This week, we continued the exploration and evolution of our designs within our respective groups. We talked about how to express and describe the drivers of our design concepts. We learned more about to integrate different sub teams within the project to develop aspects of the design that immediately effect each other. While we spent most of the night working to tangibly develop our design, we did so through growing our Revit, drawing and computational skills.

 

 

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This week, in the architecture group, we continued the development of the building’s massing (form). We arrived at three different options which we will continue to develop and narrow down in week 13. The engineering and construction groups met to discuss various systems which could be used in the building. They also talked about the possible cost of these systems. Towards the end of the night, all groups came together to give everyone an update on their respective portions of the project. While many of the following weeks will be working weeks, we continue to grow our understanding around the steps needed to design and actualize the combination of architecture and engineering.

 

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This week, we got to have a Q&A session with the mentors about their college experiences and what we can look for when it comes to different public and private colleges, various university experiences and majors. After that, we broke out into our groups where we progressed each portion of the project. Each team talked with mentors about how to improve aspects of the project they were responsible for. We looked at example projects as a starting point for our designs.

 

 

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The Design Project – Production Time!

What: Production for the competition!
Where: Stantec, 224 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1400
When: Thursday, February 23, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Why:

PRODUCTION! PRODUCTION! PRODUCTION!

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Next Meeting Where: Stantec, 224 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1400
Next Meeting When: Thursday, February 23, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

The Design Project – Production Time!

What: Graphics Presentation and Production for the competition!
Where: Stantec, 224 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1400
When: Thursday, February 16, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Why:

PRODUCTION! PRODUCTION! PRODUCTION!

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1. COLLABORATION IMAGE

2. SAINT GALLERY CONCEPT SKETCH


 

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PRESENTATION + REPRESENTATION


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Next Meeting Where: Stantec, 224 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1400
Next Meeting When: Thursday, February 23, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

For week 11, we watched a presentation which described the engineering profession in more detail. After the presentation, we went through a plenum exercise. In this case, the plenum is the space between the ceiling and the floor above. In the plenum exercise, we had to try to fit all of the building system components (HVAC, lights, electrical, plumbing, structure) into the plenum. This is not as easy as it sounds, especially, with a tight plenum space. Next, we split into the groups which would work on specific engineering disciplines or architecture & interiors. From there, we discussed the building in relation to which group we were now a part of. We tried to refine the massing of the building based on client feedback from week 10. The engineering groups talked through how they were going to proceed based on more finalized building massing and client feedback.

We also discussed ACE scholarship options and who had filled out their scholarship application forms.

 

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The Design Project – Production Time!

 

What: Basic Structural Elements PK / Teamwork towards achieving milestones & client comments / OLD BUILDING & NEW BUILDING Presentations
Where: Stantec, 224 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1400
When: Thursday, February 9, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Why:

This week Mentor Stacy presented about structures basics and we touched on professional liability.

Students continued to design and work through new problems. Project Managers held their weekly meeting to discuss coordination between the groups.

At the conclusion of the meeting, OLD BUILDING & NEW BUILDING presented their work.

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DON’T FORGET ABOUT SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS!!!!!

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20!

ACE 2017 Chicago Scholarship Application Instructions


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Next Meeting Where: Stantec, 224 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1400
Next Meeting When: Thursday, February 16, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

This week, we had our client presentations. Three individuals from the Perkins and Will office served as our clients. We would like to thank Bridget Lesniak, Doug Smith and James Giebelhausen for joining us and providing feedback.

 

We presented our preliminary site analysis, programmatic bubble diagrams, design concept (parti), and formal massing which we used to describe the beginning stages of the project. Starting to see the project take a more solid form while receiving feedback on this form is exciting. Next we start to learn more about the specifics of building design starting with a building’s mechanical systems.

 

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This week we went to the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) where they hosted the Lego Lab workshop. Jesse from CAF gave a presentation on the process of design.

After the presentation, we were asked to create a duck in 10 seconds out of Legos. We were then asked to pass our ducks to the person on our left. This individual had 30 seconds to create a better duck out of the Lego duck we had just constructed.

Passing the duck to the left again, we were given 2 minutes to turn the modified duck into a hotel. Finally, we explained our thought process around why we made the design decisions we made.

In the next activity, students had to create a space for the mentors while, the mentors had to create a space for the students. We were given a square Lego base to construct the spaces on.

We then combined 4 Lego bases on what we were calling a city grid to mimic the urban environment. Lastly, we combined the city grids to become a dense urban ecology.

 

 

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This week, we learned about elevations and exterior cladding.

An elevation is a flat representation of one side of the building. Elevations can describe the form of a building parallel to the point at which the representation is taken. Frequently, elevations are taken and described by direction. For example, a building’s North elevation, South elevation, West elevation and East elevation. Elevations can be taken from any direction, however, the design team must decide which direction will be most beneficial in describing the building. Will an elevation in the NW or SW direction be most beneficial in describing the building? How does the elevation relate to the building’s overall form? Elevations can also describe the building’s exterior materials, what the exterior cladding is made up of.

Exterior cladding is sometimes referred to as the building’s skin. Exterior cladding houses the components within the building and attempts to protect the interior of the building from sometimes harsh exterior weather conditions. Exterior cladding can be a mixture of materials as shown in the presentation. Or, the exterior cladding can attempt to, visually, express the attributes of a dominate material such as glass (also referred to as glazing).

What do your current building elevations look like? Are you taking your elevations from the most appropriate vantage point/direction? How do your elevations describe the intent of your building’s design? What is your exterior cladding made up of? Why? Is it a mixture of materials? Does one material dominate the design? If so, why? How does the choice of your exterior cladding emphasize (or contradict) your design intention?

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