (in a relaxing environment). The second option is to keep going up the latter to a platform on the roof of the structure were you stand exposed with the Hawthorn trees. The structure stands in the pattern of the orchard trees. The idea of reading within the structure is for the structure to simultaneously learn from the trees and vice versa.
    Word list: structure, system, streets, electrical wiring, airplane highway, river, tree lines, strategic patterns, vegetation, grid, border, casting, staging, contemplation, self-improvement, entrance, approach, harmony, balance, bliss, color, height, enclosure, shapes

  11. Carmen Oviedo says:

    I chose a small passage from the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The passage says, “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter — tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther . . . . And one fine morning — So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” I believe this can compare a lot to my project. The frame where the person would be entering through is going to be more of a futuristic one,can be made out of metal and glass. As the person makes it to the actual orchards they are expected to feel some type of relaxation and to think. As it mentions int he passage the person will feel the same way, they will think of their past and think of ways to improve their future. The whole scene is about relaxation and where one’s imagination runs wild thinking of things as they read.

    The person that I chose was a Spanish architect named Felix Candela. In a lot of his buildings he manages to incorporate thin-shelled structures. His buildings are all very beatiful and seem futuristic. This is where Ia m going to get my inspiration for my frame when someone enters the site. One of his structures that stood out the most to me was L’ Umbracle. It is a landscaped walkway with continuous frames over the whole thing. I like it because it shows a space that is secluted but at the same time is free for air to flow through it and for anyone inside of it to look out into everything outside of those frames.'Umbracle

    Word List: relaxation, future, past, orchard, escape, thoughts, free, tranquility, beaty, calm, pleasure, lightening, seclution, space, frame

  12. Angelica Campos says:

    I chose the lyrics from the song called “Imagine” by John Lennon. The lyrics encourage the listener by imagining how the world could be so much better if we all would come together. The song is about being in peace, caring for each other, loving life and enjoying it to the best. It is about leaving all our worries behind and living for today. It is about a world without barriers and obstacles. It is about appreciating what we have and not being in war with each other because of being jealous of each other’s material possessions. The song makes you reflect how we can make a huge difference in this world without stereotyping every single human and accepting everyone on who they are. But not just imagining how the world would be, it tells you to take action and become part of one wonderful world.
    The verse I chose is:
    “Imagine No Possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man
    Imagine all the people
    Sharing all the world…
    You may say I’m a dreamer
    But I’m not the only one
    I hope someday you’ll join us
    And the world will be as one”
    Words of Inspiration:
    Peace, Joy, Calm, Strength, Imagination, life, love, world, scale, movement, book, reader, frame, Meditation, tranquility, enclosure, open minded, Inspiration, reflection, Relaxation, Small, Structure, visible, invisible, columns, Connection, Purity, Orchard, Light, Sun, Seasons, Cold, Hot, Weather, Water, Trees, Concentration, Spacious, Patterns, Order, Move forward, Glass, telescoping.
    Architect: Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnson was a minimalist and modernist architect who maintained the historical style of architecture. He emphasized function and structure over ornamented decorative manners. He was characterized by the use of glass and steel as his modern materials. His career was very contradicting. He focused a lot in European Architecture, influencing architects such as Mies van der Rohe in modernism. But after bringing his ideas into America he began to imply classicism and historical elements in his designs which were known as postmodernism. As an Architect critic he argued the importance of aesthetics in architecture and claimed that he was only interested in the art of architecture. For him, walking was the very meaning of Architecture. He believed that to be modern is to be on the move meaning to move forward. Phillip Johnson was awarded for establishing great dialogue and awareness to the built and natural environment. He demonstrated the combination of talent, vision and commitment that has produced consistent and significant contributors to humanity and the environment. One of his works that I admire the most is the Glass House.
    Walking through the site, a rock pathway takes you to your destiny. The scent of freshener pine trees is spread all around. A simple enclosed figure telescopes out showing glass windows for the sun light to come through. Wood frame around the glass is defining its shape. The view overpowers the eye giving a sense of relaxation. As you enter to the building there’s a special place to sit and begin the journey inside your mind.

  13. Paulina Batista says:

    I chose the book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. This book relates to how people live but in an implied way. There are several quotes in the book that I focused on:
    “Its the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
    “The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”
    “Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.”
    I like to relate this to the idea of things, on how sometimes we just focus on adding more to things. The more we have the better, and we forget that a lot of times beauty is in simplicity. Something simple is clean and coherent. The other idea that I liked was the idea of originality and creativity. If you create something unique it will not be able to happen again. We now live in a word of repetition and routines. We have to learn to get out of that routine and create or do new things.

    On the other hand, I chose the Price Residence by Bart Prince as my inspiration building. He is an American architect born in New Mexico. I like the idea of structure in his designs. He makes this different designs that relate very well to each other. I would like to take the inspiration on some of his structures. He uses some repetitive, simple structures that look like shells or fans. I would like to incorporate the idea of simplicity that the book gives with the simple details that this architecture has. The idea that things do not have to be all complicated or complex, trying to find the beauty in the simplicity and cleanness of things. Trying to create harmony with the elements and details.


  14. Wes Baird says:

    The Hatchet
    “Patience, he thought. So much of this was patience – waiting, and thinking and doing things right. So much of all this, so much of all living was patience and thinking.”
    ― Gary Paulsen, Hatchet.
    “It was a strange feeling, holding the rifle. It somehow removed him from everything around him . . . he wasn’t sure he liked the change very much.”
    ― Gary Paulsen, Hatchet.
    Itsuko Hasegawa
    It’s Fall and the colors of the leave on the trees are changing. The orchard you are approaching is filled with deep red, star shaped leaves. You see the log fence surrounding the site. The only entrance is on the right side positioned between two trees. As you walk into the orchard you notice the dirt path you are walking on. You also notice that a piece of it is ahead of you but there is no path connecting the two pieces. But the first piece bends off to the left. You follow the bend. The path bends around the tree to your right. It continues to bend to the right taking you in a half circle around it placing you onto the second piece of the path that you saw before. The path bends left continuing down into a descended area with the far end rising higher than the land the initial path was on. In this area you see an L-shaped lake with a covered seat nestled into the lake’s cove. To the left of the seat a small waterfall feeds into the lake. You walk to the seat and sit down. You notice that the seat and the supporting beam are one, also that the beam is not standing straight up but has a curve in it that your back comfortably fits into. As you are sitting down you see a green net covering the base of the lake. It looks like you can lay on it but you are content with sitting in the seat for now. As you sit there you close your eyes and take in the sounds of the area. You hear the water coming down the waterfall and the wind blowing through the trees making them sway lightly with the wind. After taking in the sounds you feel that the top of the seat can open. Curiosity takes you and you look inside. You find a book. The title reads “Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen. You open the book and start to read.

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