Exercises

Typology & Tectonics

This research stream is a series of speculative analyses of a precedent.  Unlike a typical tacit precedent analysis which focuses on observation and reproduction, you are asked to additionally provide architectural critique and a responding design proposition.  Through the lens of your precedent, you will develop your competition entry for the Piraeus Tower; by appropriating and manipulating the design intelligence of the precedent you become intimately familiar with the conventions, constraints, and opportunities of the architectural skin.

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Precedents
    Each student shall select one unique precedent with which to work for all exercises.

  • KPF | Pinnacle London | London, UK
  • OMA |CCTV | Beijing, China
  • Asymptote | Strata Tower | Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Jean Nouvel | Torre Agbar | Barcelona, Spain
  • LAB | Soho Shangdu | Beijing, China
  • Schneider + Schumacher | Westhafen Tower | Frankfurt, Germany
  • Barkow Leibinger | Trutec | Seoul, Korea
  • Krueck + Sexton | Spertus Institute | Chicago, USA
  • SHoP | The Porter House | New York, USA
  • Alejandro Aravena | Siamese Towers | Santiago, Chile
  • SANAA | Christian Dior | Tokyo, Japan
  • Herzog & de Meuron | Prada Aoyama | Tokyo, Japan
  • Office dA | Daniels Faculty | Toronto, Canada
  • Diener & Diener | Novartis | Basel, Switzerland
  • Gehry Partners | Art Gallery | Ontario, Canada
  • LAB | Federation Square | Melbourne, Australia
  • Rafael Moneo | Congress Center | San Sebastián, Spain
  • Peter Zumthor | Kunsthaus | Bregenz, Austria
  • PTW | Watercube | Beijing, China