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    Steve Fuchs May 26 '06 9
    Thesis | The Essential Support Team
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    So, thesis has officially started. My advisors are in place, Ed Keller & Juan Azulay. And, my alter-ego has shown up to help keep things balanced. The plans are set. Bags are packed. Sword is sharpened.

    Theory | How many rocks do you need?
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    What is theory good for? How does it help a married guy with three kids to father? Well... I see it as a bit of a conundrum. On one hand, I've been opened up to some beautiful texts and films, and on the other, I've been collecting some very heavy rocks--all of which do not belong in my backpack. Though, many of them can be used to build a foundation. Some I'll be able to pass on to others.

    Thesis + Theory | OPB... Other People's Burden
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    Is thesis about being a maverick? Do we defend our liberties and take the flak while executing the orders of another? In my mind, thesis is about focusing your path, creating a link to a historical trajectory, and pushing a new idea(s) forward. It's about an incredible lightness of being--a deeper awareness of the layers of architectural discourse and locating your epiphanies on the egoless highway back to humanity.

    "Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know."
    >>> Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld


    Lightness | Man with a Movie Camera
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    Without all these rocks in my backpack, gravity seems to change. The gravity of thesis. The gravity of my own aspirations and how the scale of our world is so large, yet so small. Reflections of where I've come from. And a much larger space for which to aspire. Backpack. Alone. Exploring. Mission control... how am I doing?
    *Ckckkkk.... a little to the left.*

    Agent 007 | Where there's a will...
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    There IS a way to "role" with the punches without being trapped in your own reality. It's called taking a risk, albeit calculated to a point. Graduate school, for me, has been about voyaging to the other side of the archi-world, through some enemy territory, a love affair, friendly hijinx, and turning my backpack into a powerful method of escapism. It's funny how the scale of personal development for one role of your life can be a drug while for another an elixir. Zeros and heros.

    Knott's Berry Farm opens in 6.5 hours--almost time to switch roles.
     

     
    • 9 Comments

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      May 28, 06 7:20 am

      cool post, quite poetic.

      that guy on the far left looks a bit like vin diesel by the way

      Steve FuchsSteve Fuchs
      May 28, 06 2:51 pm

      By order from left to right:

      1. Agent7 (role #2 - extreme architect)
      2. Juan (advisor #2 - mafia connection)
      3. Family Man (role #1 - along for the ride)
      4. Ed (advisor #1 - everything's connected)

      ** Keep in mind these are resemblences, N.T.S... hehe.

      c.k.
      May 29, 06 9:13 pm

      I've been wanting to ask: did you mean the order is right to left?
      Either way, best of luck with thesis.

      Steve FuchsSteve Fuchs
      May 29, 06 11:12 pm

      Thank you...

      Not to be rude, but what is confusing about "By order from left to right:"? Maybe I just take things for granted being a Westerner? Just to be completely clear, that is a picture I found while Googlin' "backpack", and I don't know any of them personally. The funny part is, there is a mild resemblence to Ed on the right and my alter-ego on the left. All in fun for those that know us... poetic I guess for those that don't.

      It is kinda funny, if my advisors are #1 and #3... hehe (left to right).

      c.k.
      May 30, 06 1:44 am

      got it.
      I like this backpack also. heavy, but generative.


      Steve FuchsSteve Fuchs
      May 30, 06 8:59 am

      what does that thing do? looks like it helps lighten the load of a heavy backpack. what's the analogous architectural element that helps lighten the load of theory? hehe.

      c.k.
      May 30, 06 1:20 pm

      the opposite actually. the heavier the better.
      it takes the movement of your hips and transforms it into electricity.

      Steve FuchsSteve Fuchs
      May 30, 06 10:03 pm

      haha... perfect for thesis!!!

      Marlin
      Jun 18, 06 6:08 pm

      nice intro. Keep up the posts for the vicariously interested like myself.
      good to see you black on top.

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