AA.MEDIA

Architectural Association
Media Studies


AA MEDIA is an experimental testing ground for exploring and interrogating the tools of the discipline – tools with which we speculate, manipulate and play; compute, control and test; communicate, seduce, and provoke.

Acting as both training camp and laboratory, it is a diverse, multidisciplinary program where unexpected collisions and obsessive attention to detail expose a rich seam of creative potential. Media Studies presents an opportunity to develop individual practice, where students hone their dexterity with established and progressive media, actively testing modes of production through focused acts of doing and making.



CONTACT:

Kate Davies
Head of Media Studies
Inigo Minns
Acting Department Head
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu
Lab Coordinator

AA MEDIA
Architectural Association
School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

+44 (0)20 7887 4000

STUDIO

FIRST YEAR / Term 1

MS-CORE



PROJECTION AND SPECULATION

Miraj Ahmed
Tues, 2-5pm, Rear Second Presentation

Projection and speculation introduces the notion of the forecast based on a given set of values combined with the imagined. As a means of representation, projective geometry such as 2d (orthographic) and 3d
projection describes not only what 'is' but also to something beyond – that which 'may be'. For designers, architects, architectural drawings are tools that allow a series of exploratory steps, where lines and their arrangement contain and convey ideas continually evolving through a process of measured transformation, towards an eventual realisation. ‘Architecture’ resides as much in drawing as the building itself.

The course will build your knowledge of 2d and 3d orthographic projection and the importance of precision as a tool for the imagination, moving through measured re-drawing of an existing architectural ‘precedent’, and using this as a basis to speculate and transform through projective architectural drawing and other media.

Introductory Exercise: The journey begins with a very simple object on the first day – a box. It will be
drawn orthogonally and in 3 dimensions; plan, elevation, section, oblique, axonometric, isometric. These drawings will become the means to speculate and transform with increasing complexity – changes of scale, stretching folding and cutting, mass, voids, multiples, re-combinations etc. You will select a work of architecture and from that you will redraw as the basis for a new set of projective / speculative drawings.

Precedent Study: A ‘precedent study’ is an analysis of an existing work of architecture from which we learn about a building. Your architectural precedent will become the basis of a set of drawings – scale plans sections and 3d - that will allow you to understand the building and the decisions that were made to create the spaces and its atmospheres. The plans and sections carry the architectural ‘parti’ of the building – the ‘DNA’ which is imprinted in plans and sections revealing the structure, spatial and organizational strategy and spirit. You will use your projective drawings to speculate, explore and transform.



Course Outline


Session 1: INTRODUCTORY POWER-POINT TALK
Tuesday 4 Oct / 8 Nov
Introductory Power-point talk – orthographic projection (plans, sections, elevations, 3d axonometric, isometric and oblique projections).
Exercise in drawing and transforming a simple object (a box).
Selection of building to be redrawn.
Introduction and selection of precedents to be drawn.

Session 2: DISCUSSION OF THE PRECEDENT STUDIES
Tuesday 11 Oct / 15 Nov
Discussions around the precedent studies – discovering architectural ‘parti’ through architectural drawings and diagrams.
Studio work.
Transforming the precedent through drawn speculations.

Session 3: STUDIO WORKS CONTINUE
Tuesday 18 Oct / 22 Nov
Drawing to model making to photography and back to drawing.
Tutorials – towards conclusive drawings.

Session 4: PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES
Tuesday 25 Oct / 29 Nov
Studio work.
Conclude final drawings.