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    Student Work Exhibiton opening

    PodZilla Mar 8 '09 4

    It's been awhile since I've done an actual school-y entry here. Since we had a gallery opening last night it's the perfect opportunity to post some images of life at NJSoA.

    A short rant first: the school is 'technically' no longer called New Jersey School of Architecture. We're now the College of Architecture and Design, or CAD for short (ugh), reflecting the inclusion of the new Industrial Design, Fine Arts, Interior Design, Digital Design, and Graphic Design majors. Under the umbrella of "CAD" is NJSoA, but our name is off the door, both literally and figuratively. They put up these new signs on the MLK and Ramp sides of the main building that are probably the ugliest pieces of signwork I've seen in awhile. First, they chose a horrible serif-font, akin to Times Roman or similar. Second, the word "college" is on a slight arc above the word "of", which is bordered by two round dots. "Architecture and Design" follows below. The funny thing is, it's not so much the name change of the program that bugs me but the horribly ugly signs. Thankfully the parking deck studios still bear the NJSoA name above the doors. Ok, rant over, onto the pictures from yesterday.

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    The exhibition poster

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    Dom & company assembling the photo montage on the entry wall.

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    Mike touches up the display stands.

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    The wall completed. The pictures are a playful collage of student life at NJSoA, taken over a couple years and culled from many people's collections.

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    The showpiece; a "scale" model in Lego of Manhattan. It's mostly complete, including nearly every major landmark below Central Park.

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    Looking down an avenue in the Lego model. The student who built this spent ten years assembling all the parts.

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    There was also a screen showing various student movies, including my parkway movie, "What Exit?"

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    Watching Mike's Rockefeller Center movie

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    A piece from Matt Gosser's Westinghouse building exhibition. He took the letters from the old Westinghouse sign and re-arranged them into a clever anagram saying "with uses gone."

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    DJ playing bartender

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    My parkway movie, a late addition to the program, showing on the big screen.

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    • 4 Comments

    • b3tadine[sutures]
      Mar 9, 09 1:12 pm

      gene, did the SoA do a student show last year?

      the SoA rolling over into a college of design makes sense, and the horrible CAD name makes sense too, given Urs Gauchat leadership. Uof M did the same thing, although they are CDES. the writing was on the wall when Nastasi took to Stevens....now all they have to do is get rid of Urs.

      PodZilla
      Mar 9, 09 1:46 pm

      There was a student show but it was the design showcase, which is more of a "come look at how awesome we are!" for the school. This was totally student-run with matt gosser at the helm. It also featured pieces more on the artwork side whereas the showcase is totally architecture.

      PodZilla
      Mar 9, 09 1:47 pm

      There was a student show but it was the design showcase, which is more of a "come look at how awesome we are!" for the school. This was totally student-run with matt gosser at the helm. It also featured pieces more on the artwork side whereas the showcase is totally architecture.

      b3tadine[sutures]
      Mar 9, 09 1:58 pm

      i know it's semantics, but it's not the first annual then? just a pet peeve.

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