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    Field trip/getting dirty

    Mark_M Mar 31 '07 4

    Our class is currently doing a project in Phoebus, Virginia to accompany what UDA proposed. We are designing different types of mixed used units to show the residents of Phoebus a little diversity. We would like to let them know that there are options instead of some of the "Plain Jane" units that were proposed.
    Our professors decided to take us on a little field trip to show us some examples. We strolled down the city of Norfolk, Virginia where UDA also provided a master plan. I have been seeing a lot of UDA lately but I heard that they won't build in Virginia Beach. Thats what I heard from the architect grape vine in my area.

    Base, middle, and top are clearly defined

    old skool

    Squeezed in

    squeeze
    Slim

    This one is leaning

    Leaning?

    This is a theater. The entrance is clearly defined thorough the proportion

    Classic

    We had to goof off a little...

    Posing

    I think the US post office are using these to promote their new Star Wars stamp.

    R2D2?

    Hmmmm. looks interesting. The facade in the reflection is too.

    Play

    a tourist in my home town

    Class

    This is the only Freemason Street in the U.S. and it's right here in Norfolk. As soon as I go to take the picture.....They were right there.

    Caught


    On another note the Building Science class is learning to pour concrete. They had to make a form and then carry them to the front of the Architecture building. Little do they know how heavy these things are going to be.

    getting ready...

    P3290008

    Mix, mix, and, mix...

    Hustle and bustle

    Ladies too...

    Ladies aren't excluded

    Elbow Grease

    Mix1
    Mixing

    Looks like a real construction site. Three people watching one person working...

    three people watching one working

    Rebar

    Bamboo Rebar

    A Vertical mold. Looks like a butter churn

    Vertical

    Hold it down

    Hold it down

    A little customization

    Personalized

    Imprints

    A perfectionist....Now that's a mason for ya

    Mason

    From above....We were lazy

    From above





     

     
    • 4 Comments

    • myriam
      Mar 31, 07 2:07 pm

      Awesome, cool pics! Totally brings back the day we learned to pour concrete at my school. The pics are eerily similar... except our campus buildings are yellow brick, not red. Pretty looking campus you got there!

      I didn't know UDA was still so active... isn't new urbanism kind of on the outs? I guess not. Can you tell us more about what they're proposing v. what you're proposing? Sounds intriguing.

      Steven WardSteven Ward
      Mar 31, 07 9:53 pm

      all the city gov'ts seem to love the uda way. norfolk has totally bought into gindroz's schtick, as has louisville, where i am.

      i spent a good amount of time on and around freemason street when i was growing up, mark. my family has always gone to epworth united methodist, the big stone pile on the corner of freemason and boush(?).

      +i
      Apr 2, 07 9:27 am

      great pics, mark! looks like your class is learning something! are there any more contemporary/modern examples in the area? all of those buildings were originally built back when Granby Street had a trolley car running down the middle of it.

      the building next to Seldon Arcade (3rd picture down) used to have a beautiful green roof (might not anymore, i'm not too sure) and so did the building with Hell's Kitchen. you should look at the amazing historical pictures they have on file at the norfolk library right there on city hall ave- the old man in there who runs it will dig up some amazing things for you if you ask.

      Mark_M
      Apr 6, 07 6:53 pm

      Myriam,

      Sure as soon as I get pics of our final pieces. UDA's proposals are on the Phoesbus Master Plan.

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