Sep '06 - Dec '09
So it has been a while since I updated this. I can see how easy it is to get behind on your blogging... one idea passes by, you want to write about something but you get busy, and next thing you know midterm is around the corner. So in order to catch up, this will be an OMNIBUS blog entry to give a general update with things I have been meaning to say over the last couple of weeks.
I got my site and I am working on Talavera de la Reina. There are three of us working on the site plan, focusing on development of green spaces and developing program around the river. The idea is that if we bring people to the river we may be able to bring back the traditional relationship of the river and the city (we have pictures of people swimming in what now is little more than a sewer) and create political support to save the river. Individually, I am designing the athletic field, baths, and pieces of other buildings... updates to come.
If anyone knows Carl Steinitz, he is an old school teacher, so much so that our area is the only one without the GSD's 'buttmate' system. We have a long table where most of the life of the studio happens and the just one individual desk. It is like an experiment where all the desks in this huge design factory and this is the control space where the grid breaks down. As an individual living in the experiment I can say that I feel that this lay out creates a different way of learning. Here we talk and it feels like we are a small community rather than a lose association of individual designers sitting close to each other. I am enjoying it.
The name of the course hardly matters (Current Architecture as Cultural Discourse) because in all reality we all call it Kipnis' course. He is a character and makes class lively. In case you want to see (almost) the entire class condensed into 55 minutes (he timed it) GO HERE.
What makes the class different is his style, Kipnis points at people and makes them uncomfortable by asking them questions and (usually making fun of them). At first it seems kind of weird and people seem a little nervous but we have slowly gotten accustomed to it. If nothing else it makes for interesting discussions. He also adds a lot of other information mostly about 'matter theory', pop culture, and other info.
A New Framework for Practice
This seminar is with practice consultant Paul Nakazawa, and is to find new frameworks for design practices. This is a research intensive class, my group and I are looking into the pressures that slums and population growth are placing upon the profession, and possible new systems and methods for practices to work there.
This is the culmination of the technology, structure, and material classes. Not extremely exciting but it has turned out to be more fun than it sounds.
OUTSIDE OF THE GSD
RANDOM - DIGITAL LAW SCHOOL
1- I finally ventured out of the GSD and went over to the Law School for a Berkman Center for Internet and Society event. Basically we were watching youtube videos with law professors and students who discussed the legality of using movie images - audio track. The discussion turned to when does a piece of pop culture become the property of culture as a whole. It was fun and I hope to get out there more often.
FINAL NOTE - NOMA CONFERENCE:
I will be at the NOMA conference in Orlando in a couple of days, anyone going? I will blog about it when I come back.