Finished Boards and Model Emory Quad

This is what my finished project for the Emory Quad looks like…

We were playing for the first time with more computer generated boards for our final presentation–before this point, we were discouraged from using the computer until we could learn the basics of drafting by hand and have better coordination between our eyes, our minds and our hands.  The philosophy of the school is that we communicate best when we can graphically represent ourselves through our drawings–and the use of the computer is a good tool for that end, but relying solely on the computer for our designs limits our capabilities as designers.  Now that we have achieved some level of proficiency with our drawing/drafting skills,  we are being encouraged to branch out with the computer as just another tool in our quest to be able to represent the concept graphically.

The earlier design I posted has gone through some tweaks, including achieving a better height ratio against the surrounding building facades and a screen that shades from the harsh sunlight from the south, east and west–it carries over into the north, but the screen is more broken up on the northern face, where not as much screening from the light is necessary.  The screen is meant to be of a terra cotta material mounted on a steel frame–but a lighter, more beige color than the terra cotta roof tiles that you usually see, which matches the colors of the stone facades that exist in the quad a little better.  Placement of the long tiles in front of the windows is meant to seem randomized, but there is also a deliberate placement in certain points to accentuate the views from different positions in the building.  At places where the occupants may be sitting, the placement of the tiles is gapped at the eye level of a seated figure, and where the highlight of the motion through the building is meant to be experienced through standing or walking, the eye level of a standing figure is framed through the terra cotta pieces.  The light through the terra cotta tiles would also create very dramatic shadows and dappled lighting throughout the building.

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