Wednesday, February 25, 2009



Metric relates to measurements and the distance between two points.  When we are drafting a room or object it is important to include the measurements.  Even when you sketch out something, measurements are ways to express what you consider the size to be.  Another way to show the metric system is to include a scale model.  In drafting for the pat project we included a scale figure and also in our lost in translation project, we were to think about the size of the pathway and include a scale figure.


A precedent is an example or model that resembles some ideas you have.  When I look at projects and they remind me of something I know or have seen before then it is considered a precedent for that new model.  Thinking back to last semester the precedent that I remember most was when I was doing my dialog project.  I used skewers and white planes of paper.  When we were told it had to be a dialog with two spaces I started to think about what I knew that had two spaces and I thought about the ying yang symbol.  I used that symbol to develop my project and found it to be successful. 


The presence of what is in a room is important and how it makes the person feel.  This week I took Kristina to the oral surgeon.  While I waited for her I decided to draw the waiting room.  Doctor offices can be scary for some people, but I think that depending on how the waiting room is set up and the presence of it can comfort the patients before they go back to the rooms to be seen.



A moment is when something special happens in time. A collection of moments can be linked together to tell a story.  In drawing class we were to draw thumbnails of different moments in and around our assigned building.  These thumbnails allowed you to see specific parts of the building that are of importance. 


Duality is when one thing can be used as two different things.  An example of this could be the use of a tire.  The most common use for a tire is on a car and driving, but it can also be used as a tire swing and for fun. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Copy Cat

For this assignment we were to take inspiration from other artist unique technique and to copy that when drawing our thumbnail at a larger scale.  The top images here are the artist i took from and the bottom image is mine.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Precedent Analysis

Robie House

Frank Lloyd Wright

Built in 1908-1910

Chicago, IL


Frank L. Wright built this house for his client, Frederick C. Robie.  It is considered one of the most important buildings in history of American architecture.  It inspired an architecture revolution.  It has horizontal lines, overhangs, and an open floor plan.  It is a Prairie style house.   

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Parts : Whole

Archetype/ Prototype/ Hybrid

The idea that you get is the archetype.  The first form or model from which things are based upon is the prototype.  Something derived from the prototype is a hybrid and is originally made from that.  “The columns of the Propylaia are splendid examples of one of the three columns types the Greeks evolved for their civic and religious architecture.  The three columnar types, or orders, were adapted by the Romans, who added more ornate variations of their own.” (Roth, 30) When the Greeks developed the three orders, Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian, those became the prototypes for the Romans who then later developed the Tuscan and Composite orders.


When something comes from, originates, or arises from what it comes from is the source. In our studio class we had to make something that was inspiring from the fairytale or creation stories we read.  We used black and white paper to create this.  The stories were our source in creating our abstract models.  We then furthered this by drawing thumbnails or our models.  The source for our thumbnails was our black and white models.


In a drawing of a person it not only shows the person, but also what surrounds the person. This helps a person see more of what is going on within the space.  When we were assigned a building on UNCG campus to draw, we were to draw from a spot in the building or around that shows moments within and around the building.  We were to capture people and how or where they interacted in the building and what paths they took to maneuver through the building.


When something or someone is ranked higher or more dominant over the other it has hierarchy.  At the Acropolis in Athens there are many temples and structures, but the one that is the most important is the Parthenon.  We know that it has hierarchy because of the size, “measures roughly 101.5 by 228 feet and rises 45 feet to the top of the cornice”, (Roth, 236) of which it was built compared to the other temples.  By using eight columns, “when six was more traditional”, (Roth, 236) shows that it was larger and thought of as being uncommon which would make more people have interest in the structure.  Also, by where it was placed or built in the Acropolis area.  If you walk in from the Propylaia, the angle from which you see the Parthenon we see its importance.  In Understanding Architecture, by Roth, it says, “Housing a treasury of offerings to Athena.”  (Roth, 236)  We know it has importance because Athena was the Greek goddess and favorite daughter of Zeus.


The arrangement or placement of columns with an entablature is order.  We learned of the orders in history: Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite.  The Greeks used the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian styles.  The Romans then furthered these columns and made a smaller Doric, the Tuscan Doric, and they added the Composite.  The Colosseum, in Rome, when built used most of the column orders.  Each floor level used a different type engaged in the walls.  “The Doric on the ground floor, then Ionic, Corinthian, and finally Corinthian pilasters on the uppermost, fourth story.” (Roth, 267)

To summarize this week and tie it all together, we use a source to gain the inspiration and get ideas which becomes the archetype.  Using the archetype we design a prototype which can then be furthered and developed into the hybrid.  An entourage helps us to see the different parts as a whole.  Hierarchy can become an idea we use to design so that one may be more dominate over the other and the orders are an example of all of these things.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Monday, February 16, 2009

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Unity is when all the different parts come together to make the whole and create a sense of oneness.  The columns in Egypt were made of post and lintel construction.  The two or more vertical post holding up the horizontal frame works together to create the whole building structure.  In Greece two examples that use post and lintel support are Lion Gate and Treasury of Atreus, both located in Mycenae.

Scale is “How big a building is, relative to the size of the average human being, is said to be its scale”.  (Roth, 75)  In drafting class after building Pat’s furniture we drew the elevations to scale and placed an average human model to show the scale of our furniture.  

A section cut shows detail that might not always be visible from the elevation view.  In the History of Interior Design & Furniture book it shows a picture of a floor plan with section cut.  (Blakemore, 4) We also did section views in drafting for Pat’s furniture.  We also researched different types of walls and drew section views of the walls.

Boundaries are formed when walls or other vertical structures section off areas to create a specific location. In history the boundaries that earlier populations made were with the structures and temples.  In the History of Interior Design & Furniture book Blakemore talks about the tympanum and how the center of the cornices creates an open, sometimes filled, space.  (Blakemore, 29)  The wall models we designed and made this week were an example of boundaries.  We use those walls to incorporate our artifact into the space.

Vignettes are a good way of drawing to be able to focus in on one area and then lead the eye out to the unfinished area or object to make the viewer wonder what else is there to be discovered.  We have worked with doing a lot of vignettes this week in the drawing class.  It is fun for me to focus and detail one area and then let it fade out and let the color fade out but not because your on the end of the page but because you want it to be more interesting and leave the viewer thinking.

To summarize this week, unity, scale, section, boundaries, and vignettes tie together by seeing the whole picture.  The unity comes together by all the parts being one, and the section allows you to  see them broken down to see more details easily, and the scale allows you to change the size of the object, and the boundaries are what gives it the guidelines and vignettes are what you do to focus in on one area and let the rest fade out.