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Oct '05 - Jan '07

 
  • "DRL is like someone you really fancy, but she's a b*"

    Tonight, my friend KAtie Trotter said something pretty apt for the moment:

    "When it's over, you are going to be really depressed. I mean, DRL is like someone you really fancy, but she's a real bitch"

    Laughter . . .


  • Submitted for your approval . . . DRL Final Jurors

    The word on the street is that Hernan Diaz-Alonso Ali Rahim Kas OosterHuis Winka Dubbeldam Iiona Lenard Antonino Saggio Andrew Benjamin Phillipe Morel will be on our Final Jury. Very excited, this is a great group, plus there are always AA / Bartlett people that drop in and add a great dynamic to...


  • The models are starting to get angry . . .

    (abs((Today) - (Final Jury))) = 16 Days



  • On The Road:

    I had to skip London town for a week to do some administrative stuff in Denver. I would like to divulge more info on my specific activities there, but more will come later . . . some exciting opportunities lie ahead! Besides that, I took the time (one week) to visit friends and family, as well as...


  • Big Models, Projects Review, and beyond . . .

    Most of this is not news at all, actually, in my mind, probably quite stale. But I thought I would kick things off for “Phase II” of the DRL with a trip down last term's final review. It was a doozy. Here you see two of my teammates leaning up the base for our site model . . . a...


  • Laptop Sessions: Transdisciplinary Experiments

    Cluster: New Media New Media, Design Systems and Tools Curated by Joel Newman, Theo Spyropoulos and Vasilis Stroumpakos There was an open call to display some media works as part of the AA Clusters Week. Research clusters have been set up at the AA in order to discuss a wide range of topics...


  • Phase I Team/Project Synopsis: AADRL

    One Image/Three Sentences As this is the third term in our course here at the DRL, I thought I would ask for an image and three sentences from each team. This is an interesting time during the DRL in that we are working towards the June 22nd-23rd Final phase 1 jury. The format for the submission...


  • "...like the Native American Indians used every part of the buffalo..."

    I want to take a second out of writing this essay to share with you something I ran across a few seconds ago. 747 House apparently old news to Archinect:On Archinect I find it very interesting whenever I see a piece of news which covers an architectural venture. Just the quality of the...


  • I told myself I wouldn't do it . . .

    I would be such a keen school blogger . . . I would not skip a week . . . I would not write the cliche school blogger entry . . . but here it is. In all of my ambition to bring you my experience of China, I let it become an easy way to post something. The truth of it is folks, Term II is now over...


  • CHINA: Day(s) 4,5

    I hate to do this, but it is seeming like the recounting of my trip to China is dragging on. There are other things I want to write about, but I have not finished posting about China. Lots of things have happened since China. So, the rest of the China posts will be primarily image based, grouping...


  • CHINA: Day 3 . . .

    Hmmm, big holes in the ground, big models, construction sites? Why? I want to see Beijing. It was interesting to see Lab Architecture's SOHO development, but there was too much time there. What did we learn? Well, I am still in love with scaffolding and the building scrim. But also, manual labor...


  • CHINA: Day 2 . . .

    This image has nothing to do with introducing this day, but it was a camera prominently placed at the suitcase house Oh man, still lost, but the swarm keeps me sheltered. People walk backwards. For now, I do not understand why, but if I figure anything out from this trip, it will be why people...


  • CHINA: Day 1?

    China: Day 1 What day is this? Somewhere between the 24th and 25th of November . . . in the year 2005. Lost within symbols I cannot even begin to understand. Maybe context is a clue, but I am not even sure I can assume that either. We arrive at Beijing International, go through customs...


  • CHINA: Somewhere between London and Beijing on a 747 . . .

    . . . waking up . . . did I ever go to sleep? [not me] Somewhere south of Siberia . . . not quite to Beijing . . . we pass above some incredibly frigid looking mountains, this land is uncivilized . . . now it looks like a dusty chocolate truffle, continuous . . . Within this field where...


  • CHINA: An introduction

    Over the next few weeks I will be posting a sort of diary detailing the day by day experience of my recent trip to China with my DRL classmates. This trip occurred from Thursday 24th of November through Sunday 4th of December and during this time we primarily visited Beijing and Shanghai. I say...


  • An Iranian, an American, and a Japanese walk into a bar . . .

    Well we actually walked into the Chinese Embassy in London. Three radically different results. For me, it was not too bad, other than Americans and Brtis pay 30GBP, while *most* other nationalities pay 20GBP . . . so some bad relations and we pay an extra tenner. But who knew Japan and China were...


  • Bonfire Night

    So I recently had the pleasure of being in London during Bonfire Night - AKA Guy Fawkes Day. For those of you not too familiar and are curious go to bonfire.org. I thought Americans were crazy about fireworks, but British folk light a crapload of fireworks. To commemorate this holiday, the AA has...


  • Godspeed #38, godspeed . . .

    It may have already been written about in this here arena, but in case you missed it, those big red icons of london, the 1950's British made Routemaster, will be no longer as of Saturday 29th of October 2005. At least on route 38. In my short time here in London I have been able to experience...


  • Hello brand new friends!

    The DRL Phase I has completed workshop #1 and made the quick but important decision to form teams. It took about 15 minutes to sort out the teams that will ideally be together for the next 16 months. Seems pretty nuts really. A little background for you all, my friend Brian also got into the DRL...


  • It's On . . .

    Deep Inside AADRL Studios on John St. . . . Yesterday we had our first introduction to the DRL. Yusuke Obuchi, Theodore Spyropoulos, and Tom Verbes gave short introductions and gave us a better idea of what this year's (and possibly subsequent years) agenda will be. Parametric Urbanism...


  • First Entry: Introductions

    A lot to catch up on, I promise to keep subsequent entries at a more readable scale) About my life at the moment . . . I am 25. I was born in Puerto Rico. When I was 8, my family moved to Minnesota, where my father was working for 3M (scoth tape, sandpaper, etc . . . 3M=Minnesota Mining and...


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