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    RAIC Good Times

    Courtney Healey Jan 30 '09 0

    Not quite the star-studded schmoozefest Susan posted about from Yale...

    but tonight the RAIC (Royal Architecture Institute of Canada) hosted our weekly Good Times (aka: Friday 5:30 beers) which meant free beer and pizza (not quite martinis or miniburgers ;) but I did enjoy the little introductory speech from Canadian War Museum co-architect Alex Rankin before a screening of "In Search of a Soul" - Building the Canadian War Museum. Rankin designed the Museum with Raymond Moriyama, and shared a few anecdotes from their collaboration, like the fact that they missed the deadline for the original competition by 5min only to have the site changed and a new competition initiated not long after... which they won... obviously. He talked about designing for veterans who are dying at a rate of 2-3,000 per year and are finally opening up and telling their stories of war after so many decades of silence. He talked about an interview that they did with a journalist from the NY Times who praised the open dialogue between the architects and the Canadian public about war, in general. Rankin talked about Moriyama's openness to public input and criticism during the design process, and believed it was their shared experience of war, his in Belfast and Moriyama's in a Canadian internment camp, that helped them keep perspective on who the real clients for this museum were... hint: it wasn't the Ottowa Dept. of Public Works. Part of the public process involved the offices developing three different schematic design options that were voted on and chosen by the public, Rankin talked about how he and Moriyama worked hard to avoid competition within the separate project teams in the office, that necessarily believed each of their proposals was the best. He also talked about the great rush of adrenaline that deadlines bring and that we should learn to love them because they make architecture what it is and it won't stop when we get out of school... after averaging about 4hrs p/nt this past week (without any immediate deadline) I can't say I was exactly pleased with his enthusiasm for the all-nighter... but that's probably just my crabby sleep-deprived self...


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    btw, I do thank the Paul Rudolph tribute event at Yale for delivering George Wagner back to Vancouver happier and more positive than when he left, we finally had a decent desk crit this afternoon and I don't feel totally lame and deflated about my project... so thanks!

    More to come, though I'm definitely sharing some of Rira's anxiety about finding time to post in the midst of thesis... speaking of thesis... 82 days until final reviews!!! but, I've resolved this week to stop categorizing time as something to be gotten through, "I just have to get through the next three hours... the next two days... the next week and a half... the next semester... etc." because its my LIFE for chrissakes, what am I really getting through or getting through to? anyone? well... I'm still working on a post about the final thesis reviews from two weeks ago, but here's a pic of aiden defending his crazy waterfront infrastructure project... the oceans are rising... do we just keep raising the dykes...or? think New Babylonian silt gathering wetlands if organized by ocean currents... overall, it was a really great day of projects and crits, maybe the best I've seen in 4yrs at UBC, but like I said... more later... happy Friday!!!

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