One of our first assignments was to abstract the given photograph and depict depth, light and textural properties of the image only by drawing parallel lines (horizontal, vertical or angular). We were supposed to pay attention to weight, quality, and sequence of the lines. I am really glad that we had the opportunity to do this assignment because in this way I had the chance to practice good line quality and how to apply the perfect pressure for the best results.
I also became familiar with the concept of abstraction (which up to this point, I thought that it consisted of things that aren’t meaningful:) ) by trying to abstract a real life architectural photograph.
Also, this was my first experience with drawing on an architectural drawing table so it was very interesting to find out how architects can create such perfect drawings with the perfect system containing always designed parallel lines.
This was one of the first assignments we had received in Arch101 course where we study the basics of design. In the previous years, students had struggles when it came to designing where they were always thinking in some kind of a grid mentality. This limited them and they could not discover further design ideas which do not reform to the grid idea. In order to solve this problem,
In order to solve this problem, On/Off-gridassignment is designed to break this limiting factor and change the perception about the usage of the grid during the design process. Grid is a tool that makes a design coherent when used moderately. Breaking the grid system and sometimes obeying it, can improve decision-making. When deciding the positioning of the elements, using a grid system suggests possible good solutions. Although this helps when designing, excessive use of this will result in designs where the possible relations aren’t thoughtfully discovered.
As for the first step of this assignment, we were supposed to generate a grid system where the intervals between the lines were a design concern. While doing this I decided to choose small intervals which was 1 cm in x & y. This created problems for me during the next stages of this assignment where I had many elements in terms of the grid structure and in terms of the number of points I had to control. Other possible proposals had much bigger intervals which resulted in much fewer points and lines to control. Choosing a bigger interval would have been wiser for me.
During the second step, we placed a tracing paper over the grid we produced in the first step and tried to discover the potentials of this grid system. Using the operations, cut&paste and move, we tried to break the alignment and study the non-alignment condition.
For the third step adding new points were introduced but because I already had too many elements, considering the small intervals, I had difficulties controlling the design.
I read the handbook of studios. It claims that studio is our living environment. We should use the studio anytime. Studio is somewhere that we can contact with our classmates and discuss our works freely so that we can learn many things from each other and also our lecturers. If we make mistakes and see our mistakes, we can learn many things from them and we can discover what we should do but we should know that there is not one true answer about designing. Anything can be changed according to a person’s opinion.
In architectural education, we should change our perspectives in some way and maybe we should focus on what people don’t focus. There are some missing steps like analyzing that we are not using very commonly but we should learn them and use them also in our education to create things more effectively. And this handbook is full of useful information about the studio environment such as what are the critics and juries. It helps us to get used to architectural education and studio time and also we can check it anytime we want to have more in our minds.