My friend Dan, who's not an architect, just came to visit me. As we walked toward my desk, I pointed out the red lanterns and flying dragons that decorate the Plattus studio. "They got to go to China?!" "Yeah, so did the Balmori [Sanders] studio." "Really? And you only got to go to Colonial Williamsburg? You got double-screwed!"
There was a reception the other day for the Roma Exhibit, a show of the final drawings produced by the Rome summer course that now decorate the faculty halls. There's also a digital slide show of student photographs, many fun, happy moments and beautiful buildings and landscapes. I miss it so much. I wish I could go back there right now.
Since I never showed them before, here are some of those moments:
On the beach at Sperlonga
Looking through the keyhole of The Knights of Malta compound. Piranesi designed their chapel. We actually got to see it.
Ninfa is an abandoned medieval city in Italy, the land under which was purchased in the 20th century and transformed into a garden of astonishing beauty.
The crystal river (very cold””trout swim here)
On our 3 day vacation from class, I and two other ladies went to the Amalfi coast and hung out in Positano. The first night it rained heavily.
The American embassy in Rome is transforming into an ugly, bomb-resistant compound. I'm writing a long paper about American embassies this semester for an independent study (=30+ pages). It's been a great experience so far, moon-lighting as an MED student.
Finally, since I've done zero work for studio, I thought I'd show you the only creative stuff I'm engaged in right now, the products of my maya class. These are the follies of learning.