Iconic architecture Discussion

Assignment 2 is basic on assignment 1, assignment 2 is intended for you to define a more specific area of interest stemming from your previous research. To do so you will rely on your precedent projects to define the typology you are interested in. The typology defines the “type” of architectural/ landscape/ urban/ interior project of interest and one that best suits your research topic. This also includes a reflection of context (where it is situated) and program (what is its function and performance).

Ground your ideas in your theoretical interest and critical stance (addressing an issue/problem). This is to ensure the relevance and importance of your topic as you move towards thesis. Reflect and ask: Why is this important and relevant within contemporary design discourse/practice and within the sociopolitical/ economical/ ecological context of our times?


1. Typology & Precedent Analysis: Define your typology supported by 3 selected projects – diagram and analyze. The analysis could include functional/programmatic relations and spatial organizations; form/structure; specific site condition and context; environmental factors; social/political factors etc. For each Reference complete the following: Name of Architect, Year, Place, Artistic Movement/era/architectural style, 2-4 Diagrams that you develop (use photos/drawings); short text about the relevance of this project in your research (this can be point form)

2. Mind Map: From your research, precedents and issues/topics you are personally interested in brainstorm a mind map that gathers and connects all your ideas and research. You can use words and images – this can be either done digital (illustrator) or by hand and photographed (large sheet or board). The mind map shows the process of your thoughts and research development as well as the connections between various things. This will be an ongoing task.

3. Critical Stance: in 100-250 words define your critical stance and why your interest and approach is relevant and poses critical questions. Define 2-3 main questions that your thesis project will intent to address. (this part might require additional research into other topics that support your design project such as issues relating to social, heath, environment, politics, ecology, housing, learning/teaching, reuse, etc.)

4. Typology Diagrams: from the analysis of your precedent projects, your theoretical research and critical stance define the intended typology for your thesis through diagramming and notes. Setup 2-3 iterations or options for your typological approach. This must be consistent and in support of your critical stance providing a range of possibilities to address your theoretical and methodological research. The typology diagram will include your approach to Program as well as identifying the optimum Site/Context Condition (optimum site/context demonstrates the relevance of your approach – it is does not need to be a specific location).

5. Visual Essay: Include one set of your visual essay that you find relevant at this point.

6. Annotated bibliography (optional): Include any additional reading and notes that help support this phase of your development.

7. Overview: Title & single phrase overview – this should capture the overarching area of interest that you have investigated. It is what connects all the various parts of your research. This should go at the start of your document. (this can remain the same from assignment 1 or be upgraded)

for the 3 selected projects, you can choose from assignment 1 or choose some new, or some from assignment 1, some new.

for the 2-4 Diagrams you can sketch or just write down the idea, I can improve by myself


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