ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY 3: 5x5x5: Retrospective sketching as design communication

The architect's napkin sketch is both iconic and romantic. It is not surprising that Rem Koolhaas includes such sketches in his official archives and publications (e.g. SMLXL); and one of the most famous is Alvar Aalto's dinner napkin sketch for the Church of the Holy Spirit in Wolfsburg (Aalto wrote famously, "God made paper to draw architecture on it.") In the context of this course, it is also a mode for rethinking design communication and analysis. Paralleling and emerging from the subject matter of the group presentations, this exercise asks students to delve retrospectively into a recent architectural project - in a sense, to simulate the earliest stages of schematic design and architect-client interaction. The napkin will serve as a fixed, but also serialized, medium to document a process of excavating ideas and concepts associated with a particular project. Ultimately, through a historical lens of precedent, it asks us to review how we draw, why we sketch, where inspiration resides, and what constitutes design communication. This exercise complements the group work of the presentations with an intensive, individual rumination on a contemporary architectural design project. The sketches and writing serve to visualize, make immediate, and even personalize the "historical"understanding of a particular architect's (or architectural firm's) place within contemporary practice and a historical context. Revisiting a project's core ideas interrogates not only an architectural work's foundation but also its possible directions. In a sense, these five diagrams "rewrite" (or more precisely, "redraw") possible historical trajectories, bringing this course's content into contact with a broader field of practice and design process.

Glenn Murcutt Joel Corazon Krista Farmer Alyson Silva Sam Spaniak
Pugh, Scarpa Emma Caldwell Asher Durham Michelle Hook Stephen Pettis Corine Snyder
Enrique Norten Edwin Cantor William Kenney Luis Rubio Alvaro Santos Gustavo Santos
Herzog de Meuron Vanessa Flebbe Gabrielle Guillen Sara Vecchione Lauren Wells
Snohetta Angel Almanzares Wes Davis Juan Diaz Stephen Hernandez Mike Riebesell
MAD George Carter Jared Lambright Josh Macbeth Joseph Smarrelli Logan To
Diller, Scofidio + Renfro Zachary Talbott Lincoln Antonio Emily Pollman Sam Sidersky Chris Yanes
Waro Kishi Andres Camacho Miguel Cardona Elizabeth Morales Bre Rouse Augie Sklar
Mendes de Rocha Brendan Fagan Rachel Flanagan Esteban Giraldo Jennifer Johnson Jeff Olson
James Turrell Xhulio Binjaku John Breske Erin Lee Zach Wignall Alison Zuccaro
Sean Godsell Alexis Hyman Laura Rodriquez Katelyn Smith Marissa Volk Alyssa White
Bolles + Wilson Dominic Dijamco Trevor Halcomb Lam Nguyen Liping Rahman Carlos Rodriguez
Sauerbruch Hutton Thania Trujillo Sophia Cain Bernard Dioguardi Patricia Lanzas Jessica Philips
SCDA Priyanka Argarwal Adrian Aranda Quang Nguyen Sarah Schwartz Taylor Tofal
Wiel Arets Cameron Buck John Fetchel Stefan Hansen Nicholas Johnson Amanda Rutherford
Morphosis Yenylyn Araque Ignacio Bruni Chao Cao Adriana Lovera Jenny Molina
MVRDV Katie Feller Jiho Choi Kayla Ford Zachary Slagle Matthew Livingston
FOA Ross Harrington Jerry Hong Kalob Morris Nick Warnet Lin Wright
Others... Sherry Wang Margaret Wise Lina Ortiz