tutor | pierre hage boutros
BODY AND SPACE
This studio took as object of study the passageway in its manifold manifestations and scales, either as urban alleys, hallways or interior corridors.
It questioned the nature of those ‘transit lines’ along which other spaces (rooms) are ‘arranged and related. There was one major project for the semester, which was preceded by two creative preparatory exercises
Body and space: Instruments
During the first weeks the studio explored a small alley, (‘zaroub’, زقا†ق†) situated in the old city of Batroun. Students were asked to describe its interior qualities, through an analysis of its dimensions, its relative scale, its geometry, its light quality, and materiality; defining its
threshold(s) and mapping of the motion of the passersby. The study will made use of conventional instruments (tape measure, plummets, bubble levels, photographic cameras…) but it will also encouraged the production of custom-made instruments, that would constitute meaningful interfaces between the body and the space.
They also explored the use of various methods of representation to record their findings: freehand and hardline drawings, model form, photography, collage, diagrams… A series of drawings (scale 1/200 – 1:50) and models were produced that expressed or inverted the open/close and solid/void relationships.
Learning from the alley: Iterations
Taking as a starting point the model produced in the previous phase, students tackled the notions of threshold and enclosure, by designing and experimenting with dynamic devices (doors, windows, flaps, platforms…), that acted upon the space through pushing or pulling, stretching or compressing, raising or lowering, …
The applied transformations to the initial model were recorded in a sequence of models and drawings.
The second half of the semester was about reusing long and narrow space, into a proper living place. Through a series of drawings, diagrams and working models, the student was asked to define the general orientation of his/her proposal, detailing the functional program and explaining the challenges and problems to be addressed and the potential solutions he/she is envisaging.
The final project consisted in a set of rendered architectural drawings (scale 1/50 to 1/20), perspective drawings and cardboard models.