Students always seem to immediately grasp the necessity of having accurate site information with dimensional relationships, but I am also interested in understanding the more transient aspects of the place.
Where is the sun, and how does it move? (This alone could be an entire project)
How do people move and occupy the site?
Where are the view corridors and potential relationship?
What else makes this place a place? What makes it unique?
What are the latent aspects of the site, and how can they be revealed?
These questions will hopefully encourage students to think deeper about the site, and eventually lead to a design solution that is a response to the specificities of this place.
How can our design exist here, and nowhere else? Can it engage? Create place? Reveal?
And so today it began with the SITE. Very soon it will move to the IDEA.