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  • Folly of the Detail

    Folly of the Detail
    chicago ILLINOIS

    UIC SoA, Spring 2012
    Thomas Kelley (Coordinator)

    Details are vague. They range in scale, application, material, appearance, and ideology. Details are parts, details are wholes. Details lie, details tell the truth, and details don’t say anything at all. This is the folly of the detail; the doomed tendency towards an ambiguous list of definitions. And while details may often arrive at the end of an architectural process, this studio aims to confront the architectural detail from the start.

    In an attempt to define what constitutes a detail, this studio outlines a pairing of two initial constraints, type and precedent, from which to establish a variety of graphic and three-dimensional sensibilities across each of the four studios. For this methodology to work, we must assume very specific roles that carry very specific ideals. The initial constraint, or type, can be thought of as the parental guidance of the semester. Four detail types are extracted from Edward Ford’s “The Architectural Detail” (Autonomous Detail, Joint Detail, Ordered Detail, and Motific Detail) and will work to provide a theoretical foundation for the semester’s research. The second constraint, or precedent, acts as the kit-of-parts from which organizational principles of assembly and material will be derived and situated within the context of a singular detail belonging to a prominent Chicago detail. No studio will be identical, but rather work to produce four distinct definitions of the detail and a framework for understanding part-to-whole relationships.

    The studio will test the type and precedent research through an intensive obstacle course of scale shifts and parametric exercises designed to achieve a 1:1 architectural folly, or installation, situated within the School of Architecture. The folly is typically referred to as a useless physical intervention-one that strays from reality towards the ethereal, or poetic. This studio will sidestep the vagueries of the folly and project specificity onto the object by focus-ing attention on physical activity, i.e. a game played by a group of people purely for entertainment. The three projects are guided by three distinct sets of scale (Too Fine, Too Coarse, and Just Right) that correlate to an element of the folly’s game, Project 1 -Assembly Instructions, Project 2-User Guide, and Project 3-Folly. Students will present their folly as a game to be played by critics during the final review of the project.

    rundown///
    ( 1) analysis of four chicago details through the lens of four distinct detail types: Autonomous Detail, Joint Detail, Ordered Detail, and Motific Detail. (2) three-dimensional understanding of detail at three different scales: Too Fine, Too Coarse, and Just Right (3) application of detail type towards the design of an architecturalfolly (1:1)

    definitions///
    detail I. an intricate arrangement of parts considered or requiring to be considered separately from the whole.
    type I. autonomous detail, joint detail, ordered detail, and motific detail.
    precedent I. four Chicago details; structural comer, timber frame, cast iron facade, and cantilevered double-bay.
    folly I. an extravagant building erected to suit a fanciful taste. II. a game played by a group of people purely for entertainment.

    Additional credits and links:
    Instructors: Thomas Kelley (Coordinator), Julie Flohr, John Manaves, and Teddy Slowik.

    Students: Terrence Hector, Jaime Pacheco, Jacob Waas, Agnieszka Rutkowski, Sarang Han, Arturo Fernandez, Augustin Bernal, Victor Bocanegra, James Johnson, Tasho Tasho, Andrea Varaneckas, Alisa Penkala, Richard Ignacz, Rebecca De La Torre, Johanna Spindola, Roberto Colin, Rachel Crump, Antonio Pietanza, Wilmer Tarco, Matthew Price, Nisha Evans, Ryan Treacy, Matthew Martin, Jacob Dewey, Matthew Madsen, Nichole Tortorici, Steven Kruger, Salvador Cervantes, Conor Libit, Maxwell Jarosz, Afshan Aqueel, Crystal Collado, Jessica Lopez, Diana Stavropoulos, Alexa Radu, Borislav Angelov, Jacob Reifenberg, David Vallejo, Jennifer Colesby, Kristen Martin, Vanessa Hernandez, Christian Kisereu, Joseph Browy, Daniel Barrios, Emily Doom, Ivan Martinez, Luis Vasquez.

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