Interim Crit – 26th November

For the crits,
You should by the crits on Monday be showing developing design propositions showing how the properties of your objects may relate to specific forms of behavior; specific types of architectural and human use.  We are expecting that you either have several of these developed in some detail (3-5, say) or a very broad range of alternatives – say ten or more — of suggested uses forpresentation to the panel.  Again you need to show all your work, from the beginning; this is a new set of critics and often your earliest work contains some of the most important ideas.
Think intensely and intelligently about the sorts of uses suggested and extend them — if you have a very specific doorhinge, what does that do to the way the space is used, in plan or section?  If you have an elegant cornice ventilation system, which you can use directly, work out the scale, materiality, how itmight also extend to/join with other of your ideas in forming the structure, construction of the wall.  If you have a single compoment which you think is working well, develop it. Is it a window that could become a bed? A stairwell wrapping round  shower? A single space accessed on many levels???  Many suggestiong have been discussed in your crits, try to piuck some of them up (or other ideas of your own) and work them out.
If in doubt…here are some suggestions.  Look through your whole folio and see how the project is beginning to shape up.  Try shamelessly re-using earlier material, drawing types, ideas.  Try combining things at different scales and forcing yourself to re-use the same ideas in different ways. Lay out the work and see whether key ideas from early on are missing.  Start to second-guess the critics by picking up yourself on some of your great ideas from six weeks ago.
Think of the whole range of work and combine it. Take photos of your models, and try redrawing them, or adding in elements which suggest occupancy, scale, etc — always as carefully and elegantly as discussed over the first drawings. Make diagrams (plan, section etc) analysing the use of space — as elegantly as your geometric studies.  Combine and present your models, playing with them to allow different readings and interpretations.
Make your first attempt at the spectacular drawings of your own ‘behaviour change design’ drawings, with the same level of ambition as in your first drawings.  And/or Start developing the context and combinations which will convert your existing models.
Most of you have excellent work, but in fragments.  You need to start changing gear in order to combine all this speculative and analytic work into some intriguing working proposals.

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