School of Architecture College of Design

ARCH 8253: Graduate Architectural Design II

Graduate Architectural Design II

ARCH 8253
Fall Semester 2011

Andrzej Piotrowski

Course description:
Issues of design process, representation, programming, technology, and urban relations.

Student Work
Martin Meyer (top 6 images): This project was designed to explore cinema as a conceptual construct and apply our discoveries onto a public space. One Hour Photo is based on an emotionally isolated photo clerk who intervenes in the lives of his customers. The movie uses symmetrical, slow, rhythmic montage and a bright, low-contrast lighting scheme and color palette to dehumanize the central character. I chose the 35W bridge because its palette, lighting, symmetry and calculated nature mirror the movie well. My exploration and intervention revealed that the introduction of active people heightened the awareness of the dehumanizing qualities of the space.

Kai Salmela (lower 6 images): This project explores how a movies works as a perceptual construct and can be used as a conceptual basis for architecture. Blade Runner is set in a futuristic hyper-urban city. The dynamic environment is constructed through an interplay of shifting light conditions and the varied velocities of characters, objects, and the camera. I chose the Washington Avenue Bridge due to the rough physical character of the infrastructure in contrast with the multi-speed, multi-leveled traffic. My intervention intends to heighten awareness of these dynamic relationships through light as a means of tracking motion, revealing the eroding structure, and defining programmatic zones.

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