Space and the Primary Elements - Design Workshop

Kent Willis - Fall Semester 2004

Problem Description:

The following are four primary elements that define space:

1. Point
2. Line
3. Plane
4. Volume

The students draw a grid of one-inch increments on an 18” x 18” plane.  Using a combination of a minimum of 2 points (i.e. dowels) and 3 planes, or a maximum of 7 points and 5 planes, the students must create a series of spaces across the 18” x 18” field. In order to focus on the definition of space, materials that are neutral are utilized. The problem concentrates on the articulation of space, scale, proportion, balance and the use of a planning grid. The individual properties of the points and planes must be analyzed and attention given to how they function differently to activate space. The types of spaces that are formed, how they connect with one another and circulation throughout the 18” field must be analyzed. How the grid can inform the placement of the points and planes and how these elements generate spatial movement must also be studied. Throughout the design process, model building techniques are explored and craft is developed.

Samplings of Students' Work:

Nathaniel Maddison - Fall Semester 2004

Nathaniel Maddison - Fall Semester 2004

Mical Bracken (Final Solution) - Fall Semester 2004

Mical Bracken (Process) - Fall Semester 2004

Jeremy Bringard - Summer Semester 2005