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 student never showed up, which in the end may have been a good thing. Our city planner was really good which was very lucky since the whole interdisciplinary thing really trips some people up. We worked all weekend...it was super intense but pretty fun as well. I was really impressed with the amount of work that everyone was able to produce in just two days. Some of the graphics and renderings were pretty amazing. Competitions like that are a big challenge, but i think the most important thing to remember is to have a super clear and concise idea that can be explained as simply as possible. the projects that one had the best titles that summed up the work.
our project dealt with thinking about the casino as a means of invigorating a 24 hour cycle in the city. nothing in philly, aside from one grocery store, is really opened 24 hours and the casino may be an interesting means of rethinking the city cycles. i like trying to approach the project as both a resident and a designer. i guess it may be a conflict of interests, but i think it is a good one.
the coolest thing about the charrette was that the mayor came at the launch of the event and was there to see the final results. it was actually really inspiring (despite the current state of philly politics) to hear his enthusiasm for the process. it really made you feel like you were contributing to something important.
our makeshift table was the hub of design activity this weekend
the final boards pinned up
a few details
all of the entries in dean's alley
aside from that our studio is now moving super slowly. unfortunately class was cancelled again today and we are starting to get pretty frustrated. we have basically had two desk crits so far this semester and mid review is in three weeks. i don't mind working on my own and i really don't need someone at my side all the time, but the thing that really kills me is thinking about how much money i am paying for this. hopefully things will turn around soon. i really like the studio and the direction that we have had, i just wish we could get a little more of it. oh well such is grad school i guess...
the other problem seems to be a small biohazard that is brewing in our studio. on of our sinks is clogged and is now eminating an unidentifiable and unbearable odor. i have the pleasure of sitting right beside it...yum. thankfully someone had the good sense to cover it up with a strict warining.