Hi all,

Assessment of your projects will be based on your final examination, scheduled for Thursday the 7th of November. Consideration will also be given to your performance during the semester. Assessment criteria are as follows:

  1. Research. What is the quality and depth of design-based research, and how well has it informed the final design?
  2. Studio agenda. How successfully does the project establish a radical proposal for the next 100 years of Temple Beth Israel? Does it balance this transformative agenda with the values of the synagogue’s history?
  3. Site and urbanism. How well does the project relate to its urban context? How successful are the project’s siting strategy and engagement with the street?
  4. Brief and programme. How well does the project integrate the core brief and extended programme? Are the two programmes well-integrated and do they each enrich the other?
  5. Identity. Does the project protect the unique identities and spatial qualities of the synagogue and extended programme?
  6. Space and form. How successful are the project’s spatial and formal resolution?
  7. Structure, construction and environment. Is the project structurally resolved? Does it demonstrate sensitivity to the craft of construction? Is it suited to its climate? Does it embody good passive design principles?
  8. Ideas. Can the key ideas of the project be understood in the final design?
  9. Communication. How successfully do the final drawings, models and oral presentation communicate the design intent of the project?

All criteria are evenly weighted, with the exception of #2 Studio agenda, which will have double weighting.

Note that the A5 booklet is a subject-wide hurdle requirement and should contain a progressive account of your activities during semester, including your design esquisse works, Sukkah mini-project, research and design work. It is essentially a design diary that tracks your progress from start to finish. It will not form part of your assessment.


20130917-simchat torah

Hi all,

Some more precise requirements for sanctuary configurations are as follows:

  • Regular Shabbat Friday evening and Saturday morning services = 80 – 120 people. Adjacent kiddush space required for same number of people
  • Typical Bar- or Bat-mitzvah Saturday morning service = 220 – 250 people. Adjacent kiddush space required for same number of people
  • Large Bar- or Bat-mitzvah Saturday morning service = 320 – 350 people. Adjacent kiddush space required for same number of people
  • High holy days (around September), which includes the festivals of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) = 1,000 – 1,200 people in main sanctuary + up to 300 people in secondary sanctuary. You might mount an argument to split the larger space into 2x smaller sanctuaries, but it has to be convincing. Adjacent kiddush space would be good for Rosh Hashanah though not essential. No kiddush space required for Yom Kippur

There are some other special requirements surrounding festivals:

  • Simchat Torah (coming up soon) involves a torah being unrolled to its full length in the middle of the sanctuary, which might be around 50m. People stand in a circle holding onto it, then it is rolled back to the beginning and everyone has a bit of a dance together
  • Sukkot (coming up tomorrow) as you know involves building the sukkah in a courtyard, but also requires adjacent multifunctional space for family activities

I hope this clears some things up for you all.