M3B8&9: Meeting the World & Greeting the Sky

…until we can begin to understand how buildings affect individuals and communities emotionally, how they provide people with a sense of joy, identity, and place, there is no way to distinguish architecture from any every day act of construction. The real places on the earth […] are susceptible to continuous readings, which is to say many readings, which is almost certainly to say complex and ambiguous ones. It seems to be a characteristic of them, too, that they have extraordinary changeability, sometimes of use, almost certainly of size (as in the notion of the city as house, and the house … Continue reading M3B8&9: Meeting the World & Greeting the Sky

M2B7: Shaping the Body of Memories

… What I am thinking of are my human surroundings… and of the buildings becoming part of people’s lives, a place where children grow up… That is the first transcendent level in my work: the attempt to conceive of architecture as a human environment. Perhaps… it has something to do with love. The material presence of things in a piece of architecture, its frame… has a sensual effect on me. And that is what I would call the first and the greatest secret of architecture, that it collects different things in the world, different materials, and combines them to create … Continue reading M2B7: Shaping the Body of Memories

M2B5: Re-membering a New Beginning

…the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace. We comfort ourselves by reliving memories of protection. Something closed must retain our memories, while leaving them their original value as images. …by recalling these memories, we add to our store of dreams; we are never real historians, but always near poets, and our emotion is perhaps nothing but an expression of a poetry that was lost. …the house is one of the greatest powers of integration for the thoughts, memories and dreams of mankind. The binding principle in this integration is the … Continue reading M2B5: Re-membering a New Beginning

M2B4: Autobiographica 

…the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace. We comfort ourselves by reliving memories of protection. Something closed must retain our memories, while leaving them their original value as images. …by recalling these memories, we add to our store of dreams; we are never real historians, but always near poets, and our emotion is perhaps nothing but an expression of a poetry that was lost. …the house is one of the greatest powers of integration for the thoughts, memories and dreams of mankind. The binding principle in this integration is the … Continue reading M2B4: Autobiographica 

VSR4: VEGETATION STUDIES

learn character from trees, values from roots and change from leaves Tasneem Hameed MODULE 2 VSR4 BRIEF DRAWING THE CARBON GUARDIANS DURATION: 2 WEEKS SCHEDULE: WEEKS 7 & 8; SEP’ 20TH – OCT’ 3RD TOTAL HRS: 12 REFLECTIVE HRS: 2 UNIT REVIEW: – PEER REVIEW: on Brief Closure ASSESSMENT WEIGHTAGE: 1% INTENT VSR, scheduled as the beginning of each day, is intended as exercises in centering ourselves: bringing our mind & body together through an undisturbed engagement of an hour in sketching and drawing. This brief focuses on observing and knowing vegetation.  TEACHING-LEARNING STRATEGIES This brief focuses on drawing trees and plants … Continue reading VSR4: VEGETATION STUDIES

M2-VSR3: PRISMATIC MODELS & ORTHOGRAPHIC DRAWINGS

the plan, the section and the model, each present diverse and unique dimensions of the architecture that we are trying to develop; while the model takes us closer to the spatial and formal experiences, the plan presents the spatial relationships with a simultaneity that no other medium can offer, and the section reveals not only the volumetric slice across various levels, but also helps us understand the methods of making our architecture…   MODULE 2 VSR3 BRIEF PRISMATIC MODELS & ORTHOGRAPHIC DRAWINGS DURATION: 2 WEEKS    SCHEDULE: WEEKS 5 & 6; SEPTEMBER 6TH – 19TH      TOTAL HRS: 12 REFLECTIVE HRS: 2 … Continue reading M2-VSR3: PRISMATIC MODELS & ORTHOGRAPHIC DRAWINGS

M2-B3: Re-Membering Experiences of Places and Spaces

The historic emphasis on seeing as the primary sensorial activity in architecture leads us away from its bodies. This results in an architectural model which is not only experientially imbalanced but in danger of being restrictive and exclusive, such as a small house with a large picture window and practically no centerplace. An emphasis on the outer-directed senses encourages the notion that the outside world is bigger than the inside world, a notion which is quantitatively correct but experientially incorrect, especially when we consider that all sensory activity is accompanied by a bodily reaction. The personal world of the body … Continue reading M2-B3: Re-Membering Experiences of Places and Spaces