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2015

Datum: student journal of architecture

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Jakatar- Proposing A New Lifestyle, Han Kwon Jan 2015

Jakatar- Proposing A New Lifestyle, Han Kwon

Datum: student journal of architecture

There are two major effects of global warming; rising temperatures and melting glaciers. More than five million cubic miles of ice fields are continuously melting. Experts estimate if all melting drains to the sea, the sea-level would rise 216 feet. It will cause a different life style for the future. The effects of sea-level rise are scarcity of resources and a lack of habitat. We propose a new infrastructure, through the use of existing buildings, with different function to help humanity cope with rising sea-levels.


2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, Jonathan Melendez-Davidson Jan 2015

2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, Jonathan Melendez-Davidson

Datum: student journal of architecture

The following depicts the voyage of Iowa State University design students who were part of a performance in the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Their task, to contribute in a three day workshop and colloquim, hosted by Iowa State University’s architecture program, at the ‘Arsenale’ grounds in Venice, Italy. During the workshop, the students were to study and explore ‘the floor’, one of the fundamental ‘elements of architecture’ proposed by Biennale curator and architect Rem Koolhaas.


Black Archipelago, Mark Darmour-Paul Jan 2015

Black Archipelago, Mark Darmour-Paul

Datum: student journal of architecture

Discovery is central to drawing as an exploratory act: drawing as finding a way, not representing what is already known. Marks evidence as entropic energy exchange: from a solid cylinder of graphite to an array of visual beams, vectors, and apparatuses laid across a page. Lines themselves are never built, yet necessary for the construction of concepts. Paintings, by contrast, overlays and conceals in a simultaneous revealing and obscuring of form. Here, black paint only ever articulates a black field, pushing back that which was ‘drawn’ forth, continually configuring non-figural space.


Chapel Bar, David Cordaro, Connor Yocum Jan 2015

Chapel Bar, David Cordaro, Connor Yocum

Datum: student journal of architecture

Living and learning in a post Modernist era, different than Post-Modern, offers a unique view of Modernism only possible after-the-fact. The Form Follows Function principle is beaten into our brains to the point of nearly blind adherence, but perhaps there is a valuable perspective to be gained by manipulating form and imposing different variations to a single function.


"Dode", Suncica Jarasovic, Ahmed Almonsouri Jan 2015

"Dode", Suncica Jarasovic, Ahmed Almonsouri

Datum: student journal of architecture

Independent Project


Bad Language, Jonathan Bartkowicz Jan 2015

Bad Language, Jonathan Bartkowicz

Datum: student journal of architecture

Being present in a design community, this word tends to be one of the many buzzwords that we are over-saturated with, in both the academic and professional world. Through the repetition of this and many other words, one notices that the word has been reduced to sounds, and therefore has lost its meaning. The effect is known as Semantic Satiation, first coined by psychologist Leon Jakobovits James in the 1960’s. Beyond a psychological theory, this idea hints at a far more serious issue plaguing the field of architecture. Those involved fall into the trap of using buzzwords. These words ...


Active Matter, Tian Hui, Ran Gu, Patricia Moericke, Qingyang Zhu Jan 2015

Active Matter, Tian Hui, Ran Gu, Patricia Moericke, Qingyang Zhu

Datum: student journal of architecture

How would the use of multiple heat sources present in the café environment (coffee cups, laptops, etc) create distinctions within an existing tabletop by use of thermos chromic paint? This investigation rethinks the expression of the existing café table at the AA with regard to material activation and location.


Elia Zenghelis Masterclass, Ben Kruse Jan 2015

Elia Zenghelis Masterclass, Ben Kruse

Datum: student journal of architecture

“Give me your pen,” Elia said as he lowered himself into a chair at the desk and pulled my sketchbook toward him. He carved his idea onto the page with bold, practiced strokes, each mark punctuated by a vibrant commentary that delved to the heart of my concept. “You see, this drawing is meant to show what you stand for, what you think about architecture and its impact on the political and the social [human experience]. We are cultivating a particular way of thinking here.”


Misanthropic Architecture, Alex Olevitch Jan 2015

Misanthropic Architecture, Alex Olevitch

Datum: student journal of architecture

If “to err is human”, the inverse must also be true: “to never err is human.” It could consequently be asserted that to be bad is good, for without we might lose that which makes us, us. However, over the course of the past century, it seems a trend in spatial production has emerged that antagonizes our “bad” side. These trends have resulted in administratively overbearing architectural works, threatening our very nature.


The Burrow, Amanda Hoefling, Andrew Puntini Jan 2015

The Burrow, Amanda Hoefling, Andrew Puntini

Datum: student journal of architecture

The bus parks next to the trees. The breeze floats my gaze towards the Burrow, sitting there nestled into the earth, its quite strikign in a simple way. The students are just about to disperse along the trails when I catch them quick to remind them of the schedule. The trails are teasing; I cannot blame them for being distracted.


Panama City Pit, Federico Romero, Brandon Brewer, Anthony Khairallah Jan 2015

Panama City Pit, Federico Romero, Brandon Brewer, Anthony Khairallah

Datum: student journal of architecture

Our project is located in the village of Coclecito, Panama. Here we have proposed to relocate a village into a 1850’ x 1500’ by 400 deep mining pit that has been left behind by the mining company. Our thought is that with the terries left in the mine we can use them to create terries farming in which it can provide sustainable life to the people. With this the building would be set on stable volcanic rock, taking advantage of regional geology. We tend to use a concrete mixture with volcanic rock to create most of the structure.


The Memory, Zitong Feng, Tianyu Feng, Yuan Liu Jan 2015

The Memory, Zitong Feng, Tianyu Feng, Yuan Liu

Datum: student journal of architecture

Other than the political union by one government, the ultimate peace shall only be achieved by the union of people, friends and families. Due to the Korean War, many families were separated. Due to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), those people could never meet familiies in their entire life. With the extremely intense atmosphere, the DMZ creates a harsh physical boundary as well as a spiritual and invisible barrier between the people of two countries.


Boundary Waters, Jon Bassett, Eric Neuhaus, Brandon Persson Jan 2015

Boundary Waters, Jon Bassett, Eric Neuhaus, Brandon Persson

Datum: student journal of architecture

Today, Boston is confronted with three major urban issues each at a different scale: a defunct vestige of the past, a transforming seaport district and an inevitable rising sea level. Each of these urgent confrontations asks Boston to change its disposition of land expansionism and re-examine its narrative of urban development. The Northern Avenue Bridge rests at the nexus of these issues, no longer the conduit of urban progress but now as a part of the problem: a sentimental urban relic that consumes significant resources to maintain its decay. With Boston's rapidly changing urban frontier, we find opportunity to ...


Roma: The Bad City, Ashley Danielson Jan 2015

Roma: The Bad City, Ashley Danielson

Datum: student journal of architecture

As Aaron Betsky quoted so well in his article Uneternal City, "All roads lead to Rome, but once you get there they turn into spaghetti". The only way to understand this seemly tangled road system is by looking into Rome's past. What began as simple meandering paths along the seven hills transitioned into direct routes between important churches. Once Rome began to grow after its unification in the 1870's, residential grids were added to teh overlay of winding and straight routes. Knowing the layers of urban planning gives you onlya distant aerial view of the workings of this ...


Repair, Mohammed Khesroh Jan 2015

Repair, Mohammed Khesroh

Datum: student journal of architecture

When considering our greatest achievements, surely the crafting of civili7ation from the nature that surrounds us tops the list. We worked with the crust of ground that was broken, the water from the creek and rivers that separated, and we repaired the material by mixing to create our palette of making. Repair, regardless of its philosophy; always existed in our culture first as an inventor, and second as a preserver. Throughout the ages, we had many key moments that the essence of repair was able to birth the peace of soul, death, and even lies. Ultimately, whatever the intent, it ...


On Seperation, Paul Jasper Jan 2015

On Seperation, Paul Jasper

Datum: student journal of architecture

The parameters that define 'good' and 'bad' craft in architecture are fundamentally changing. The proposition of craft within technology represents a paradox, yet in contemporary architectural education (and practice), we find that technology can actually complement, rather than oppose, ethical design thinking.


A Conversation With Catie Newell, Datum Jan 2015

A Conversation With Catie Newell, Datum

Datum: student journal of architecture

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Abroad, Ryan Carter Jan 2015

Abroad, Ryan Carter

Datum: student journal of architecture

"This is the worst idea I've ever had in my life." Such were my thoughts as I embarked on a 5,000 mile, four month long journey in Rome, Italy. Travelling internationally is valuable to any student wondering if it is worth it. If you want to survive a semester abroad you must learn from both the everyday and the extraordinary. Looking back, I can state with authority that my experiences in Rome actually bettered me as both a designer and a person. The case in point is a workshop completed alongside Roma Tre students.


Terminal 77, Yan Chen, Nick Cross, Mohammed Khesroh, Kevin Stromert Jan 2015

Terminal 77, Yan Chen, Nick Cross, Mohammed Khesroh, Kevin Stromert

Datum: student journal of architecture

Located south of Dallas, Texas, on Highway 77, a 550,000 sf site was transformed into a fueling station for Semi-trailer trucks. Creating a set of parameters, such as vehicular type, turn radius, and maximum vehicle dimensions, a systematic approach was organized in which to cultivate an architecture. The fueling station was reduced to three components: an area to fuel, an area to park, and an area leading to amenities. Researching the audience that would occupy the architecture, it was found that a further separation between the public and the truck drivers would be necessary. The solution was to make ...


Not So Real Representation, Amanda Hoefling Jan 2015

Not So Real Representation, Amanda Hoefling

Datum: student journal of architecture

Architectural rendering has become in itself a fine art, projecting perfected worlds, which necessarily canno be realized. As long as these hyper-idealized graphics stay within the community that produced them, their presence and production is innocuous. However, the public is often unaware of the highly manipulated renders. They believe them to be truthful representaitions of reality, allowing for grand disappointments and confusion, ultimately soiling the image of the architect.


Up-Turned Sadism, Tony Gonzalez Jan 2015

Up-Turned Sadism, Tony Gonzalez

Datum: student journal of architecture

It may seem a redundant claim, but good buildings do not fail. If we strip away the cultural, social, and political roles of buildings, leaving behind only the object-ness, we would say that good buildings are made of materials joined in a thoughtful way, such that the building resists entropy (a natural and tumbling force which pulls order back down to disorder). There are, of course, other ways that buildings fail: some buildings leak, some buildings over­heat, some buildings endanger people, some provide places for people to do dangerous things, but all of these failures have two things in ...


Bad': Human Scale, Jill Maltby, Matthew Darmour-Paul, Deborah Hauptmann, Calvin Lewis Jan 2015

Bad': Human Scale, Jill Maltby, Matthew Darmour-Paul, Deborah Hauptmann, Calvin Lewis

Datum: student journal of architecture

"I never understand why the profession is seduced by mega-projects, which I find usually don't have a sense of humanity, a sense of scale, what it means to be a human being. For the most part, the projects done at that sort of scale are done by architects that have never done residential architecture. Food, water, shelter... residence is the most basic building block of what we do everyday.


Professional Practice, Adam Sitzman Jan 2015

Professional Practice, Adam Sitzman

Datum: student journal of architecture

This one goes out to the students with a passion for practice. Many of these students aspire to become actual businesspeople after they graduate. Nonetheless, there is a lack of actual business-focused architectural courses offered at Iowa State University, and across the country. Without any training, students enter the business world armed with an educational arsenal that is only half-complete. Rendering and model making can only get us so far.


Thomas Kelley, Tony Gonzalez, Jonathan Melendez Jan 2015

Thomas Kelley, Tony Gonzalez, Jonathan Melendez

Datum: student journal of architecture

Thomas Kelley's work investigates, or as he prefers, mines errors in precession in pursuit of new perspectives. In his conversation with DATUM, he discusses his recent work as a resident of the American Academy in Rome, and his practice, Norman Kelley.