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To update John for tomorrow’s tutorials…

Im working mainly in models – physical and digital – and so I’m trying to cataclogue each day’s work on a portfolio sheet so that Ive got some evidence of my design development.

Please note that the sheet below is unfinished. It is intended for the portfolio, at A2 portrait size (2 sheets). the left hand sheet will include original sketches and photographs of the model, whilst the right hand will layout some iterations of the plan I was trying to draw, with a commentary of the difficulties encountered in each iteration. Where changes where made experimentally to the model, I will include the model photograph alongside.

The text in the top left reads:

From Model to Plan

Planning at 1:200 /// The product of one day’s work on 19_04_2012. Beginning with 1:200 model – apparently resolved in terms of urban form – the plan is used to interrogate spatial relationships between its key spaces. Particular attention is paid to the new ‘front’ building that completes the block.

Results /// It quickly becomes apparent that the formal volumes – developed in response to the urban conditions of hierarchy in the public space, proportional relationships between volumes, aspect and views – is largely unsuitable to some of the key spatial relationships demanded by the programme. The plan simply will not work.

A second difficulty is discovered in the grasp of scale. 1:200 renders it difficult to draw wall thicknesses and key dimensions at a level conducive to playful experimentation. A level of precision in understanding the dimensions of key elements – such as stairs, lifts, corridors and room sizes – is needed to make the planning exercise meaningful.

Thirdly, I found myself to slip undisciplinedly between drawing ground floor, first floor and second floor and often on the same drawing. This can be attributed to the complexity of desired spatial relationships in three dimensions and across floor plates.

Next Steps //// Develop planning from narratives, embracing a level of precision with regard to dimensions and their influence of spatial relationships.

Plans shown at 25% of drawn scale (1:200).