Category Archives: GARDENING SPACE


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

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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?


ASSIGNMENT FOR Tuesday, 10/01: Paper Model, Photographic Sequence, Operational Catalog

Explore and find combinations of operations (fold, twist, slice, etc) within your models that produce physical moments which may exist in your garden. Once you have found a single and/or multiple physical moments that are unique to your model, define what type of physical spatial conditions (compressed, hinge, loop, etc) those moments create. Examine your garden and find spaces that WORK in the same way as the spatial conditions you have identified in your model. Do NOT look for spaces in your garden that merely look like pieces of your model.

ARCH 251 – Paper Modelling 03.1

ARCH 251 - Paper Modelling 03



Now that you have examined your Garden via the String Models, Taxonomic Catalog, Taxonomic Drafted Sketches & Diagram, it is time to continue to develop the narrative you have explored in these studies. Our method of exploration will consist of investigating and constructing a narrative via paper models. The work, as well as the readings you have completed until now, will serve as a base for your continued work.

Click ARCH 251 – Paper Modelling for the project handout.       

Click CORTAZAR-InstructionsOnHowToClimbAStaircase for the reading.

Click on the following links to view Between the Folds and images of paper folding in the Yokohama Port Terminal.

You may only use one (1) sheet of paper per model. Models should be designed and constructed through various operations: CUTTING, FOLDING, UNFOLDING, PEELING, RIPPING, PLEATING, PRESSING, CREASING, SCORING, etc. NO glue, staples, string, or other materials may be added to your single sheet of paper. How can these operations begin to represent the relationships between program, space, and narrative? 


Now that you have examined your Garden via the Taxonomic Catalog, Taxonomic Drafted Sketches & Diagram, it is time to explore the Garden via modelling. Our method of exploration will consist of constructing movement & event string models. The work, as well as the readings you have completed until now, will serve as a base for your continued work with your garden.

Click ARCH 251 – String Model 02 for project handout

Click on LINK for String model logic and examples


                                                               One     (1)  updated Taxonomic Catalog

                                                               One     (1)  Taxonomic Drafted Sketch

                                                               Three  (3)  completed String Model

You may only use one type or color of string per model you construct, do NOT combine string types within a single model. Keep in mind you are NOT simply replicating three (3) different models out of various string types. Your decision to use a different type or color MUST remain intentional. You must also carefully consider the type of knots, braiding, and connections you use to construct your models. These models need to be deliberate and precise.

String models should NOT be a representation of what the garden looks like. Your model should start to articulate the complexities you have discovered in your gardens through your taxonomic catalog, drawing studies.

Based on your Taxonomic Studies, model the movements and events you have discovered in your Garden. You will be using string, yarn, twine, etc. to make these concepts physical. When modelling, keep in mind the paths, movements, stops, starts, compressions, exchanges, switches, and other systems (rather than symbols) that create conditions of flow in your garden. How can you begin to represent these systems using the string?


ASSIGNMENT FOR WEEK 2, Tuesday: Taxonomic Catalog & Taxonomic Drafted Sketch

“Gardens have had a strange fate. Their history has almost always anticipated the history of cities.”    The Pleasure of Architecture, 1978 | Bernard Tschumi

Click on LINK for Taxonomy Examples and Garden Presentation summary

Click ARCH 251 – Superficial Gardening 01 for project handout