101 Things I Learned in Architecture School by Matthew Frederick

By Matthew Frederick

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This is a ebook that scholars of structure may want to hold within the studio and of their backpacks. it's also a booklet they might are looking to retain out of view in their professors, for it expresses in transparent and easy language issues that have a tendency to be murky and abstruse within the school room.

These a hundred and one concise classes in layout, drawing, the artistic approach, and presentation -- from the fundamentals of "How to attract a Line" to the complexities of colour idea -- offer a much-needed primer in architectural literacy, making concrete what too frequently is left nebulous or open-ended within the structure curriculum. every one lesson makes use of a two-page structure, with a short rationalization and a demonstration that may diversity from diagrammatic to whimsical.

The lesson on "How to attract a Line" is illustrated by way of examples of fine and undesirable traces; a lesson at the risks of awkward flooring point alterations indicates the tv actor Dick Van Dyke in the course of a pratfall; a dialogue of the proportional modifications among conventional and glossy structures includes a drawing of a development cut up well in part among the 2.

Written via an architect and teacher who recollects good the fog of his personal scholar days, 101 issues I realized in structure School presents worthwhile guideposts for navigating the layout studio and different sessions within the structure curriculum. structure graduates -- from younger designers to skilled practitioners -- will flip to the booklet besides, for thought and a advisor again to fundamentals whilst fixing a fancy layout challenge.

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I gave him the number, and then I had to ask him what it was about the notebook that had triggered all the concern. And so together we started flipping through it, and what we saw was actually pretty alarming. I had just been at this Sudan conference, so words like Sudan, war, SPLA, rebels, Osama bin Laden—these were all in the first five pages. Bin Laden had lived in the Sudan for five or six years and had been harbored by the government and paid for a lot of their terror. Then on the next page I’d written Colin Powell, Condaleeza Rice, State Department, things like that, because Rice and Powell actually had a great interest in Sudan; they’d helped broker the peace agreement there.

I was drawing a lot throughout my first Japanese visit. I found myself drawing this snowman over and over again. From there, I found him holding a mermaid, and from there the story was created. ” —Gary Baseman Rough 35 36 Sketchbook Gary Baseman Happy Idiot Earl McGrath Gallery, New York “I am very ambitious in drawing in my sketchbook, usually on a plane. I get a lot done. I also like taking myself to breakfast and drawing. ” —Gary Baseman Rough 37 Sam Potts / Sam Potts, Inc. , designs books, websites, identities, and the occasional can of antimatter for clients including the Metropolitan Museum, the IFC Center, and the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.

Interestingly, the designers use their rough sketches for actual client presentations. “We never do a presentation on the computer. We mostly present in a very rough, classical way and just present a drawing. ” “All the projects we did for ‘Documenta 12’ (‘Documenta’ is an exhibition of modern art, founded in 1955, that takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany) started with small sketches. In the middle of the process, while all the information was pouring through the whole team—about 200 artists and 400 projects, eight exhibition sites in 100 days— we decided in a meeting with the board that a simple form for the orientation system was needed.

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