(Kent State University)
So I finally realized today that I am now in second year instead of first. I walk over to their side, see the projects””the abstract environments they're creating””and get a sense of nostalgia.
I was told in today's crit to find a graphic standards and look up auditorium seat spacing, find how many people I can fit into 2000 square feet. How are the stalls in the bathroom arranged? How many books can I fit on this bookshelf. How many mops can one janitor line up against the wall if he has 100 square feet of space to work with? How many steps will a child of age 5, brown hair, blue eyes, take to get from desk to desk?
What happened to ideas, concepts, and experiments? Are they not encouraged anymore? It's all about fitting this into this, making the set amount of square footage work. Why are we jumping so fast into this, I have the whole rest of my life to figure out what has already been figured out! I don't want to open up a book that restricts every possible chance of creativity.
Why can't we start with an idea. Invent the program, let the results from our concepts and experiments form the building. Find a process, invent a process. Study the site further than the amount of pedestrian and vehicular activity. I know the building has to “work,” but can't we define how the building works?
Please mind my ranting.. I just don't want to fall into a path where all studio is anymore is typing 12 X 30 into my calculator to find out that my auditorium has 360 square feet, divided by 4 to get 90 rows, divided by 3 to get 30 seats per row. 30 X 90 is a lot of seats.
I want to do something new, I want to think with more than the left side of my brain.
..so in rebellion I applied for a transfer to Cooper Union.
In other news.. I did happen to get this today,
as a prize for best first project. I just wish they would of given me the time to read it too..