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Knowlton School of Architecture (2005-2009) (Evan)

  • A Matter of Opinion

    Evan Chakroff
    Apr 8, '09 10:01 PM EST

    its been a busy start to the quarter, but more on that later.... this coming saturday marks the KSAs criticism conference A Matter of Opinion - A detailed description of the event can be found here but suffice to say its a pretty exciting lineup. If youre in town its definitely worth... View full entry



  • iKipnis

    Evan Chakroff
    Mar 26, '09 10:07 PM EST

    for all yall kipnis fans: last autumns Arch 200 Class (Introduction to Architecture) has suddenly appeared online.http://knowlton.osu.edu/open/media.asp a good place to start? windows.... View full entry



  • portfolio: the remix

    Evan Chakroff
    Mar 26, '09 3:10 AM EST

    so heres an idea. dont do your own portfolio. choose a friend or colleague. trade. supply the images and text, but leave the layout up to them. if you were a barber, would you cut your own hair? a friend of mine asked me to crit her port, and we talked earlier tonight. later, needing a break... View full entry



  • SPRING BREAK! (Or: Portfolio Draft #3)

    Evan Chakroff
    Mar 25, '09 7:45 PM EST

    I think this is getting somewhere.... Ive been soliciting advice from all my friends (including, amazingly, some outside of architecture), and taking their comments into account... the layout hasnt changed much since sunday but I have purchased more staples for my high-capacity stapler... View full entry



  • SPRING BREAK!!! (Or: Portfolio, Draft #2)

    Evan Chakroff
    Mar 22, '09 1:05 PM EST

    So, its spring break here at OSU, meaning Ive finally got some time to catch up on GA work and to start laying out my portfolio. This is draft #2, following the general layout of my work samples pamphlet i put together quickly for the KSA career fair (and didnt show to anyone...) Im not sure... View full entry



  • Final Review: Transportation Futures Laboratory

    Evan Chakroff
    Mar 11, '09 11:53 PM EST

    So this is it, my last studio project of M.Arch 1, and Im pretty satisfied with how it turned out. Were on quarters, so what you see below is 10 weeks of work. The presentation is one big board (roughly layed out on a grid of 11x17s) accompanied by 3 small booklets (1- study models and project... View full entry



  • a taste of things to come

    Evan Chakroff
    Mar 6, '09 2:38 PM EST

    5 days till pens down. View full entry



  • Essay: HdM's Schaulager

    Evan Chakroff
    Mar 5, '09 1:35 PM EST

    The following is a short essay I just completed for Rob Livseys seminar. Technically, the seminar is about formalism, but I might have stretched it a little. If you do take the time to read it, let me know what you think. Believe it? Any spelling errors? This will probably reappear in my exit... View full entry



  • a quick diversion

    Evan Chakroff
    Mar 2, '09 12:27 AM EST

    i needed a break from studio so i decided to tackle a problem that had been bothering me for a while.... if i wanted to lasercut (or mill) a perforated pattern, normally id take the image in photoshop, use the color halftone filter, take it into illustrator and use live trace, export to a dwg... View full entry



  • Seeking Grasshopper/VBscript Master....

    Evan Chakroff
    Feb 20, '09 1:04 AM EST

    so, following out midreview (which went very well for me), ive been looking into ways of introducing apertures into the surfaces of my project. our critics suggested gills as a method, so ive been hacking away at grasshopper and rhinoscript in an attempt to make it work... so far, ive got a... View full entry



  • INSTA-FOLIO

    Evan Chakroff
    Feb 18, '09 6:50 PM EST

    So, tomorrow is the annual KSA Career Fair. We had our mid-review on Monday, so I hadnt had much time to put anything together until today. So, the following is the result of about an hour of work in InDesign, then half and hour of PDF-wrangling in Acrobat, and about an hour waiting for the... View full entry



  • mid-review

    Evan Chakroff
    Feb 16, '09 12:06 PM EST

    today is our mid-review, its been a busy weekend, but i managed to get a full nights sleep last night. we pin up in about an hour. Jose had us all compile a booklet containing a description of the project, images of the chronological development over the quarter so far, and a few examples of... View full entry



  • surface

    Evan Chakroff
    Feb 7, '09 8:16 PM EST

    late last year, i was contacted by someone at Surface magazine asking if they could use some of my photos Venice Biennale for an upcoming issue of their Chinese edition. I said yes, of course, as long as I was given credit and a free copy. They agreed, and I sent them the hi-res photos. I received... View full entry



  • snow day

    Evan Chakroff
    Jan 28, '09 8:19 PM EST

    classes at OSU were officially canceled today due to weather... which means I finally got a chance to work on my project for a day without distractions... the first batch are from a paper mache model i made last week, and the following renders are from today, in order, as i built up the equivalent... View full entry



  • evidence for future analysis

    Evan Chakroff
    Jan 21, '09 1:06 PM EST

    for an upcoming essay/presentation on OMAs Waterfront City, Dubai. Guess the thesis! ----- Exhibit A: ----- Exhibit B: ----- Exhibit C: View full entry



  • some progress

    Evan Chakroff
    Jan 20, '09 9:39 PM EST

    (more images here.) So, a little bit about this quarter’s studio project… Our instructor is Jose Oubrerie, notable for his Miller House (Lexington, KY), and for overseeing completion of Le Corbusier’s Eglise Sant Pierre (Firminy). He has encouraged us to shy away from... View full entry



  • concept/collage

    Evan Chakroff
    Jan 14, '09 11:16 PM EST

    more on this later.... View full entry



  • Confluence

    Evan Chakroff
    Jan 5, '09 6:18 PM EST

    Today was the first day of classes.... this quarters theme? Confluence. The lecture series is focused on the theme, but perhaps more pertinently, my studio project this quarter is sited on the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers in Columbus, Ohio. Our instructor is Jose Oubrerie, who... View full entry



  • VI_rnacular

    Evan Chakroff
    Dec 31, '08 5:28 PM EST

    Just got back from the xmas with the folks on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Here, buildings are not taxed by the territorial government until they are complete, so it has become common practice to leave construction unfinished for years or even generations, leading to the proliferation of these... View full entry



  • Final Boards

    Evan Chakroff
    Dec 3, '08 11:16 PM EST

    Tomorrow is our final review... this quarter, our studio instructors were Dan & Amale of WORKac, and the project brief was taken from an international competition for the House of Arts & Culture, Beirut, Lebanon. The first few weeks of the quarter were dedicated to research on the context... View full entry



  • t-minus one hour

    Evan Chakroff
    Dec 2, '08 11:18 PM EST

    technically, i should have some plans and sections by now.... or in an hour when pens down goes into effect.... but after working all weekend (mostly on Grasshopper wankery), decided to go see Synecdoche, New York instead or pushing through tonight. Final reviews on thursday.... meaning Ive... View full entry



  • 36 hours

    Evan Chakroff
    Nov 30, '08 12:44 AM EST

    so, its roughly 36 hours before Im scheduled to lasercut my final model, and I think ive finally got something... over the course of the studio, ive been torn between two different lines of inquiry... 1) folded floor plates and 2) facade patterning. Ive been trying for weeks to get the two to... View full entry



  • geometry ≠ architecture

    Evan Chakroff
    Nov 24, '08 6:37 PM EST

    two weeks to go.... still working things out.... View full entry



  • never too late to start over

    Evan Chakroff
    Nov 19, '08 3:05 PM EST


  • Maison Polaire

    Evan Chakroff
    Nov 7, '08 10:03 AM EST

    The Earth is not flat. Parallel lines are concentric circles. Perpendicular lines are vectoral forces. I present: Maison Polaire. masion polaire (Earth radius=6000km) masion polaire (Earth radius=25m) masion polaire (Earth radius=10m) Maison Polaire on several different sizes of Earth (left to... View full entry



  • midreview

    Evan Chakroff
    Nov 4, '08 2:54 PM EST

    [midreview 081029 | Studio Critics Dan Wood & Amale Andraos of WORKac, Guest Critics Zach Snyder, Nick Gelpi, John McMorrough, and Ashley Schafer of the KSA] Last wednesday, we had our Mid-quarter review with Dan & Amale, immediately before their presentation for the KSA Lecture Series... View full entry



  • More Lens Flare!

    Evan Chakroff
    Oct 29, '08 9:32 AM EST

    I have midreviews this afternoon. Somewhat unprepared, so Im cribbing a page from the Bjarke Ingels Playbook: More LENS FLARE! More FILM GRAIN! Yeah! View full entry



  • Studio Updates / Day-trippin'

    Evan Chakroff
    Oct 25, '08 6:46 PM EST

    So, next week is the mid-review for our studio with Dan & Amale of WORKac... Im a bit behind after playing hookey last Tuesday to drive down to see Jose Oubreries Miller House and the University of Cincinnati Campus, but Ive got the next few days free to come up with something. So far: The... View full entry



  • Programming Rocks!

    Evan Chakroff
    Oct 20, '08 12:10 PM EST


  • La Torre Inclinada de Pisa

    Evan Chakroff
    Oct 13, '08 2:03 PM EST

    Last week, in his Introduction to Architecture course (I sit in just for kicks), Jeff Kipnis argued that the Leaning Tower is the precedent for all that wacky architecture we love so much. Im beginning to agree. The tower doesnt just lean, as it would if it had been deposited fully formed on... View full entry



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