Sarah Coelho

studies of buildings in Boston
24 October 2010

I am studying a number of buildings in Boston designed by prominent modern and contemporary architects. I will develop a series of books in which I reflect on the buildings and what I can learn about their designers’ original intent.

I will design and edit the content of these books: the content will be my own photographs of the buildings, and text — poetry either by others or by myself. Photographing the buildings is a means by which I can focus my attention on the buildings; I have already begun this process. I am also developing lists of words and phrases, from my own visits to these buildings. Working from these lists, I will either create or find a poem or poems that express my impressions of the buildings and of their designers’ intentions.

In my development as a graphic designer I have discovered and others have observed that my design style is architectural. My work is marked by an emphasis on line and space, and by reliance on grid structures. This project allows me to investigate further into the roots of this style as I reflect on built architecture.
 

studies of buildings in Boston…
18 May 2010

For my senior seminar project I propose a study of contemporary Boston-area architecture. Studying the building and its maker will result in a series of books summarizing the findings. These books would be designed using text layout, graphics, space and font usage so that the outcome can be linked to the building’s structural design. The result will be both informative and pleasing to the reader while speaking to my design esthetic.

In my development as a graphic designer I have discovered and others have commented that my design style is very architectural. My work has a strong use of line and space, and showing a grid-like quality. This project allows me to investigate further into the roots of this style. This will be done by studying significant building structures that can be observed personally and studying the history of the architect and/or his or her design concepts.

My ambition is to enter the corporate design world with a focus on business identity. With this project, my goal is to produce a books series with the results of my studies. These books will be graphically designed with a cohesive link to the architect’s design intent and his final result – the building. This will require my study of the architect’s vision and a physical study of his works. Once the information is gathered I will know the architect’s “identity” and I hope to convey his identity to the reader using my own “architectural design esthetic”.

references / bibliography

Payette Associates (architectural firm, Boston)

AIA Guide to Boston : Contemporary Landmarks, Urban Design, Parks, Historic Buildings and Neighborhoods (3rd edition, 2008)



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