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Final Meeting Time by thomas kearns
May 3, 2011, 2:48 pm
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We will be meeting this week during our scheduled final exam date and time.  This is Thursday May  5 at 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.  You should be prepared to demonstrate your final projects.  You will have until Saturday to finish your blog posts, refine your first and/or second projects.  Good luck, see you on Thursday.

final review by thomas kearns
December 3, 2008, 9:38 pm
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The final review will be held on Friday afternoon in our studio in 3410.  For this reason it is imperative that everyone clean off the walls and clean out all of your workspace materials before Friday morning.  I will be arriving as close to 12:00 as I can to facilitate moving of the desks and desktops to accomodate a review.

I would like for all those who are not in an IPRO to be in studio pinning up your work by 1:00.  I have asked the jurors to arrive between 1:00 and 1:30.  I would like to begin as soon as we can so that we can finish at a reasonable time.  Due to budget cuts I can not supply everyone with food, but I will bring some refreshments.  If you would like to grab a lunch and eat lunch with the jury and I before hand that would be great.  For everyone with an IPRO, please make an effort to have your materials in the studio and ready to be pinned up before you go to your IPRO meeting.

RE: presentation materials

you should have the following

-background/midterm information
– big section perspective or model
– site plan + floor plans
– exterior elevation(s) or perspectives
– key selling point documents
– print out of the master page with category totals

Wherever possible you should use 11×17 prints and/or plot early, rumor has it printing has been a bit of a nightmare.

Cost Estimation Worksheet by thomas kearns
November 28, 2008, 5:34 pm
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The revised and updated cost estimation worksheet can be downloaded, see the nav bar to the left.

Final Push by thomas kearns
November 24, 2008, 7:59 am
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Here we are in the final stretch.  I think with a strong effort in these final weeks you have a great opportunity for good strong projects.  I am posting to reitterate the final objectives.

complete your revised budget.  This is key to giving you direction for the last round of revisions you can still make during your preperation for final review.

At the final presentation I wish to see updated plans, including a site plan, floor plans should be completed at a level of detail similar to the sections and rendered accordingly

express your key selling points (shoot for 3-4) with appropriate project documentation; renderings, drawings, diagrams, precedent, etc.

Lastly you should complete drawings or renderings of the exterior conditions of your building.  Either a matching exterior perspective or a series of rendered elevations.

With only 2 weeks remaining this equates to finishing one of these tasks every other day!!!!

Compact Stairs by mattp614
October 27, 2008, 7:53 pm
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Ee-Stairs makes a really tight stair; the 1m2 takes up just one square meter of floor space (thus the name). They do look a little steep for my elderly target client, but somebody might have a use for them.

Bamboo construction by kongchan4
October 27, 2008, 4:25 pm
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Here are some examples of bamboo construction and connections.  Very interesting stuff! Check out this website for more pictures link

Small Bathrooms by joelzook
October 26, 2008, 3:45 pm
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For those of you who are trying to squeeze half baths into small spaces: I was at a friends of my parents this weekend, they have an old renovated house that had no bathroom on the first floor.  So they squeezed one into an existing closet. It is about three wide by four feet deep. You kind of have to walk around the sink to get to the stool but still it’s possible without a “prison toilet”

2nd Half of the Semester by thomas kearns
October 20, 2008, 5:10 pm
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I hope everyone had a fantastic break, and is rejuvinated and ready to work hard on the second half of the semester.  As I have mentioned before, we will be changing gears and diving in to things at a larger scale.  The goal of the next phase of work is to explore the core concepts, through the projects construction and materiality, of a specific section of the project.  This might be a slice, a corner, a wall, a portion.  It should go without saying, but the condition you choose should be the condition that best represents your project.  We will be looking first from a spatial point of view and then from constructability.  Through this investigation you should have a more acute understanding of the cost implications allowing for a more accurate final estimate.

The goal will either be for the production of, 2 to 3 – 3dspace + material study images or a large scale physical model both with a revised cost estimate.  We will dedicate 4 1/2 weeks for this part of the project, with a public review of the finished drawings or models a week before thanksgiving break.  This should allow ample time to revise projects through the production of a small rendered construction document set for the end of the semester.

Drawings are to be 1-2 fully rendered 3 dimensional sections drawn to fill a minimum of a 24×36 sheet size, at the largest scale compositionally appropriate  to the scope of the subject matter, this could result in approximately 1/2″ = 1′-0″ foreground scale  for your entire building or upwards of 3 = 1′-0″ for a smaller section thereof.  Students who choose to drawings must complete atleast 1 interior sectional perspective and 1 in-situ exterior rendering and if desired/necessary 1 additional drawing of either type.  Physical models should be of quality material construction akin to a 2nd year model at a scale of atleast 1/2″ = 1′-0″ for the entire house, or a larger scale relative to what would be the equivalent drawings (see above) of a portion of the house.


Mon Oct 20th – 1 hr mockups + quick group review

Mon Oct 27th – all drawings mocked up model framed out

Mon Nov 3rd – spatial group review – progress

Wed Nov 12th – constructability group review – progress

Fri Nov 14th – Begin Final production Drawings + Models

Fri Nov 21st – review w/guest – Drawings, Models, Cost analysis

REVIEW STARTS AT 1:00 on WED ROOM 10 by thomas kearns
October 14, 2008, 4:56 am
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please be pinned up, and ready to go at 1:00.  We will begin as soon as the jurors are there and there is work to be reviewed.  Please work towards printing on Tuesday.  This is a real deadline, make it count!

Lot-Ek on Shipping Containers by kongchan4