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ASSIGNMENT FOUR

ASSIGNMENT 4A
TOPOGRAPHIC FIELDS

"This week we will be exploring topographic fields, or more simply put, artificial landscape drawings. This exercise could be seen as a continuation of EX 1A: Graphic Fields. Students will explore various techniques to produce height variation on a surface - or artificial topography. Contouring will play an important role in this exercise in order to represent a three dimensional topographic variation with line work. Rather than simply represent the empirical qualities of “landscape” (contours, boundaries, etc), could we also speculate on sensorial or atmospheric qualities (light, mist, clouds, cold, heat?) through the graphic techniques acquired thus far in the course (color, gradients, varying line types, shading, shad- ows, etc)?"

Completed: Spring 2021

Professor: Joel Kerner

ASSIGNMENT 4B
ENTOURAGE

"This week we will be exploring entourage. Entourage in architecture is primarily understood to be people and vegeta- tion, but could also be things such as street furniture, lighting, etc. Therefore, entourage is concerned with all of the “soft” aspects of a context rather than the “hard” aspects of a project (buildings, infrastructure). In terms of architectural representation, entourage can bring life to images and give the observer clues about function, demographics, climate, and activity. Often times architects can get so wrapped up in the building itself that they fail to grasp the importance of entourage in the representation of a project. Entourage helps to tell the story of the project, set the mood, and clearly establish design intent. Many architects develop their own unique graphic styles through their representation of entourage (SANAA, MOS). In this exercise, students are challenged with creating their own styles of entourage within an illustrated 3D image. With this exercise, we are not concerned with buildings or form, but rather the “atmosphere” created through the use of entourage."

Completed: Spring 2021

Professor: Joel Kerner

ASSIGNMENT 4C
FINAL ILLUSTRATION

"EX 4C, the final exercise of the semester, challenges students to combine the knowledge gained throughout the course to compose an illustrative axon image. The illustrated image should contain qualities of figures, graphic fields, complex objects, color, entourage, and atmosphere. Students may utilize any content - or techniques - from their previous exer- cises to help construct the illustration. The entire semester has allowed students to build a catalog of skills and composi- tional fodder to produce this final illustration. Part 1 of the course could help students think about the underlying graphic field of their composition. Part 2 of the course could help students think about the three-dimensionalization of important objects. Part 3 of the course could help students think about “architecturalizing” abstract formal objects. Part 4 of the course could help students think about groundscape, entourage, and atmosphere. The intent of this final illustration is to showcase all of the knowledge (or literal work) gained throughout the course."

Completed: Spring 2021

Professor: Joel Kerner

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