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### Summer 1995: Froebel Blocks Assignment (1)

...Now came the geometric by-play of
these charming checkered colour combinations!
The structural figues to be made with peas and small straight
sticks; slender constructions, the jointings accented by the little green
pea-globes. The smooth shapely maple blocks with which to build, the
sense of which never afterwards leaves the fingers: so *form *
became *feeling *. And the box with a mast to set upon it,
on which to hang with string the maple cubes and spheres and triangles,
revolving them to discover subordinate forms...

...That early kindergarten experience with the straight line;
the flat plane; the square; the triangle; the circle! If I
wanted more, the square
modified by the triangle gave the hexagon -- the circle modified
by the straight line would give the octagon. Adding thickness, getting
'sculpture' thereby, the square became the cube, the triangle the
tetrahedron, the circle the sphere.
These primary forms and figures were the secret of all effects...
which were ever got into the architecture of the world...

*Frank Lloyd Wright, from An Autobiography*

Assignment One uses, as a point of departure, the famous kindergarten
construction blocks that inspired Frank Lloyd Wright. Use the simplest
geometrical primitives, specifically rectangular prisms, to
investigate the power of the copy, translate, rotate and scale
procedures. Create a structure which, had it been created and
preserved in Froebel blocks
by the
infant Frank Lloyd Wright, would have been described by
later architectural historians as "eerily premonitory of one of Wright's
lesser-known masterpieces, the _________ ..."

Note: Due
at the next tutorial session. The result does not have to
represent a building; it could be furniture, stained-glass, etc...
You might approach this exercise in either of two ways:
analyze a work of Wright, reducing its mass to a collection of
rectangular prismatic solids; or
construct and further develop one of the arrangements of
Froebel blocks sketched here...

Print two black and white perspectives
which use shadow casting, and save several views
which best show, on the screen, your "charming checkered colour combinations"...

Submitting your work electronically..

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