3/4 review

Yesterday was the 3/4 review for our third and final project in 501. Here are some pictures from the afternoon! My section with Ben Krone presented alongside Lasha Brown’s studio. The project brief is to design a performance space and the site consists of 3 unprogrammed adjacent buildings.

‘Tis the season

So with our 3/4 review right around the corner naturally a crowd of us are working here in studio this weekend! One of my studio mates Walaid surprised us tonight with an artificial christmas tree. We’re working on getting more ornaments and candy tomorrow, but put up some sketch models for now!

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Traditional Japanese woodworking

A few weeks ago in our construction class with Franca Trubiano, Lindsay Falck shared with us some examples of traditional Japanese woodworking. None of the pieces require additional connections, they’re designed to fit together structurally with pegs, dovetail joints and many other methods.

If you’re interested, check out my friend Josh’s video of him assembling a bench he designed using a similar technique.

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Summer studio

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, but things have gotten pretty busy these past few weeks! Here’s are look at some of the final work from my section’s summer studio. Summer studio is essentially a 7-week long architecture boot camp required for matriculating M.Archs with undergraduate backgrounds in fields other than architecture. There were about 35 of us in total, and we were split into 3 studios. My section worked with Martin Hershenzon; all 3 studios were overseen by Larry Mitnick.

I’ve included pictures from the final review and also some process photos. For the final review we were each given an 8 ft by 8 ft site to present our work on. We were encouraged to identify occurring themes from our studio projects to guide our design for the site. Some examples of themes were: compression and release, upward rotation, and change in perspective; mine was projection from an origin. I’ll add more photos when I get a chance!

Hopefully this gives you a better idea of life at Penn Design!

Hello world!

Hello world! Welcome to my blog, my name is Margaret and I’m currently starting my first year in Penn Design’s Master of Architecture program. I received my BFA in industrial design from Carnegie Mellon in 2010 and am interested in the grey area between architecture and industrial design. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have about Penn or otherwise. Best to use mgerhart@design.upenn.edu!

We had our first day of 501 yesterday! After the race to get our studio desks and meeting our critics we got to explore the city a bit to research furniture. A bunch of us went to 3rd street which is where olde city is. Here’s some of what we found.

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