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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 probably want to maintain within the layout studio and of their backpacks. it's also a ebook they might are looking to hold out of view in their professors, for it expresses in transparent and straightforward language the issues they have a tendency to make murky and abstruse. those one hundred and one concise classes in layout, drawing, the artistic method, and presentation—from the fundamentals of the way to attract a line to the complexities of colour theory—provide a much-needed primer in architectural literacy and make concrete what too frequently is left nebulous and open-ended within the structure curriculum.

Like all books within the renowned and celebrated 101 issues I Learned® booklet sequence, the teachings in 101 issues I realized in structure School make the most of a special two-page structure, with a short rationalization and accompanying representation. A lesson on the best way to draw a line is observed by means of examples of excellent and undesirable traces; a lesson on awkward flooring point adjustments exhibits the tv actor Dick Van Dyke in the course of a pratfall; and a dialogue of the proportional ameliorations among conventional and smooth structures encompasses a construction cut up well in part among the two.

Written via an architect and teacher who good recalls the fog of his personal scholar days, 101 issues I discovered in structure School offers important guideposts for college students navigating the architectural layout studio and the remainder of the structure curriculum. structure graduates, from younger designers to skilled practitioners, will flip to the booklet to boot for thought and a consultant again to fundamentals while fixing complicated layout difficulties.

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Opportunities for multiple design justifications can be found in almost every element of a building. The more justifications you can find or create for any element, the better. indd 38 4/25/07 3:31:51 PM Draw hierarchically. 19 When drawing in any medium, never work at a “100% level of detail” from one end of the sheet toward the other, blank end of the sheet. Instead, start with the most general elements of the composition and work gradually toward the more specific aspects of it. Begin by laying out the entire sheet.

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. indd 46 Subjective engagement of reality Direct immersion 4/25/07 1:44:12 PM Reality may be engaged subjectively, by which one presumes a oneness with the objects of his concern, or objectively, by which a detachment is presumed. 23 Objectivity is the province of the scientist, technician, mechanic, logician, and mathematician.

Shape a window to frame a view of a specific tree on a perfect day in autumn. Make a balcony for the worst dictator in the world to dress down his subjects. Create a seating area for a group of surly teenagers to complain about their parents and teachers. Designing in idea-specific ways will not limit the ways in which people use and understand your buildings; it will give them license to bring their own interpretations and idiosyncrasies to them. indd 36 4/25/07 3:31:50 PM Any design decision should be justified in at least two ways.

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