Final Winter Book

At this moment of pause and reflection in the two quarter studio, you are asked to make a project booklet. This booklet is something between a portfolio (to showcase your work), a sales brochure (to promote or “sell” your proposed institution), and a project brief (for you and/or someone else to continue working on your project). In addition to summarizing your work this quarter, this booklet will remain in our studio library next quarter, and will be referenced by others in their design work.

  • Design it to be understood by an audience who is not familiar with your site, program, or context.
  • Design it be understood on its own—incorporate labels, captions, and explanatory text throughout.
  • Design it as a series of spreads with related information and graphics, rather than a series of slides.


Use the studio book InDesign template. Bind the book with a spiral binding, and a clear plastic cover (no thick laser cut covers or big ring bindings please). I would expect most books to be around 30 pages long, but you should let your content and your book design dictate the overall length. I recommend keeping your layout clean and simple (1-3 images per page)—this is easier to lay out, and easier to read.


Your book should include at least the content listed below. Almost all of this content is described in detail in the Final Requirements brief—please re-read it. Content with an asterisk (*) is required for Arch 307 Lab D—let these items do “double duty.” There is no prescribed order or organization to these items, and you are free to combine or interweave them. You can show process work as well as “final” work, as long as it contributes to your story (don’t put work in the book just to “get credit” for doing it).

It is recommend that your book includes an appendix with artifacts and information that don’t quite fit into the narrative flow of the book—this allows you to craft a clear, compelling narrative without leaving out important information.

  • Concept images (historical or cultural precedents) with written description of their relevance
  • Written thesis statement
  • Institution name and mission statement
  • *Written project description
  • *Site resources and environmental stewardship diagram
  • *Composite site analysis diagram
  • Context and climate response diagrams
  • Ideograms
  • Architectural precedent images with written description of their relevance
  • Roster of “characters” and their roles in the project
  • Concept diagrams
  • Scanned sketches and relevant process model photos
  • Sited 1/32” model photo(s)
  • Clusterchunk model photos
  • Longitudinal and transverse sections
  • *Integrated design section and/or diagrams
  • *Enlarged sections of LIVE and MAKE programs for heating and cooling seasons
  • *Performance modeling results from Sefeira
  • Written reflection on discussion(s) generated by this project, and where it could go from here
  • Program Breakdown and Area Takeoff: Provide a clear, organized summary of program as represented in your final design. While your project was not designed in great detail, you should still be able to approximate and make educated guesses. Don’t freak out about this, and don’t spend hours going into detail on it—the goal of this is to help you understand where you ended up this quarter, so you have a frame of reference moving forward. In many studios, you are given this as part of your brief, but this is your opportunity to make a brief for yourself or your classmates.
  1. For LIVING spaces, provide a detailed breakdown of units: total number of units, total number of residents, different unit types present in the project, number of residents per unit, typical square footage and overall dimensions for each unit, whether units are multi-level, etc.
  2. For MAKING/WORKING spaces, break it down into more descriptive categories: heavy loud dusty making vs. light clean making, studio-type space vs. shop-type space, shops for public vs. residents, different age groups, etc.
  3. Include an approximation of circulation space, including lobbies, atrium space, corridors, stairs, and elevators.
  4. Include an approximation of service space, including (out of unit) bathrooms, mechanical rooms, trash room, loading dock,
  5. Include an approximation of programmed inhabitable exterior space (courtyards, work courts, gardens, roof decks, plazas). This should NOT be included in the overall square footage for the project.


You are encouraged to incorporate the ideas, words, and images of others—building upon a larger world of existing knowledge is what research is all about, and contextualizing your work makes it stronger. Using others’ images or ideas without giving them credit is plagiarism, which destroys the credibility of your work. You must properly cite the author and source of any content not created by you (very small text is fine, as long as it’s legible). And please, don’t use clip art, charts, or diagrams made by others—that is just lazy. If the information is important enough to put in your book, it’s worth the time for YOU to represent it.


Digital and hard copies of your booklet must be turned in to me no later than Friday, March 24 at 12pm. I will have a box outside my office for hard copies; digital copies (packaged InDesign file with linked images) can be uploaded to our studio Polylearn site. You will not receive a grade if I don’t receive a book.

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