this is what we do for fun

Napoleon really loves going for bike rides!


M+M catch up.

Friday was our last day of M+M summer studio.  I haven't written for the last two weeks for two reasons.  The first week was because I absolutely hated our project and had no reason to talk about it.  This week was because  it was far too intense and I have only been home long enough to sleep for a few hours and shower each night.

Two weeks ago we had to use this extremely toxic blue foam to create an entrance, exit, and point of stasis.  This blue foam was to become our negative space when we poured plaster into the boxes. From there we mapped out a part of the negative space that we found most interesting with museum board and this became the basis for a model that we put together with two other people that were chosen to be our group members to make the 1.5" scale model of our 6' pavilion.  That's when we get to this week.

The pavilion was a bitch, but a great project for our final project.  I have never made a full scale structure before and I am really happy that I had the opportunity to do that.  Everyone's turned out awesome.  The show was great and I got to come home and sleep after, that's really all that matters.  Now we have about 2 weeks of break until orientation and the fall semester begins.  I think it's safe to say everyone who did M+M who is entering the M.Arch 1 program is more than thrilled that it's over and we can begin the real studio, but I still say the whole process was really fun and I'm glad to be back in the studio environment.


wine label design

I dig this.  I almost always buy my wine based on the label design.  Side note: brought this to a party and it wasn't opened while I was there, so I have no idea how it tastes.  But it's organic, so I can only assume it is delish.


sequence that shit.

SCI-Arc Making + Meaning week 3?  Somebody help me out, I'm losing count.

Here you go Alexis, I hope I make you proud.  Please don't yell at us all tomorrow about our terrible photographs.  At least pretend that you like them.  :)

I only joke, M+M is going well, some days are crazy and others I stroll in at 10:30 am after swimming laps and running errands.  Today we had to map a 9"x9"x9" section of our 12 cube model with sticks.  I did not like doing that, but I am happy with the end result.  Tomorrow we begin cutting blue foam to fill the negative space which will become the space in our plaster 1.5" scale model pavilion.  Exciting!

Also, I sort of loved doing the above photograph sequencing.  I also love the "levels" and "action" tools in photoshop.  How have I used photoshop for 6 years and not known about these tools?  I love the chiaroscuro effect that my models evoke too.  Watch out Carivaggio!


3 cubes, 9 cubes, up to 12 cubes, now cut it away!!

Cubes ruled my life the for the past 5 days.  Friday afternoon we were given the assignment to make a piece by intersecting 9 cubes.  My concept was to focus on creating a great interior space and to rotate the cubes intentionally so that they would appear to radiate in a gradual manner.  I feel this also helped to emphasize my movement from the exterior space into the interior.  What do you think?


Gehry and Disney. Updated interior design required.

Saturday we had a field trip to the Disney Concert Hall which is a place I have already visited due to my love affair with Frank Gehry (see earlier post).  It was totally worth it though to get an actual interior tour and to learn things I didn't know.  Like the acoustics and how amazing they are and the collaboration Gehry had with acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota.  I also learned that there is such a thing as an acoustician.  Wow, you can really be anything you want to be can't you?  What is the market like for acoustician's anyway?

Ok, so the Concert Hall architecture is amazing, as are the creative ways the graphics are displayed throughout the space, not taking away from the architecture, but really adding something special to it.  My favorite was the felt wall with silver letters embedded in it. Felt is so vogue right now, and this was completed 7 years ago, so forward thinking.

One thing I must say, the only negative but a rather large one:  The carpet and textile on the chairs.  Hideous.  I don't care if it was for Mrs. Disney and that Gehry designed it by abstracting her two favorite flowers.  The colors are awful and distract from the beauty of the hall around it.  I get that when there is a concert, people fill the seats and one probably wouldn't notice the terrible bright floral pattern adorning the chairs throughout the space, but I will notice.  The pattern would not be so bad if it were in a more neutral color, preferably tone on tone.  I suggest a reupholstery party up in the concert hall.  But until then, I will definitely be attending a show to check out those millions of dollars of acoustics up close and personal.