Assignment 1

Assignment 1: The City of Lost Children, Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1995

A piece of architecture, like an object, may be defined not by how it appears but by practices: those it partakes of and those that take place within it. Conceive, then, of the object of architectural practice (the appliance) as embodied not in a design in the traditional sense, but in a program, a set of procedures, a narrative, a catastrophic event, a mobilization, a complex new sense, affect, or emotion, a corporal technique, a collective hallucination, a dangerous scientific theory.

Boigen & Kwinter, 1991

Assignment 1 seeks to develop students’ awareness of the diagram, mapping, dataflow, parameter driven design etc. and to harness an ability to represent theses subject matters through a variety of graphic media including but not limited to: vector drawing; raster images; gif; film; montage; collage etc.

The insertion of the diagram into the work ultimately points to the role of time and action in the process of design. Interweaving time and action makes transformation possible, as in novels where long narrative lines coil around black holes within the story. If there were no black holes for the story’s protagonist to fall into, the landscape of the narrative would be a smooth and timeless plane, in which the hero, whose character and adventures are formed by this landscape, cannot evolve. The story is an intrinsic combination of character, place, event and duration. The landscape of the story, the black holes and the character become one. Together they trigger the abstract machine… The diagram operates like a black hole, which radically changes the course of a project, transforming and liberating architecture.

Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, 1999

Exercise A: In class viewing:

Students will collectively view Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s ‘The City of Lost Children’ and actively extract associations, correlations, dependencies, parameters, structures etc. through real-time sketching exercises on photo copy 8.5 x 11 plain white paper with any drawing implement of choice.

Exercise B: The Diagram:

Students will produce 5 diagram from a selected timeline(s) extracted from ‘The City of Lost Children.’ These diagrams maybe iterations of the same timeline or 5 independent movements.


3 storyboards

3 vector diagrams

1 processing diagram

1 collage

Exercise C: Epigenitograms

Students are to develop kinetic systems generated through the mediation of the diagrams produced in Exercise B toward the production of a passage. A passage maybe defined as, but not limited to:

A passage is a movement from one place or state to another or a period of time (as by going by, through, over, or across). While a passage signifies a process of flow, transition, and movement, it also implies the existence of a barrier, an obstruction, or an impediment. A passage is about the notion of a path, road, channel, trench, alley or route, yet it is also about a cut, gash, incision, slash, slice, or slit on a barrier. Medically a passage may refer to the act of incubation of microorganisms or cells


3 kinetic constructs

Exercise D: Imbed[ed] Intelligence:

Students are to produce a fully imbedded kinetic system through the superposition of  one Epigenitogram developed in Exercise C.

*Epigenitograms from exercise C are not to be cannibalized



processing diagram linked to epigenitogram

Vector diagram of epigenitogram

Arduino code

Fritzing circuit diagram

FINAL REVIEW 10/3/11 + Publication 1

The final review will be present via projection and physical models w/ linked processing diagrams displayed on your personal computer. The projection will be presented Pecha Kucha style with a ten-slide minimum.

You will also submit the first publication along with your presentation in both printed and PDF format. This publication is separate from the Pecha Kucha, but may take it’s formatting and flow from the presentation (i.e presentation images with supporting text and an awareness of page layouts and adjacencies).

Deliverables are as follows:

Pecha Kucha 10(+)x20 seconds 8.5 x 11 landscape format to include:

(This list does not necessitate a timeline)

City of Lost Children:

  • storyboard
  • vector diagram
  • collage /& animated diagram
  • Processing diagram
  • Processing code w/ citation(s) as necessary
  • supporting images as necessary


  • diagram of interactivity/response of Epigenitogram
  • Arduino code
  • Fritzing circuit diagram
  • supporting images as necessary

Physical ‘pin up’


Processing diagram w/ serial link to Epigenitogram

  • supporting models as necessary