The fun never stops.
Today I submitted the second draft (of three) of my thesis proposal. That was a huge weight lifted off my shoulders, only to realize the third and final draft is due in just three weeks. But I'm very happy with the progress I have made, submitting 35 pages when only 20 was required. The major addition to the proposal this time around was five precedent studies, in which I analyzed five buildings damaged or destroyed by purposeful acts of violence and the approach to rebuilding. In all the cases, the very conservative to pretty conservative approaches were taken. I hope to break that pattern with my thesis.
In other thesis news, I contacted Lebbeus Woods earlier in the week about discussing my thesis proposal with him and he responded today that he would be glad to discuss it with me. So with that news I went back to his War and Architecture and studied, noted, and developed the best questions I could think of. I look forward to this opportunity and believe we'll have a very fruitful discussion.
After studio I went to hear Steve Badanes of Jersey Devil design/build who presented a narrative slide show of a lot of his projects. He's a very entertaining guy and clearly loves what he does. The inventiveness and sustainable aspects of the projects should be applauded. The projects often use materials within a very small radius of the site as well as local craftsman and the community at large. He's certainly not one of the "big guys" but has made an impact on the profession. I'd recommend checking out the projects his design-build classes create.
Finally, I'm going to a round table discussion with Gregg Pasquarelli tomorrow. He's going to discuss SHoP's current projects including South Street Seaport and some historic preservation work they do. Then on Friday he is going to be in studio to critique our first studio projects which included an addition to BSU's architecture building. Following studio he is giving an all school lecture. I think its all going to be very exciting.
But its crunch time.