Saturday, February 27, 2010

Final House Model

Final model from Fall Semester Studio at Spitzer School of Architecture at City College. Chipboard, basswood, paint, and love!

Its all started here.
Then took a turn this way.
And that way.
And some more of this. And that.
Almost done....

And here's some research. And inspiration (not).

And these are the final drawings!


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Miss Model Makes Her Debut

Library As Workshop
Conceptual Model
For more information, click HERE & Here.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Library As Workshop - Conceptual Model

Preliminary Study model

(Mostly) Completed conceptual model

This is part II from the previous post on Library As Workshop, the starting concept I am working with for my library I will be designing in Studio Class at City College.

We have to take the knowledge and actively jump into it and engage with the knowledge in the books so that we can connect with it and keep it in our hearts, and so this model rises up out of itself and then folds back into itself, whereby a boxlike, self-contained object becomes a continuous loop.

Sorry for the horrendous lighting quality of the photos. Better ones later.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Big Map!

Damn! That's a big map you've got there.

Oh, thanks. Its for my site model.


Friday, February 12, 2010

Popcorn Ceiling

"Popcorn ceiling" is a term for a spray-on ceiling finish used in the 1960s and 1970s in American homes. It had a bright white popcorn texture and was cheaper than creating a smooth painted ceiling in a new building.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Zaha & The Renaissance

The wave-shaped Aquatics Centre roof has been successfully lifted and lowered into place completing what was one of the most complex engineering and construction challenges of the Olympic Park ‘big build’. The Aquatics Centre is on track to finish in summer 2011 ready for test events with the concrete dive pool also complete and work well underway on the two 50m competition and training pools.

Continue reading here.

This is part of my research for a strange assignment for architecture history class. We have to give a presentation of an ancient, historical site (relevant to what we are studying in class, which right now is the Renaissance) from the perspective of a character of our choice. I've chosen Zaha Hadid... what would she think about Venice during the Renaissance??

Friday, February 5, 2010

Transformative Theater

Joshua Prince-Ramus talks about his recently completed Wyly Theater in Dallas, Texas. I love what he says about creation and execution in the beginning of the video.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Library As Workshop


This is an interactive collage. Take the letters, put them in the holes, and build a sentence.

I asked my class to take two or three words each, and build the sentence, thus creating a collective active learning experience of these words of Ibn Jama'a. Its part of our preliminary conceptual research before we begin to design a library.

"The thirteenth-century scholar Ibn Jama'a, although recommending that students purchase books whenever possible, thought it most important that they be "carried in the heart" and not merely kept on a shelf. Copying out texts helped one commit them to memory, thereby building (he thought) a sort of parallel library to the one of ink and paper...According to Ibn Jama'a, the art of memory was akin to that of architecture, since by practicing it a reader could build to his taste a private palace furnished with collected treasures, declaring ownership of the texts he had chosen in a deep and definitive way."

The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel