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Proceedings of the 18th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student

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Visual literacy -- Study and teaching, Design -- Study and teaching, Building sites -- Planning


"Seeing/Site," is the first project given to freshman students in the Analysis Composition rotation of the Visual Literacy program taught at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. The program is interdisciplinary and is in its fifth year with enrollment close to 300 students and 8 faculty members instructing. Visual Literacy encompasses architecture, interior design, fine art, textiles/clothing design, and fashion merchandising. Seven-week units comprise the yearlong course: Drawing I , Drawing 2, Color; and Analysis Composition. Analysis Composition focuses on issues of form, mass, surface, space, and the relationship between two dimensions (2D) and three dimensions (3D).

This paper will illustrate one project that deals with the act of removing one's self from the already known. I will also show that this process can cover the following topics: Site/Situation, Surface/Space, Scale, 2D versus 3D, Form, and Place. Seeing/Site deals with these topics, not as explanations but as products of analysis. In order to deal with so many topics and the act of the removal of self, this project begins with a notion of space.


Presented at the 18th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. March 14-16, 2002.

© Portland State University, published by Portland State University, Department of Architecture

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