Monday, August 31, 2009

These Are My Twisted Words

Radiohead's got a new song called "These Are My Twisted Words" that you can download, free of charge, from their website here. (scroll down to August 17)

It also comes with a do-it-yourself customizable album artwork PDF...

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Brad Neely: Baby Cakes

Thanks Jordan!

First Day Jitters

I'm starting architecture school on Monday at the City College of New York. I don't really know what to expect, except that you can expect this blog to veer in the direction of architecture school projects over the next few months...

Here are a few more renderings from our digital workshop over the last 2 weeks. I was playing around with VRay and Maxwell rendering settings in Rhino.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Michael Jackson Memorial

Running errands around my new neighborhood of Harlem, I passed by the Apollo Theater on 125th Street a few days ago, where there's been placed a big memorial to Michael Jackson. Thousands of people have written letters to him on the blue wall where his name is painted.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Angel Oak

While in Charleston, South Carolina this month, I had the opportunity to see Angel Oak. This Southern Live Oak tree is located in Angel Oak Park on John's Island in South Carolina. It is believed to be over 15oo years old and provides over 17,000 square feet of shade. To me it looks as though 5 or more trees had grown together into one.

These Live Oaks, found all over Charleston, are generally much smaller and have Spanish moss growing on their branches. This one appeared not to have any moss growing on it, and because some of its branches are so huge, they have been supported with metal stakes underneath them.

Unfortunately we got there just minutes after they closed the gate for the evening, so these pictures were taken from outside the fence.

To get a better idea of the scale, check out the picture of a person standing next to Angel Oak in the Wikipedia entry here.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Charleston vs. Chicago

I bet you can't tell which is which...

Burning Ice

Please bear with me as I catch up with everything I didn't post while I was on vacation...

Here are some photos from the Burning Ice exhibit in Union Square back on August 1st, by artist Chin Chih Yang.

The melting 21,000 lbs of ice in the middle of the square is meant to remind us of how our actions are affecting the glaciers, causing them to melt and bringing the ocean levels up. The flashing red lights and sirens embedded within the ice are like an alarm to wake us up and act against the melting ice.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

First Day of School

I jumped straight from a long vacation right into classes at City College of New York, Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture (yes, those are Eliot Spitzer's parents). For the next few days, we'll be playing around with Rhino, a 3d drafting program. Here's a photo of my progress so far.

(Vacation Pictures coming soon...)

Monday, August 3, 2009

R.I.P. Mural

I moved apartments last week, so my mural - which I worked on during the 1 1/2 years I lived there - had to be painted over. I'll miss you!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Dick Chicken

I love Dick Chicken.

From Within Outward: Frank Lloyd Wright at the Guggenheim

Last week I went with my sister to see the current exhibit at the Guggenheim - From Within Outward, a display of Frank Lloyd Wright's work both built and unbuilt. The exhibit coincides with the Guggenheim Museum's 50th birthday and is co-organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

The exhibit is on display along the spiraling ramps of the Guggenheim, designed by Wright himself and completed just 6 months after his death. In the show are a variety of projects covering everything from civic buildings to religious buildings, to private residences, to desert resorts, and Wright's own home, named Taliesin, as well. There are models, photos, and original drawings by Wright from his 72 year career as one of the most influential and innovative architects of the 20th century.

The exhibit is up until August 23rd, so there's still time!