Monday, March 29, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Daystar Christian Fellowship is a great way to get to know other people. People are motivated to come to Daystar because of its warm welcoming and how it is not like any other church with a steeple. Walking into Daystar is like walking into a movie theater from the dark lit entrance and the floor lamps that have blue light bulbs in them. The sanctuary is also dark with black ceilings and blue and green lights down the sides leading up to the stage. The stage is set up like a concert. There are stage lights, a drum set, guitars, a keyboard, and microphones. The basement is for the children, youth, and college students. It is filled with a small stage, lights, graffiti walls, several sets of tv’s with xbox’s, pool tables, couches, and even a small café to get snacks from.
All of these design decisions help in making the space feel like a place that is familiar to everyone and not set up like a usual church. It is geared to grab young adults’ attention because of why Daystar is so different from other usual churches. Its location across from Grimsley High School helps attract teenagers. It is for the people who think that church is not for them because of its very different experience.
Daystar is all about relationships. Daystar helps in making a stronger relationship with God and with others. Everyone craves relationships and this is the place to find long-lasting friendships and a life changing relationship with God. Outside of church, Daystar offers small groups that will help you grow in your relationship with God and with others. These small groups meet once a week and are always full of fun, support, and excitement. Daystar also offers opportunities for everyone to serve and become a part of a bigger picture to feel a sense of belonging. Daystar is where ever-lasting friendships grow.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Notes from Chapter 6 of Shaping Interior Space by Roberto Rengel:
“The concept of fit in design refers to the appropriate correspondence between a set of requirements or needs and the design solution that addresses them.”
“A successful design possesses a structure that is uniquely derived from the requirements of the project and a character that reflects its nature and personality.”
“The American Heritage Dictionary defines concept as “a general idea or understanding, especially one derived from specific instances or occurrences.”
“A design concept aims to define appropriate responses that help generate a specific approach to solve a design problem.”
“…concept ideas arise out of spontaneous flashes of inspiration.”
“Organizational concepts are those that guide the arrangement of space.”
“Character concepts are those related to style, image, or theme.”
“The scheme you develop from your concept must represent an appropriate response to the project type, its particular programmatic requirements, and the context in which it occurs.”
Stages of concept development:
1. 1. understanding the project
2. 2. identifying dominant issues
3. 3. conceiving workable approaches
4. 4. externalizing the approaches
5. 5. evaluating the approaches
6. 6. consolidating ideas and choosing a direction
Relationships, hierarchy, and movement of space are important when designing a space.
Diagramming will help you to visualize your concept and organize your space
Types of diagrams: parti, functional
“A good public diagram, whether a parti or functional diagram, possesses three basic virtues: clarity of content, clarity of intention, and economy of means.”
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Today we got into our groups and discussed what we wanted for our the 2nd floor design in the Gateway Plaza. On this floor we are putting a general store, community garden, and cafe area. The space needs to be transparent in the way that the outdoors and indoors come together with the garden and all the plants. Words that came to mind when coming up with a concept were: pure, transparent, clean, system, symbiosis, and release. The second floor will be an inviting open space where residents can go to feel like they are outdoors and can get a good snack and take care of their plants. The growing food can be sold in the general store along with seeds to where the residents can buy them to plant and grow. Residents can get jobs and volunteer opportunities working in the garden and the general store and preparing food for lunches everyday. Lots of natural lighting will be necessary to make the space feel open and transparent. The next step is to come up with a confined concept and design and research water systems, lighting, plants, drain systems, safety issues, and ventilation.