Saturday, 20 October 2012


Each student is asked to present a Manifesto of his/her work during the first part of the course from the 10th of September to the 19th of October.
Although following a continuous evaluation throughout this period, this last submission will weigh 40% of the coursework. Other factors that have influenced the mark are participation in class with constructive arguments and in googlegroups, meeting deadlines and adding cultural facts with your drawings and debate.
The Manifesto should be presented in the format of a book, clear and well edited, and bound by hand. The model to follow is the series of books by Actar (Barcelona) VERB: fonts, layout (way of communication + the relationship between text, photos, schemes and drawings). Attached is a link to the publisher’s website
We insist: your book should belong to the series VERB, so, adjust yourself to the existing graphic design and size.

The title of the individual book should be Manifesto of Re-Reading Naked House/House at Lège/Villa Bollen/Maison Bordeaux/House at Baiao. Depending on the selected Story by each student.
The content should show the process of working during the period:
0. The original story of the house and its drawings.
1. The initial presentation to the Spanish team (of course this part is only for the Canadian students).
2. The reading of the stories and the criterion for selecting one particular one.
3. The photomontages focusing on concepts of the chosen Story - 20th  century concept and its transformation into the 21st century.
4. The drawing of the action the demonstrated the Cultural element that turned the 20th century house into a 21st century house. Each student showing clearly his/her contribution to the proposal. Therefore, individual drawing and collective drawing should be included.
5. The technical drawing - A SECTION OF A DETAIL - of the action in the space of the original house. In this point you can include those details by your partners in the case you consider them important. Also, feel free to edit them to make them better.
6. The most interesting conversations between the members of the team, how they built the arguments and came to a consensus of how to move forward with the proposals. Finally, a short evaluation/reflection on the teamwork/team effort. 
7. Bibliography.
8. Manifesto: you should finish summarizing your vision for Re-reading architecture.

This exercise provides two focal points: It is a reflection and a manner of editing the drawings
- To go back to the original story and reflect on what you proposal offers/adds to the original house. Try to imagine what the original architect would think of your drawings. For instance, the drawing of Action and Technical drawing (this last one should be a drawing where you make the effort to use it as an opportunity for design, create a new solution.)
- This entitles to go back to the drawings and redefine them if needed after having received the feed-back from the CRITS and your partners.
- Think as an editor working for Actar. This means to follow the layout of the publishing company and be critical in the way of deciding what and how your drawings/writings are selected into your book. The style of writing should be academic, not to write in first person or in a way of a diary.

Monday 29th of October the book should posted in the blog with the program of ISSUU.
Wednesday 31st of October the Manifesto in paperbook should be handed in Ottawa, on the 2nd November in Alicante.
The aim is to organize a competition between the books and send the winners to the architects authors of the houses!