The main project of the studio was also introduced to the students on the first day of the semester(21/07/2014) alongwith the time-problem. The students were given a small presentation by Prof Gurdev explaining the whole process of the studio, and they were handed over the following brief.
“Theprocess becomes the object. The process no longer produces a preconceived object as in a traditional design process, but rather results in the exhaustion of the process when no further steps are possible, when there is a closure suggested by the cumulative direction of all previous stages”
This project intends to investigate into ‘processes’ in Architectural design activity. One of the important components in that is the process of Transformation through different levels of interpretation.
‘A set of preferred elements, ideas, images or formal patterns, go through a sequential transformation, either implicitly or explicitly, in the making of something more complex from something simple, or the other way round. An Architect’s constituent-imagery or the inventory of images provides the architect an initial form-image either as an intuitive response, historical replication or experiential, or in response to a program of needs. The initial conception of image is modified during the process of design, complicated and refined to correspond to the multiple, and often conflicting demands of site, material function and meaning.
The Architectural object produced in this manner tries- as far as possible, to maintain a link with the original image concept. The understanding of the final image is thought to reside in part in the capacity to register the final object back to the original concept by a kind of reverse mental process, which again implies some implicit, if not explicit, process of transformation- active in the process of design.’
A process fundamental to transformation
“…...in no way does abstract thinking leave palpable matter, but rather replaces and reduces its appearance in favour of its true essence, thus revealing its very concept”.
– G.Hegel ‘Philosophy of Logic’
You have been given an image, this is where you start.
The building/place to be designed is a Meditation hall / Pedestrian bridge / Gas station / Observation deck.
(The details of functional requirement and site are discussed later in program. You can choose some other program instead of those mentioned above. Please confirm your selected image and the program with the faculty before going further.)
You have two components to deal with, the given natural object and the pragmatic functional issues of the meditation hall. One is the starting point and the other is the arrival in this process of metamorphosis.
Your 1st step
Your 2nd step
Your 3rd step
Your 4th step