“Likeness of a form is called an idea, just like the likeness of a house
preexisting in the [drawing] of an architect is called the idea of a house.”
William Ames, 1576-1633
The Year Two Design Studio proposes architectural design as a translation. That is, the process of design is a translation or bringing into existence (making or framing) a tangible reality which lies within the intangible ideas of the architect. Specifically, the studio explores translation as the process of translating, as well as, an act of translation. In other words, the studio posits architectural design as a dual process. It is a process of ideation complemented by the manifestation of those ideas as form.
The process of ideation is the design process, itself. It is the exploration into potential, tangible realities arising from the intangible thoughts of a designer. The manifestation of ideas as form is the actualization of a potential reality through the articulation and use of space, volume, structure, form, scale, material, etc.
In order to enable translation, the studio builds upon the design skills learned in the Year One Design Studio, e.g. drawing, fabricating, analysis, etc. – by engaging them as tools for ideation and aids to manifesting ideas into a tangible reality.
Ultimately, the Year Two Design Studio is an invitation to discover the potential of one’s idea(s) as a tangible reality. It is important to note that translation is by no means unidirectional action. Therefore, the studio is also an opportunity to appreciate the effect reality has on one’s ideas. In light of this, translation, as exemplified in the design process, not only functions from the intangible to the tangible but from the tangible to the intangible and then back to the tangible. In the end, translation is a transformative act, which offers tangible potentials and/or iterations of reality. Translation should not result in formal equivocations or associations of a designer’s idea.