readings for project 1

Andrea Kahn. Site Matters.

Rosalind Krauss. Sculpture in the expanded field

Stan Allen. Field Conditions.


  1. In “Field Conditions” the author wanted to tell us that it is necessary to have a way of understanding, mapping, diagramming and naming connections as they exist in the urban environment. And it is important to have an architecture that not only acknowledges but also responds to the connections.
    (For example instead of creating a wall or closed off enclosure, one could imagine a different way of creation that is somehow acceptable for the flexibility in the system).
    “Sculpture in the Expended Field”: there are two trends, first one is between architecture and not-architecture (which refers to the combination of sculpture and architecture, and ultimately leads to the development of the installation). The second one is between landscape and not landscape (it embraces a larger nature - humanity space, which is finally evolving into the form of Land Art). We can conclude from what we have read that nowadays it’s somehow hard to define sculpture, the boundary between the art forms are not clear since art obtains the cross- boundary to create new life, (so it’s hard to define the boundaries between sculpture and architecture, sculpture and landscape, and even landscape and architecture).
    And Finally in “Site Matters” shows the importance of the site and how to design a concept for a specific site, according to the surrounded buildings and the boundaries.

  2. The readings made me open my eyes about details that I didn't notice before, like what the site does for the city and not what the city can do for the site, or where its location is in the city.

    Another idea is that I used to think that sites are boring, we go analyze ordinary things like the sun the wind the circulation and that's it, but now I know that the site is dynamic and not boring, and studying some physical aspects on the site isn't enough, because we have to know about many complicated multiple realities happening in the site at the same time, which we never notice even if we pass by every day.

    I also realized how important site analysis is because from there great projects start and not after, site analysis creates the site knowledge that we need to create a powerful concept which leads us to a brilliant project.

    It guided my attention to look out of the box, in other words not only to think about the site by itself as a deserted place, but put in mind that this site is in-between a context, and it may have a lot of solutions for problems this context is facing, and even if the context isn't facing any problems, still the site is found in a certain context and it has to go along with it, or it wouldn't be a great success.

  3. while reading "site matter" i start seeing the site in a different angle. Analysis is not any more about sckeching obvious thing, it is about figuring out the concept and how it works. it is about discovering new things. In the other hand the site should be in harmony with the city. In "fields conditions" I learned the importance of the diagrams and the understanding of the urban connections in order to have a good analysis, and that architecture should be a solution of future problems like the concept of the the domino house of le corbusier that came as a solution of the first world war consequences. finaly in "sculpture" I understand that architecture, sculpture and landscape should not be separated from each other. In other worlds an architect should design both landscape and architecture that go totally in sync.