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  • Katrina Info

    Just wanted to make a quick post for any students that have been displaced by the hurricane...school starts for us next week, after labor day. the university is doing its best to try and open up as many spaces as possible, and the city of Philadelphia is working to house families that have been...


  • Sorry for disappearing

    Sorry I never followed up after our final review. Things have been spiraling quickly since then. Our review went pretty well, although many of us didn't get too much feedback, it was more of a laid-back review. One of the fun thinks that we did was to publish magazine covers for our projects. It...


  • Concert line??? No it's just for the laser cutter

    I had to document the craziness that is the laser cutter line before final reviews. Apparently the line started at 5:30 am and the sign up is not until 1pm. The pictures can't capture the extent of the line or the frustration of the people in it. The line wraps around the hallway and as of 11 am...


  • increase caffine levels STAT!

    Apologies for not posting in so long, but i am officially swamped. Material Effects ends on Thursday so I am building models and diagramming like a champ. Then it is back to studio for final review next Thursday. Meanwhile I am trying to squeeze in work for Daylighting and Professional Practice...


  • steel fabricators are cool

    we just got back from a steel fabrication plant field trip. it was pretty amazing to see the sheer size of some of the pieces and the processes of drilling, cutting and welding. it made me realize that architecture really comes down to a processing of material, which is something that can be...


  • demolition is cool

    as a break from studio a few of us have been taking field trips to observe the demolition of the old convention center, which is right down the street from our building. While it is a bit sad to watch them tear it down, the process has been pretty amazing to see. One of my studiomates has been...


  • are graduate students just a bunch of whiners?

    As you have probably gathered if you have been following my semester, we have been struggling with the issue of teacher attendance a bit. After we approached our critic about this, it really turned out to be just a case of miscommunication rather than a lack of interest on his part. Things have...


  • spring break ends and i didn't even go to cancun!

    Well here we are back from spring break. I am a little nervous because i didn't do much work or thinking about work over the break at all, but I think that might turn out to be a good thing. Maybe the time away will result in brilliant inspirations for all my classes...maybe not... I spent the...


  • My First Crit

    I got my first actual desk crit of the semester this week with David Turnbull! Scheduling conflicts have set our studio a bit off balance, but it was nice to get some feedback on the work that we have been doing so far. I am still really worried about midreview next week though. I just feel like...


  • itunes capers and death by stench

    I think i am dying a slow death from the smell that continues to eminate from our clogged sink. Many a brave maintenance man has come to try and conquer her festering pipes with the finest plungers available, each time facing the horrible stench that awaits them beyond the makeshift particle board...


  • Slots in the City and a stinky sink

    Well the big charette is over and alas my team didn't win. i would say it was a good experience overall and was a big help in rethinking my studio project since it dealt with the same subject. Three of my studiomates were paired with a city planner and a wharton student. Unfortunately the wharton...


  • The Big Charrette Begins

    Well we are kicking of on our school wide charrette today to take a closer look at gambling coming into Philadelphia. I am working with a couple of my studio mates on our demolition concept, along with a city planner and a student from Wharton. It should be a pretty intense couple of days coming...


  • Studio Struggles and football phrenzy

    The last week in studio has definitely been a bit of a struggle. Getting this demolition idea to work out is no small feat. I have been having a hard time knowing where to begin. Luckily we had our first desk crits on Thursday with our TA and he was very helpful. I am going to try looking at...


  • DeLanda Delight

    We had a bit of a slow start to the week because studio was cancelled on Monday. which was a bummer because we actually did a good amount of work for class. We are currently working in groups on all the early stages of our casino project. Luckily I have a really good group and we are investigating...


  • snowy saturday in studio

    it is very quiet in studio today as the city is being blanketed by a substantial snowfall. it is actually kind of pleasant in studio, at least you don't feel like you're missing out on anything by being stuck inside. we are working in groups to start dealing with the programatic requirements of...


  • Philthy Phorever

    Ahhh back to school. Well sort of, we are at the start of our second week, but it is always a slow start at the beginning of any semester. I have to say this always makes me very anxious because I just know what is coming in the weeks ahead. Down time can be such a curse! We are basically just...


  • Finally Finally Finished!!!!

    Wow, I just finished my first semester today! It felt like it would never actually end. After final reviews, which were on the 14th, we have all been trying to catch up and finish with our other classes...papers, projects etc. It has really been dragging on and I haven't done any Christmas...


  • Laser Cutting Woes - an appeal to philly firms

    I got to experience the joys of camping out for the laser cutter this morning. I wish I could convey the amount of anxiety flowing through the school right now as virtually every student needs to get slots of time on the laser cutter before final reviews, which are a little over a week away. I...


  • Some more hot work pics!!!

    As promised, in the spirit of a more comprehensive view of some of the things happening at Penn, here are some examples of work from some of my other classmates. Of course, this represents just one studio here in the 600 level, and there is a wide variety of work going on here. Oh and the four of...


  • Don't believe the grad school hype

    Again, everyone, sorry for not posting in a while, and also for the random Billy Dee Williams post, but hey, he is a bit of a hero around here... One thing that has been on my mind a bit for the last few days is an issue that seems to come up pretty often on archinect-the grad school dilemma. Now...


  • works every time...

    Long time, no post...sorry about that. I had a major brain fart with my project last week, so I was pretty frantic. Seems like things may be back on track now, but it is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost here...the semester is going by so fast! Nothing too exciting to report. Our...


  • S'more hot examples of work

    As promised... Here is some work from another member of my studio to give you a broader view into what we have been working on. I am still working to get more up here soon! Also latest school news...our open house for prospective students was on Friday, so if any of you were there I hope you...


  • the geometry problem

    Well, we made it through mid-review, which was on Wednesday. About a week before the review, David realized that we were all struggling with transitioning between the intensive algorithmic/geometric investigations that we have been working on to the architectural solution. To try and combat this...


  • It can't be time for mid-reveiw yet!!!!!

    But it is! Our mid-review is approaching way too quickly. We are scheduled to present on Wednesday. I can already feel the rising tension in studio...everyone making trips to Pearl. Although I thought I could avoid the dreaded Pearl visit, it looks like I will have to build (gulp) a physical...


  • Wooden pigs dance in studio...

    First just an update on the squirrel situation, which I was reminded of after reading the Harvard blog about birds...just to put all of your minds at ease, the squirrel was safely rescued from the clutches of the studio by a brave student. She basically was able to catch him in a blanket and then...


  • Squirrels in Studio

    Being in studio on a Saturday morning is actually one of the best things. It is so quiet...except for the fact that we have a squirrel running around in our studio. I feel so bad for the little guy. He can't seem to figure out how to get out the window. Somehow I think this could be a major...


  • w.w.b.f.d.

    we made it through our first visual studies assignment...it actually wasn't too bad at all. we used rhino/autocad/illustrator to work between 2d and 3d. basically we took some of the diagrams we have been working on for our studio projects and then converted them into a 3d model by combining our...


  • Finally some other classes!

    It seems like we have already been in school for weeks, but yesterday was the first day that we had any classes beside studio. The seemingly slow start is nice, but makes me anxious, because I know it is only a matter of time before things really heat up... Anyway, yesterday was our first Theory...


  • First Day...

    While we have still not started any of our other classes, studios officially kicked off today. I will be in David Ruy's studio, which is called “Agora.” We will be investigating new possibilities for the program of the marketplace. The market is to be in the form of a flea market...


  • Studio Fashion Show

    Studio selections were held today, and I am sure it is the first and last time that we will see our future critics in the role of candidates trying to win our votes. There is something satisfying about this, I guess, it makes you feel like you are spending all of your money on something worth...


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