Crits: Feedback

Thanks for presenting your work — excellent and enjoyable crits, with lots of interesting work, and very nice comments from external critics.  Sean in particular (!) said it was all looking very promising. And special congratulations to everyone for getting 1:200s out in a week.
Everyone: upload stuff on the site. Now.
You’ll have had feedback sheets, but here is some general advice.
1) Think about, work out and design, the CIRCULATION of your building.  The difference between building where you – say – go up a big flight of steps into a central entrance, then through into a long central axis with symmetrical spaces on either side — or wander through an asymmetric grid of columns to individualy shaped or placed elements — or move through hidden stairs and coridors tucked into the walls behind grand spaces — is huge.It makes for a different kind of architecture!
Think about buildings you know, really great buildings of any era- galleries, palaces, big houses, castles. Now think: what do you want your building to be like?
2) All that pattern work is really, really useful for making the decisions you’re trying to make now: how to lay out a plan, decide what size and shape spaces might be, how they relate to each other; what proportion elevation looks good, where to place openings; how to decide whether things should be light or dark, layers or transparent or solid. This does NOT mean stick your patterns onto your building;(though sometimes, even this can work) it means develop your plans and section AS THOUGH they were those patterns.  Look at proportions, repetitions, symmetries, scaling. Apply the same level of artistic speculation you did in the pattern work.  Judge your plans and sections aestetically, as art works.  Do they look beautiful? The patterns dont have to be the same; it is the TECHNIQUE which is useful.   Think about getting density, mass, patterning through real things: structure, services, surfaces, layout of objects, — even lighting, circulation, signage.
3) PRESENTATION — what will your key drawings be?  Will they be spectacular, informative, detailed?  Will they convey the main ideas of the project: the concept, the detail, the setting, the materiality?  These drawings will probably take at least a month to do; you need to start setting them up, finding your PRECEDENTS for spectacular drawings, thinking how your project can surpass them,setting them up, working them up, NOW.
4) READ about Berlin and DDR.  You dont want to look stupid in the crits and it would substantially help your projects.  Our recommendation for this Easter is:
BERLIN: the biography of a city, by Anthony Read and David Fisher.  Order it today and read it.
We look forward to seeing you all next term
Monday 12th: we will expect to see:
a)Your improved and (more) beautiful plans and sections showing EXHIBITS (i’m getting really bored of saying this!) circulation, contexts, materiality; which also demonstrate the patterning/composition/display techniques of the patterns, objects etc.
b) more and better models including great site models from everyone
c) the first stab at your ‘killer’ presentation drawings; and showing which images you are using for reference. Take this seriously; this is what earns about half the marks for this project!

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