Course: 289.9 Technology Seminar
Andrew Kovacs, Lecturer, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design


“The Plan is the generator. Without a plan, you have a lack of order, and willfulness. The Plan holds in itself the essence of sensation. The great problems of tomorrow, dictated by collective necessities, put the question of “plan” in a new form. Modern life demands, and is waiting for, a new kind of plan both for the house and for the city.”

-Le Corbusier, Towards A New Architecture, 1931

“If anything is described by an architectural plan, it is the nature of human relationships, since the elements whose trace it records - walls, doors, windows, stairs - are employed first to divide and then selectively to re-unite inhabited space.”

-Robin Evans, Figures, Doors and Passages, 1978

Definition of “Plan”:


1. A detailed proposal for doing or achieving some- thing.1.1 with modifier a scheme for the regular payment of contributions towards a pension, savings ac- count, or insurance policy.

2. An intention or decision about what one is going to do.

3. A detailed map or diagram.

3.1 A drawing or diagram made by projection on a horizontal plane, especially one showing the layout of a building or one floor of a building.Compare with elevation

3.2 A diagram showing how something will be arranged.

3.3 (in the Methodist Church) a document listing the preachers for all the services in a circuit during a given period.


1. Decide on and make arrangements for in advance.
2. Design or make a plan of (something to be made or built)

In order for there to be architecture, there must be a plan. The plan is both a tool that is necessary to construct a work architecture, but it is also a way to understand, designate and design spaces, forms and activities of a work architecture. As an expression of a single cut plane, the plan demonstrates the inner workings of architecture. We will aim to produce a guide book to the plan - one that touches on various and important aspects of plan making.

The objective of the course is to produce an Aberrant Architectural Encyclopedia of Plans. The contents of this document is a collection of plans that are disciplinary but not part of the discipline of architecture. Examples include the plans of Water Slides, Pinball Machines, Equestrian Courses, Dungeons and Dragons Maps, Game Boards, Table Settings, etc. These plans all engage the tactics and themes of plan making from figure / ground, composition, arrangement, organization, and distribution to sequence, time, and activity. The Aberrant Architectural Encyclopedia of Plans will aim to understand these plans through the lens of the discipline of architecture by comparing such plans to the plans, and plan making strategies, of notable architects.

S T U D E N T S : Israel Ceja, Brian Daugherty, Daniel Greteman, Felipe Hernandez, Jr., Yessenia Juarez, Yuanjun Liu, Kevin MacDougall, Marrisa Meeks, Nichole Tortorici, Hong Bae Yang