Jan '07 - Jun '07
Okay. The new quarter is just starting to roll. This makes it a little difficult to speak in great depth about what is going on today. For instance, I just ate some peanut butter. Which may or may not be a big surprise or interesting. Still, maybe a little look ahead and a look back is appropriate. This quarter I have three courses: Mayne, Erdman and Speaks. Thom is leading a research studio focused on designing a new satellite city, or chunk of Madrid. This slips into the urbanism theory sector Aaron eluded to in his entry. The premiere event of the quarter will be a one to two week trip to Madrid. After one week in Madrid (and short trips to additional cities in Spain), the studio will divide into research pods which will engage other cities in Europe. The cities include: Paris, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, several Italian spots, etc. The collective research of the pods will then be utilized as precedents to enhance the design projects. Michael Speaks is running a smallish seminar course entitled Design Thinking. The goal is to contextualize architectural theory, then try to define certain emerging design intelligences of recent and future years. Finally, David Erdman is teaching a technology seminar. As with all technology courses, the focus will be on digital fabrication techniques. The project involves designing and installing an interactive store front display at Lace on Hollywood Boulevard. Yes, I am extremely ecstatic about this one. Right, so that is the projection. For the past, I am going to try to post some imagery. Also, two of us have blogs detailing our school experience external to archinect: http://aaragan.blogspot.com and http://www.approximatedisjunction.com/UCLA/index_UCLA.htm Rock and roll.