Warning: MySQL server has gone away query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:12:\"user warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:92:\"Lost connection to MySQL server during query\nquery: SELECT * FROM menu_custom ORDER BY title\";s:5:\"%file\";s:51:\"/home/alliance/public_html/modules/menu/menu.module\";s:5:\"%line\";i:447;}', 3, '', 'http://sustainca.org/blog/student_competition/design_progress_balance_between_two_goals', 'http://sustainca.org', '45.55.133.228', 1484524551) in /home/alliance/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: MySQL server has gone away query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:12:\"user warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:202:\"MySQL server has gone away\nquery: SELECT mlid FROM menu_links WHERE link_path = 'node/1494' AND menu_name = 'primary-links' AND module = 'menu' ORDER BY mlid ASC LIMIT 0, 1\";s:5:\"%file\";s:51:\"/home/alliance/public_html/modules/menu/menu.module\";s:5:\"%line\";i:328;}', 3, '', 'http://sustainca.org/blog/student_competition/design_progress_balance_between_two_goals', 'http://sustainca.org', '45.55.133.228', 1484524551) in /home/alliance/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: MySQL server has gone away query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:12:\"user warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:160:\"MySQL server has gone away\nquery: SELECT mlid FROM menu_links WHERE link_path = 'node/1494' AND module = 'menu' ORDER BY mlid ASC LIMIT 0, 1\";s:5:\"%file\";s:51:\"/home/alliance/public_html/modules/menu/menu.module\";s:5:\"%line\";i:331;}', 3, '', 'http://sustainca.org/blog/student_competition/design_progress_balance_between_two_goals', 'http://sustainca.org', '45.55.133.228', 1484524551) in /home/alliance/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: MySQL server has gone away query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:12:\"user warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:78:\"MySQL server has gone away\nquery: SELECT name, mail FROM users WHERE uid = 263\";s:5:\"%file\";s:65:\"/home/alliance/public_html/sites/all/modules/token/token_node.inc\";s:5:\"%line\";i:73;}', 3, '', 'http://sustainca.org/blog/student_competition/design_progress_balance_between_two_goals', 'http://sustainca.org', '45.55.133.228', 1484524551) in /home/alliance/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: MySQL server has gone away query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:12:\"user warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:208:\"MySQL server has gone away\nquery: SELECT t.* FROM term_node r INNER JOIN term_data t ON r.tid = t.tid INNER JOIN vocabulary v ON t.vid = v.vid WHERE r.vid = 1512 ORDER BY v.weight, t.weight, t.name LIMIT 0, 1\";s:5:\"%file\";s:69:\"/home/alliance/public_html/sites/all/modules/pathauto/pathauto.module\";s:5:\"%line\";i:141;}', 3, '', 'http://sustainca.org/blog/student_competition/design_progress_balance_between_two_goals', 'http://sustainca.org', '45.55.133.228', 1484524552) in /home/alliance/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: MySQL server has gone away query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:12:\"user warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:160:\"MySQL server has gone away\nquery: SELECT data, created, headers, expire, serialized FROM cache_filter WHERE cid = '3:9ca415636591725e6d84d1155940976d'\";s:5:\"%file\";s:45:\"/home/alliance/public_html/includes/cache.inc\";s:5:\"%line\";i:27;}', 3, '', 'http://sustainca.org/blog/student_competition/design_progress_balance_between_two_goals', 'http://sustainca.org', '45.55.133.228', 1484524552) in /home/alliance/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: MySQL server has gone away query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:12:\"user warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:73:\"MySQL server has gone away\nquery: SELECT * FROM term_data WHERE tid = 377\";s:5:\"%file\";s:59:\"/home/alliance/public_html/modules/taxonomy/taxonomy.module\";s:5:\"%line\";i:1091;}', 3, '', 'http://sustainca.org/blog/student_competition/design_progress_balance_between_two_goals', 'http://sustainca.org', '45.55.133.228', 1484524552) in /home/alliance/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: MySQL server has gone away query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:12:\"user warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:92:\"MySQL server has gone away\nquery: SELECT pid, path FROM nodewords_custom ORDER BY weight ASC\";s:5:\"%file\";s:71:\"/home/alliance/public_html/sites/all/modules/nodewords/nodewords.module\";s:5:\"%line\";i:1384;}', 3, '', 'http://sustainca.org/blog/student_competition/design_progress_balance_between_two_goals', 'http://sustainca.org', '45.55.133.228', 1484524552) in /home/alliance/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: MySQL server has gone away query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:12:\"user warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:83:\"MySQL server has gone away\nquery: SELECT * FROM nodewords WHERE type = 1 AND id = 0\";s:5:\"%file\";s:71:\"/home/alliance/public_html/sites/all/modules/nodewords/nodewords.module\";s:5:\"%line\";i:945;}', 3, '', 'http://sustainca.org/blog/student_competition/design_progress_balance_between_two_goals', 'http://sustainca.org', '45.55.133.228', 1484524552) in /home/alliance/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: MySQL server has gone away query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:12:\"user warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:75:\"MySQL server has gone away\nquery: SELECT acl_id FROM acl_user WHERE uid = 0\";s:5:\"%file\";s:59:\"/home/alliance/public_html/sites/all/modules/acl/acl.module\";s:5:\"%line\";i:180;}', 3, '', 'http://sustainca.org/blog/student_competition/design_progress_balance_between_two_goals', 'http://sustainca.org', '45.55.133.228', 1484524552) in /home/alliance/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: MySQL server has gone away query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:12:\"user warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:332:\"MySQL server has gone away\nquery: SELECT 1 FROM node_access WHERE (nid = 0 OR nid = 1494) AND ((gid = 0 AND realm = 'all') OR (gid = 0 AND realm = 'content_access_author') OR (gid = 1 AND realm = 'content_access_rid') OR (gid = 1 AND realm = 'forum_access')) AND grant_view >= 1 LIMIT 0, 1\";s:5:\"%file\";s:51:\"/home/alliance/public_html/modules/node/node.module\";s:5:\"%line\";i:2074;}', 3, '', 'http://sustainca.org/blog/student_competition/design_progress_balance_between_two_goals', 'http://sustainca.org', '45.55.133.228 in /home/alliance/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: MySQL server has gone away query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:12:\"user warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:160:\"MySQL server has gone away\nquery: SELECT data, created, headers, expire, serialized FROM cache_filter WHERE cid = '3:70eddecde8e5f5ede4a0c7544109d228'\";s:5:\"%file\";s:45:\"/home/alliance/public_html/includes/cache.inc\";s:5:\"%line\";i:27;}', 3, '', 'http://sustainca.org/blog/student_competition/design_progress_balance_between_two_goals', 'http://sustainca.org', '45.55.133.228', 1484524552) in /home/alliance/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: MySQL server has gone away query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:12:\"user warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:160:\"MySQL server has gone away\nquery: SELECT data, created, headers, expire, serialized FROM cache_filter WHERE cid = '3:70eddecde8e5f5ede4a0c7544109d228'\";s:5:\"%file\";s:45:\"/home/alliance/public_html/includes/cache.inc\";s:5:\"%line\";i:27;}', 3, '', 'http://sustainca.org/blog/student_competition/design_progress_balance_between_two_goals', 'http://sustainca.org', '45.55.133.228', 1484524552) in /home/alliance/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: MySQL server has gone away query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:12:\"user warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:112:\"MySQL server has gone away\nquery: SELECT tid FROM forum_access WHERE rid IN (1) AND grant_create = 1 AND tid = 0\";s:5:\"%file\";s:77:\"/home/alliance/public_html/sites/all/modules/forum_access/forum_access.module\";s:5:\"%line\";i:540;}', 3, '', 'http://sustainca.org/blog/student_competition/design_progress_balance_between_two_goals', 'http://sustainca.org', '45.55.133.228', 1484524552) in /home/alliance/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: MySQL server has gone away query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:12:\"user warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:111:\"MySQL server has gone away\nquery: SELECT acl_id FROM acl WHERE module = 'forum_access' AND number = 0\";s:5:\"%file\";s:59:\"/home/alliance/public_html/sites/all/modules/acl/acl.module\";s:5:\"%line\";i:116;}', 3, '', 'http://sustainca.org/blog/student_competition/design_progress_balance_between_two_goals', 'http://sustainca.org', '45.55.133.228', 1484524552) in /home/alliance/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: MySQL server has gone away query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:12:\"user warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:87:\"MySQL server has gone away\nquery: SELECT uid FROM acl_user WHERE acl_id = 0 AND uid = 0\";s:5:\"%file\";s:77:\"/home/alliance/public_html/sites/all/modules/forum_access/forum_access.module\";s:5:\"%line\";i:548;}', 3, '', 'http://sustainca.org/blog/student_competition/design_progress_balance_between_two_goals', 'http://sustainca.org', '45.55.133.228', 1484524552) in /home/alliance/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: MySQL server has gone away query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:12:\"user warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:126:\"MySQL server has gone away\nquery: SELECT filename FROM system WHERE name = 'whitelabel' AND type = 'theme'\";s:5:\"%file\";s:49:\"/home/alliance/public_html/includes/bootstrap.inc\";s:5:\"%line\";i:528;}', 3, '', 'http://sustainca.org/blog/student_competition/design_progress_balance_between_two_goals', 'http://sustainca.org', '45.55.133.228', 1484524552) in /home/alliance/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135
[token_custom_menu_parent] Design Progress: A Balance between Two Goals | California Sustainability Alliance
Home

Design Progress: A Balance between Two Goals

Figure Ground Drawings

Students started the design process in an abstract way, knowing nothing of the program, the intended project, or the intended function. The design was done in a series of steps, that could either be translated literally into the design or used as a learning process. The first of these steps was a figure ground drawing that was done using a tartan grid. Figure ground in itself refers to a visual phenomenon that occurs when there is an ambiguity as to what is in the foreground and what is in the background. We tend to have a visual bias towards the figure, so by making the figure interchangeable with the background students were forced to consider both. This consideration was carried throughout all the steps as the students moved to the final problem set, a Marine Mammal Care Center. The center has two occupants, the humans and mammals, whose needs must be met without comprising the other. A balance between two goals that must be both considered

From the figure ground drawing students were asked to create a site with water and land using only the method of cut and fill. Cut and fill refers to the displacement of land, cutting the same amount of earth that you fill so none has to be removed or brought to the site. Using sustainability as a driver in design rather than a hindrance, students were asked to shade the site they created using perforated panels provided to them. The panels acted as a passive sustainable system to shade the water as well as an architectural element. Students then had to balance the sustainable aspects of the project as well as their intended design.

For the final problem set, each student presented their concept for the Marine Mammal Care Center to a panel of professors, who each teach a section in the studio. Debate of how the elements of the project: the shading structure, the building, and the site, relate to each other was one of discussions during midterm reviews. Questions on how the project related to the larger site around it and the Bolsa Chica environment were further raised

As an architect or designer, a balance between goals is essentially always the problem set (e.g.  concept vs function). How does one fully accomplish both without compromising the other in the development of architecture? The students working on their rehabilitation centers attempt to address this balance in different and interesting ways. Students continue to grapple with their projects moving into the final weeks as they finalize their design.

Guest Author: Matthew Danna is currently a second year architecture student attending California Polytechnic University, Pomona from Santa Cruz, California.

Author: 
Matt Danna
email this page to a friend  print this page

Warning: MySQL server has gone away query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:12:\"user warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:4666:\"MySQL server has gone away\nquery: UPDATE sessions SET uid = 0, cache = 0, hostname = '45.55.133.228', session = 'messages|a:1:{s:5:\\"error\\";a:17:{i:0;s:174:\\"user warning: Lost connection to MySQL server during query\\nquery: SELECT * FROM menu_custom ORDER BY title in /home/alliance/public_html/modules/menu/menu.module on line 447.\\";i:1;s:284:\\"user warning: MySQL server has gone away\\nquery: SELECT mlid FROM menu_links WHERE link_path = 'node/1494' AND menu_name = 'primary-links' AND module = 'menu' ORDER BY mlid ASC LI in /home/alliance/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135