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    Images from lectures and around the schoool....

    Susan Surface
    Jan 28, '09 5:52 PM EST

    I plan to come back and edit this post a bit later, but for now, here's a bit of a who's who around the school lately.


    TOYO ITO LECTURE

    Someone from... something... contacted me and asked me to post a blog for this lecture. I don't know if I'm supposed to do so here or elsewhere, but hey. Here it is.



    This image is really fun if you go to the school and can play Where's Waldo. In front is Liza Fior from muf. She is teaching an advanced studio and seminar this semester and will be lecturing in a couple of weeks.


    When you lecture at Yale, this is what you see... orange carpet, the Dean in the first 3 rows, and CONCRETE. Oh, and the school's giant camera in your face. Sorry, everyone who has ever lectured within the past year, or will lecture in the next year and a half. Just remember, "The more photos I take of you, the more likely there is to be a good one!"


    Toyo Ito pondering the slide that is projected above him. He was a really excellent, clear, thorough speaker, even via translation.


    In fact he said something so profound that Dean Stern jumped up and started singing "Can I get a RU-DOLPH" and the whole lecture hall got up and started dancing. The lights went out, everyone was wearing diamonds, and the secret disco ball descended from the ceiling. It was rad. Then the lights came back on and...


    Peggy Deamer, who is my current studio critic for Urbanism & sitting here next to John Patkau, asked a good question about Ito's model of practice and its relationship to the construction industry in Japan.


    Then Peter Eisenman was like, "I love you, man." And then we all went to go get martinis and wine.


    Alex Felson, who is my studio's roving environmental & sustainability expert, took his suitcase full of rare books.


    Fabrication instructors Kimo Griggs and Susan Farricelli flanking Jessica Vitali, an architecture student at University of Washington.




    RUDOLPH SYMPOISUM


    Adrian Forty, theorist who delivered the Keynote Address


    Hilary Sample of MOS, who just won the PS1 pavilion design competition.


    Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Saarinen Expert!


    Sunil Bald of Studio SUMO with whom I have drawing class this semester.


    Joyce Hsiang teaches first year studio, and Bimal Mendis is an assistant dean.


    Sylvia Lavin delivered a really excellent paper on Paul Rudolph's experimentation with "flash in the pan" design materials like lights, mirror & carpet that don't reappear over multiple works.


    Sunil again with Ken Tadashi Oshima from University of Washington.


    Come to our receptions.... we have martinis.


    CLASS


    I'm taking a class at the School of Management for my elective this semester. It is co-taught by William Drenttel, who is the one in this photo & publishes Design Observer, and Michael Bierut from Pentagram. I wasn't trying to be creepy. Photographing the chalkboard is more efficient than taking notes - in this case, a list of "stuff that is designed."



     
    • 19 Comments

    • _JC

      fun post...no need to edit.

      I was literally just sitting in class an hour ago thinking how much my damn hand hurts writing notes, and I thought back to a student in my undergrad classes who used to take pics of the board. Although, your board looks less like a list and more like a mess. I think I'd choose notes in this case.

      Jan 28, 09 8:41 pm

      Wow. Amazing photos Susan. And hilarious narration. A++

      Jan 28, 09 8:54 pm

      Good stuff, Susan! I love the concrete wall, too. Reminds me of that scene where Darth Vader kills one of his unworthy officers.

      Jan 28, 09 11:16 pm
      aml

      a secret disco ball, yay!!

      Jan 28, 09 11:28 pm

      we have secret discos in canada too, but everyone line dances instead.

      Jan 29, 09 12:15 am
      SurfaceS


      He LOVED multiple tiny mirrors.
      Jan 29, 09 12:16 am
      mantaray

      weird, I wrote a whole little blurb about Kimo here and it disappeared. Hmm.

      Jan 29, 09 1:33 am

      more!

      i KNEW there were secret discos! but nobody would ever spill. thanks, susan.

      Jan 29, 09 7:28 am
      peridotbritches

      Can we please direct our attention to the Martini Maven - she is really the star of this whole soiree and resulting blog.

      Deats, Misss S, DEATS!

      Jan 29, 09 9:10 am
      mac rebennack

      Lovely photos ... you have to love that
      lecture hall deep in the bowels of the building ;)

      Jan 29, 09 9:58 am
      futureboy

      that's an especially awesome picture of ito....
      all in all a great post!

      Jan 29, 09 12:43 pm
      brian buchalski

      this kind of reminds me of an abracadabra, faia episode...ooh la la

      Jan 29, 09 12:51 pm
      A&A

      Takes me back.

      Nice to see Mr. Tim Newton looking so dapper.

      A

      Jan 29, 09 2:19 pm

      Must agree Ito's photo is so perfect. The tilt of his head the hand in pocket, leaning against the wall et al.

      Jan 29, 09 3:31 pm
      WonderK

      RU-DOLPH! Hilarious. Thanks, Susan. Hope you are well, take care of yourself.

      Jan 29, 09 4:10 pm
      Smokety Mc Smoke Smoke

      I miss the post-lecture miniburgers.

      Jan 29, 09 4:10 pm
      tagalong

      Great post and pictures, the masochist in me is missing it all.

      Jan 29, 09 11:09 pm
      panacea

      You can't complain about having orange carpet and concrete wall madness, we don't even have our own lecture hall yet. Maybe Milstein will be built by the end of the next paradigm shift.

      Feb 4, 09 12:01 am
      SurfaceS

      I'm not complaining about orange or concrete! I love it.

      Feb 4, 09 12:26 am

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