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.

Herzog and de Meuron Vibha Agarwala Kyle Altman Carolina Llano Naomi Maki Corey Thomas
MVRDV Kirsten Akerman Reid Caudill Carmine D'Alessandro Christopher Perrodin Challie Shafer
Toshiko Mori Donald Low Adam Luong Michael Porter Kyle Reed Eduardo Silva
Eduardo Souto de Moura Ana Chehab Daniel Harper Kristy Kimball Nicole Mayo Sara Varela
Waro Kishi Ali Atabey Omayra Diaz Harvey Palacios Zaira Pourier Monica Rodriguez
Paulo Mendes de Rocha Steven Aibert Yadira Kerez Andresa Maia Chris Saunders Madeline Sewall
LTL Jared Akers Matthew Cugini Jeff Glad Ricardo Mejia Nick Steshyn
Morphosis Camila Borges Ledia Durmishaj Alice Mac Ingrid Molliner Romes Torrico
MAD Office Alejandra Del Valle Nicole Paul Susana Prieto Lizette Rios Breanna Rossman
Diller Scofidio + Renfro Justine Ala Patrick Little Sandra Mertin Stanley Ng Emma Sparer
David Chipperfield Hanah Bittner Sasha Geisler Jon Munoz Dylan Rinda Ian Svilokos
FOA Laura Badraun David Boynton Raquel Kalil Elaine Khuu Oliver Johnson
Andrew Maynard Brad Brogden Jessica Cruze Lindsay Evans Jack Haller Katie Johnson
Bolles + Wilson Cybrina Ascanio Andrew Brown Arthur Morgan Dan Tynes Nate Walker
Joel Sanders Josh Fisher Mary Frisbee Darren Hargrove Stephanie Salvo Mike Woodcock
Miralles Tagliabue Misagh Abdolysisian Amber Atkinson Brittany Dexter Chris Fernandez Philip Rhea
Soo Chan Adel Alsaffar Alyssa Costas Samantha Nalbach Matt Tarpley Randall Yarborough
Wiel Arets Noella Hyla Victoria Janok Duncan Martel Nicole Semenova Becky Walker