Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Vance-Chavis Site Analysis

Interesting enough Edward Loewenstein and his firm designed the Vance-Chavis Library. This image has several different iterations that he designed before coming to the final design of what we have today.

Friday, September 24, 2010

a place to read

The New Perspective: the design process

The design of the space is broken down similarly to the stages that as designers and as students use to work through the design process. The repetitive nature of the design process is manipulated or altered to encourage a new perspective towards the repetitive steps we follow.

Step 1:

The first space serves the function of observation, in that it is minimal, directional, and evokes new thought. Contemplation and observation are enhanced with an expansive field of view and an opportunity for new viewing points of the current space.

Step 2:

The second designated space is a transitional space expressed both in form and in function. An introduction of the spatial form encourages the contemplation of the space and the narrowing of ideas. Provided seating suggests a place of extended thinking, the beginning of the precedent and process stage.

Step 3:

As the final destination the third defined space further narrows the though process and encourages individual directed thoughts. An emphasis on focusing the mind no longer allows one to be exposed to generic thinking. The modularity of this space draws the student designer in and evokes the comfort of their individual studio spaces, while ultimately introducing a new perspective to the design process.


Physical Model