Hello, the grades are out under the assignment section, towards the end.

interesting systems

more on the tectonic operation/language

It is important that you develop your concept around a design system.
In one of the references i gave for the project, Digital Fabrications: Architectural and Material Techniques , Author Lisa Iwamoto explores the methods architects use to calibrate digital designs with physical forms. The book is organized according to five types of fabrication techniques: tessellating, sectioning, folding, contouring, and forming, and for each method, different examples:

Digital Weave, University of California, Berkeley / Lisa Iwamoto
Mafoombey, Martti Kalliala, Esa Ruskeepää, with Martin Lukasczyk
(Ply) Wood Delaminations, Georgia Institute of Technology / Monica Ponce de Leon
A Change of State, Georgia Institute of Technology / Nader Tehrani
[c] space, Alan Dempsey and Alvin Huang
BURST*.003, SYSTEMarchitects
West Coast Pavilion, Atelier Manferdini
Huyghe + Le Corbusier Puppet Theatre, MOS
Helios House, Office dA and Johnston Marklee & Associates
California: Stage Set for John Jasperse, AEDS / Ammar Eloueini
Airspace Tokyo, Thom Faulders Architecture
Technicolor Bloom, Brennan Buck
Dragonfly, Tom Wiscombe / EMERGENT
Nubik, AEDS / Ammar Eloueini
In-Out Curtain, IwamotoScott
Entry Paradise Pavilion, Chris Bosse / PTW Architects
Aoba-tei, Atelier Hitoshi Abe
Digital Origami, University of Technology, Sydney / Chris Bosse
C_Wall, Andrew Kudless / Matsys
Manifold, Andrew Kudless / Matsys
Bone Wall, Urban A&O
Design 306, Erwin Hauer and Enrique Rosado
CNC panels, Jeremy Ficca
Gradient Scale, SPAN
Tool-Hide, Ruy Klein
Alice, Florencia Pita mod
Prototype Pavilion, MOS
UniBodies, PATTERNS, with Kreysler & Associates
“Dark Places”, servo
“Housing in Vienna”, SPAN
Satin Sheet, University of California, Los Angeles /Heather Roberge
Shiatsu, University of California, Los Angeles / Heather Roberge
P_Wall, Andrew Kudless / Matsys
In another reference for systematic design, Informal, by Cecil Balmond; the systems derive from structural enquiries in form.

Two other references, Frei Otto. Form Finding: Towards an Architecture of the Minimal and OMA. SMLXL show also good systemic thinking. 


In this assignment, you will develop formal massing strategies for your project based on factors discovered in your first two assignments.

Your massing intervention needs to engage the site, rethink existing conditions, urban context and topography (or lack of topography), and design new tectonic and land-formation relationships that change the experience of the site and the perception of the city.

The waterscape should be foregrounded in your transformation, focusing on designing a threshold between the water and ground, whether interior or exterior.

Redesigning the entire ground of the site, whether landscape, waterscape, or indoor space is a prerequisite in this assignment. No area in the site should be left unaddressed. Cantilevers, engaging the water, changing the site topography and the edge of the water are permitted.

Method: Develop a tectonic operation/language that guides your design actions, your urban concept and adapts to small scale and large-scale spaces of the program, and to the different spatial experiences of the users.