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Florida International University
ARC 5993  Graduate Design 2
Spring 1999
due: Jan. 14, Jan. 19th, 1999

At the end of the presentations of January the 12th we will discuss different types of activities that can be proposed in our site.  During this week assignment students will follow up some of the conclusions of that session and will be asked to define their own projects.  Each student will develop an individual proposal and select a site.  During this assignment we will define the program, analyze the site and research architectural precedents for the project we will undertake for the rest of the semester.


You should bring a preliminary idea of your program and proposal to be reviewed on Thursday.
NOTE ABOUT THURSDAY:  Next Thursday we will meet at 2 PM in the corner of Jefferson and Lincoln in Miami Beach (Van Dycke).  We will have a Lecture about the history of Lincoln Rd. by Prof. John Stuart.  After the lecture we will visit the site.

Each student will produce a reports, electronic diagrams and a presentation by Tuesday next week.


Students should produce a report with each of the point’s bellow (please keep a copy for yourself, the report should be produced in 8 1/2" by 11" sheets of paper with Font Arial 10).

1.  Project Overview.
A two to three page summary of the project proposal.  The overview should include a preliminary study of feasibility of the project and the urban thesis that intends to promote.

2.  Program.
The program should be included in one or more pages.

3.  Site Analysis.
Documentation of the site selected.  Analyze the site restrictions such as building codes and zoning as they pertain specifically to your building type and location.

4.  Precedent Analysis.
One page summary with bullet points of architectural precedents.  Xerox of architectural precedents can be attached in the following pages.



During this week you will produce a series of electronic images that helps you visualize the “invisible forces” that will shape your project.  We will ask you to read the bibliography presented bellow.  The use of DATASCAPES by the firm MVRDV, the Yokohama proyect developed in SMLXL, B. Tschumi Manhattan Transcripts and the concept of STRATEGY developed in the book NINE + ONE are a good examples of the design methods we want to explore in this studio.
Electronic diagrams should be presented in  640 x 440 pixel in JPG format and with a resolution of 72 dpi.  Please number your diagrams accordingly so they can be presented through the electronic slide projector.

1. PROGRAM DIAGRAM : Diagram of Activity Analysis.
Develop an abstract diagram that can help you understand constrains and opportunities of the program that you are choosing. We recommend that you use AutoCAD and Photoshop.
Bellow there are examples of activity diagrams:

2. MAPPING DIAGRAM : Diagram of Surroundings forces impacting the site.
Abstract diagrams that analyze the surrounding issues that impact your site.  This diagram should help you understand and explain the forces that impact your site and explore the possibilities you have in developing your project.  We recommend that you use AutoCAD and Photoshop.
Bellow there are examples of surrounding diagrams:


We would like to see how do you relate your activity diagram with the site diagram.   We would like to see how you present the story or script of your project.
When we speak about architectural production today we are confronted with two realities: one being the phisical space of the buildign or infrastructure (with its program and its relation to the site), and another being the event, the story, the script that develops around that infrastructure.  Cities, projects, and metropolitan reality are not only experienced and compreheded from physical qualities but are also manufactured from advertising, touristic agendas, and media-propaganda.
In this part of the assignment we will be concerned with the notion on how architecture can cohexist with the ephimeral activities and stories that will draw contemporary citizens to consume your project.

MVRDV, EL CROQUIS No. 86 1997 (in reserve).

NINE + ONE, NAi, 1998 (in reserve).

Joseph De Chiara. " Time-Saver Standard for Building Types," McGraw-Hill Publishers, 1996. (ref. in lib.)

Rem Koolhaas, Bruce Mau, SMLXL:     Yokohama Project, p. 1210-1237 (in reserve)
                                                          Park La Villette, p. 894

Rem Koolhaas, Delirious New York:    The frontiers in the sky, p. 82-108 (in reserve)
                                                        Downtown Athletic Club, p. 152-158
                                                        A fictional conclusion, p. 293-310

Michael Sorkin, Local Code (in reserve)

Bernard Tschumi, Manhattan Transcripts (in reserve)