AA Inter 3

Friday 13th CRIT Details by tutor
December 10, 2019, 5:55 pm
Filed under: 2018-19

The crit on the 13th is shaping up to be a great day with guest critics and obviously your work too!

As promised here is list of what is expected on the crit on Friday 13th:

1- Make you sure present you full term work under the concept of what is the Future Forest. Do not forget to mention the obvious (You chose technological, mythical or resources and why), etc.

2- Avoid presenting chronologically, present telling us what you are interesting in and what you being doing to test, experiment and play with the idea.

3- In terms of documents organize the wall pin up to give priority to the current work but make sure you are telling a compelling and interesting story of your full work/investigation.

4- Explain a reference you used to your current project and give credit.

5- Explain the current work time base/interaction in diagrams – 01 A2.

5- Make sure you have your model/prototype/installation process documented in 02 A2’s or similar, explaining what have you learned by making it

6- Show a video or a 02 to 03 good/proper/studio/ambient photos of the work showing its intention (atmospheric, time base, interaction)

7- Show the actual model/installation/prototype on the crit, make sure is not just placed carelessly on the floor but properly exhibited. After so much hard work, be careful/show care how you exhibit your pieces.

8- IMPORTANT: Present the overall question about what is the Future Forest for you. On the oral presentation be to the point about the WHY, WHAT, HOW of your work. Avoid given jurors a master-class on background information. What questions have your work raised so far? Where do you think you would go next with your work?

REMEMBER: Term 01 is about learning about the forest, its relationship to Culture, technology and resources and test ideas relating to the topics. You do not have to be conclusive about the concept, but be specific about the question you are asking about the Future Forest.

Have fun, be playful, and we super look forward to see you and your work on Friday 13th!

1st of November Crit by tutor
October 28, 2019, 3:21 pm
Filed under: 2018-19

On our first crit we will focus on debating your exploration of what aspects of the forest you have selected and how you are working with them. What is the forest and what is a future you are interested to explore? What informs that choice?

In practical terms each students should have minimum:

1- Main A1 drawing – composition exploring your initial ideas on the mythical, technological and/or resource Forest. Avoid creating a catalogue of browsing ideas about the forest. Make sure you explore a ‘what if’ indicating a initial creative response. We want to know about your informed ideas, not about a compilation of references or your opinion.

2- In order to support your drawing and establish a discussion between you and the guest critics each student should have four A2’s supporting sheets. They should explain:

  • your choice and explanation of either mythical, technological or resource forest
  • A key reference that help you think and structure your ideas. It can be a pictorial (but not only), architectural, artistic
  • A breakdown explaining your composition and how you structure your drawing
  • explaining your concept and your key argument

3- Write, print and bring a text with 150 words explaining what, how and why you are working with the theme of forest. Add a title to the composition and select 3 key words. Avoid generic words.

4- Do not Print in the last minute. Students who want to print on Friday morning, please do not. Print a night before and focus on preparing the presentation (re-hearse, sleep, etc). If students are late to the crit, they will not present.

Good luck!!

1st October Class by tutor
September 30, 2019, 3:42 pm
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Image: book cover of: Forests, The Shadow of Civilization by Robert Pogue Harrison

We hope you have had a good weekend and reading sessions with the first ideas about the forest.

Our first official meeting will take place tomorrow Tuesday 01/10 at 10:30 at the unit space. Please bring the text for discussion and your answers for the question of What is a forest? 




Myths of the New Forest by tutor
September 21, 2019, 9:48 pm
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Image: Augurs of Slave Island, AA INTER 3 by Nathan Su


We are very excited to start a new academic year with our brief Myths of the New Forest.

There are a lot of exciting developments, new possibilities and also continuing solid unit traditions of great execution of drawings and models…

To watch preview live videos talking about the brief and to see students previous work you can go to our Instagram page: @najadeostos

To download the extended brief please just click here

More soon!

Tutorials – Saturday 1 June by Nathan
May 31, 2019, 8:33 pm
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Hi all,

Tutorials for tomorrow – presentation rehearsals for 2nd years!

10:30 – Riyad + Zhi Wee

11:30 – Reina + Qian

12:30 – Shobha + Charlotte

14:00 – Caspar + Kechao

15:00 – Ludvig + Daniel

16:00 – Chiao + Maciej

Looking forward to it!

Friday 31/05 Tutorial by tutor
May 30, 2019, 9:04 pm
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Second years please bring your portfolio ready to present in the right order. We will rehearse and do any final mark ups. Please make sure: you have project title and how you addressed the UNIT 3 year brief clearly stated.

Third years: Lets talk/mark up project development and also how you want to structure your tables presentation.

Very much look forward to it!

The tutorial list for Friday is:

10:30 Chiao + Ludvig

11: 20 Kechao + Charlotte

12:10 Maciej + Daniel

14:00 Shobha + Caspar

14:50 Reina + Riyad

15:50 Zhi Wee + Qian


Tuesday 28/05 Tutorials by tutor
May 27, 2019, 3:37 pm
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Second years, please bring your portfolio in the right order again and the latest work printed for comments and mark ups. Tomorrow we will go through it and see what is missing. Please make sure you have yellow post-its or similar to mark the missing sheets. On Friday will be presentation rehearsals!

Third years, please bring your work printed for mark ups.

During the crit we noticed that in most students’ work there is a gap (second and third years) between the done research and the proposed design. There is hardly any in-between showing project development, or explanation of the design in graphical terms, or contextual work. Sketches and mainly diagrams are very important to fill that gap. We will show some more examples tomorrow. 

The tutorial list is:

10:00 Daniel + Charlotte

10:40 Caspar + Maciej

11:20 Chiao + Ludvig

13:00 Qian + Zhi Wee

13:50 Ryad + Reina

14:40 Kechao + Shobha

Re-post: Drawings and Diagrams for Inspiration by tutor
May 24, 2019, 7:47 pm
Filed under: 2018-19, reading

Here are some diagrams for your inspiration, I’m sure you can find lots more for yourself…

02 manon-mollard manuel-g-nogueira_3 soonil-kim-kings-vine02u21_02_vermeulen_003

And following some drawings that could be an inspiration for compositions, drawing style and/or use of colour etc:

759_13 chetwoods_butterfly-house02 derek-pirozzi_speculating-the-coast02 derek-pirozzi_speculating-the-coast03 manuel-g-nogueira_11 kidney_sections_illustrator017basementbarml01035-vagrant-axis900_0

Friday 24th Tutorial by tutor
May 23, 2019, 6:52 pm
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Hi All,

For tutorials please bring the latest developments since the Crit and how you want to progress for the final tables. Second years please bring your portfolio arranged in order.

The list:

10:30  Chiao + Shobha

11:10 Caspar + Maciej

11:50 Daniel + Charlotte + Kechao

14:00 Reina + Riad

14:40 Qian + Zhi Wee

Very much look forward to it!


Friday 17/5 Presentation Rehearsals by Nathan
May 16, 2019, 2:02 pm
Filed under: 2018-19

Tomorrow we will do rehearsals for the final crit and workshop your overall narrative/presentation. It’s a chance to test how to organise the hierarchy of your work (drawings, films, models) and also to identify what pieces can be further developed by Monday. Please come ready to do a run-through of your work in 8-10 minutes. Sequencing is key so think about how you frame your design project in terms of term 1 research, the unit trip, and Technical Studies. Think of how you can organise by theme, importance/relevance to your design, social/environmental agendas – rather than by the chronology of what you did in the year.

Bring your key drawings printed, show films on the screen, have models/booklets on hand and bring a sheet with your planned wall layout on it as we discussed last time I saw you. Spend some time tonight preparing by writing out your project title, synopsis and argument coherently. Remember that your audience doesn’t know your research interests, the nature of the sites we visited, the unit’s understanding of mythology/narrative so you need to communicate these alongside/to contextualise the content of your project.

Tutorial times below:

10:30 – Kechao + Qian

11:30 – Maciej + Riyad

12:30 – Shobha + Zhi Wee

14:00 – Caspar + Chiao

15:00 – Charlotte + Reina

16:00 – Daniel + Ludvig

Looking forward to it!