Design Studio IIA – Puna

Ritual Investigations

Te Puna can be translated as well spring or source. It is a watery term, suggesting things that, while powerful (like a river carves the landscape) is also flexible. We see puna appearing in words like Tipuna ~ ancestors and Mokopuna ~ grandchildren. Te Puna is the past and leads to the future.

Puna is understood in this context as the wellspring of ideas and knowledge. Ideas don’t just come from nowhere but have their own whakapapa (lineage or genealogy) – from clients, from communities, from other designers and artists. In using and developing those ideas, we need to be aware of where they have come from, so we can contextualise, articulate through design and make in a conscious way.

 

Aim

The aim of this project is to engage in a shared exploration of the rituals that occur through dwelling, inviting you to gather, explore, manipulate and represent the performance of ritual as a means to consider and critique the ways in which people interact with their environments.

This intuitive and experimental work will provide cues as to the ways in which an abstract concept might be activated through the manipulation of objects, materials, space and experience. You will be introduced to conventions of representing your design process, to aid in the understanding of your project through drawing and modelling.

Project

This project asks you to consider how we actually know and experience space, at an intimate 1:1 scale. In other words, how everyday existence ‘produces space’. It also asks us to interrogate the ‘origin’ of the design. Designers are conduits for ideas. Where do your ideas come from? What role do you play in shaping them further into creative work?

These three points are a framework to guide you through this process:

Origin 1.You will begin by documenting a ritual you perform regularly, an instance of how you live in space every day.  Consider Body. Space. Time.

Origin 2. Select a site from the list provided.  Design a spatial intervention or self-supporting structure that relocates your ritual in your selected site. How, through this shift in place can you reveal something about the ritual?

Origin 3. Create a proposal that responds to the site  – historical, political, cultural and social implications – as well as particular modes of representation. As a Spatial designer/artist, your role is to work with, through and against these constraints to produce your response to this brief.

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Puna, 2016 by Shannan Ryan – http://shannan-in-space.tumblr.com/

 

Week 1

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Puna, 2014 by Xavier Ellah – xespatialstudio.tumblr.com/archive/2014/4

 

Student Blogs

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Link to PUNA Student Blogs.

 

 

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We will complete this section together in each session.

What?

  • Introduce brief
  • Group discussion about rituals
  • Modes/perspectives -represent, document, analyse rituals
  • Class exercise
  • Independent study discussion
  • Any questions

Why?

  • Dissect the rituals – breaking down them down, to reveal something new about them, to (objectify) the ritual, something that was always there that we hadn’t considered before.
  • Use ritual as a tool to analyse space
  • To change that space – make more efficient or less.
  • To consider how we use spaces and how that changes depending on where you are in the world

How?

  • Discussion
  • Exploration of modes of recording chosen ritual and the space it occurs in
  • Presenting ideas back to other groups
  • Reflection
  • Documentation  – always editing: deciding what to record.

Session 2 [Floor plan analysis slides / slides plan analysis task / Robin Evans (1978) ‘Figures, Doors and Passages’.]

What?

  • Discovery of context – research / library search techniques
  • Floor plans – change over time
  • Ritual catch up
  • Independent study

Why?

  • expanding sense of the ‘context’ of the project (eg. critical theory & history)
  • begin to think about how we can ‘read’ plans, other drawings and models
  • expand ways of analysis

How?

  • presentations and in-class exercise
  • discussion with peers
  • recap / review

Deliverables:

Session 1 (Monday)

  • Create a blog

 

  • Space analysis: generate 5x modes/perspectives using the list generated together in studio time.
Session 2 (Thursday)
  • Sketch Up model of the current site your ritual occurs in (6thmode/perspective).

 

  • Continue ritual investigations. Repeat/try some other space analysis modes.

 

Always upload ALL work to your blog

 

 

 

 

Week 2

This week we add a layer of complexity to you ritual by moving it to an unusual location in one of three possible types of site: the Town Belt, the South Coast, pedestrian routes between Lambton Quay & the Terrace.

Monday session’s slides.

What?

  • introduction to sites
  • consider what we know and what we can find out abut them
  • start making in a little way

Why?

  • adding constraint to the project
  • give the project a space (with qualities like weather and people and materials)
  • learn about context
  • make a plan/get a focus for how to investigate the site

How?

  • online research
  • quick modelling & drawing
  • collecting maps and other images

Deliverables:

  • 6 documents made on site
  • 2 documents made away from site
  • information about the site (history, geography, ecology, topography etc)

 

Thursday session’s slides

What?

  • review
  • Powhiri framework – Puna
  • Plagiarism vs Sampling
  • Mash-up

Why?

  • editing out ideas
  • making connections
  • refining aesthetic qualities
  • making a plan for what to do next

How?

analogy of mashed potato:

  • smash things up a bit
  • add lots of butter & salt
  • whip it till fluffy

Deliverables:

  • develop ‘mash up’ ideas toward a proposal for a test sited intervention
  • produce 4 ‘beautiful mashed-up documents’ (collage, drawing, physical model, stills from digital models, time-based media)
  • Upload to your blog

Week 3

 

Monday Session

What?

  • 1:1 Charrette (bring materials e.g.. roll paper, cotton string, PVA, pins, masking tape, tools & containers, pencils etc)

Why?

  • develop speed, team work, change your perspective, preparation for following session
  • get ideas for how to do your independent study: a 1:1 intervention of your ritual into your site.

How?

  • quickly, big-ly, and beautifully.

Deliverables:

  • 1:1 in-studio charrette exercise
  • documentation of a 1:1 in-site intervention of your ritual.

Thursday Session slides on orthographic drawing

What?

  • Spatial Design drawing conventions workshop

Why?

  • skills in representation, communication and interpretation

How?

  • listening, looking doing – from 1:1 charrette installation in studio

Deliverables:

  • create orthographic drawings of 1:1 site intervention from previous independent into
  • develop documents of your design proposal (to date)  for interim presentation on Monday.

Week 4

Monday session.

What?

INTERIM PRESENTATION

Why?

  • define a first version idea
  • get feed back
  • practice presentation skills

How?

  • 5 images of your work with verbal description

Deliverables:

  • 5 ‘images’ of your work to date

Thursday session.

What?

continuing to develop project after interim presentation
Academic integrity slides

Why?

progressing ideas

refining ideas

How?

idea development and resolution exercise (10 minutes to make your idea – 10 minutes to make someone else’s idea – 10 minutes to reflect on making)

1:1 feedback on projects

Deliverables:

Continue to work on project – testing new ideas, resolving old ideas, collecting and analysing precedents/’artist models’

Week 5

Monday session.

What?

Project deliverables/hand-in requirements

1 on 1s

Why?

Preparation for final submission

How?

reviewing ‘good’ representation techniques

Deliverables:

Continue developing your project.

Complete draft version of each of the ‘drawings’, bring to class on Thursday.

 

Thursday session.

What?

reviewing your plans for final presentation and submission

Why?

Preparation for submission

How?

round table discussions of what you will present (4-6 peers)

1:1 meetings as time permits

Deliverables:

Final presentation images for review (pin-up) on Monday

Week 6

Monday session.

What?

PRESENTATION OF FINAL DESIGN PROPOSAL

Why?

to provide feedback so project can be resolved for Thursday 9am submission

How?

Pin-up and present with oral feedback from tutors and peers

Deliverables:

Respond to feedback from presentation and action changes as needed.

 

Thursday session.

What?

Submission of ALL parts by 12noon Thursday (final design proposal, creative practice documented in blog)

Complete  ‘reflection’ on the aims and successes of your project (use this document as a template)

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Why?

Finalise submission and tidy up loose ends

How?

Online submission

Writing to be completed in class and handed over as a printout etc.

Hand-in Requirements:

Drawing series: moving through space. Plan, section, elevation, perspective and, conceptual, parti or scale physical model + 6 weeks of creative practice, + written reflection (completed in studio on Thursday).

Last modified: April 6, 2017