Defining the Problem

In design thesis, if you do not define the problem properly, your thesis’s architectural program will be weak or unworkable.

SITE, TYPE & ISSUE

What are these three things? Must they all come together?

A thesis must, by the end of Semester One:

(1) Start without a site. But must be tested with a site.

(2) Start with an issue. But must be tested with a site.

(3) Start with a site. Starting with a site may not be about the site only.

What is the problem if a thesis does not have a site by the end of Semester One?

The problem is there will not be a CONCEPT.

It will just be rhetoric, hearsay and theory.

True, that is some school of architecture, rhetoric, hearsay and theory are represented by graphics. But there is no concept.

Because CONCEPT must have a CONTEXT.

Therefore, in substitute of a SITE, the more rhetorical student would create a CONTEXT from say, literature. Structures from literature to construct the design. Some AA students do this. It is basically a concept done from another discipline’s context. Because context can be from anything at all. You can play that game. How you get away with it is, is by bluffing and by believing your own ‘crap’ and most importantly make others agree with you. Drawings that suggests but not real.

But what is real anyway? None of the students’ project is going to be built.

The student may appear to use a site, but in actual fact, the student just borrowed the site. The student never actually tested it.

(2) Start with an issue. But must be tested with a site.

 

 

 

 

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