2013/14 07 Brief …Part 2

We asked you all to present a complete architectural proposal. Nobody did this… We want everyone to have done this by this by next pin up.


We are expecting plans, sections and elevations. These should certainly be in some way architectural describing form, structure, building elements and materials. But they do not necessarily have to be in the form of traditional line drawings (although they could be).


What we are interested in is both that you have a proposal (even if you hate it) and the method you used to get it, which should use the same tactics and chance operations and unfamiliar ways of working you have been using all year.


We want you to work quickly in a non-judgemental way via chance operations. This means what comes out of the process is what comes out regardless of whether it’s “good”, “bad”, “ordinary” or “extraordinary” in an conventional sense. Such conventions are not the way we will make judgments of this work.


Judgement will be based on the extent to which you have something that can be understood (by you and others) as an architectural, landscape or urban proposal, in whatever form it happens to take. This does not mean it necessarily has to look like any architecture you have seen before. In fact if it does look like a currently fashionable form of architecture, it probably a sign you’re not doing it right. 


Crucially, you must adhere as closely as possible to a subconscious, chance based method, avoiding at all times, as far as you, can any conscious decision making, or imposition of your own tastes, preferences, assumptions about how to make a project or stuff you think the work is “about”. The work will be about nothing but itself.


You should use the techniques and components you have developed including doodles, objects, drawings, booklets, films, music and poems. You should make a list of all you have and use the I Ching or other chance operations to decide which ones you use, in what combination, at what scale, for what purpose, how may times etc. Your list can also include other random elements and ‘boring’ architectural elements which you can reinterpret, eg schedule of works, setting out drawings, window schedule etc.


You are think of your elements as being usable at any scale from 1:1 (or bigger) to infinity.


In some cases it may well be appropriate for drawings or objects for be the basis of a plan, however this is certainly not the only way of translating the things you have into architecture. In any case this should not be a default move (unless you really think it works).


Other methods might include using chance operations to distribute your components in space and working from there, using speculative drawings as determinants of building methodology or programmes, or circulation.


You could speculatively select from, combine and recombine drawings, objects and techniques to assemble various arrangements of components at various architectural scales. You can also add new techniques, materials etc, including banal ones like M+E drawing, wiring layout, foundation detail. It’s actually not up to you to decide, it’s up to whatever chance tells you.


You should also think flexibly about programme (eg. not ‘it’s a hospital’, but ‘what is happening in this drawing/ model; how much; how often etc).  


You should work fast, asking the I Ching about anything you are unsure of (or anything you are sure of!).  Whether it’s great or rubbish will be entirely at the discretion of the I Ching, providing you have followed its instructions and intervened as little as possible yourselves. If you don’t do this and its rubbish, it will be your fault.


Enjoy it.

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