Aug '09 - May '10
And we're off.
I'd previously blogged on archinect during grad school 1.0 at Kent State's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborativehere
In typical blog fashion, I'm going to immediately apologize for not posting enough and resolve to do better...now that that's out of the way.
I'm at UPenn in their post-professional MArchII program. It's a 1 year program for students with a professional degree. There are about 40 students in the program.
Since it's a post-professional program and many students are coming from odd backgrounds (different schools, work, countries,) we start the year off with a week long "intensive digital methods" class to bring the class to a generally equal level. This class is/was taught by Justin Diles. I expected this to be a general technique class regarding rhinoceros, grasshopper, maya, and generally hit all of the typical areas of parametricism. On the contrary, it was pretty much a week long Maya tutorial, focusing on the parametric capabilities of the program: animation, dynamics, with a bit on rendering and polygon modelling as well.
Diles refers to the method he teaches as the "Digital Workflow;" designing parametrically in maya, using rhino for preparation and fabrication, and then Adobe Creative Suite for presentation. I'm possibly the sole member of the class that has used this workflow extensively. (Good job Kent!). Nonetheless, the class was great for me to really have some time to practice and feel comfortable with the program.
IDM lasted a week and on first day of classes (Sept.9) we're presenting projects to test / prove our skills - using the PS1 YAP prompt. This week will be some extensive studio wood-shedding.
I went to NYC (my first time...ashamedly) this weekend with some classmates to check things out (including PS1, by MOS). After having seen pictures and perpetuating the snuffleupugus joke, I was surprised at how nice the space actually was. While I still kind of think that MOS phoned it in terms of detail / construction / material, it's an okay place to be.
More to follow! Including; pictures of the rarely photographed UPenn studio space.