Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Corbusier: Implementing benefits

So after an overhaul on our first concept. Abby and I are now focusing on the main reason of the exhibit. To create, argue, and clarify the benefits of Corbusiers manifesto, the relativity to our current homes, and how each guest in the exhibit will get the chance to interact/build their own idealized house by learning the process and importance of the five points.

This might not be our 'theme,' but it is easier for me to explain it in this matter:

You will be enrolling in Corbusiers architecture school. Each guest/student will walk in the exhibit and receive a hand held device which will act as your architecture school 'survival pack.' Your goal is to learn his five points, collect/earn your merit badges/points/materials to build the idealized house. At the end of the experience with your inventory of parts, in your survival pack/media device, you will build your own idealized house and learn why Corbusiers manifesto domestically and ecologically benefits you and the world.

The driven narrative will direct guests through the five points, and they will have to learn why the five points exist and the benefits to their own daily habitat experiences. Each point is a color coated classroom that will start with an overview of history behind Corbusier and his utopian vision. Once done with orientation, you will go through our foundations course by learning about Point #1, Supports. Arriving in supports/foundations class, you will read up on the benefits and materials that corbusiers support system has helped the building you work in and even your current home. Your hand held device will prompt you to answer two simply questions or perform an activity to understand the importance of Point #1 Support. Once successfully completing the questions and activity, you will be awarded the "support item" that will be logged in your media devices' inventory.

From here you can choose between two electives: Designing the Facade, and Open Floor Plan. The supports creating the opportunity to have these next two points, makes the choice modular and the narrative a little more free, just like his open plan. You will be prompted again to earn your "items" of
understanding the facade and open plan. Once collecting these items you will graduate to the upper-class/upstairs where the rooftop garden and horizontal windows where you will once again interact with an activity or questions to earn and complete your inventory to build the perfect architectural structure.

The end of the experience ends with acknowledging all the earned items in your inventory and then your media device will digitally contruct your house using current parts. If correct parts aren't earned you will see/build an example of crumbling foundations, an urban jungle with no gardens (only gray), and understand the repercussions of why Corbusiers FivePoints are needed.

The content of the physical exhibit will direct people through the lower floor and then up through the back of the Art Space or being given a choice at the beginning to go up or downstairs. Weaving in and out of interactive projections walls that illustrate visually the benefits or consequences of your decisions.

Here is an example of the questions/activities that you will interact with:

The Supports:

Corbusier lifted the bulk of the structure off the ground, supporting it by pilotis — reinforced concrete stilts. These pilotis, in providing the structural support for the house, allowed him to elucidate his next two points: the free facade and open floor plan.

Activity: sort of like the tile game, you have to move supports into the right place in order to create open planned

Corbusier called his column-like supports "pilotis." These pilotis function was to:

a) Support the ceiling

b) Lift the structure off the ground

c) Eliminate restricting inner walls

d) both a and b

If you answered D then you are correct

2. According to Corbusier, what was the most structurally sound combination of materials to create foundational supports for the Pilotis?

a) Solid Oak reinforced with steel rebar

b) Concrete and Solid Oak frames

c) Concrete reinforced with steel rebar

d) A pile of ravens

___ "If you answered D and C then you are correct and pass foundations, you have earned your Support Item"

Free Design of the Facade:

Free design of the facade. By projecting the floor beyond the supporting pillars, like a balcony all round the building, the whole facade is extended beyond the supporting construction. It thereby loses its supportive quality and the windows may be extended to any length at will, without any direct relationship to the interior division.

Activity: every pillar can have 9 square spaces surrounding it, you have to move them into place in order to create an open plan.

1. Projecting the floors beyond the supporting pillars was intended to:

a) Utilize the space below the floor

b) Utilize the space below the floor

c) Allow windows to be extended to any length

d) All of the Above

2. Extending the floors beyond the supports could only be possible through:

a) The support from the pilotis

b) The ribbon windows

c) The rooftop gardens

d) Cobusiers Glasses


Floor Plans: Rough Concepts, The orange parts are ceiling banners, the rest are walls or display panels.

Plan View: First Floor

Plan View: Second Floor

Elevation View: Display Panels

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