101 Things I Learned in Architecture School by Matthew Frederick

By Matthew Frederick

101 issues I realized in structure School is a booklet that scholars of structure may want to maintain within the layout studio and of their backpacks. it's also a publication they could are looking to maintain out of view in their professors, for it expresses in transparent and straightforward language the issues they generally tend to make murky and abstruse. those a hundred and one concise classes in layout, drawing, the artistic approach, and presentation—from the fundamentals of ways to attract a line to the complexities of colour theory—provide a much-needed primer in architectural literacy and make concrete what too usually is left nebulous and open-ended within the structure curriculum.

Like all books within the renowned and celebrated 101 issues I Learned® publication sequence, the teachings in 101 issues I realized in structure School make the most of a special two-page structure, with a quick clarification and accompanying representation. A lesson on easy methods to draw a line is observed by way of examples of excellent and undesirable strains; a lesson on awkward flooring point alterations exhibits the tv actor Dick Van Dyke in the middle of a pratfall; and a dialogue of the proportional changes among conventional and sleek structures encompasses a development break up well in part among the two.

Written by way of an architect and teacher who good recollects the fog of his personal scholar days, 101 issues I realized in structure School presents worthwhile guideposts for college kids navigating the architectural layout studio and the remainder of the structure curriculum. structure graduates, from younger designers to skilled practitioners, will flip to the ebook besides for suggestion and a consultant again to fundamentals whilst fixing advanced layout difficulties.

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But a good designer understands the erosion of a parti as a helpful indication of where a project needs to go next. When complications in the design process ruin your scheme, change—or if necessary, abandon—your parti. But don’t abandon having a parti, and don’t dig in tenaciously in defense of a scheme that no longer works. Create another parti that holistically incorporates all that you now know about the building. indd 54 4/25/07 1:44:17 PM Soft ideas, soft lines; hard ideas, hard lines Fat markers, charcoal, pastels, crayons, paint, soft pencils, and other loose or soft 27 implements are valuable tools for exploring conceptual ideas early in the design process, as by their nature they tend to encourage broad thinking and deny finegrained decisions.

The partis shown here are from previously conceived projects; it is unlikely, if not impossible, to successfully carry a parti from an old project to a new project. The design process is the struggle to create a uniquely appropriate parti for a project. Some will argue that an ideal parti is wholly inclusive—that it informs every aspect of a building from its overall configuration and structural system to the shape of the doorknobs. Others believe that a perfect parti is neither attainable nor desirable.

3 Emphasize the beginning and end of all strokes, and overlap them slightly where they meet—just as in drawing lines. 4 Give your horizontal strokes a slight upward tilt. If they slope downward, your letters will look tired. 5 Give curved strokes a balloon-like fullness. 6 Give careful attention to the amount of white space between letters. An E, for example, will need more space when following an I than when coming after an S or T. Several standard computer fonts are similar to architectural lettering and can serve as guides until you develop your manual lettering skills.

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