Field Invader – Mapping Step 1

Hi everyone, we started to explore the concept of mapping in the first step of the mapping assignment. In this step, we are supposed to divide the given image into 5×5 pixels and change these pixels’ transparencies. These alterations should be according to criteria which are a complex one containing at least 2 criteria within itself. It is like the effect of one on the other that can be seen through the different degrees of transparencies. So it can be said that they are interlinked.

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Image1: Revised mapping attempt to differentiate between pixels according to the difference in texture diversity

 

While doing this assignment, making the differentiation clear and readable therefore consistent within itself is very important. In order to accomplish this the difference between the pixels can be altered drastically to make it more visible.

Another interesting aspect of this assignment is that whether it is wise to keep the overall idea of the image. This is an abstract representation and mapping should reflect this mindset so designing an abstract design is encouraged more.

What is an architectural portfolio?

In order to learn how to prepare a portfolio, we had an introductory lesson in the studio prepared by our instructors. After the presentation and debates about this subject, we had a wider understanding of what exactly is an architectural portfolio.

The portfolio allows us to create a collection which also serves some documentation purposes. This organization is not only a collection of significant works from the educational life but also something that has some visual and textual elements that compliment each other.

A portfolio must be specific to the designer and it must reflect those design decisions in a consistent way. In order to accomplish this, deciding on some fundamental rules governing the concept of the portfolio is very crucial. The layout must be reflecting the hierarchy of the elements.

Sample layouts of possible designs

 Editing is a very effective tool that can be used to control the overall relationships between the elements compared to the hole. In visual editing, cropping has the potential of changing the impact drastically. It can be used to play with the perception of the viewer.

 The grid is another tool that helps us to design more controllable. But grid also has its dangers. A very strict obedience to the grid may limit the design and create enormous problems. Therefore a flexible grid system where the main idea of a grid is visible but not overshadowing the design is better. In this case, we also don’t have to fill everything to give the basic grid idea. There can be an underlying structure to the design which is through the use of a grid.

While doing this, it is also important that the text and the image are considered as similar elements in the layout because they both have significant borders that need design decisions.

The balance between the blank parts and the filled parts can help us make the positioning seem much more controlled to the eye. Empty areas are a huge part of the layout and hence the perception. The portfolio is mostly about the visual representation and the experience of the viewer. Providing some resting space by using margins and bleeds is also another way that this can be an intentional series of ideas.

Introduction to mapping

Today we first started with the meaning of a map. One of our instructors has prepared a presentation aiming to make us become more familiar with the concept of mapping. A map is defined as a visual representation.

By using maps, people aim to make complex information more understandable by abstracting that concept. Maps can be used in a variety of ways and mapping is the act of creating maps. There is even DNA mapping which suggests that mapping can be used in many different contexts.

Maps are a symbolic representation of the actual visual thing. When creating these representations, some ideas dissolve while some ideas (depending on the aim of the map) becomes more predominant.

An example of a map which is created to represent a concept

Final Jury Poster Design

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Image 1: the final poster

       Designing this poster was definitely a learning experience for me. First of all, I had to learn the proper way to read a poster in an architectural way. The positioning of the elements should be in a logical way. A poster is read from left to right and therefore the chronological order of my jury presentation should also be implemented to the overall organization on my poster. A poster should be self-explanatory and should represent the design process.

“Ornament and Crime”

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 Research about the passage and Adolf Loos

     ”  In 1908, the Austrian architect, designer, and theorist Adolf Loos published an incendiary treatise entitled “Ornament and Crime.” The essay equated the use of ornamentation in late nineteenth and early twentieth century architecture and design with the destruction of culture and society. Loos felt strongly that ornament had no meaning or place within contemporary culture, even going so far as to argue that ornament actually hindered society’s progress. Specifically, Loos viewed superfluous ornament as an epidemic, one that contributed to the obsolescence of objects. He advocated for simplicity, because simple objects never go out of style and therefore would be treasured for all time.

Even today, Loos’s questioning of the role of ornamentation still resonates within the architecture and the decorative arts communities. Academics, critics, students, artists, and curators regularly discuss and debate the topic, asking themselves such questions as: What purpose does ornament serve the design of an object? Is it simply a function of style? Does ornament contribute anything meaningful to objects today? “*

          “All of these reasons are suggested in architect Adolf Loos outrageous 1908 manifesto “Ornament and Crime,” an essay designed to infuriate fine artists, as it suggests they are decadent if not infantile, stuck in a primitive state of mental development. “The evolution of culture is synonymous with the removal of ornament from objects of daily use,” Loos declares, flatly rejecting the idea that lack of ornament implies an ascetic self-denial—and then proceeds to insult anyone who might disagree. For those who ornament their bodies with tattoos, he declares, “The modern man who tattoos himself is a criminal or a degenerate. There are prisons where 80 percent of the inmates bear tattoos. Those who are tattooed but not are not imprisoned are latent criminals or degenerate aristocrats” (or post-collegiate hipsters). Of those who like to dress up, he wonders how they can stand to “walk about in red velvet trousers with gold braids like monkeys at a fair.” Of the impulse to paint, he explains that “Erotic excess” drives painters to make their marks on canvas, the way caveman marked walls and vandals graffiti lavatories. Those who look to the past in nostalgia to revive the accoutrements of past luxuries, he says “impede the cultural development of nations and humanity itself,” and are thus “criminals.” In response to the fallacy that planned obsolescence in fashion creates more work and thus propels the economy, he suggests that the Austrian empire be burned to the ground every so often so it could be the most prosperous nation in the world.”**

Personal comments and ideas 

In “Ornament and Crime”, a strong opposition towards the use of ornaments in everyday objects all the way to large buildings is sensed drastically. The creation of these is thought to be a waste of much-needed labour. Also he had two main ideas that supported his anti-ornament ideas which were that it is a misuse of the valuable worksmanship of workers and that it harms the mental health which results in the dellaying of the improvement in society and culture.

I think Adolf Loos’s ideas are very compelling and attractive towards many people because of its use of relatable but also harsh critisizing comparisons. He made a really good use of the interconnected ideas which is that with the missed labour the health is also affected. But also, he was short to draw somewhat clear distinction between what is an ornament and what is not. When these differences arent that much studied in an expression which centers around the abandoning the use of ornaments, this expression is weakened.

References for the reseach

* http://www.sofaexpo.com/chicago/essays/2010/is-ornament-a-crime-rethinking-the-role-of-decoration-in-contemporary-wood

**  http://www.popmatters.com/post/ornament_and_crime/

First Preliminary JuRy Experience

            Today, in the studio we had our first jury experience. It was very educational for me in the sense that I get exposed to different ideas and views about possible design proposals. Being able to see how other designs are perceived and learning how to properly give criticism to people was informative. Main points of my jury experience were that I didn’t experiment much and how setting rules to that design problem’s solution do not make it any more functioning.

           I had some controlling elements which bring organization to my model and it did fulfill the expectation of the first jury. However, the repetition of ideas was too saturated. I used the concepts that I learned from the course but I could have used them more. The jury experiences are very important in the sense that You can get both the views of architects who are familiar with your project and from architects that see your design for the first time.