11th Annual School of Architecture Steel Deck Competition
EPIC® Metals Corporation | 11 Talbot Avenue | Rankin, PA 15104 | (877) 696-3742
Posted: Sunday, 13 March 2016 | Assigned & Revised: Mon, 14 March 2016
Plot DropBox Deadline: 8:00am, Thur, 17 March 2016 | Pin-Up Deadline: 10:30am, Thur, 17 March 2016
Closed Jury: 3:30pm, Thur, 17 March 2016
A Camera Obscura Installation
The camera obscura has had an interesting role in history, from informing our preliminary understandings of light and optics to illustrating the principles of perspective drawing to guiding the development of photographic devices. These objects can be as small as a box sitting on a table for the use of artists or scientists in a studio to large installations on top of castles or perched on the sides of mountains that project magnificent landscapes for the enjoyment of the visitors.
For this competition, you are to design a camera obscura that can be used in lesson planning to support the project learning objectives of your charter school. The camera needs to be available to teachers and students during school hours, but also to the general public on a scheduled basis when the school is not in session.
Epic Metals has agreed to donate the bulk of the materials for the construction of these objects, so the jury will be considering the creative and expressive use of metal deck products in your design submission.
Working with a teammate chosen from your studio section, you are to design a camera obscura installation per the following brief on the site of your charter school.
The camera obscura must be placed within the property boudaries of your studio site (or as designated by your instructor) at an elevation from 0 to 60 feet above ground level. If you chose to place your object above ground level, assume that it is on a plinth with elevator access to the elevation upon which the camera sits.
The camera obscura:
- must create 6 different projected images (images can be sequential - they do not need to be simultaneous)
- must allow 4 - 6 users to occupy the space and view/record the projected images
- must fit within a 24 foot long by 24 foot wide by 16 foot tall envelope
- must explore the intrinsic properties of metal deck
- must support the concept of DfD (Design for Disassemby)
- must be safe for public occupancy and ADA-accessible
- may utilize additional, compatible materials
- need not contain any mechanical, electrical or plumbing systems
- Mon, 14 March 2016, 12:30pm | CFA214 | EPIC Lecture
- Mon, 14 March 2016, 2:00pm | CFA214 | Discuss Competition Brief/ Form Teams
- Mon, 14 March 2016, 3:00pm | CFA200 | Re-connect with work on semester long studio project
- Wed, 16 March 2016, 1:30pm | SPAIGR 1 + Enclosure Crits (SL)
- Thurs, 17 March 2016, 8:00-9:00am | CFA214 | Epic Deadline: Teams Pin-up Competition Boards & Display Models
- Thurs, 17 March 2016, 3:30-5:30pm | CFA214 | Closed Competition Jury
- Fri, 18 March 2016, 12:30pm | CFA200 | Resume work on semester long studio project
Two (2) 24" x 36" Competition Panels (maximum 48" wide when pinned up) with:
- Brief Narrative describing Project Intentions
- Overall Site Plan from showing line of projection from object to camera obscura
- Site Plan at 1/16" = 1'-0" (1:192)
- Plan/ Section/ Elevation drawings of the camera obscura at 1/2" = 1'-0" (1:24)
- Critical Details at 1-1/2" = 1'-0" (1:8)
- Assembly/ Disassembly Sequence Drawings
- Interior and Exterior Axonometric or Perspective Views
- Many of these drawings may be incorporated into a combined axonometric view
One Physical Model
- 3/4" = 1'-0" (1:16)
The submissions will be judged anonymously, so please be sure that the names of the team members are not visible to the jury during the judging.
Pittsburgh Architect TBD
Stephen M. Potts, PE, Vice President of Engineering, EPIC Metals Corporation
The 48.305 Advanced Construction Studio Faculty
A total of $2400 will be awarded to the winning teams - $1000 for the First Place Team, $800 for the Second Place Team, $600 for the Third Place Team.
EPIC Metals Corporation is sponsoring the Joe Kapps reception and lecture as part of the SoArch Spring Lecture Series on Monday, 4 April 2016. The reception will be in CFA214 in conjunction with the 4th year design awards and the lecture will follow in the Kresge Theater. The top five teams will be notified prior to the event and will be required to be in attendance to be publicly recognized.Photo credit: Michael Henninger, Post Gazette