Mid Review Requirements

Tuesday 02.21, 1-6pm, Berg Gallery

You will present to an audience of three faculty critics and your classmates. We will have three conversations per hour, which gives you 15-20 minutes total. You will be presenting a digital slideshow to accompany your physical models and printed section drawings. Your verbal presentation should be 3-5 minutes, to allow plenty of time for questions and conversation. This means you will need to prepare and rehearse, so you can direct that conversation in a productive way!


Digital Presentation

  • Size your slides to our studio book. Format and organization is up to you; you could start with the example below. Remember that your entire presentation can not exceed 5 minutes–be intentional about what and how you present.
    • 1-2 intro slides with images that contextualize your project and pique the audience’s interest. These often are not images or words that you’ve created, but key into cultural, environmental. Introduce your key terms or driving questions for your work.
    • 1 slide with the name of your institution, organization, corporation, program, community, etc., with a mission statement.
    • 1-2 slides introducing your cast of characters–who lives/works/makes here, and what do they do? (you may decide this is redundant with your ideograms and section drawings, and leave it out).
    • 3-5 ideograms that use characters, activities, events, and spaces to tell the story of this community in a proto-architectural way. At least one of these should show what it’s like to live/work/make inside a “living” space. Remember that text is a key component of these–either as a narrative device, or as an evocative custom name for a space or activity.
    • 1-2 slides with basic diagrams of how your design drivers shape the project.
    • 2 slides of section drawings (see requirements below)
    • Addenda slides with analysis of site/climate, and sustainable design strategies. I recommend putting a few key images from your Arch 307 homeworks and labs at the end of your presentation as a “backup” in case you want to reference them later during the conversation.

Two plotted 1/8″ section drawings including site–one in each orientation.

  • These should be drawn digitally, and show development beyond what you have at Friday’s Common Hour section show.
  • Walls, floors, roofs, ground, etc. should be shown as solid poche with a single enclosing line. Give thought to the relative thickness and thinness of these elements–convey massiveness, delicacy, your are sculpting
  • Label spaces in the section, and inhabit them with characters (people, tools, plants, waste, equipment, vehicles, etc.) that tell the story of your project. Keep in mind the density and richness of these characters might require simple poche tone in order to create contrast and legibility.
  • Your concept of living units must be shown in a meaningful way in at least one of these sections–these are not just soulless box for cramming people into! Are they micro units, 15-bed co-living quarters? Are there communal spaces for eating, working, socializing? What happens in and around these units?

A 1/32″ section model that fits in our site model.

  • Can be cut in either direction, and should be at least 30′ deep.
  • This should be more than just the straight extrusion of a section drawing, but that might be a good place to start.
  • Recommend 3D printing at least one iteration of this, but you can also lasercut and stack layers of chipboard or Strathmore.

A 1/32″ physical model that fits in our site model.

  • It’s assumed that you’ll need to make several study models to arrive at this model–you may consider bringing those to your presentation.

A printed 8.5×11 booklet of your presentation slides, including 11×17 sections.

  • This is a hardcopy for critics’ reference during the conversation, for marking up, and a hardcopy record.

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