Category Archives: BOXING SPACE


Below are a few images from the Gardening + Boxing Space review.

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Click ARCH 251 – 03.1 Translating Gardening-Boxing Space for next week’s assignment.

In Gardening Space we worked with existing spaces to determine their operation and in Boxing space we defined our own spaces using the grid as a reference. In Situating Space, the spaces we have studied so far will become more specific as we give them context, situation, and surroundings. We will now explore issues of the part of whole relationship by taking into account how space relates to a defined site.



Below is the list of deliverables for Tuesday (Nov. 5th)

A- One (1) plan oblique drawing of the solids that have formed your latest void model. This drawing should not only articulate the solid / void relationships that you have been working on. The plan oblique drawing should address the material assembly between foam and chipboard and its resulting spatial implications.

Remember to keep in mind what types of spaces you are making, the relationship of part to whole, and the overall spatial organization of your garden. HOW DO THE SPACES OF YOUR GARDEN WORK ?

B – One (1) printed 8.5 x 11 catalog that articulates the spatial hierarchy of your garden, describing the different types of spaces and their relationships. The catalogs are not busy work they are a method of study that is meant to help you outline your thoughts and evolve your way of modelling and drawing.

C – Written reflection about the implications of combining the taxonomic knowledge you have from Gardening Space with the spatial knowledge you have from Boxing Space. How do the two methods of study come together? What are the significant spatial relationships you have seen in your garden, etc.


ARCH 251 – 02.3 Gardening – Boxing Space Model

“To generalise, we might suggest that a field condition would be any formal or spatial matrix capable of unifying diverse
elements while respecting the identity of each. Field configurations are loosely bounded aggregates characterized by
porosity and local interconnectivity.”
“Field Conditions” | Stan Allen


This Thursday, October 24th is the Midterm Review.  In order to prepare for the review, an ARCH251- Final Review Layout has been created.  Each student is allowed one 8′-0″ by 4′-0″ surface.  The pin-up panels will be placed in position the night before the review and your name will be pinned to the surface you will be reviewing at.  You may begin pinning up Thursday at 1pm.  The review will begin promptly at 2pm.

ARCH251- Final Review Layout

Questions to consider for the review include:

1- How is the garden space defined according to mass, surface, and element?
2- What is the sequence of the garden?
3- How do the operations of the models relate to the garden?
4- How is the grid utilized as a framework to begin to define and articulate spatial relationships?
5- How do you define space?
6- What is the role of hierarchy, scale, and material in defining space?
7- How are solid/void, figure/ground relationships articulated in the model?


The drawing and models you have constructed are tools for the exploration and definition of space, through the careful manipulation of a grid. The Spatial Grid Remix Model is a method to continue to expand and explore the definition of space and its forms; bound, implied, enclosed, contained, open, etc. There is NO set list of spatial conditions or forms, much like notations (drawing) and operations (model) you are expected to define and challenge the criteria for how we define space. Remember to think about the elements (points, lines, surfaces) that participate in the definition of space. There is a direct relationship between these elements and the different materials (foam, wire, chipboard) you are using.


Click for ARCH 251 – 02.2 The Spatial Grid Remix project handout

ARCH251-Stacked Plan Oblique


Assignment for Tuesday, 10/8: Reading, Spatial Grid Models (10), and Drawing (1) 

With the gardens, we worked with the organization of elements and operations primarily through cataloguing and modelling. As we move into Boxing Space, we will focus on the organization of space within a grid of nine equal squares. Our explorations will be carried out through modelling in foam, chipboard, and wire as well as drafting. In the end, we will have a graphical and modeled description of the way that space is structured within the generic form/space modulations of the box.

Click ARCH 251 – 02.1 The Spatial Grid for project handout

Click ARCH251 – Drawing + Grid Lecture

T. 10/08      Read evans_archreprojection
One (1) Spatial Grid Drawing
Ten (10) Spatial Grid Models – Blue Foam
* Bring Chipboard and Piano Wire to class

Th. 10/10    Read scherr_gridasbasisofdesign
One (1) Spatial Grid Model- Blue Foam
One (1) Spatial Grid Model- Chipboard
One (1) Spatial Grid Model- Piano Wire
Three (3) Spatial Grid Model- Hybrids (blue foam, chipboard, wire)