Design Principles

Design Principles

RISD | Graduate Arch. Studio | Fall 2010

Brief:  Design Principles was a architecture course at RISD     which each assignment presented focused opportunities  to develop     formal, tectonic and spatial manipulations and to address the complex     consequences of these manipulations in terms of experience,     inhabitation, structure, scale, and site. They also involved particular     means of representation and skills to understand, define and   articulate   problems and solutions through iterative sequences of   making, critical   reflection and design.

Concept:   Our design exploration started with rope and a     knot, and studying the tectonics and logic behind the knot’s     construction. Through the process of making, thinking with our hands, we     constructed and deconstructed our knot and began to abstract it’s     constructed logic. The knot changed configuration, eventually evolving     away from a “knot” but moments of the original tectonic logic  remained.    We took these constructive narratives to eventually build a  2’x2’x3’    mass of connecting knots using only paper strips (no  adhesive), a    further adstraction to build an enclosure. And finally,  to design a    habitation based on The Labyrinth of Crete, the myth of  the Minotaur.



Design Principles

Design Principles

RISD | Graduate Arch. Studio | Fall 2010

Brief:  Design Principles was a architecture course at RISD    which each assignment presented focused opportunities  to develop    formal, tectonic and spatial manipulations and to address the complex    consequences of these manipulations in terms of experience,    inhabitation, structure, scale, and site. They also involved particular    means of representation and skills to understand, define and  articulate  problems and solutions through iterative sequences of  making, critical  reflection and design.

Concept:   Our design exploration started with rope and a    knot, and studying the tectonics and logic behind the knot’s    construction. Through the process of making, thinking with our hands, we    constructed and deconstructed our knot and began to abstract it’s    constructed logic. The knot changed configuration, eventually evolving    away from a “knot” but moments of the original tectonic logic  remained.    We took these constructive narratives to eventually build a  2’x2’x3’    mass of connecting knots using only paper strips (no  adhesive), a    further adstraction to build an enclosure. And finally,  to design a    habitation based on The Labyrinth of Crete, the myth of  the Minotaur.