You all now have a vast array of material, information, tactics, ideas and work-in- progress, and you should now start thinking how to combine, select and start developing this work to form your own proposal for a museum of the DDR. This project will continue until the end of the year, and from now on you will be developing your own project tactics. Briefs are more likely to be to do with presentation techniques, hand-in requirements and general information. To do this, you should all continue to develop the work and the tactics which you have already developed. This is not a new stage of the work, it is a continuation, developments and combination of all the tactics you have been already using. For the crit, we will expect to see the work you were already doing and the full range of tactics you were already using developed further, as the substance of this new phase of work.
For example, the 100 objects may help you think about how you select, present and display exhibits. The 100 museums are full of tactics and observations you will be able to use and develop yourself. The patternmaking and the reflection machines gives you a wealth of techniques which you can use for exploring alternative plans, sections, details, facades, movement diagrams etc etc, and re-reading the many possibilities that they may suggest. The models in particular need further development to explore how these idea may be combines and used differently as three dimensional form and with material characteristics. The site studies: urban history, DDR, Site, Museums are also key to this new phase of work and should be completed and fully presented as part of the crit.
For the crit, you must show ALL of the development work so far: the 100 objects the 100 museums, the patterns, the reflection machines, the architectural fragments, the models, the site studies, and the work you have done since, selecting fragments, the site studies and research, approaches to the site, exhibits and ways of exhibiting. Select your best work for pin-up but be fairly inclusive and make sure that ALL your work is on hand, even the stuff you have decided not to show.
Select this work now, in advance, and decide how to pin it up. Second guess what your critics will say, and think how you can use your best material from all stages — think broadly about how all kinds of aspects of the earlier work might help you develop your own proposals. Re-visit and develop earlier fragments, ideas for plans or sections, ideas about types of museums, etc, for this site and with this brief. Work those pieces up so that they begin to help develop your ideas.
Don’t worry too much about having a single clear idea for a museum at this stage, what we want to see is a wealth of intriguing and beautifully presented fragments, idea, suggestions, observations about how your museum might work with potential to be further developed, combined etc, rather than a clear but reductive single idea.
Be inclusive about what you pin up – everyone should have at least twice as much work as they put up last time, and probably more. Remember only one person on your crit panel will have seen any of the work you have done, (either Sean or Kester) and they will be busy taking notes. Remember that you all have a wide range of sometimes excellent but always interesting work to show them, and that the purpose of this crit is to get feedback, sugestions and advice on all your work so far, not just the bit you’re thinking about at the moment. Pin up beautifully. Make sure you print out at a scale that can be seen by people whose eyesight is not as good as yours.
I have booked the room next to the office so that we will have further pin up space besides the three on our side of the studio and I am now doing a running list so that everyone can be pinned up and run to time. We have many visiting critics and do not want to be hanging around while you wonder where to pin up. Ideally, come in in advance and pin up the night before. Certainly tidy up the rooms, find chairs etc.
Crit list as follows: Presenting first:
Group A can present any joint work together, and then split as follows:
Sean will see: Adam, Alex (girl) then group DE – Dan, Demi, Ed Ellie and Emma, breaking for lunch probably between Ellie and Emma, and then in the afternoon group SV – Sonia, Vicky, Vic and Sian. All these people will be pinning up using the two spaces we normally use. Kester will see Alex (boy) Alison, Then group G+ George Grace Preet and Jackie, and after lunch group M-O Manish Martyna Matt Natalia Olly, using Susanna’s space and the room next to the office.
Visiting critics are: Eric Guibert (architect, Sens) Anna Joynt (architect, Burrell Foley Fischer) Kieran Long (editor, Architects Journal and Architectural Review), Camilla Wilkinson (architect, artist, joining DS 15, am), Will McLean (Technical Studies, am), Jon Goodbun(PhD and architect, Wag, half day) Murray (am) Andrew Peckham (pm).