2014/2015 Brief 03 – The Minimum Number of Lines – Part 3

Design a building using the I Ching. Plans, sections, elevations etc., are to be submitted by 16th October.

You should do this using your poem as part of the brief of the building and your* notational system as one way to develop it.

The building should be roughly of the size and complexity that would be expected for an MArch final project. All other aspects may be determined by the I Ching.

For instance, you might develop a series of questions selected (at random) such as

How many rooms does it have?
How many air changes per hour?
How many metres (miles, centimetres) of corridors does it have? Or does it have corridors? Or lifts? Or staircases?
What are the lighting conditions over the course of a day/week/year?
Is it new?
What does it smell like?
Does it incorporate existing buildings?
How many people use it?
What is the plan and what is the section?
What hours is it occupied for?
What is the programme, or what is the list of programmes?
Is it a speculative building for a developer? a specific building for a client? a building by a local authority? A self build?
What materials is it made of?
Which way round is the drawing? which way up? what scale?
How many floors?
How many windows? Or how much glass? Or how many doors?

You might start from a found building (determined by the I Ching) and submit it to a number (determined by the I Ching) of changes (determined by the I Ching). You might draw characteristics from the AJ Metric Handbook or other architectural sources – magazines, planning policies, history books, the internet, reports, works of theory, buildings you have worked on in practice to help you. You may use the I Ching methodology in any way or combination of ways.

You may draw, model or represent it using any range of materials but you must ask the I Ching to determine some of the conventions of the architectural drawings – north point, scale, location, materials, size, shape, layout, computer programme, medium.

Clearly, we have no idea what this will produce.

It could be very boring. Or odd. Very simple or quite complicated. And it doesn’t really matter.

The point is to work fast, ambitiously and prolifically, both experimenting, and developing the unexpected results.


* after having swapped.

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