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  • Winter

    By fays.panda
    Sep 27, '10 7:24 PM EST

    In trying to define a thesis - because that is that time of year - one can dig himself a deep and dark hole by bouncing between two approaches (two extremes?). a. Does this have everything (or anything) to do with problem-solving, or b. is it about rigorously working at creating opportunities that are unashamedly thought of as impossible?

    If these are not the same question, bottled differently, I'd go for b.

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  • Al Manakh: Gulf Continued

    By fays.panda
    Jun 3, '10 12:48 PM EST

    For those interested, heres the lecture, live:http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/VIDEO/live.php View full entry



  • tokyo flashbacks

    By fays.panda
    May 9, '10 9:29 AM EST


  • Tokyo

    By fays.panda
    Mar 25, '10 3:46 PM EST

    Tokyo-Ga. Wim Wenders gives the world a humbling film. He visited Tokyo because of Yasujiro Ozu, someone he never met, but to whom he feels an unexplained familiarity. A student and a mentor. Wenders never met Ozu in the sense that we understand meetings to have taken place. He met him through... View full entry



  • prnt scren 24-31

    By fays.panda
    Mar 21, '10 4:28 PM EST

    Term 2 has come to an end last week. We have a month long Easter break, which is a fairly busy time considering its supposedly a break. A lot of fun things will happen though. Studio trips take place during this month, with our studio heading to Tokyo next week (other studio trips include another... View full entry



  • prnt scren 17-23

    By fays.panda
    Mar 10, '10 6:28 PM EST

    More developments in attempting to embed some sort of anatomy into the bodies. They are still simple, but each chain/creature, start to act as a collective, which was mainly enabled through using a physics engine, pbox2d, and exploiting its springs and collisions. Another biweekly review explains... View full entry



  • prnt scrn 10-16

    By fays.panda
    Mar 4, '10 8:31 PM EST

    These are a little overdue. Spent a big chunk of last week preparing for a seminar presentation where I had to present a reading on Donna Haraways work, which fell within the context of other related work presented on that day including readings from Norbert Wiener, Heinz Von Foerster and others... View full entry



  • prnt scrn 3-9

    By fays.panda
    Feb 21, '10 9:04 PM EST

    had a review sometime in the middle of the week, which explains the day with my desktop background as the screen shot. Were still trying to understand what constitutes an ecology within our digital environment. We also realized that we need to tackle the notion of how these things start to become... View full entry



  • prnt scrn 2

    By fays.panda
    Feb 13, '10 9:22 PM EST

    more processing work. p.s. All studio work is done with Tyson Hosmer, Michael Dosier, and Ryan Szanyi. View full entry



  • prnt scrn 1

    By fays.panda
    Feb 12, '10 3:44 PM EST

    what if I take a screen shot everyday and revisit it all in a year, when Im done with all of this? I keep on making these huge claims, that are in fact simple to do, but always find myself ignoring them. One of the other studios here have a design for disassembly component that they need to... View full entry



  • lateness live stream

    By fays.panda
    Feb 5, '10 1:59 PM EST

    Im not sure if any of you can see the live stream from outside the building. Since the hall is full, Ill have to make do with this. For all those interested:http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/video/live.html View full entry



  • frying brains

    By fays.panda
    Feb 2, '10 6:31 PM EST

    I was just reading Hans Moravec’s prediction/belief/fantasy(?) where human consciousness will be downloaded into a digital form where it is either given free reign to roam around in cyberspace or be restrained within the body of a robot. He writes about scientists frying human brains and... View full entry



  • question

    By fays.panda
    Jan 30, '10 7:41 PM EST

    A couple of months ago I attended a public conversation between Brett Steele and Marc Wigley which was moderated by Mark Cousins. Not surprisingly, the conversation revolved around contemporary education. Of the many things that stuck with me from that night, one statement by Mark Cousins remains... View full entry



  • thom mayne

    By fays.panda
    Dec 9, '09 8:18 PM EST

    Thom Mayne came for an evening lecture at the AA, after nearly 25 years of absence. He went through a good number of his new projects in a concise manner, and, in short, my (naive) opionion leaving the lecture was that its this kind of person that makes you feel good about being an architecture... View full entry



  • lots of images

    By fays.panda
    Dec 4, '09 8:13 PM EST

    long overdue. flickr year-wide page. Have not been updated in a while though. enjoy.here View full entry



  • Just Leave

    By fays.panda
    Dec 1, '09 8:48 PM EST

    Something I heard a couple of weeks ago, in a roundtable discussion between Brett Steele, Mark Wigley, and Mark Cousins. Mark Cousins said something along the lines of if you hear a discussion start by the words architecture is... just leave true. View full entry



  • First Works

    By fays.panda
    Nov 9, '09 12:17 PM EST

    My attmept at widening scope. Last friday an exhibition opened in the main gallery at the AA entitled First Works. I found it timely because I have been struggling for a while with the theme of the exhibition (outlined in the curatorial statement). The work on show in the exhibition, all done in... View full entry



  • Plaster and Other Things 2

    By fays.panda
    Nov 9, '09 10:53 AM EST

    Here are the photos of some of the casts before the casting operations. The work here was done with Brendon Carlin, Kyle Chou, Carlos Piles, and Lluis Enrique Monzo. View full entry



  • Plaster and Other Things

    By fays.panda
    Nov 8, '09 2:02 PM EST

    Workshop 1 (i.e project 1, it can be confusing, it took me a while) at the AADRL has come to an end last week. I had already given the a short description of the brief in an earlier post so Ill dedicate this to show a number of images that should portray a clear cross-section of the work that was... View full entry



  • Analog Machines

    By fays.panda
    Oct 13, '09 6:19 PM EST

    Fall Studio at the AADRL is divided into Workshop 1 and Workshop 2, with a number of options in each set. The workshop I am taking part of is titled Matter as Computation: Experimentation in Analog Machines and is run by Theo Spyropoulos and Rob Stuart-Smith. The workshop aims at engaging... View full entry



  • Design (not Digital) Research Lab

    By fays.panda
    Sep 30, '09 7:22 PM EST

    Today was the introduction to the AADRL. AADRL co-director Theo Spyropoulos gave a short presentation that was followed by an informal discussion about the programmes structure. The first words uttered by Spyropoulos were that this is not a Digital Research Laboratory but a Design Research... View full entry



  • Orientation: An Introduction to Informality

    By fays.panda
    Sep 21, '09 7:06 PM EST

    Today was the first day of Orientation Week at the Architectural Association. I had thought it would be a little weird being outnumbered by people who are younger than me. Im not entirely used to that because I have always been younger than my classmates and colleagues at work and in school but I... View full entry



  • Flight VS 401 DXB to LHR

    By fays.panda
    Sep 12, '09 9:46 AM EST

    So I just landed safely in London after my 7:30 hours flight. I need make my final arrangements and settle down as soon as possible. I dont want to be running around while school is well underway. As I said before, orientation starts on the 21st of September. Will probably go down to the school... View full entry



  • A Little More Real By the Second

    By fays.panda
    Sep 1, '09 7:08 PM EST

    I received an email from Archinect (i.e. Paul) yesterday telling me that I can now start posting blogs as this years new Architectural Associations DRL blogger. Coincidentally, yesterday was my last day at the office, and as I was on my way home (shortly before seeing Pauls email) I was... View full entry



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