Project Briefs

Sweating the Small Stuff 

Technical theories exist in the space of contemplative thought afforded by technical systems. The study and development of workflows are the means through which these theories can be examined. There are two primary paths defined by workflows:

1. Precise technical definitions of terms and conditions that affect the contemporary production of architecture (drawings, images, models, etc). In technical terms, contemporary computational tools do not produce orthographic drawings – they make images – producing 2D reports from 3D objects. The inability to parse out the ambiguities between these terms is affecting contemporary techno-theoretical discourse.

2. Study of the relationship between tools and management practices that have resulted in forms of consensual decision making, which has displaced the authorial figure in architecture. Workflows are the means through which to problematize collaboration and question the link between tools, people, and places.

Students in Arch 521 will work in Revit to explore paths 1 and 2 outlined above.

Each student will use a Revit File (rvt) with a Cube Stair Model made in Fall 2016 or 2017 by students in Arch 251. The existing Revit model will be dissected – probing at issues of outputting, orthography, and authorship. These models will be used as sites for inquiry.

Each student will add to these “old models” by revealing their post-orthographic logic through testing imaging techniques in Revit.