Abstraction to Representation

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Project: Description

Design with Five Elements, an exploration of prescribed shapes of given proportionality to one another; first in two-dimensional abstraction followed by extrusion into three-dimensional representation.

About the Course:

Topics in Design: Fundementals of Design & Graphic Communication I (ARC 195) introduces the fundamentals of the design process, beginning with abstract concepts and gradually transforming to representational studies. This course provides students with the basic understanding and skills to apply design techniques to various applications: Product Design, Graphic and Visual Communication, Interior and Architectural Design.

Project Design Requirements:

Constrained by an 11” X 11” base, the final design reflects the 13 basic elements, as stipulated, with the following dimensions:

  • one 4 ½” square
  • one 3” circle
  • one 6” x 1¾” L-shaped element
  • one 9” linear element of unspecified width
  • nine ¾” squares

Conceptual Design:

Refinement of the design concept through sketching and exploration of spatial relationships.

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Final Architectural Model:

Scale model construction using two-tone illustration board and white plastic canvas on black foamcore base.  Received an "Honorable Mention" in the Architecture/Urban Design category - Associate degree program division of the 7th annual American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Design Review Competition presented at FORUM 2006: Transitions in Boston, MA (December 29, 2006 - January 1, 2007).