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Lock in with BA (Hons) Architecture

BA Architecture lock in

BA (Hons) Architecture  

Measure: 

Measure yourself or someone you live with standing, walking and sitting to create a series of simple ergonomic charts of human proportions and movement. Try the task

Watch: 

A film featuring amazing architecture – Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle (1958); Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968); Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982); Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira (1988). Before you watch, take a look at the graphic storyboards produced and then see if you can identify where they correspond to in the film. 

Photograph: 

Document a digital flipbook of facades/windows, you walk past on a journey you travel on frequently. Try to compose every photos in the same way so that you capture as many different windows as you can, and so that each photograph is cropped to exactly the same size. Capture

Sketch: 

A mechanical invention to improve your daily life under lockdown, the more elaborate and bizarre the better. Take a look at the illustrations of Heath Robinson for inspiration. 

Read: 

Read anything. Read everything. But remember to compare what you are reading to alternative sources – what you want is a balanced view that takes into consideration the attitudes of different cultures. You might even want to try writing about the things you feel strongly about, and this could be in the form of a short story, essay or perhaps a blog that you can add to. Read

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Model: 

Create a conceptual model using scrap or bought materials to explore an interesting theme. Either pick a theme, or just open a book/magazine at any page and pick one word from the first paragraph. Create

Draw: 

Find out about orthographic projection. Draw a kitchen utensil in top view (aka plan), front view and side view (aka elevations) at a scale of 1:2 (half real-life size). Use just a pencil and a ruler to construct the drawing. Ready to sketch

Map: 

Create a map of a short journey you take to describe the lighting, textures, smells, sounds or materials you experience on the way. This can be digital or analogue, two dimensional or three dimensional, but the focus should be on the sensory experience (not the route).  

Look at: 

The Presidents Medals – choose one project from the previous 18 years and see if you can understand the theme of the project. Try to work out how the author has created their imagery – which digital or analogue skills do you need to learn over the duration of the course? 

Listen to: 

A podcast on architecture, culture and the city. There are loads out there, frequently updated with useful insights across a range of subjects. The Failed Architecture blog and podcast is one of the best: in the latest episode listen to the discussion around buildings, power, imperialism, and Beyonce. 

Post images of you developing your work and of the finished outcomes to Padlet using the password BSoAD. 

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  • Year 1Instagram: @bcu_des1gn 
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