27 September 2010

TED Video embeded

Idea Origination

I found this video on TED, which I feel completely aligns with our current studio design problem. Check it out! The overall message is that ideas are not spontaneously conceived, but instead are the resultant of a number of disparate issues, which the individual is continuously mulling over and refining. Specifically, the speaker uses the example of Darwin's discovery of the theory of evolution. In his journal Darwin actually had all the information for his theory four months before making his discovery. What does this mean for our question about ideation and collaboration?

22 September 2010

Notes on the Index by: Rosalind Krauss Post by:
Megan Lomas and Richie Hands
1. How is an index different than a symbol or an icon?

2. What are some examples of indeces from last week's lecture?

3. From Roger Brown's artwork?

4. Does an index always have to be visual?

5. Would an echo be considered an index?

6. A scent?

7. Is an index made stronger by adding a caption?

Andre Bazin states "The photographic image is the object itself, the object
freed from the conditions of time and space that govern it."

8. Who agrees with a photograph as an index?

9. Is it possible to abstract a picture? For example with use of framing,
extending shutter time, etc?

10. Would you consider a painting an index?

11. Which would be a stronger index? -a photograph or painting?

12. Why did Krauss place so much emphasis on the shifter, or referrential

13. Are pronouns a type of index?

14. What do you think Duchamp intended when titling works with plays on
words? Ex. Tu m', Rrose Selavy

15 September 2010

Week 3 Readings:

Kelli Kaspar and Richie Hands

Mapped Pictures: Edward Tuft

  1. What was your overall sense of this reading?
  2. What made the slave shop diagram so effective? Did it convey its purpose effectively?
  3. Do the diagrams of the Cezanne paintings help the viewer understand how the painter viewed the world?
  4. Sculptures: is it truth or just an anomaly? Does it affect the mapping process since its off a 2-D, not 3-D object?
  5. What makes the ski diagrams or line dancing diagrams so effective?
  6. Rock, Braque, and Picasso: Does adding the scale in the 2 artist renditions make the map legible?
  7. “Mappings help tell why the image matters.” –Do you agree with this?

The Agency of Mapping: James Corner

  1. How do you define mapping? Since Corner gave so many examples of what it is.
  2. Does mapping actually help find new things?
  3. How do we use mapping in our projects in school?
  4. Is there anything that can’t be mapped?
  5. Does every map have an effect?
  6. What is site? How does it relate to mapping?
  7. 3 essentials in mapping: creation of the field, extraction/isolate data, and plotting. Are these the only ways to create a map?
  8. Do you believe young architects are bringing mapping back into the design world? Do you feel mapping should be brought to the forefront of design?
  9. 4 themes of mapping: Drift, Layering, Game Board, Rhizome. Which do you feel you use the most? Which is the most interesting to you? Which seems to be the most useful?
  10. Napoleon Diagram: do you feel this complies with any of the 4 above themes of mapping?

13 September 2010

A different way of looking at the globe that I thought was interesting...this first link is an animation showing income/day, you can click other categories to see animate by clicking the npr link.


if the flash doesn't work for you, you can see the different categories from the npr article I found it from:


09 September 2010

Exercise 01 - a film

Vertigo - Lomas, Murphy, Heikkinen, Lattimore
Being John Malkovich - Hands, Hosler
The Fall - Francis, Kaspar, Pletz, Donald

08 September 2010

Lomas, Hosler, & Murphy

Arnheim. Visual Thinking

1. What leads one to the process of abstraction?

2. What are some pros and some cons

3. Arnheim bases his thesis on the premise: One cannot have perception without thinking or thinking without perception therefore every level involves abstraction and must be examined with care.

Do you agree with this?

Is it possible to simply take something in without analyzing, dissecting, categorizing, or relating it to something else

Can you discuss an idea without picturing it or relating it to something concrete?

4. Rene Pellet says: "Abstraction is an organization of the mind that passes beyond the concrete and has freed itself from it."

5. Is it possible to completely free a thought of concrete influence? In either respect is this necessary to constitute abstraction?

6. In your own words, how would you define abstraction?

7. What do you or how would you classify home?

8. Where did you last see an example of an abstraction?

Tufte. Beautiful Evidence

1. How do the idifferences between the physical and social sciences change the way we take/measure data?

2. What are the qualities of human nature or behavior that change the way we think or understand?

3.How is Minard's Russian Campaign poster anti-war and why does he intentionally not mention Napoleon's name?

4. Why would anyone logically want to limit themselves at the very initial stages of compiling data? And how would someone layer multiple pieces of information with analytical design?

5. Why is Documentation such an important part of analytical design?

6. What questions should someone ask themselves when trying to copile data?

7. How are principles of design derived in relation to human behavior?

03 September 2010

2010 Chicago - Discussion Leaders

Week 02 - Lomas, Hosler
Week 03 - Kaspar, Hands
Week 04 - Lomas, Hands
Week 06 - Murphy, Francis
Week 07 - Pletz, Heikkinen
Week 09 - Russell, Francis, Donald
Week 11 - Lattimore, Heikkinen
Week 12 - Pletz, Kaspar, Lattimore
Week 15 - Donald, Hosler

Because of the smaller class size, please email two dates you would like to lead. Every week should have two leaders and some will have three.