The plan has historically been seen as the expression of compositional order. As it traces the gaze of the eye through the assembly of walls and rooms it records the structural supports but is not obligated to detail constructional specifics of connection to ground or the form of the roof that provides shelter. The section, however, records such detail at a specific instance in the building and is therefore less comprehensive in its gaze. The hierarchy of these representations characteristics is in some ways reversed. The programming and servicing imperatives of contemporary buildings seldom allow a plan spatial purity while the careful choice of the section cut allows the architect to tell a more clear spatial story. In addition contemporary buildings frequently seek to pull ground planes and their associated public life up to and through the building in ways that would not be understood in plan.
The course will combine lectures, reading, discussion, speculation and fabrication to explore these topics.
- Overlapping double height spaces
- Spatial overlaps along a promenade (le Corbusier) or trajectory (OMA)
- Sloped ground planes interconnecting floor plates –building as a spiral ramp
- Folding ground plane combined with overlapping double height space
- Ribbon section
- Staggered subtraction to create vertical visual trajectory
- Contrasting thermal and atmospheric qualities
- Landform buildings
- Sectioning in digital fabrication
Will not be taught in fall 2018.
Old Course Number: AHST 6800