For Tomorrow/For Monday

For Friday (tomorrow), each project (team or solo) should have the following:

  • Six living unit precedents that you think could apply to your project concept. Think about overall size, how many people could live in it, and how the unit is organized–single vs. multi-level, partitioned bedrooms vs. loft style, etc.
  • I’m assuming each project will have at least TWO different types of units, perhaps more, since that’s typically how housing works–creating a richer and more diverse community with more options. Sometimes these are extreme differences (a 300 sf micro unit vs. a 1500 sf three story coliving unit), and sometimes the differences are more subtle (a 1000 sf lofted live/work unit vs. a 1000 sf two-bedroom unit). So if your project will require two unit types, find three precedent variations of each.
  • Print each unit plan at 1/8″=1′-0″ on 8.5×11. On the sheet, dimension the overall unit (total length x total width) and write approximate square footage, and how many people would appear to live in that unit.
  • In addition to the wide range of housing books in our studio, you may consider a few great semi-local housing firms: David Baker, Anne Fougeron, Stanley Saitowitz in San Francisco; Lorcan O’Herlihy/LOHA, Michael Maltzan, and Koening Eisenberg in Los Angeles come to mind. And of course, unit plans have been around forever–as you all know, a couple of my favorites are by Corbusier (monastic microunits at La Tourette, luxurious yet efficient lofted units at Unite d’Habitation).
  • During studio tomorrow, we will have a charrette that combines drawing and gestural modeling (1/32″ or 1/16″), so come prepared for that. This will require your unit precedents, so make sure they are printed out and ready to go.

For Monday 4/4 in-house review, you should have the materials below at a minimum. All materials should be pinned up in your studio wallspace.

  • Five different project title proposals
    • A couple of these could draw directly from projects from last quarter
  • Site/building models @ 1/16″ or 1/32″
    • Study site organization, form, and spatial strategy of interior
    • Some of these can be in the style of the “Allied Works” model–more abstract material/spatial studies than a proper architectural model
  • Section model or ClusterChunk @ 1/8″ or 1/4″
    • Study most important interior space(s), how they connect to each other, and how they relate to exterior
  • Floor plans @ 1/16″
    • Minimum ground floor plan and a “typical” floor plan showing living units
    • Label spaces to communicate what happens in them
    • Locate stairs and elevators
  • Section @ 1/16″
    • One is required; two is better
    • Label spaces to communicate what happens in them
  • Precedent images (unit plan and otherwise)

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