Aug '08 - Jun '10
There's a guest here on the 9th floor of Wurster, a University of Michigan grad student named Dan who is visiting his buddy here at Berkeley. It's spring break for Michigan, though he has tons of work to do. So he's occupying a desk in the middle of Thesislandia, laptop open and cranking away in Rhino. Dan's been wandering around seeing what us thesis students are up to (investigating light, ice, sewage systems, and under-the-bridge-space among other things) and likewise we're hovering over his computer to have a look at his thesis project on a reclaimed landfill site between Detroit and Chicago.
I got the idea, while I was asking him questions about his project, that his being an intruder should be standard practice. Architecture students should have a small travel budget to go to another University and set up a mini-studio for a week. A UCLA student infiltrates Cornell. A University of Florida student taps into the University of Washington. Why stop with the US? There are traveling studios, sure, but why not just individual traveling students, and for just a week at a time? A sort-of guest-worker program, with quotas etc etc.
Even this Glacier/Island/Storm thing that just wrapped up last week with Geoff Manuagh's Columbia GSAPP studio --- it was as though I was a visiting student, taking my thesis ideas from Berkeley and assaulting Columbia, and perhaps beyond. Heck, who cares what school you're in, or if you're in school at all. These ideas need to get out of this tower. There's too much good stuff locked up in here. This is an invitation to come and steal some.