tutor | nada borgi


This course continues the process of spatial analysis and synthesis with emphasis on the communication of ideas through different representational models and tools. Medium-scale projects are studied, with elaboration of principles of spatial design. Case studies of canonical works may serve as theoretical background in the continuing development of a theoretical foundation. The elaboration of a complete set of architectural drawings for the final design in addition to models, was expected at this stage.
This studio consists of two independent exercises based on a precedent analysis, addressing fundamental principles of interior design and shedding light on major theoretical frameworks that shaped the discipline.
The first exercise focused on small scale architecture as an exploration of material properties and structure.
Based on the analysis of an architectural Folly, the students were asked to design a place for viewing.
The definition and nature of the viewing place was enhanced through:
The materiality of the project, its structural concept and dialogue with the site.
The students drew personalized representations of their precedents to convey their observations, ideas and design their project.
The final project was a design application of the learning outcomes from a precedent analysis.
Based on their analysis, the students reinterpreted the program of the project proposing indoor as well as outdoor spaces within the constraints of a larger envelop.
The interplay between the program components, the mass and void and the relation between indoor and outdoor spaces was at the heart of the project. The students designed a wellness center.

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