Sep '06 - Nov '06
It's a Mies building too, but it's just not the same as Crown Hall. The studio I'm in is just for thesis students and there's not as much room as in Crown Hall, but I'll be fine. I'm working on adding pictures of my studio and other stuff around campus to this blog, so hopefully I can get that stuff on here in the next few days. My thesis advisor is George Schipporeit, who was a student of Mies van der Rohe. He has a a pretty admirable career, such as Lake Point Tower in Chicago. He approved my thesis proposal, which I've been researching over this past summer.
My thesis revolves around the current situation throughout the Mississippi Gulf Coast, particularly in the town of Gulfport, MS, which was dramatically affected by the August 2005 Hurricane Katrina. I'm proposing a community center to be sited in the downtown area of the city, which is only feet away from the coastline. It should make for a really interesting project, considering the adapted building codes and zoning as a result of the hurricane. The views of the Gulf of Mexico are spectacular from the site and I hope to really develop something that can suit as a model for future development in downtown Gulfport, MS. The architectural programming and advanced building technologies classes I'm also taking are more like seminars and the projects for those classes revolve around one's thesis topic. That's about it for now, so I'll try to get some images into this blog.
Keep on truckin'.