Sep '06 - Dec '09
The season has begun. We lost two faculty members last year but we gained two as well, Paula Loomis and Sarah Robertson. I look forward to working with the both of them sometime during my time here. It’s been a hectic week with schedule changes, book purchases, and the architecture adrenaline is high. I’m pretty sure it’s the same environment across the board in architecture schools. I ‘am taking Intermediate Arch Design with Daisy Williams and Paula Loomis, Building Science II with David Peronnet, and Graphic Design with Joseph Martin. A light schedule this semester thanks to being a transfer student as my general courses are all completed. I can focus more on studio this semester and possibly some extra curricular activities or a new hobby. We had our annual welcome back lecture where the faculty members introduce themselves and spread a little knowledge of what we can expect this year. I think I will be pulling many all nighters this year because third year is known as the “zapper” year. Most students decide weather they want to continue or switch majors in this year. I hope we retain our class because we have a great mix of talent in my studio.
On another note we hit the studio running. We were to think about our position on public transportation. What is transportation today? What was transportation yesterday? Why does it or doesn’t work? Should we return to it? How? We are to convey our point of view through graphic poster, story book, web page/site, model, video, etc. The work is to speak for itself. I took it as a silent critique but with thorough discussion at the end. I’m for public transportation. We have become a society dependent on the motor vehicle. We have begun to build our cities based around the car. The Federal Highway Act of 1921 put the automobile in a whole new spatial arrangement by mandating the creation of double lane paved surfaces known today as the interstate highway. A great feat in public works but where has it left us in the way we build our built environment? “Sprawl Land.” “Spatially obese land.” I drive ½ hour everyday to attend school and would jump on the opportunity to take a light rail to save time and gas. I took into account the fact that I live in suburbia land and I have never ridden Hampton Roads public transportation. I take that back I‘ve ridden the Ferry from Norfolk to Portsmouth on various occasions. I’ve ridden DC’s, NY, and San Francisco’s public transportation but not any of the buses in Hampton Roads. So I went for a ride on the “Net” in Norfolk, Virginia. Quite an adventure because I didn’t know exactly where I was going. I started off in waterside and ended up at the local Opera house. I had enough and walked the rest of the way back. It wasn’t a long ride but I just wanted to get a feel for how our local transit system works, plus it was free. Through my research I found that Norfolk is building a light rail system this year. It will be called The Tide.
I decided to design their metro card holders and information packet. I hope it conveys my idea that I’m for public transportation. Mind the colors I forgot to switch to RGB but they turned out great when I printed them.