Tuesday, February 1, 2011

iar 202. jenga 1.0 - peer review for Abigail

For our first studio project, Abigail's concept word was "joint." Using this one word, she designed three retreat spaces that revolve around this concept, each in a different way. A common theme in Abigail's three spaces is the fitting together of different parts, not necessarily a person's circulation of space throughout the room. Therefore, it is easier for me to diagram individual parts and/or concepts rather than each entire room.

space no. 1:

In the 11' x 32'4" space, Abigail wanted to emphasize the joinery and craftsmanship of woodwork. Wooden beams on the ceiling reinforce this idea. Her kit of parts for this space was two columns and a wall. She manipulated the columns quite cleverly by "bending" them to give them both a vertical and a horizontal quality. In this way, they can provide horizontal surfaces for food preparation and consumption. The two columns appear to be "joining together" at their ends. For this space, her axon drawing demonstrates her concept most clearly.



space no. 2:

In the 22' square space, Abigail wanted to emphasize the idea of two things joining together into one. She chose to use two solids for this space. The solids are located at opposite ends of the room.

Because my own words would be inadequate, I would like to quote her at this point: "On one side of the space, everything is carved from the wall. There is a place for sleeping, a closet, a table, and a place for bathing. On the opposite side of the wall, everything that was negative space on the right wall, was extruded as a solid on the left wall. So, in theory, of a force was to push the two sides together, they would fit together as a whole like two puzzle pieces."

Her section drawings most clearly present this space, as they show how the two sides of the room could potentially fit together.



space no. 3:

In the 22' x 32'4" space, Abigail focused on what she calls the "mechanical aspect of joints, like a joint found in the body." For this space, her kit of parts was two walls and a column. She demonstrated her concept by making one of her walls a movable wall which can fit perfectly together with the other wall if desired. For this space, Abigail's axon drawing speaks most clearly.


For all three spaces, Abigail's presentation was clear and well thought out. She was remarkably alert after the long night we had all just endured.

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