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-from Hanif Kara, founder and director of AKT II (London)

I thought you might want to advertise to your students the live presentation at the Architecture Foundation 100 day studio (on June 1st and 2nd ) of our Architect / Engineer GSD studio showing how the disciplines come together.  It’s a 1 hour each day and each with different guest panellists  (as in italics below) – they will learn a lot.

The zoom  links are below in blue.

Best wishes, Hanif

Monday June 1st session 11:30am Austin Time
(5.30pm UK time): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83883096285?pwd=SVZscGNxai9MWDVrZmFrQktPdEZMQT09

Hanif Kara & Jennifer Bonner

Mass Timber and The Scandinavian Effect

Hanif Kara (AKT II) Professor in Practice and Jennifer Bonner (MALL) Associate Professor of Architecture along with 14 graduate students at Harvard University Graduate School of Design return to present ideas on mass timber over two sessions, through the design of mid rise towers located in the American South. The studio titled “Mass Timber and the Scandinavian Effect” tackles questions of the aesthetics of wood and CLTBlanks.  Seven projects completed during lockdown, will be a discussed in conversation with a panel including : Mohsen Mostafavi (Harvard GSD), Katerina Dionysopoulou (Bureau de Change Architects), Kirsten Haggart (Waugh Thistleton Architects Limited) & Sam Jacob (Sam Jacob Studio)

 

Tuesday June 2nd Session 11:30am Austin Time
(5.30pm UK Time) Link is :  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85138278983?pwd=ZzVpTjRocjRpaXI2ZFV2TEhRbENtZz09

Hanif Kara & Jennifer Bonner

Mass Timber and The Scandinavian Effect

Hanif Kara (AKT II) Professor in Practice and Jennifer Bonner (MALL) Associate Professor of Architecture along with 14 graduate students at Harvard University Graduate School of Design return to present ideas on mass timber over two sessions, through the design of mid rise towers located in the American South. The studio titled “Mass Timber and the Scandinavian Effect” tackles questions of the aesthetics of wood and CLTBlanks.  Seven projects completed during lockdown, will be a discussed in conversation with a panel including : Peter Carl (Harvard GSD), Viviana Muscettola (Zaha Hadid Architects), Gillies Retsin (The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL) and Roz Barr (Roz Barr Architecture).

 

 

Hanif Kara
Design Director – AKT II
Professor in Practice – Harvard GSD 

Written by Gregory Brooks

May 29, 2020 at 2:54 pm

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How to turn in your group’s High-rise project

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Please turn in ONE PDF book for your group.

DUE:
FRIDAY BY 5:00PM  – even if images are incomplete.

IF you need more time as an individual:
1.  Give your group sheets that are formatted for the book, but have an incomplete placeholder image in that page so we know what’s coming..   And WRITE ON THE IMAGE:  final image coming x/xx/2020   – please give me a date to expect the image.

2.  Send me an email notifying me that your work will not be complete by end of day Friday and tell me when to expect it.

HOW TO TURN IN YOUR GROUP’S PDF BOOK:

Please name the book like this:

Studio CityName 2020Spring.pdf

Example:
MWF Berlin 2020Spring.pdf

Put the PDF BOOK in the correct folder in my GoogleDrive.

SEE EMAIL WITH GOOGLEDRIVE FOLDER URL.

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Written by Gregory Brooks

May 7, 2020 at 6:36 pm

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What to turn in: High-rise Project

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Hello high-rise teams.
THIS IS REQUIRED READING.  PLEASE READ IMMEDIATELY.

High-rise project book (one group pdf ) due on Last Day of Class Friday 8 May.

During this suddenly online version of our design studio, we still need to turn in a finished product.  Especially for your portfolio.   I would like to clarify expectations for what you turn in for your High-rise Project:

Pin Up Space (ongoing, do not delete the file)
Thank you for the uploaded images that you have been posting weekly in your group’s online Pin Up Space.  Please continue updating / adding every week until the end of the project, and keep this online file (do not delete) so that we can access this in the future.  Link to it in your portfolio as well.  I will use these Pin Up Spaces as teaching tools for future studios.

High-rise project book (one group pdf ) due on Last Day of Class Friday 8 May.

High-rise Book (due end of this semester, last day of class as a single pdf file)
As you are all in groups of 3 (and a few groups of 2), please be sure that the following things are clear to any new viewer of your book:  (this is a list of goals, not a table of contents).
A.  What is the overall solution in the city context (show your building in the city model that Maarten provided).
Inspire us with a few nice views, minimal text, and some kind of diagrams to understand program and organization of the solution.
B.  Clearly differentiate between you High-rise design and the ‘Other’ program items.
The high-rise elements should be communicated with an obviously higher level of detail.
The ‘Other’ program elements should remain simple masses, and maybe have a slightly different (subtle) color change to be seen as a group.
C. This is an integrated design project at a preliminary design level.  Most important to being an ArchE project, your group must explain the A, S, M solutions that you devised for your Architectural (bldg. climate-envelope design, %glass, shading, etc.), Mechanical (large component locations and simple duct diagrams for supply, return, fresh-air, exhaust), and Structural systems (gravity and lateral).

High-rise project book (one group pdf ) due on Last Day of Class Friday 8 May.

PDF BOOK (High-rise Project)
What drawings should you turn in as a group
?  You decide.
Just remember to choose drawings that communicate as clearly and concisely as possible.
Remember to put yourself in the shoes of someone who has never seen this project and be sure that the book can simply&clearly present all that you need without you being there.
Use Arial 10 pt. font for everything.  Let the images speak.  The text is there to back up ideas, fill in small details.  11×17 horizontal is our required book format (fit’s computer screens nicely).

I will email everyone a link to a Google Folder to turn in your group’s pdf book.

High-rise project book (one group pdf ) due on Last Day of Class Friday 8 May.

See example here from a previous year.  Do NOT use this as a goal…it is from a previuos year when we were not trying to function during an international health-crisis.
Please look at it to understand the logic of how certain drawings and text communicate well:

(click image to view example PDF BOOK BELOW from a previous year – this is not what we are expecting, but might give you ideas)

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Contact me with questions please.

-GB

 

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Written by Gregory Brooks

April 28, 2020 at 8:28 pm

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High-Rise Project Tips/FAQ (updated daily)

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9 April

A. Maximum building height has been increased to 600′.  If you need to go even taller than 600′ that can be negotiated with Prof. Brooks per each group.

B.  Elevator and Escalator info – SEE B.C.I pg. 9.14 – 9.16
Electric Elevators (“Traction” elevators – use counterweights and motor)  will each need an elevator machine room, same size as elevator width, and deeper in one direction.
Hydraulic elevators can push up to 70′ max.  Notice on BCI diagram that machine room is on lowest level.

C.  DO NOT SHARE FIRESTAIRS AND ELEVATORS between public users and private users.  For example:  if the general public or guests are using the parking structure, create a separate column of elevators and firestairs for parking and for residences.  Same for retail, etc.  This will decide if you are using hydraulic (max 70′ H) or electric elevators (no limit H).

13 April

Architectural next steps:
Once you have your basic plan diagrams, please refine them to show corridors, elevators (don’t forget freight elevator), firestairs, trash chutes, mechanical chases.   Then, the fun part !  Develop the base of the building – is it a podium that the tower sits on?  Coordinate window glazing percentage with your team and sketch your facade solution…balconies? (none, or innie – or outie?)?  Make a great entrance experience for your neighborhood.
Coming up later:  is shading needed?  louvers? perforated panels?

Mechanical next steps:
Plan where your big pieces will go.  As for ducts – No need to show diffusers.  Only the primary and secondary duct layouts are needed, but this semester we want to layer in the exhaust and fresh-air strategies.  Exhaust ducts will be brown, Fresh-air will be green (supply / return will remain blue/pink).   NOTE if you are in a heating only environment, you can use radiant heat…hot water to perimeter wall radiators or heated slabs.

Structural:
Gravity AND lateral of course.  Sketch solutions and run your final favorite past Prof. Brooks.  Think about this challenge:  what kind of lateral-stability images can you produce that will most clearly and quickly describe your lateral solution?  See notes from Lateral lecture here.
– Size columns in vertical zones, similar to this example.
– Column sizes per zone – use stacked tributary areas as learned last semester.  Instead of BCI – use these column charts (bigger range of size).

15 April

Mechanical notes:
2 important AEStudio links for your team when planning HVAC for your tower project:
A.  High rise parking, cooling tower and fresh-air notes (link).
B.  HVAC tutorial (from Des1) on cooling ton calculation and more…(link)

16 April

 

IF you have a parking structure under your building – 
Please feel free to use a different apartment LEGO SIZE – 25′ x 60′.
IF you do this, then you can have a double-loaded corridor (10′ wide) with 25′ units on each side, which results in a 60′ wide mass.  This then lines up perfectly with parking structure layout.  60′ wide.   I would recommend a 20′ column spacing, which would result in a column on the exterior walls and one 5′ into the apartment off the hallway.  Just fine.

 

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Written by Gregory Brooks

April 9, 2020 at 3:22 pm

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Pin-up Spaces

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During the next 6 weeks of studio we will be utilizing online blogs or Google-Slides for each high-rise groups to share their weekly greatest hits of design-progress.  Click on links to see what everyone is up to !

TIPS:
Please use Arial 10pt for all main text. 
Treat this like a document in front of you and not a slide show in an auditorium please.

Please send me the link to your group’s Pin-Up Space and I will hyperlink the projects below.

MWF
Barcelona
Berlin
Hong Kong
Mexico City
Montreal
San Diego
San Francisco
Santiago Chile
Tokyo

TTh
Barcelona
Berlin
Hong Kong
Mexico City
Montreal
San Diego
Tokyo

 

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Written by Gregory Brooks

March 31, 2020 at 7:43 pm

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Studio Communication Protocol

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Written by Gregory Brooks

March 30, 2020 at 6:01 pm

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Updated Course Calendar (online studio)

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Written by Gregory Brooks

March 30, 2020 at 4:56 pm

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