Part 1_Shape cities
The simplest drawings you’ve ever done. Take 100 pieces of white paper, all the same size, all the same type of paper. Draw on each one a single, straight line. Or a dot, or a shape. Whichever you pick it has to be exactly the same every time.
Make an animation of your drawings. 10-20 seconds per film and the material should only be the drawings. Think carefully about the sequence, try out different versions. You can add soundtracks but these should be thought about carefully. Again test different options; you may find a soundtrack which contrasts or diverges from the animation is far more powerful than one which underlines it.
Part 3_Symmetries & Reflections
1) Take an image/s or object/s, probably of a more complex nature than the shape, dot or line of the previous exercise and subject it/them to study under the conditions of these types of symmetry in order to generate patterns. These will form the basis of a repeating wallpaper pattern. This pattern will be used in subsequent parts of the project, so they need to form a beautiful and interesting pattern. Be bold and experimental.
2) Invent a reflection machine. Examples of existing reflection machines are mirrors, kaledescopes, camera obscura.
Part 4_Architectural Elements
Using the techniques you have learnt so far, you are to create 3 architectural elements. You are to consider these NOT as buildings but as fragments of potential buildings. The elements could be a window surround, door surround, skirting, cornice or capping, section of wall, structural support, piece of ironmongery, balustrade or section of staircase. Use the skills you have developed in symmetry and projection, composition, superimposition, transformation of complex shapes, transformation of simple shapes, tiling, rescaling, repetition.
Your components are to be presented as beautifully drawn, plans, sections, elevations and 3D projections, in black line on nice paper. See beautiful Baroque style projective drawings for reference.
An important consideration will be how these objects can be made, because… you’re going to have to make them…beautifully. Once you have designed them, using the sophisticated techniques at your disposal (i.e. casting, laser cutting, 3D printing), to create scaled versions of our designs.
Using, combining, editing and developing the techniques you have developed in the earlier parts of the project, design a pavilion, design a pavilion on a site of your choice. This will form the conclusion of this semesters work. Be creative and experimental.