Consolidated fields


Create a compositional study of part-to-whole relationships.


Essential goals:

  • to explore a playful organization of many parts;
  • to consolidate these parts in a coherent large-scale field;
  • to engage the site in a preliminary and intuitive way;
  • to develop the precedent analyses.

Advanced aims:

  • to demonstrate ‘local intelligence’ by differentiating the parts’ directionality, alignment, scale, and other formal properties;
  • to integrate generalized aspects of the precedent exercise;
  • to utilize Grasshopper for the benefit of your explorations;
  • to exhibit a sophisticated and original aesthetic sensibility.

Role in design process:

  • to develop compositional intent for your project;
  • to engage the scale of the module and the aggregation simultaneously;
  • to serve as a first draft of a vector-field within which your modules will be instantiated;
  • to provide intuitive resistance to the environmentally-derived constraints with which you will become increasingly concerned.
  • A physical working model at 1:1000 including directional and locally differentiated matter (strands, surfaces, masses), relevant notation (text, points, vectors), topography, site circulation, and site boundary.
  • Process sketches, diagrams, and drawings composed on A2 sheets.
  • Advancement/integration of the precedent exercise.

Possible organizations include networks, moir├ęs, swarms, algebraic or trigonometric functions, or operative verbs: blending, weaving, cracking, branching, folding, packing &c. Experiments which focus solely on top-down gestures or bottom-up assemblages will not be successful. The goal is to identify possible strategies by which top-down and bottom-up processes can be synthesized.
Models should be exploratory studies rather than finished presentations. Materials might include paper, carton, wood, plastic, plaster, clay, string, pins, tape, glue, prints, collages, found objects &c. Advanced studies will use materiality intentionally to enhance the compositional qualities of the model.


Initial presentation 10h15 – 12h00 Thursday 10 March
Integration presentation 10h15 – 12h00 Thursday 17 March

Required reading

  • -This is a compositional exploration. Playfulness and intuition are encouraged. Imprecision and messiness are OK. Architectonic content and meaning are not the primary concern.
  • -In the terms of the studio methodology, the study is focused on aggregation. The parts, or modules, should be simple, abstract, and notational geometries, possibly as simple as a 3D vector.
  • -The exercise is still concerned with relationships. Think about the relationship of the part to its context, the part to its neighbors, neighborhoods to each other, and always consider the compositional coherence these relationships produce in the whole.
  • -Quantity has its own quality; use many (50+) ‘parts’.
  • -Make simple parts with interesting behaviors.
  • -Etch, overlay, or write significant local conditions on the model with numbers.
  • -Have the courage to make something compelling, even if you don’t fully understand it.
  • -Google image search the organization suggestions for inspiration.

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