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  • Hello, Mercer County!


    Annual cicada, Tibicen linnei

    I moved to Princeton just yesterday ... I begin the PhD at Princeton's School of Architecture here soon. I register on Wednesday, and classes start on the 17th ...

    My new apartment is totally brimming with unpacked boxes ... so more updates as things get along.

    I can actually hear crickets and cicadas (see above) outside my window. A beautiful noise I have not heard in decades.


  • Film: The Station Agent

    I watched 'The Station Agent' last night. I thought it was a very good character driven comedy that happens to be set in New Jersey. Best quote about New Jersey: "Have you ever been there? There ain't nothin there. Nothin." I now have a crush on Patricia Clarkson.


  • Focus on Frist

    Frist is the place for everything: food, coffee, batteries...a break from the architecture building. At Michigan they call it the North Campus Commons but unlike the Commons, there's good food and good coffee. It's next door to the architecture building and is open until 2 am so naturally it is...


  • Professional Practice Class

    I would like to take a moment to praise Robert Hillier of the Hillier Group who sets aside Monday mornings to teach the professional practice class. This is a mandatory class that focuses on working within a firm but with the additional radiance of Bob's personality. He offers countless anecdotes...


  • Moment of Inspiration


  • So Sorry

    I would like apologize for not writing anything for a while and unfortunately (or fortunately) tonight won't be the long-winded explanation of what has transpired. Hopefully I will get to that sooner rather than later. Short story short: We had a pin-up today. I was a nervous wreck but I think it...


  • The Creature that Lives Beneath

    This animal has been lurking underneath my back porch offering delusions of a bestial wilderness in my otherwise genteel trailer park.


  • I Choose Door #3

    Today were the presentations for studio: Jesse Reiser, Mario Gandelsonas, Elizabeth Diller, Paul Lewis - in that order. It was a strange decision: on one hand I felt my life hung in the balance while on the other I knew they were all great choices. The only limitation - at some point I need to...


  • The Football

    Since football isn't the pastime of choice at Princeton as their football team ended with a 2-8 record last year and ranked 205 at this season's start, I'm instead forced to continue following Michigan football. I have yet to find something to fill the void left from what has been such a large...


  • Manuel De Landa

    I attended the Manuel De Landa "seminar" this evening. It is the first of a series of 10 lectures he will be giving under the guise of a course called ARC 537. There's a sense that you're supposed to feel lucky to be able to sit in front of him while he talks. He didn't neglect to mention the...


  • The Climate

    New Jersey has relatively warm summers and cold winters, with moderate temperatures in the fall and spring. From June through August, it's common for temperatures to reach the 90s F/32+ C during the day in all parts of the state, though cool sea breezes keep the coast comfortable in a state with...


  • Lunch & Learn

    There's a student run series called Lunch and Learn that takes place on Wednesdays...during lunch. The schedule: 9/15 SPAM: Everyone talks about it, but OIT is doing something about it (Dan Oberst) 9/22 Blackboard content system and new BB features (Dennis Hood, Matt Hood) 9/29 Create and edit...


  • The Gym

    By now you all know how important muscle mass is to the profession of architecture. Princeton has not overlooked the physical aspect of our education by including the Dillon Gym and Stevens Fitness Center. By the numbers: 29 pieces of selectorized equipment 22 Nautilus: -Leg Press, Prone Leg Curl...


  • The DBar

    You may have been thinking, "Stewart, you post all this information about academics, where do students go for cheap booze?" Well, I have an answer for you. The D-Bar, or the Debasement Bar, so called because of its location in the basement of the Graduate College, is a nonprofit, student-run...


  • Campus Design

    If you're interested, I found this website that lists the architect of every building on the Princeton campus.


  • The Orientation/Initial Look at Classes

    Today was an informal orientation led by Stan Allen for new graduate students. Although it was informative, I doubt much of what was discussed is relevent here. He gave some admissions numbers and it drove home how small the school really is, a big change for me coming from Michigan. I also met...


  • The Building

    I apologize if this post seems negative but I found this information regarding the Architecture building interesting. I actually think the building isn't too bad but I haven't spent too much time in it yet, we'll see. 1963. Fisher, Nes, Campbell and PartnersIn the end the arch-citadel of reaction...


  • The Campus

    The campus is beautiful - beautiful people, buildings, landscape. Go to this website for an interesting history of the campus. You can also download a map.


  • PreSchool

    During the summer I received a series of emails outlining things to do over the summer. I thought you might find them interesting. They included the mandatory purchase of a PC and a reading list: Computer: Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz (w/800MHz FSB/ 1MB cache) 1 GB Dual Channel DDR SDRAM 160 GB Serial...


  • The Town

    I�m going to give a first impression account of the town of Princeton. Admittedly, my opinion is biased and I have spent a limited amount of time here. I�ll try to keep it civil (pun intended). From what I can...


  • The Living

    I live in Butler Housing with my girlfriend - labeled by the Housing Department as my �domestic partner.� It�s a two bedroom and is the only on-campus housing that will...


  • The Move

    As this is my first post, I�ll try to give a brief explanation as to how I believe this blog will unfold. Although I will try to keep my explanations objective, it is impossible for me to eliminate the tendency to relay my personal experience and...


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