It's October and well into the first term of my M.Arch at Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. And it's been almost four weeks since class started and I'm already living the unhealthy lifestyle of a stereotypical architecture student (i.e. lack of sleep, lack of food, lack of time, lots of stress, lots of procrastination and lots of coffee) it's actually not so good.
In studio right now, we are still working on the cube-section-cut assignment from the first week; except now we are having to skew, add skin, create model and take photographs of this arbitrary shape we created in our original drawings. Sounds easy, but it's very time consuming and actually kind of confusing. Sometimes this project makes me feel like a grad student trying to solve the complex math behind geometric shapes, and other times I feel like a kindergarden child throwing tantrums with sticky glue fingers.
However, aside from falling into the traps of becoming a perpetual studio mole, there are many good things happening as well - like the many great lectures I've been attending as being offered by Daniels on a weekly basis. I've been really enjoying them so far because for one thing, the school's been doing an excellent job recruiting really interested speakers this year (with the new dean Richard Sommer). And number two, these lectures give me some quiet time outside of the studio dynamics where I can just sit and listen and think about things (usually related to architecture).
So in the last two weeks, I've attended:
Elnar Jarmund from JVA in Oslo. He showed us the 'Lost in Nature' lecture displaying numerous of his works from extremely cold climate areas. Clean and masculine structures beautifully situated into the surrounding landscapes, and with economical/efficient materials.
The Road Show: Architectural Landscapes of Canada. Basically, designers from nine different firms got together, got on one bus and drove across Canada to do lectures at different cities. There was such a hype for this lecture (there was even an alleyway performance planned) but it was a bit hard to listen to nine speakers all in one go.. especially when each speaker had only 8 minutes to talk about their own practices. But interesting nonetheless.
Dan Graham and his talk on 'Works between art and architecture'. Lots of images, lots of video and lots of his quirky character. It was all so so great -need I say more?
A few I missed, including a lecture by Michael Maltzan from LA and Monica Ponce de Leon from UofMichigan which I heard were both very good. In any case, I'm looking forward to some of the other lectures coming up this term. Check out the school's website for upcoming events: