My residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude has ended for the moment. I am back in New York for the summer, will be in Europe again in the fall.
Here in NY my office is mobile. I am mostly at either the main library at Bryant Park in Manhattan or at one of the Goethe Institute locations. All of which have architecture books and magazines, ample desk space, decent-speed wireless internet, and coffee nearby.
Some specs on my mobile office below:
Everything's in a hard-body VCR case that I found last year in Brooklyn and thoroughly disinfected. A hotdog vendor yesterday asked me if I was carrying a million dollars in cash.
The velcro straps hold down the Lenovo Ideapad laptop, running Intel i5 processor core, which works fine for me, since I'm rarely doing renderings or anything that speed-oriented. Dual partitions running Windows 7. I decided not to upgrade to 8 because I am using this Link Extension Tool to run programs across the partition. (Plus 8 seems to be mostly about touchscreens). On the right side are headphones and power cord.
Beneath the laptop is an optical mouse for drawing. On the left are a gesture recognition device that I'm working with, a standard usb flashdrive, a 3-prong to 2-prong grounding converter, and a watch battery. That indentation above the mouse fits my back-up external drive perfectly, but I realized I was carrying all my digital eggs in one basket. I could probably fit one of my moleskin notebooks there, instead.
Under the square flap are an external drive for running Linux (ubuntu) on my laptop or any computer, an audio cable and a Micron pen for hand drawing or notes.
This blog started with research, theory topics, travel and architecture discoveries during my fellowship at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. It continues, somewhat awkwardly and sporadically, with my relocation to Detroit as an Assistant Professor at University of Michigan. The blog spans architecture, urban design, planning, and tangents from these.