01 Sites
02 Investigate
03 Reconfigure
04 Readings
05 Requirements
06 Due

01 Sites

Located in the Beirut, Jounieh and Tripoli Harbors, the three selected sites offers a strategic location in their proximity to the waterfront, to main street connections, and visual relationships. It is in this urbanistic context that the projects should speculate on their relationship to their respective cities, as they will  – the streets, sidewalks, and public spaces, while also generating a prospective relationship to the water as a piece of infrastructure.
With the proposed ferry terminals, the sites will become the waterfront gateways to their respective cities.

02 Investigate

The task for the first phase (beginning with the site visit) is to first investigate the qualities of your site that can be perceived, described, abstracted and represented through architectural skills and media.
Light\ shadow\ Noise
Views to and from site \Axial relationships with close and distant points
Accessibility to site and car\boat\pedestrian flows
Environmental factors: prevailing winds\ solar exposure\ orientation
Major trees and natural features on the site.
Densities, facades and character of adjacent buildings
Scale of adjacent conditions and spaces
Vertical\horizontal spaces
Edge Conditions on\around the site
Existing moments of arrival on site; perspectival approaches.
Character of the site and relationship with adjacent plots.
Daily movements and rituals of the area, both during the day and at night, on a workday and over the weekend

This descriptive part of the task lies beyond a conventional analysis of infrastructure, massing, spaces, typologies etc... The description itself is part of the construction of a new reality emerging from the observed area.

As Lebbeus Woods says on such methodology in his essay, Analogical Architecture,
The idea of an analog is to be like something else in some ways but not in others. If the something else is part of a city, therefore too complex for any definitive form of analysis, the analog can make manifest and analyzable some essential characteristics, while leaving others, less important, aside. The analog is not an abstraction, though it use abstraction as a tool. It is not a reduction or a simplification, for it remains complex in its own terms. Rather it is a shift in the angle of viewing and understanding a situation or complex set of conditions, one that gives the opportunity to see the familiar in new ways.
This is extremely important when the familiar is, like a part of a city, overburdened with historical interpretations that inhibit the creation of new ones.
By creating a parallel reality, the analog circumvents this historical over-determination and liberates the imagination in ways that can impact the primary reality under consideration.
In today’s world of rapid changes, where history is less and less reliable as a guide to the future, intellectual freedom and inventiveness of the type enabled by the analog are increasingly important.It is true that architecture, as a practice and a form of production, is bounded by precise practical considerations--technical, economic, legal, cultural--that restrict imagination and invention. But as culture, technology, law, and socio-economic factors themselves undergo change, the boundaries of architecture require adjustment or even redefinition that cannot be devised by the simple extrapolation of old ones. This is where analogical thinking and the analog—as a model of constructed reality—become useful.
The description that you will construct for the site plays an active part of the production of space and transformation of the site.
Your architectural project will emerge from this description and will consist of these transforma­tions.

03 Reconfigure
Parallel to this investigation, students shall use their abstracted observations to come up with strategies for the site that will pave the way for a future architectural scheme.

04 Readings
Rosalind Krauss. sculpture in the expanded field
Andrea Kahn. Site Matters
Carol Burns. High Performance Sites
Stan Allen. Field Conditions

05 Deliverables
A full documentation of the site (Photos, Plans, Diagrams, significant Texts)
A 1/500 site model

06 Due Date
16.10.2012 at 2pm
Louay Ghaziri C 70 weak content and conclusion, weak presentation
Aya Lamaa C+ 76 good content, model. No conclusion. Good presentation
Mazen Sleiman C 70 fair content, model. No conclusion, weak presentation
Hiba Hteit C+ 75 good content, model. No conclusion, weak presentation
Abbas Sweid C- 68 weak content, unfinished model. No conclusion. Weak presentation.late
Rim El Fatayri C+ 76 good content, model.fair presentation, weak conclusion
Nadeen Safa B- 77 good content, model, presentation. Weak conclusion
Sara Addam C- 68 weak content, model, presentation. No conclusion. Late
Ghida Khayat D+ 65 weak content, unfinished model. No conclusion. Weak presentation.late
Omar Meski C 70 fair content, unfinished model. No conclusion, good presentation.late
Maya Mansour F 59 out of subject content, no model.
Mohamad Safieddine C 71 good content, unfinished model, no conclusion, good presentation.late
Katia Chehayeb C 72 good content, unfinished model, no conclusion, good presentation.late
Soumaya Salloum C- 68 weak content, model, presentation. No conclusion.
Fadel Makhzoum C+ 73 very good content, presentation, unfinished model, no conclusion, late
Dana Zaidan C- 68 weak content and conclusion, weak presentation
Ahmad Almawi C 72 good content, unfinished model, no conclusion, good presentation.late
Laura Baidoun C+ 75 good content, model, presentation. No conclusion
Ali Abbas C- 68 good analysis but weak content, unfinished model, no conclusion. Late


01 Brief
02 Requirements
03 References
04 Due Date

Case study of one the selected projects to become familiar with architectonics of transport projects and cultural projects by waterfronts.
1-Yokohama Ferry Terminal, Japan – Foreign Office Architects
2-Zeebrugge Sea Terminal, Belgium- OMA
3- Main Station Stuttgart- Ingenhoven
4- ICA- Diller Scofidio Renfro
5- Kilden Performing Arts Center, Kristiansand, Norway- ALA Architects
6- Ferry Terminal, Stockholm- C.F.Møller Architects
7- NEMO, Amsterdam- Renzo Piano Architects.
8- KAOHSIUNG Port Terminal- WW Architecture
9- Maritime Youth House, Copenhagen- BIG DK and JDS
10- The Playhouse, Copenhagen- Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitecktfirma
11- Lucerne Cultural and Congress Center- Jean Nouvel

01 Brief

I- Investigate/Diagram all the following criteria in the analysis of your project, focusing on the temporal and spatial relationship between users, programmatic elements and site flows.

Parti/Concept: What is the building about?
Program: How do the spaces get used in time and space?
Site: How does the building interact with urban & environmental context?
Structure: What is the structural system/ components? How do they work?
Tectonics: What are the main materials, aggregation and joining details?
Culture: What is the cultural significance of the building?

II- Based on your site and program analysis, present an programmatic proposal for your Ferry Terminal, which includes a new program within the ferry terminal that respond to the social needs/vocation of the site.
This proposal should be innovative; in a way that overlaps transport, event spaces, and waterfront experiences.
The program should assimilate the relationships between the water and ground, between interior and exterior, between the utilitarian /technical and abstract/ poetic moments.

The terminal building will consist of a 7000-m2 indoor space that includes:

Terminal   [2000 m2] Entrance, Outdoor Loggia, Info Point, Ticket Sales, Shops, Café, Viewing Space, Lounge, Exhibition Space, Administration

New programmatic function based on your analysis [2000 m2]

Lodging [1000 m2] Lobby, 10 Small Rooms  [20 m2 each], 10 Large Rooms [30 m2 each], Kitchen, Dining, Laundry   

Convention Area [600 m2] Foyer, Convention Hall, WC, Coats

Restaurant [500 m2] Waiting, Dining, Kitchen

Public Toilets  [100m2] Men’s, Women’s
Public Lockers, [100m2]
Bikes Rental [100 m2]
Bus Stop [100 m2]

Technical Space [500 m2]

Covered open space

Bus Stop, Parking [15 cars], Drop-off Loop
Ferry Dock , Roof Deck , Waterfront Park

02 Requirements

Present your findings on one A0 portrait orientation, as per the following:

Organization of a ferry terminal station.
Diagrammatic plans, sections and elevations of the selected project.
3d and 2d Diagrams that explain the criteria of the selected project.
Diagrams that explain the Program proposal of your ferry terminal
3d physical model of the ferry terminal program proposal

03 References

Neufert.Architect’s Data

Andreas Deplazes. Constructing Architecture: Materials, Processes, Structures.

Precedents in Architecture: Analytic Diagrams, Formative Ideas, and Partis

Daniels, Klaus, Low-tech Light-tech High tech: Building in the Information Age, English translation by Elizabeth Schwaiger, Birkhauser, 2000

Daniels, Klaus. The Technology of Ecological Building: Basic Principles and Measures, Examples and Ideas, English translation by Elizabeth Schwaiger, Birkhauser, 1997

04 Due Date
 06 November 2012, 2pm sharp.

  P2 10%   EVALUATION      
Louay Ghaziri C 72 Fair Case Study and Program Proposal
Aya Lamaa C 72 Good Case Study, Weak Program Proposal
Mazen Sleiman C+ 75 Good Case Study, Program Proposal
Hiba Hteit C 72 Fair Case Study and Program Proposal
Abbas Sweid C- 69 Weak Case Study, Weak Program Proposal
Rim El Fatayri B 82 Good Case Study, Program Proposal
Nadeen Safa B 80 Good Case Study, Shy Program Proposal
Sara Addam C 70 Fair Case Study,  Program Proposal
Ghida Khayat C- 69 Weak Case Study, Program Proposal
Omar Meski C+ 75 Fair Case Study,  Program Proposal
Maya Mansour C- 69 Good Case Study, Very Weak Program Proposal.
Mohamad Safieddine C+ 74 Fair Case Study,  Program Proposal. Late
Katia Chehayeb B- 77 Fair Case Study,  Program Proposal
Soumaya Salloum C 72 Fair Case Study and Program Proposal
Fadel Makhzoum C+ 75 Good Case Study, Shy Program Proposal
Dana Zaidan C- 69 Weak Case Study, Program Proposal
Ahmad Almawi C- 69 Fair Case Study, Weak Program Proposal
Laura Baidoun C 70 Fair Case Study, Weak Program Proposal
Ali Abbas C 72 Fair Case Study, Weak Program Proposal


01 Brief

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/ formal 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.

02 Requirements

·   Site Plan 1:500
·   Massing Model 1:500
·   Sketches, Diagrams, Axonometric that narrates your concept’s intention.
·   Preliminary Plans Sections for the project
·   A least 5 Study Models 1:500 and diagrams showing the design process.·   Research of reference projects in relation to your project.·   Revised and detailed program diagrams.

03 References

Lisa Iwamoto. Digital Fabrication : Architectural and Material Techniques.

Frei Otto. Form Finding: Towards an Architecture of the Minimal
 Stan Allen, Points and Lines: Projects and Diagrams for the City (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1999)
 Farshid Moussawi. The Function of Form OMA. SMLXL

Cecil Balmond. Informal.

04 Due Dates
Pin Up 1: December 4, 2012, 2pm sharp. 7% grade
Mid-Review: Dec 12, 2012, 2pm sharp. 23 % grade
P3 7%
Louay Ghaziri C 72
Aya Lamaa C- 67
Mazen Sleiman C 71
Hiba Hteit C 72
Abbas Sweid D+ 63
Rim El Fatayri A- 87
Nadeen Safa A- 88
Sara Addam C+ 73
Ghida Khayat C- 69
Omar Meski C 70
Maya Mansour F -
Mohamad Safieddine C+ 75
Katia Chehayeb B 82
Soumaya Salloum C- 69
Fadel Makhzoum C- 67
Dana Zaidan C 70
Ahmad Almawi C 72
Laura Baidoun B- 77
Ali Abbas C- 67
  MID 23%  
Louay Ghaziri C+ 75
Aya Lamaa C 70
Mazen Sleiman C+ 73
Hiba Hteit B+ 85
Abbas Sweid C- 69
Rim El Fatayri A- 88
Nadeen Safa A- 88
Sara Addam B 82
Ghida Khayat C 72
Omar Meski C+ 75
Maya Mansour F 0
Mohamad Safieddine B+ 85
Katia Chehayeb B+ 86
Soumaya Salloum C 70
Fadel Makhzoum C 70
Dana Zaidan C+ 73
Ahmad Almawi C- 69
Laura Baidoun A- 88
Ali Abbas C- 69

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