what do you think looks better for presentation line drawings?
Black lines on a white background or white lines on a black background?
Well depends on whats being drawn. If we’re talking about diagrammatic, collagy, parti like line drawings I would go with the white lines on black but only on the glossy paper. If its straight up plans and sections just do black/gray lines and hatching on white paper. On the whole I would only do plans sections, elevations in white line on a dark background for portfolios because their smaller.
Have you always known you wanted to become an architect? Or did you have a list of majors/careers your high school senior year and decide that architecture was the best for you. What would you recommend for some that is really into architecture and math (and creative, but more of a math person) to study and get into? Thanks in advance :)
I know plenty of architects that suck at math. Seriously mechanical and civ engineering would be a good route because those guys get paid. MAKIN IT RAIN!!! But seriously just take your first year as a trial period. Don’t like it, just bail. Seriously your probably 17 or 18, I think its wrong for society to push us towards deciding what to do at an age where you can’t even buy cigarettes.
How important would you say, when you're starting out in school, is learning programs that will benefit your projects (i.e. sketchup, photoshop) vs. increasing your skills as a designer in the creative process? I guess, there is a line between being creative and having really good technical skills, right?
When starting off in school, chances are you won’t be using many (if not any) computer programs so increasing your skills as a designer would be more beneficial. Having said that…there’s no real way to prepare for architecture design studio, you just gotta jump into it full force. It will be like nothing you have ever done in your life…like a chaotic hailstorm in hell mixed with a little bit of epic fun (or something like that)
In terms of programs, they are tools to help represent your ideas, which is easier said than done. The more representational skills you have, the easier your experience will be. Your Technical skills will be taught and they will develop as you go on so don’t worry too much about that.
To start off, I would learn photoshop, illustrator and autocad first…and if your really motivated tap into some 3d modeling tools like sketch-up (I prefer Rhino). If you master those programs before you start school, you will be in a great advantage over everyone else
I just came back from my study abroad trip to Scandinavia and took your advice of relaxing and having a good time and not freaking out over work and I ended up with an awesome compilation of work to turn in for the classes I took abroad and great memories from every country I visited. Visit Scandinavia! Must see region of the world for every architect/architecture student!
Regarding the iPad question, it depends. I have one, and it works wonders when I take pictures of models or buildings away from your computer/laptop. I just use the camera connection kit and it's a great way to see what your pictures will look like. If you have the Filterstorm app, it's even better because you could do nice editing from your iPad. I use it when im in studio if i need to reference something or search the internet for ideas and even quick sketching. But, you WILL need a laptop anyway.
In regards to the iPad answer..
I disagree. I think it is a very useful tool. There are Autodesk apps including AutoCAD that can be viewed, edited and shared. It can be used for presentations on review days, used to go through research with lecturers (instead of printing everything and therefore 'saving the environment') and obviously, the portability of it. And if you're a little "adventurous" like me, you could download free ebooks instead of actually buying books and viola, you have a student library for free all in one place.
I'm an arch. student going into my 3rd year in the fall. For me, after the final crit in the spring all I want to do is sleep/relax and not think about the studio. Half of me wants to take the time to improve past projects or learn new things that will help me in the upcoming sem. Any tips of what to do during the summer holiday?
Do what you think would propel yourself as a designer, student and human being. Repair your mind, body and portfolio. Also stock up on cash.
do you think an ipad would be a useful device for an architecture student?
I knew one girl who used it but she did it for quick notes. Thats about it. I can imagine it being handy for an actual architect visiting a construction site. For example they can take notes, reference to digital drawings and take site pictures. But a student probably not. Use the money for something useful.
why do architecture students love to use 'Bank Gothic' font? I find it, very distasteful.
Seems very clean. I use it for titles once and a while. I liked this one font that came free with CS3 but you gotta pay for it in CS5. Forgot what its called so i just skew Bank Gothic to look similar. It reminds me of the Batman font for the cartoon series in the mid 90s so i guess thats why I’m attracted to it. I think you opened up a really interesting can of worms for me.
So one of the main reasons why I wanted to start this blog was to compare and contrast works from different schools and different grades. I think this would very helpful for: 1) gaining inspiration from other student works 2) help students pick schools for grad and undergrad 3) gain a sense of how different or similar other programs are. So in the next few day…and for the rest of the summer, Ben and I will be posting our work and hoping that our awesome followers will send us theirs to post as well. Each submission will give full credit to the designer and will be tagged by school name, year, and title. This way (if we get enough) you can simply search the project you wanna check by the mentioned tags above. I think this could be a really awesome project and I figure since all of you have pretty much finished your portfolios for the semester…little work will be need for submission. Every work will get posted so hit us up
If you composed a list of Do's and Don'ts for physical model making what might be included?
1. Clean burnt edges of laser cut material. All that ash can pile up and the last thing u want are black edges and ashy fingers.
2. Never us a plastic straight edge when using an exacto. I have seen kids use a piece of aluminum angle iron as a finger protector. Do not use this because your cut will not come out perpendicular. Instead weld two pieces of angle iron to form an upside down “t” and put cork underneath ur hybrid. This will protect ur fingers and create a perpendicular cut.
3. When making solid models out of layers always make a jig. The more complex the solid form the more likely you need a jig. Keep in mind that after a thousand layers of chipboard and glue this would create an excess of thickness. For example if your expected form is 5” high, odds are it might turn out half an inch taller. So think ahead.
4. When making thousands of the same model piece, think “What would how it’s made do it?” Watching hours of mass manufacturing random ass shit on cable television can actually give you time saving ideas.
5. Wear latex gloves or constantly clean your hands when gluing. Don’t fucking eat while your making a model.
6. Clamps and weights of all sizes and shapes are fucking money.
7. Use a very sharp edge like an old exacto to clean of excess glue. Even wiping excess glue with a slighty wet paper towel would prevent the shine caused by left over glue
8. Use a glue with a lesser moisture content. I think tacky original white is the shit.
9. Minimal super glues, crazy glues, gorilla glues and quick setting agents. Too much makes your model smell like Charlie Sheens hotel room after a four day chemical bender minus the bodily fluids.
10. Materials on a model are very important so make sure you chose them wisely. Since a model is a representation of a something, the materials are too…don’t just make a model out of plexi cause it looks sweet, you will get torn apart for it
1. Do not make an over detailed model if you weren’t asked to or it does not propel the overall idea of your project. Crafts nice but I don’t need to buy tiny LED lights of fucking model the grout between bricks.
2. Do not ask for help unless it is a class site model. Only one person should have their eyes and hands on a model.
3. Do not use foam core as a model material. That shit is only for making simple molds and initial massing models.
4. Do not use hot glue. Just don’t fucking use it.
5. Do not use an acrylic blade for acrylic unless the piece is bigger than 8.5”x11”
6. Do not over use solder because you think it might strengthen your model. Just don’t suck at soldering.
7. Never Fucking use scissors to cut materials…ever!
8. Do not use tape for models except for early study model, it looks like shit
9 Don’t make a model that shows the exact same information as your drawings, this will be a huge waste of time. Make sure your model shows something new…like form or light for example.
10. Don’t obsess over craft. In my experience, a finished model that’s gets the idea across is always better than a half finished beauty. It took me a long time to figure this out but just find the easiest way to make the thing and go. This is especially true in later years when your drawings will do most of the talking.
Hey guys. From what I gather, you guys are located in New York? Well I'm going to NYC in July and was wondering if you could tell me some places to check out outside of the usual starchitect projects. Maybe even some places to avoid especially with the diamond-encrusted crown I tend to wear on regal visits. Thanks.
Okay. So lately I've been thinking... what distinguishes 'great design' from 'mediocre design'? What is it that makes 'great design' so great?
Also... do you think non-architects can tell the difference between 'great design' and 'mediocre design'? For example, after studying architecture, I found Kahn's Philips Exeter Academy Library to be a truly extraordinary building. But to be honest, I'm not sure I'd have the same kind of appreciation for it if you asked me say -- 3 years ago.
Yes because we were trained to feel a certain way towards particular things just like any other profession. Just like how a computer geek would get a raging boner from the newest graphics cards from ATI (an architecture student would to) or how a mechanic goes bananas over a new fuel injection system for cars.
In terms of a gradient for design I really can’t say. Haters gonna hate and lovers gonna love but I’m going to have to say none of the above. It’s much like politics because some people just hate the architect behind it or a particular critic was shaped/taught a certain way to perceive architecture much like how schools mold students into designing a particular way. I think one can tell a shitty design but its gotta be a steaming pile of horse shit. Like a fucking elevation that looks like a kindergartens drawing of their house with the chimney bad.
As for the Exeter Library, yes that is a good piece of work. I think it’s because Kahn respected his program and most importantly respected his materials. If your really think about it the man only had a handful of projects and died broke… broke but with a persistence that never faltered. He refined his design, thought of all the angles (figurative not literal), made meticulous and in some cases subtle moves that paid off in the end. An example would be the Kimbell Art Museum.
But now back to if the common person can tell. It really depends on what questions u ask. If I ask a random New Yorker what they think about 41 Cooper by Mayne they would just say “Cool”. I would agree but I fucking hate the back side because it falls short. If I were to ask them about the crumpled piece of aluminum foil tower called Beckman Tower by Gehry they would say “Cool”. I guess its hard to find the monumental architecture that would survive several centuries because these days we all have to sell “Cool” in America.
Have you read "101 Things I learned in Architecture School"? or.. is it a better question to ask how many times you've been asked that?
I don’t actually own the book but I have looked through it. Surprisingly I thought I was going to read a lot of dated things but it’s applicable to what most of us are doing now with the exception of many new technology based jokes.