Archinect - From Retrospective to Retroactive 2015-10-09T08:30:40-04:00 Direct Christopher Perrodin 2015-10-05T23:07:00-04:00 >2015-10-07T01:06:43-04:00 <p>It has been almost two years since my last blog post. &nbsp;The hard-drives still hold the data from my degree project, but I still have not connected them to a new computer. &nbsp; Thankfully my final images are still intact and easy to access. &nbsp;I will make a post with my final images in a later post. &nbsp;</p><p>For now I'd like to talk about the shooting and death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, St. Louis, MO. &nbsp; While at times the protests were violent and media grabbing, most of the time they were focused on communities coming together to grieve, mourn and call for action. &nbsp;The family I have in St. Louis participated in the protest and in Seattle my community leaders were heavily involved in having our neighborhood come together to mourn and support each other. &nbsp;A whole growth of lectures, discussions, meetings, flyers and articles appeared in Seattle and new connections and ideas were shared.</p><p>Many images and videos emerging from the tragedy were emotional and eye opening.&nbsp;</p><p>As I was searching and trying...</p> Fail Hard Christopher Perrodin 2013-10-30T02:22:42-04:00 >2013-10-30T12:54:34-04:00 <p> So this begins the second part of my last year of school. &nbsp;Degree Project was definitely a journey.</p> <p> I was very fortunate to be working with my professor Paul J Donnelly. &nbsp;We were really a great match and the balance we kept each other in, though at times frustrating, worked out well.</p> <p> After discussing my Design Thinking book and visiting the site, we discussed strategies to approach the site. &nbsp;What vector forces could the site give us? &nbsp;Would half levels help with the interaction between programs? &nbsp;How will all these things interact?</p> <p> Like the Design Thinking course of the previous semester, I made it a point to start making as soon as possible. &nbsp;Over the years, I have accepted the inevitability of crappy first efforts. &nbsp;I also find that even if what I first make becomes absolutely irrelevant as soon as it's made, I know that by the act of making, I'm putting my mind to work on coming up with the next model/drawing/rendering/idea.</p> <p> So I first made a model:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Something abou...</p> K.O. Christopher Perrodin 2013-10-25T01:13:01-04:00 >2015-08-13T13:18:36-04:00 <p>So this is the knock out punch for Design Thinking.</p><p>I will start and finish posting about Design Research next week.</p><p>Then I will begin working on how the two can be in a more direct conversation.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>In this post we have iterations to finished style on related spreads.</p><p>Links below for the full sets.</p><p>The nicer finished was GREATLY aided by my close friend and partner in crime Wendy Chan.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>Scope her work. &nbsp;It's really cool.&nbsp;<strong>For real.</strong></p><p>She will also be helping me on the book, even though she lives in NYC and I live in Seattle. &nbsp;What a cool kid, right?</p><p>The biggest thing she helped me with was the use of red. &nbsp;Though not my intention, it became "All red everything." &nbsp;I had over done it. &nbsp;Partly because I was still trying to make the "in your face" feeling more apparent. &nbsp;And partly because it was hard to tell how overwhelming something was in InDesign until I made a few sketch books.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Turnt Up Christopher Perrodin 2013-10-20T17:10:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T20:53:54-04:00 <p> With about a two and a half weeks left in the course before we arch-students stopped doing classes and fall head long into studio fancyfootwork-flashmob-midnighthustle time, the main points to hit in the development of the Design Research were <strong>site </strong>and <strong>program</strong>.&nbsp;</p> <p> <br> For Design Thinking, there really is only a limited amount of time to define and refine ideas.&nbsp; After that, it becomes more about having enough quality ideas to work with and make sense of during the Degree Project semester.&nbsp; So with a blog like this, I can go back and look at what I had done after the scholastic dust has settled and try to make sense of it all.</p> <p> <br> All that said, there are not going to be any Design Research posts where I show a progress in developing the logical connection between sections shown in the previous posts.&nbsp; Mostly there will be a further accumulation of ideas and, like I&rsquo;ve said before, some presentation cleaning.&nbsp;</p> <p> For site, the first critique was for me to dig deeper and show more info...</p> Escape velocity Christopher Perrodin 2013-10-16T11:13:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T18:43:19-04:00 <p> From the previous post to this one, only one week had passed.&nbsp; I can&rsquo;t remember what all happened that semester, but I am pretty sure no studio work was done that week.&nbsp; I mean, I&rsquo;m basing that statement on the &ldquo;last modified&rdquo; date of my archived files&hellip; probably accurate&hellip;</p> <p> <br> Anyway.</p> <p> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~</p> <p> This post and most Design Research posts after this will be referencing the pdf compilation moves toward the final final book.&nbsp;</p> <p> The full pdf for this process stage may be found at the link below.</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> I will only be showing portions of the pdf's on here, cus otherwise it's a lot. &nbsp;And then the next few posts will be showing refining of presentation and layout via comparison.</p> <p> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~</p> <p> A lot of stuff happened.&nbsp; The week of the previous post I had started reading <strong><u>The Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping / Harvard Design School Project on the City 2</u></strong>.&nbsp; (Has anyone found Proje...</p> Commercial Space and Public Life Christopher Perrodin 2013-10-06T17:12:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T17:33:34-04:00 <p> I started to build upon the diagrams and images shown in the previous post.&nbsp; I wanted to look more closely at what the difference was between the Occupy protests in NYC and STL.&nbsp; I only knew that one had much press coverage and many people and the other had little to no press coverage.</p> <p> <br> Looking into it more, I found the documentation of the STL protests showed few people and even fewer news articles about the protesters.&nbsp; Comparing that to the population density charts I pulled from NYT, I saw that the difference in density was night and day.&nbsp; While All of Manhattan and many of the surrounding boroughs had very high densities, downtown STL actually had one of the least dense areas in the city.&nbsp; Why people still chose to protest in Kiener Plaza in the downtown area was lost to me, but it became a critical part of my Design Research development and Degree Project later on.</p> <p> <br> At the time though, I was looking at places where people actually were present and living.&nbsp; From my expe...</p> A new frontier Christopher Perrodin 2013-10-05T02:51:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T17:31:40-04:00 <p> After the tepid presentation,&nbsp; I accepted what my professor had been telling me for three weeks --embrace the political.&nbsp; Embrace the direction of my inquiry.&nbsp; Allow myself to critique.</p> <p> <br> It became clear that I had repressed thoughts in my head because over the next few days, my writing output greatly increased.&nbsp; As a student, I had not developed anything resembling sleeping "habits," so when I felt charged up about all the thoughts coming to my head, I just stayed up to write them down.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> From the writings above, we see the first sketches of the new direction--a combination of my original desire to bring people together and the beginning of my path towards social critique.</p> <p> <br> My scope was then moved to the Delmar Loop.&nbsp; There was a kind of public canopy thing that WashU-Sam Fox architecture students had made at some point in the past.&nbsp; To my dismay, the burger/sports bar place bought rights to it, put plastic chains around the perimeter and placed awkward wood lounge benche...</p> Looking for an invasion Christopher Perrodin 2013-09-25T12:28:00-04:00 >2013-10-05T00:26:44-04:00 <p> The last post had two different points in time at once. &nbsp;</p> <p> It was also missing the presentation from 09/18/12.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I still insisted on proposing questions and ideas about a temporal public existence. &nbsp;In part, I am pulling from my experience in the suburbs, where I felt that no public setting available would allow me to be truly expressive. &nbsp;Feeling placed in a box takes a while to fade I guess.</p> <p> The other part of me, again, goes back to the Occupy movement and the Arab Spring. &nbsp;No architectural proposals tried to grapple with the events which occurred despite many unique living experiences and public expressions unfolding where people gathered. &nbsp;I felt that the Archigram proposals from the 1960's had at least put some thought into how a rapid gathering of people might be addressed. &nbsp;</p> <p> Historically, Archigram's ideas were developing at turbulent and protest filled time across the globe. &nbsp;While similar to the protests of th...</p> Scrambled eggs Christopher Perrodin 2013-09-24T01:42:54-04:00 >2013-09-30T21:07:57-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title="">&#8203;<img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Companion post tomorrow.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> All for now.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Take care,</p> <p> Christopher</p> Step aside Christopher Perrodin 2013-09-23T01:26:00-04:00 >2013-09-30T21:11:46-04:00 <p> So, I feel that at this point I should take a small pause and give more context to what has happened so far.&nbsp;</p> <p> From the last post, we see a lot of terms and architectural references. &nbsp;Basically, the thoughts circling around me question whether or not the public should have a more active role in shaping its environment. &nbsp;</p> <p> I had previously read in the Fall 2011 semester about the Metabolists of the the 60's in Japan and their hypothesis that buildings and the built environment can operate as a living organism--growing, shrinking and morphing based on the needs of the people it serves. &nbsp;</p> <p> So I started questioning the strive for permanence in architecture. &nbsp;Most building are built to last a long, long time but their actual life spans may only reach 10-30 years before they are demolished and recycled. &nbsp;Can there be a temporary or adaptive architecture? &nbsp;Very early on in the summer before the Fall 2012 research semester, I wondered if parasitic architecture would be something worth ...</p> Aggressive Impulses Christopher Perrodin 2013-09-19T03:13:28-04:00 >2013-09-23T22:37:04-04:00 <p> After the initial beginning, I felt ideas boiling inside but had no words or drawings to make. &nbsp;So I made objects and collages instead. &nbsp;All I had going on consciously circled around having some sort of solid element, a platform or stage and a transient element.</p> <p> Aside: The same weekend I made the model, I also went camping with my Uncle Dave. &nbsp;Fun time.&nbsp;</p> <p> After making the model I took pictures of it from the perspective of traditional architectural drawings--plans and sections/elevations.</p> <p> Other aside: The embossed paper I made came from material treatment experiments in the studio I took that semester.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Feeling energized by my actions but still not finding an expression in words or drawings, I then made a collage around the same ideas. &nbsp;The backdrop/context is downtown St. Louis.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> In the poster I made my first attempt at refining my ideas by moving&nbsp;<em>locus </em>and&nbsp;<em>firmitas,&nbsp;</em>into&nbsp;<em>urban artifact,&nbsp;</em>and then morphing&nbsp;<em>agency</em> into&nbsp;<em>group form. &nbsp;</em>Still held on to public action th...</p> 3X3 Christopher Perrodin 2013-09-18T01:41:10-04:00 >2013-09-18T01:50:42-04:00 <p> After our instructors informed us of the importance found in our design research--how it would either hang from our necks like an albatross (forever) or propel us out into the world of everything ever (for a day or two)--we were asked to choose three words and provide three images for each of those words.</p> <p> Mine were:</p> <ul><li> Locus</li> <li> Agency</li> <li> Firmitas</li> </ul><p> The images for each word:</p> <p> <strong>Locus:</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Smithsons' House of the Future</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Venice, Italy San Marco Piazza</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> St. Louis, MO Busch brewery</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Agency:</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Firmitas:</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~</p> <p> The words together spoke to my initial search for ideas. &nbsp; They orbit around something in which a locus within the city may be acted upon with some form of agency. &nbsp;The continuity of a building's life in the city with different actors of different times moving around and within it. &nbsp;Ideas about participation, activity and stability.</p> <p> Obviously they are loaded terms and loaded images but I feel that beginnings should have ...</p> Dawn. Christopher Perrodin 2013-09-17T01:26:06-04:00 >2013-09-23T22:30:13-04:00 <p> As&nbsp;Hans-Ulrich Obrist would say, it's best to begin at the beginning. &nbsp;So before I launch into a blog seeking to make sense of my final work and thoughts from school, I should provide some background.</p> <p> I grew up in Coral Springs:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><a href=";ie=UTF-8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=0x88d905341976e065:0x8907b0b59129202b,Coral+Springs,+FL&amp;gl=us&amp;ei=y-A3UtzBLs_xiQK134DwBQ&amp;ved=0CKEBELYD" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">;ie=UTF-8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=0x88d905341976e065:0x8907b0b59129202b,Coral+Springs,+FL&amp;gl=us&amp;ei=y-A3UtzBLs_xiQK134DwBQ&amp;ved=0CKEBELYD</a></p> <p> Here is a video which correlates with my angsty teenage 2003-2007 years (minus the getting trashed part, cus I was too on point at school for that bidness...yo):</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> Located in South Florida and understood as a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs brings the Suburb to the Swamp. &nbsp;Draining, ditching, and building upon what was previously everglades, I knew only sunshine, rain, and sweat. &nbsp;Also lots of happiness and love from my friends and family.</p> <p> It's a great place to raise little kids. &nbsp;</p> <p> Fairly affluent area. &nbsp;No one walks on the si...</p>