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  • what up party people?

    yup. saturday night. and i'm in the studio. (ahem, that's directed at you, professors. note my diligence!) granted. last night i took some time to myself, went out with friends and felt like i had some normalcy. even continued it into this beautiful saturday morning. foggy surf session and all. of...


  • Addendum: pics

    Here are some pics to supplant the last project: Here's a digital model of our distortion value map. It basically mapped the absolute value of distortion that occurred in our topographic analysis from before (see eye charts). The greater the aperture, the more distortion. Here's the physical...


  • Normalizing Life

    Ok... I haven't posted in a while again. Everything's been so incredibly busy. It seems that we hit this stride which one could liken to the La Guardia/Newark/Kennedy holding pattern during Thanksgiving. Things just kept coming and I wasn't getting much sleep at all much less write. But I think...


  • better at one? or two?

    Project 3 Topographies. We were given a choice of two sites and charged to devise a method to evaluate and document the topographies. Being precise within the method itself was more crucial than being accurate to the physical topography. My group wanted to try to use the idea of simulating the...


  • Still alive... no relation to puddles

    Ok. Sorry this has been a long time coming. Lots of things going on. The project was partnered so it took a bit more coordination. In addition, I got a nice nasty worm on my computer (by my own fault) so I've had to contend with that. And the Halloween party @ sci-arc was last night which was very...


  • Eames Bastardization via Whale Bones.

    I'm going to hell. This is what I've done to the Eames House for the sake of a computer class homework exercise. Either hell or I'm going to be cursed for the rest of my life and work only on tract housing. Since it's just a computer class I'm not gonna fuss over the forms. Especially at 5 in the...


  • Searching for Blobby Fischer

    So I started thinking about this drawing process as I've gotten more and more involved in modeling these blobs of negative space in Rhino. It seems a bit odd to me to purposefully illustrate negative volumes of the networks we made. The networks were never designed as a positive/negative space...


  • Project 1B

    New Project! But not really. Part two of the first project really. I think it's really just a documentation/drawing exercise. The rumor in the studio is that the school had a problem w/ it's accreditation a little while ago as we didn't do anything hand drafted. So this is to make up for it. Who...


  • First Project Retrospective

    So I've caught my first virus of the year. I expect to catch more as sleep patterns are erratic and eating good, healthy food isnt common. The sore throat I had seems to have evolved into some type of head-cold. It's amazing how much fluid can come out of your head. Anyway. I've got my Emergen-C...


  • First Crit

    Prologue I'm going to have to keep this one short as we have a computer assignment due tomorrow. I have to model the Eames' House by 2 pm tomorrow and have to be in Culver City for a 10 am appointment. However, I promise to write a full update tomorrow after a few drinks. The first year studio has...


  • The Future Is Now.

    Holy Crap. Architectures students with frickin' laser beams on their heads. LASER BEAMS! How cool is that??? Bless the kind soul that invented the laser cutter. I just did about 4 hours of hand work in 15 minutes. The bright purplish laser is not only amazing in its cutting efficiency but...


  • UCLA AUD Chair/Dean Thingy

    Oh. and Hitoshi Abe will be our next dean (or is it chair?) starting in the Winter quarter. Supposedly the department has extended him the invitation and he's accepted. It just has to go through the political channels in the UC system and be approved. And this year they're taking applications for...


  • The bubble closes

    So three days after getting our first studio assignment, I can already feel the bubble closing on me. The outside world is beginning to fade away behind me and all I see are what the blinders of school allow me to see. But that's all so overly melodramatic. To start out with, a third year studio...


  • Supermodern

    Prof. Speaks' class will be quite good if the first class is indicative of the direction we're going in. It's essentially a look at architectural theory from the turn of the 20th century to present. We're going to primarily focus on Modernism transitioning to Post Modernism (not Post-Modernism...


  • it begins...

    I'm sitting at home post-orientation and still somewhat in a daze. Tomorrow is the first day of class and I feel like I'm still not really realizing it's happening. I've got butterflies about the whole ordeal and the sooner it starts, the sooner I think I'll get over it. Tomorrow is the theory...


  • Fall Class Schedule and Profs

    UCLA seems to be gearing up as I've received a flurry of emails in the past 48 hours. So it looks like the majority of us M.Arch I'ers will be taking: M201: Theories of Architecture 220: Intro to Computers 436: Intro to Bldg Construction 411: Studio Studio profs for Intro: Huljich, Roberge...


  • Beijing...

    Wow. Just got back from Beijing on Wednesday. I'm going to keep this architecturally relavent and comment on what I saw going on there. Incredible to see just the sheer amount of construction that they're doing. It's really unbelievable. Everyone is scrambling to finish all the construction before...


  • Just a few more photos

    Still in Taipei. Taking off for Beijing tomorrow so I won't be able to post pics that often. But here are a few from the past few days: Taipei, Rainy DayTunnel action


  • 23 Days Until School Starts

    The silliness of the quarter system has UCLA on hold for a good number of weeks before things start. But in the meantime, I've said farewell to my colleagues and am getting my mind geared up for school. In other words, I'm taking a vacation. Posting this one from Taipei, Taiwan where I'm visiting...


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