Archinect - Cal Poly Pomona>>Kyushu University>>Harvard GSD 2014-11-23T03:55:14-05:00 http://archinect.com/blog/article/73363585/this-may-or-may-not-be-a-love-letter-to-architecture "This may or may not be a love letter to Architecture" John Tubles 2013-05-17T13:51:29-04:00 >2013-05-31T20:56:04-04:00 <p> Part (1)</p> <p> Hi guys, My name is John Tubles (clearly you know this info by now/&nbsp; if&nbsp; you are reading my blog). How are you doing today?&nbsp; Hows the weather in your neck of the woods?</p> <p> Done with all this small talk, and I will now address the big white stinking elephant in the room&hellip;</p> <p> Yes I have fallen in dark muddy ditch that somehow mysteriously led into a well and then eventually to a cliff, that is why I have not blog for a while. In short, LIFE and GSD, chewed me up and spat me to the ground, (but in a good way I might add) and this semester was a long recovery process.&nbsp;</p> <p> Anyways I know I don't have the best track record for fulfilling my blogging promises, so I will stop making any promises at all and just start doing.</p> <p> One thing though I really appreciate the opportunity to blog here in architect, and the platform it gives me to share my thoughts which can be poignant at times but mostly unfiltered ramblings of a crazy person.</p> <p> With that said I would like to (in)formally sa...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/59783356/america-f-ck-yeah-america-f-ck-yeah "America... F*ck Yeah.... AMERICA F*CK YEAH!" John Tubles 2012-10-21T20:12:32-04:00 >2012-10-22T08:59:05-04:00 <p> (btw if you did not get the reference, the title is from soundtrack of the "Team America World Police)</p> <p> You might be wondering why my blog post typically starts with some sort of expletives.. well the main reason really is that whenever I write I am typically suuuuuuuuuuuper excited/inspired (and yes the multiple u's is absolutely necessary). So all my pent up emotions (+ a sh*tload of stress) often (98% of the time) leads to some (ok lets be honest, a lot of) expletives! &lt;start of thinking&gt; &ldquo;Note to self must stop talking in parenthesis (oh sh*t I even think in parenthesis)&rdquo; &lt;end of stupid thoughts&gt;</p> <p> Anyways these are multiple reasons why I am suuuuuuuuper excited..</p> <p> 1] We, my partner Jane Jonghyun Yi and I and the rest of the studio had our first option studio mid review.. After coming from a really...really busy china trip we had 2 weeks to design something that is befitting of our studio's pedagogy.. (whoa I just said/type pedagogy as if it was part of my daily conversation...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/58338462/china-nuff-said China. [nuff said] John Tubles 2012-09-30T10:54:00-04:00 >2012-10-08T21:24:46-04:00 <p> [Preface: the previous blog post was sh*t.. and I realized it while on a 14:45 hour plane ride from Newark to Shanghai. Half of the time my I had a knot in my stomach.. probably from the guilt and embarrassment from posting irrelevant sh*t or it also could be the random airplane food we got courtesy of United Airlines... &ldquo;Here you go... [Hotdog Croissant and Vanilla Ice Cream]&rdquo;. So again sorry for the previous post and I hope you enjoy reading this one.]</p> <p> Back to China...Our option studio class called Common Frameworks: Rethinking the Developmental Cities with Chris Lee and Simon Whittle, went to 2 cities in China: Shanghai for some meetings/Symposium with AECOM and Xiamen for a site visit and countless meetings with the cities planning department.</p> <p> I guess the best way to share the experience is a day by day highlights of what has happen... I mind you some of the days were a complete blur because of the mixture of jet lag, Tsing Tsao and the quest for dumplings, so I might get ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/57337339/holy-f-ck-balls holy f*ck balls John Tubles 2012-09-15T14:48:12-04:00 >2012-09-15T14:48:12-04:00 <p> I am terribly sorry for the expletives but I just realized that it has been a while since I blogged... and yes incase you are wondering, for the 167th time, I have fallen off the edge of the cliff again.. a cliff called GSD.</p> <p> Today, Saturday, is the end of my third week (1 week of orientation and 2 weeks of actual school). I can say that I am still adjusting here. There were times that I was struggling to keep afloat.. not only because of the work load but also all the cool things thats going on.&nbsp; Where is the time!!!</p> <p> But I have to say... I am finally, slowly but surely, adjusting to my new life here in Harvard... and no I do not mean being the poster child of Ralph Lauren, wearing sweater vests and participating in polo matches with a horse named Poppy.&nbsp; I mean, getting some social life and meeting new friends!</p> <p> From my last post about Harvard, I am getting a pretty heavy dose of &ldquo;uncomfortability&rdquo;. This side of the world is sooooo foreign to me. And yes I know its just the E...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/54883661/japan-blog-2-of-3-fukuoka-beppu-takahama-hita-kikuchi Japan Blog 2 of 3 Fukuoka>Beppu>Takahama>Hita>Kikuchi John Tubles 2012-08-07T14:54:00-04:00 >2012-08-13T23:08:36-04:00 <p> &ldquo;Welcome Back!!! &lt;then a series of hugs&gt; You got fat!&rdquo; - This was the typical greeting that I got when I arrived in my Japanese hometown, Fukuoka. If you guys do not remember, this is where I studied a couple of years back. This time I came back to give out a lecture regarding my thesis project, participate in a symposium + a couple of workshops/fieldworks and meetings. On the first day my professor warned me of the tight schedule and he was afraid that I would get exhausted.. but of course I did not listen and participated in anything that I was invited for.</p> <p> Anyways I was really surprised to see that nothing has really changed in the city. I know its only been 2 years since I left but everything is still exactly the same... from the obnoxiously loud sounds of summer cicadas that are coming from moss covered trees, to the same stores the flocked each train station with the same familiar people yelling &ldquo;irasshaimase&rdquo;. It really did feel like I never left... I was all over the pla...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/54707466/japan-blog-01-of-03-tokyo-sendai-ishinomaki Japan Blog #01 of 03 : Tokyo>>Sendai>>Ishinomaki John Tubles 2012-08-04T00:03:00-04:00 >2012-08-06T21:09:23-04:00 <p> Foreword</p> <p> First of all I am very sorry for neglecting my blog for the past month.. but I promise it was not intentional... after a ton of fieldworks, previous engagements (lectures+symposium+meetings), volunteer work, some private time with friends and gsd housing crisis, I was left simply exhausted... But luckily I am jet-lagged so I am up in the weee hours of the night (PST) catching up on my blogging among other things.</p> <p> There will be a series of blogs about my month (July 01-31, 2012) in Japan, chronologically ordered and categorized by Locations. Some of the stuff that I will share may not be very architectural, but I just want to share with you guys my overall experience.</p> <p> <br> Japan Blog #01 of 03 : Tokyo&gt;&gt;Sendai&gt;&gt;Ishinomaki</p> <p> The first leg of my trip started when I landed in Tokyo. With a half a day in Tokyo (6:00AM &ndash; 2:00PM) I met up with a friend, Yukinori Yamakawa who is an Architecture History Student at Waseda University took me to some key Architecture sites around T...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/52665168/jpn JPN John Tubles 2012-06-29T17:04:00-04:00 >2012-08-03T23:21:09-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pz/pzmugpox88uunlfv.jpg" title="">Hey readers I am leaving for the land of sushi, doraemon and kitty-chan aka Japan tomorrow and will be there for a month..</p> <p> Like I said before I was invited to be a guest lecturer/researcher in my former school Kyushu University..</p> <p> I will be blogging regularly to update my family and friends... and of course share all my experiences to anybody in the interwebs..</p> <p> If you guys want me to go somewhere or&nbsp; do/see something in particular and blog about it... please let me know because I <strong>might</strong>* just do it...&nbsp;</p> <p> take note of the operative word <strong>might </strong>because if it is something crazy like kiss a live blow fish or solicit prostitution I will probably not do it... (well mayyyyyybe the 2nd one... just kidding).</p> <p> Hope to hear from you!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> ...ok must pack now!</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/51796204/osbornarchitects-thankful @osbornarchitects #thankful John Tubles 2012-06-18T04:42:00-04:00 >2012-06-24T23:27:14-04:00 <p> &lt;foreword&gt;<br> Friday was my last day at work and since then I am still struggling to write a mass "goodbye" letter to my colleagues.. Partly because I trying to devise something clever and poignant to say without being cheesy and partly because I honestly believe that... (cue in the cheese ball factor)... "its not a goodbye because our paths will cross again". Then again just to put it plainly I also suck at it too... So this blog post might be directly for my co-workers but please feel free to read it.. I just want everybody to know how #thankful I am for this experience.<br> _____________________________________________________<br><br> Dear Osbornians,<br> First of all I am really grateful for the&nbsp; opportunity to work alongside every single one of you. This was my first job post graduation and I felt very privileged to be part of your team.&nbsp; I am very grateful for all the responsibilities you all have given me. To be quite honest in the beginning I was a bit freaked out about the amount of aut...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/50985071/as-american-as-____________ As American as ____________? John Tubles 2012-06-11T04:11:00-04:00 >2012-08-11T12:03:10-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j5/j5uu9vw6h7hs7zk6.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Tomorrow (June 11, 2012) is going to be a special day&hellip; Not only because it is my mother&rsquo;s birthday but also it also the day that I will submit my application for US Citizenship.</p> <p> It has been 3,578 days since my sisters and I left the Philippines and follow our parents here in Los Angeles after almost two years of separation&hellip; I can still remember the day we left, It was hot.. of course it was the Philippines but we had our Jackets on to prepare for the &ldquo;Cold&rdquo; American weather. I was rocking a red-collared but navy blue golf jacket and in my pocket was an envelope containing $26 and an infamous letter from my grand ma that I should probably not discuss&hellip; Anyways, our 14-flight was delayed by 6 hours, we had crappy airplane food (Beef Stroganoff ala Pedigree) and orange juice that tasted more like the can which that was served by rude flight attendants who were reluctant to hand me out a pair of headphones so I could watch the movie &ldquo;I am Sam&rdquo;. My parents and I were ecstatic when ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/49512021/sh-t-is-getting-real-and-may-i-add-it-s-a-great-thing Sh*t is getting real… and may I add it’s a great thing! John Tubles 2012-05-29T01:21:00-04:00 >2012-08-11T11:35:48-04:00 <p> &hellip;first things first&hellip; for all the people that read my last post and called, texted, e-mailed, fb-messaged etc.. Thank you very much&hellip; 22 days after the accident, I am feeling almost normal again.. Body aches are gone and my scrapes have healed but some things are still a bit weird i.e. singing to the radio while in my rental feels wrong&hellip; like I am cheating on my car&hellip; so I have been listening to talk radio a lot&hellip; Now that my car is gone, I feel like I see more Minis on the road now&hellip;<br> Anyways I am back here to update the people of Archinect (Archinect-tians?!?) what I have been up to&hellip;</p> <p> <br> Last March was one of the most nerve-wracking and exciting time of my life&hellip; It reminded me of the time when my sisters and I applied for a US visa to re-unite with my parents&hellip; You must be wondering what happen then that was so exciting, but in-order to get the full perspective.. I will start from the morning of my graduation&hellip;</p> <p> June 10th 2011, 10 AM, Woke-up on the floor wearing my Sunday&rsquo;s best. As ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/47924073/yo-mah-boy-blue-i-know-he-s-red "yo mah boy Blue..." (I know he's red) John Tubles 2012-05-10T02:15:00-04:00 >2012-05-15T08:43:14-04:00 <p> Sorry to interrupt my &ldquo;update-archinect-blog-series&rdquo; with an awful news.. Last Sunday I was in a car accident. I still do not know the condition of the other people involved but I hope they are ok.&nbsp; As for myself I am alive (obviously thank God) my scrapes are painful and it is still a bit achy when I sneeze.&nbsp; Also this may sound odd but I can still somewhat&hellip;faintly smell the accident and sometimes hear it&hellip; I will be going to the doctor tomorrow to get a physical and some x-rays just to make sure everything is good&hellip;&nbsp;</p> <p> Also&nbsp; please spare me this moment and commemorate my car, Se&ntilde;or Coop, Coopy, Coopster, &#12472;&#12519;&#12531;&#12463;&#12540;&#12497;&#12540;&hellip;&nbsp; thank you for making my daily commute through the busiest freeways in America not only bearable but fun. I will miss our countless &ldquo;car-raokes&rdquo; to Journey and Aerosmith while listening to KOST. I will miss driving through fog with my top down&hellip; Our random road trips...</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y5/y5qbcnohl7dd56b7.jpg" title=""></p> <p> @1st day<img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dx/dxm7ppm4dqj9szic.jpg" title=""></p> <p> -he was sporting a mustache before the hipsters..</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kg/kgvohe0kw41xau6o.jpg" title=""><br> If I have a forty right now I will...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/46885605/after-a-year-this-is-all-the-sh-t-all-you-have After a year, this is all the sh*t all you have?!? John Tubles 2012-05-01T02:28:00-04:00 >2012-05-01T02:56:48-04:00 <p> That may be your initial response after reading this blog post but I have perfectly good reason. I am currently putting together a lecture about my thesis project because this summer, I was invited to be a visiting lecturer/researcher in my Japanese Alma Mater (Kyushu University). I am trying to fix my presentation materials so it can be easily understood by a foreign audience. I am also intending my lecture and workshops to be conducted in Japanese so clear, concise and logical visual aids are important to convey things that otherwise I will be restrained with my elementary level Japanese.</p> <p> <br> &hellip;so the thesis part of my &ldquo;making-it-right&rdquo; series of blogs will be an ongoing one&hellip;<br> Back to the thesis/senior/final project&hellip; my last blog in Archinect showed a pretty raw side of how stressful my thesis year was. (hint..hint* This is a good opportunity to open another window in your browser check my previous blogs). I knew that successfully tackling the contemporary issues of housing is al...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/46081086/hello-again-hello Hello again hello… John Tubles 2012-04-24T03:14:11-04:00 >2012-04-24T03:14:11-04:00 <p> Hello Archinect.</p> <p> <br> This post has long been over due. Like removing a band-aid from a hairy leg, this blog post is somewhat painful but inevitable. I just abandoned my blog with no proper goodbyes. I am embarrassed with my actions and I deeply apologize.</p> <p> <br> Almost a year has passed since my last post and a lot of things had happen since then. As clich&eacute; as it may sound, last year felt like a crazy rollercoaster ride with amazing peaks and&nbsp; of course deep valleys. So please excuse my melodramatic bull crap.&nbsp; I sincerely just want to make things right.</p> <p> <br> I will start a series of blogs that will try recap the past year and all its glory <em>(or lack thereof)</em>:<br> The Thesis.<br> BArch: Before, during and after Graduation.<br> Professional field: job search, interviews and work itself.<br> Grad School Applications: Rejections and Acceptances.<br> Travels, side projects and random things.<br> Again I apologize again for this very late update and thank you for reading this.</p> <p> -John Tubles<br> Recovering Arch...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453872/not-applicable-check Not Applicable...Check! John Tubles 2011-04-29T21:57:56-04:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:20-04:00 <i>[Prelude: This blog is a week and a half too late because I was having technical difficulties but I feel this is an important part of my thesis project pro- cess/gress]</i><br><br> Last <i>[Week]</i> Monday we had our second pin up to show our design progress. Our department just started to do this mandatory check points this year to I guess keep my fellow seniors and I &ldquo;in check&rdquo; and avoid the catastrophe that happen last year. I and a number of students are doubtful to the usefulness of this process because it seems like a waste of time preparing presentation quality material of a project that is still on an early development stage. <br><br> Since the beginning of the quarter our projects were judge based on a list of categories with a quantitative numerical value [seen below]. I feel that this system is not very helpful unless it was explained the reasoning behind their opinions&hellip;.thus in these evaluation sheets about 1/3 of the space was left for &ldquo;Notes / Sketches&rdquo;&hellip; sadly most professors don&rsquo;t use this... http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453820/helvetica-bold-italicized Helvetica.Bold.Italicized. John Tubles 2011-04-07T20:35:56-04:00 >2012-09-10T15:17:04-04:00 <img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_DSCN1822.JPG" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> This is a poster...well a really big poster in our studio stating:<br><br> "Competence. Discipline. Architecture."<br><br> the running theme for our year's thesis design studio.<br><br> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453911/last-first-day-first-of-the-last-days Last first day… first of the last days... John Tubles 2011-03-29T17:11:07-04:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:20-04:00 <p>Yesterday marked the beginning of our final (10 weeks ) of architecture school&hellip; coming from spring break most of my fellow seniors have mixed feelings about the impending culmination of our thesis project&hellip; I personally had a good break working on other stuff so I feel I got my sanity back&hellip; while others are anxious to start...<br><br> this quarter I chose to change my thesis advisor once again&hellip; most people like continuity but I guess I don&rsquo;t&hellip; and I have not taken this professor ever, some of my friends think that I may have shot myself on the foot on this decision. But from what I got yesterday, it seems like it is a good choice&hellip; He wants us to have little projects/games/ charettes that he playfully call &ldquo;design bootcamp&rdquo; that are concurrent with our thesis. The beginning of thesis design phase starts today!!! I know it seems tooooooo short to design a thesis project in 10 weeks but that b.s. scheduling comes from the &ldquo;upper-management&rdquo;&hellip;. Oh well it is good to be back sane and working&hellip;<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_DSCN1815.JPG" alt="image" name="image"><br> [5...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453867/lectures lectures! John Tubles 2011-02-22T01:18:15-05:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:20-04:00 <p>Hey people that live in (or willing to drive to) the Los Angeles Area... there are 2 lectures next week that should be very interesting...<br><br> 03.02.11 @ 7:00PM<br> Thom Mayne | Morphosis<br> Location: Cal Poly Pomona Bronco Student Center (Bldg 35)<br> Cost: FREE<br><br> 03.03.11 @ 7:30PM<br> Bjarkes Ingels | BIG Architects<br> Location: LACMA, Bing Theatre<br> Cost: $5 for students<br><br> not next week but equally interesting<br><br> 03.15.11 @ 7:00PM<br> Craig Dykers | Sn&oslash;hetta<br> Location: LACMA, Bing Theatre<br> Cost: $5 for students<br><br> I will try to go on all of them... time permitting ofcourse...since its close to our finals week.. but for sure for the Thom Mayne one I would be able to... and if you guys cant go... Shoot me some questions that you want me to ask if there is a chance... </p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453865/thesis-check-done thesis check...done John Tubles 2011-02-17T22:54:34-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Two weeks ago my thesis advisor pretty much told me to think of plan b as I continue to work.... but i didnt... i didnt sleep much the past weeks for the thesis check we just had today... <br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_pinup.JPG" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> Basically today's objective is to show that your project is going anywhere but down hill...<br><br> So here is what I pinned up..<br><br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/36975301@N06/5455338852/in/set-72157625953050465/" target="_blank">http://www.flickr.com/photos/36975301@N06/5455338852/in/set-72157625953050465/</a><br><br> ... now I desperately need a drink...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453714/why-can-t-it-be-a-spork Why can't it be a spork??? John Tubles 2011-02-01T18:22:15-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Oh sh*t&hellip; Oh sh*t&hellip; Oh sh*t&hellip;<br><br> That may not be a good opening but that is what I am feeling right now&hellip; I just finished my weekly thesis meeting with my adviser and pretty much he said that I might be digging my own grave (no pun intended) in my Cemetery/Crematorium/Housing Project&hellip; Not because he hated my project but he thinks I would need more time and more research in order to build the project that I intend to have&hellip; He advised me go forth in what I am passionate about and follow it but make sure to have a Plan B for when the sh*t hits the fan. <br><br> He also suggested that my thesis proposal is more appropriate for graduate studies because of its complexities and put the social, community building part of my project on the back seat and focus on technical side of architecture. <br><br> I completely understand my adviser&rsquo;s concerns&hellip; And In the end I need to produce something that would be able to fulfill the technical requirements my university (Cal Poly Pomona) needs for a B.Arch degree&hellip; T...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453827/thesis-part-1-the-site Thesis Part 1: The Site John Tubles 2011-01-10T04:10:55-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>[like i said before, i will post in different series some information that i gathered from my thesis research]<br><br><br> Site: Navotas Public Cemetery<br> Navotas City, Philippines<br><br><br> Navotas Public Cemetery is a 1.5 Hectare (161,000 sq ft) burial facility that is now owned and managed by the Navotas City Local Government. The history of this cemetery is not entirely definite but according to Manong Edwin, a 52 year old tomb maker, his grandfather was one of the first people that worked and eventually lived in the Cemetery&hellip; making this site about a century old. <br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_SITENavotasedit.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> Throughout the years the size of the cemetery did not changed but it's use steadily increased. And for years now, this cemetery had reached its full capacity. There is an average of about 12 burials happening in this cemetery each day. And in order to meet the demand for burial spaces they practice ways that I believe is unique to the Philippines.<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_puntodedit.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> Besides the unusual burial practices, this cemetery also hosts an actively gr...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453825/new-years-new-goals new years! new goals! John Tubles 2011-01-09T20:22:13-05:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:20-04:00 <p>Hola Archinect!<br><br> Yes, like it was mentioned on the title new goals for this year... <br><br> The previous quarter was though... 20 units of architecture classes including thesis was not a good... by the end of it i was literally burned out... burnt out...??? so in order to recouperate from basically 1.5 years of not having a break, over the holidays I did a whole lot of nothing! well i saw some old friends and spent time with family...oh worked on some stuff for thesis and grad school applications but nothing big... getting 8 hours of sleep was just amazing...<br><br> Last monday, yes the 3rd of january, our school started.. but the good thing is this winter quarter i am only taking 12 units of architecture!!! this is refreshing for me because i always took around 18 or more units per quarter/semester... <br><br> anyways the Arch classes I am taking this quarter are the following:<br> Haiti Re-Building Initiative for studio - Taught by Prof. Juintow Lin, and this class were suppose to design and build hous...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453799/fall-2010-you-may-be-very-informative-but-you-are-also-a-tough-s-o-b fall 2010: you may be very informative... but you are also a tough s.o.b... John Tubles 2010-12-13T22:17:15-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>20 units suck!<br> After getting that out of the way&hellip; actually I am glad that fall quarter is over because 20 units of architecture class including thesis is (or I guess now&hellip;was) hell&hellip;<br><br> This quarter for me was the epitome of the term &ldquo;archi-torture&rdquo;&hellip; term paper here, history test there, +research and design... but I have to admit I did learn a lot! so this was my fall 2010 quarter in photos&hellip;<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_fall2010.JPG" alt="image" name="image"><br> first day of school: everybody is excited to shop for classes<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_fall2010_(2).JPG" alt="image" name="image"><br> studio fieldtrip #1 to metro gold line: rules w/c includes "no spitting"... c'mon really this is common sense...<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_fall2010_(3).JPG" alt="image" name="image"><br> reading for thesis: since our studio is a big warehouse we have a bit of a studio culture problem... people are just being toooooo loud! so i tend to read on top of the school parking structure...<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_fall2010_(4).JPG" alt="image" name="image"><br> fall: under my favorite tree...<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_fall2010_(5).jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br> studio site: mac arthur park/westlake station in los angeles<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_fall2010_(6).JPG" alt="image" name="image"><br> american history fieldtrip#1: village green housing <br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_fall2010_(7).JPG" alt="image" name="image"><br> studio fieldtrip #2: San Diego CA, studying Transportation Oriented Development...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453773/week-in-photos-manila week in photos: manila John Tubles 2010-11-17T22:35:27-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Manila, capital city of the Philippines, is one of the most populated cities in the world. It is gritty, loud and chaotic at times. I came back to my birthplace for the second time within 3 months after 8 years of absence when my family immigrated to the U.S. It was weird coming back to a place that should feel very familiar but it didn&rsquo;t. Like what I said in my previous post I came back to Manila to assist my Japanese friend with his research work regarding low-cost housing and do my own personal research regarding my site for my thesis which is now shaping up to be a social/urban/ typology experiment about combining Living and Dead Cities. So I will be sharing my last week in pictures:<br><br><br> For the low-cost housing research we came back again to the same site with a more narrowed down focus on the living conditions rather than the technical data.<br><br> Site: SHEC Phase II Housing, Pasay City<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_shec01.JPG" alt="image" name="image"><br> this basketball court + the new sports committee are acting like new glue that bonds this hou...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453767/back-in-manila back in manila John Tubles 2010-11-12T20:02:08-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Its 5 am here in the Philippines&hellip; Yes I am back in my home land filled with excitement and I guess nervousness&hellip; That is also the reason why I haven&rsquo;t blogged in a while because I was trying to just barely catch up with everything in school before I left&hellip; It may sound crazy to take time off from school for a week during you&rsquo;re senior year in architecture school especially when finals is just around the corner and you&rsquo;re taking 20 units&hellip; but this is an opportunity that I can&rsquo;t pass..<br> Like what I said before, I am in the Philippines for the 2 reasons &hellip; First is to assist my &ldquo;Senpai&rdquo; (Japanese for Student Mentor) and my Professor in their research in social housing here in the Philippines. This is a continuation of what we did last August but this time our focus is more on the social side instead of the technical side of social housing. Secondly I am going to do some research for my own senior project which I am a little bit nervous to see. My site is the Navotas Cemetery which is l...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453649/is-this-idea-stupid is this idea stupid??? John Tubles 2010-10-14T04:01:17-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Ok I am figuring out my thesis&hellip; and I have a project proposal due on Monday so I need anybody&rsquo;s help, <br> Here is the premise of my problem&hellip; My thesis is somewhat odd in relation to I guess what people consider normal these days&hellip;I want to design a crematorium. Why&hellip; because I like them&hellip; but besides my personal opinion that I know I should not include in my thesis because personal reasoning weakens your argument&hellip; <br> anyways&hellip; so heres more about the idea&hellip;<br> I don&rsquo;t want to create just a beautiful cemetery/crematorium&hellip; because it will still remain as cemetery/crematorium&hellip; and since death is such a broad topic I want to narrow down and focus on the relationship of death and living cities and see whether I can integrate them together&hellip;<br> And as for integrating here is my idea&hellip; <br> Imagine there is natural calamity that happens in some major city like Tokyo&hellip; Many people died, so my plan is to rebuild an underground crematorium/mausoleum/catacomb&hellip; private and has reverence to the dead... with a m...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453713/fall-quarter-week-0-shopping-in-the-ghetto FALL QUARTER WEEK 0 “shopping in the ghetto” John Tubles 2010-09-28T02:47:10-04:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:19-04:00 <p>Its Sunday night&hellip; well its 3 minutes before midnight so I guess technically it is Monday already&hellip; I should take advantage of this very rare free time and basically o.d. on sleep, but I am a true architecture student. And by that I mean someone that enjoys a little bit of masochism&hellip; which is why I chose to blog instead&hellip; Anyways Cal Poly Pomona&rsquo;s WEEK 0 and all the crazy things that go along with it just passed&hellip; <br><br> You know how the first week of school feels good because it is comparable to &ldquo;shopping&rdquo;. It is very casual checking out classes and if you do not like the class you can just step away&hellip; well for me this quarter is different&hellip; since I studied abroad, I missed some required classes. In addition the classes that I took are still not credited and there might be a chance that some of them would not transfer from Japan to Calpoly&hellip; so anyways this shopping week was more comparable to somebody that is shopping while &ldquo;broke&rdquo; [sh*tty financial aid] and needs to feed a &ldquo;family of five&rdquo;...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453707/how-do-you-summarize-a-year-in-a-blog How do you summarize a year in a blog… John Tubles 2010-09-18T09:28:05-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>My last day in Japan started with some mundane dormitory check-out and a Tadao Ando Lecture&hellip; which was pretty funny because it seems like this major slap on the face because even though I have been living in Japan for a year, all I understood in that lecture was about 10%...hahaha&hellip; well granted architecture lectures are not the most easiest thing to understand&hellip; it also did not help that he was speaking in a different Japanese-ben [dialect] and was speaking really fast to cram as much information in a single lecture&hellip; then after that is just more goodbyes, including to one of my favorite trees in Fukuoka.<br><br> It is my 3rd day back in Los Angeles. I&rsquo;m jet-lagged and struggling to correct it... 5th year of Architecture School is about to start in less than a week and I still have to move to a house I&rsquo;m sharing with 3 other friends next to school and say hello to the people I haven&rsquo;t seen in a year&hellip; But before the craziness of 5th year thesis starts + trying to look and apply for grad sc...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453619/pilipinas Pilipinas! John Tubles 2010-09-06T08:18:24-04:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:19-04:00 <p>[excerpt...so this blog entry is almost a week late because it is the first time in Bali i found a decent wifi connection that my mobile can work with so sorry....]<br><br> I really dont know where to start ... its been 8 years since i left my birthplace... The Philippines... I still remember how i felt when i first arrived in L.A.. My emotions were completely mixed... on one hand i was very happy to finally able to see my parents after almost 2 years of separation... but on the other hand i was completely anxious, and i'm sorry for my lack of better words... scared sh*tless to just completely abandon the only life i knew and start somewhere completely different...<br><br><br> From then on i lived in L.A. where i experienced many things, learned a lot more and gratefully met and made friendships wit many people from different backgrounds..<br><br><br> Then you guys are somewhat familiar with my yearlong exchange program here in japan and the crazy fun, crazy busy and crazy random and mostly challenging things i...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453683/the-update The update... John Tubles 2010-08-20T09:51:36-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>From the last post I did a couple of weeks ago, I am better&hellip; but it took me a while to get where I am today&hellip; <br><br> So for a recap&hellip; the last post was this stupid I had this urge to vent off and at that time I thought that archinect would be a perfect place to do it&hellip; and it was, I got everything out of my chest and released all my frustrations&hellip; for that day only&hellip; why is that&hellip; after my [I&rsquo;m not proud of saying this but let&rsquo;s be honest] uninspired architecture finals I was asked [well actually, more like told] to hold a lecture and present my life, past projects and the main event, my experiences as an exchange student and my thoughts on Japan oh and the thing I dread the most, my future plans&hellip; they gave me two weeks to prepare... and gave me an option to present in English&hellip; but since I am a masochist by heart [explains my love for torture call architecture school] presenting in English was just not an option&hellip; I was literally sh*tting bullets that two weeks because first of all I had no ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453661/warning-do-not-read-this-entry-is-stupid-and-pointless warning: do not read... this entry is stupid and pointless... John Tubles 2010-07-22T09:46:37-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Its July 22, 2010, 9:14 pm&hellip; <br><br> It has been 9 months, 22days, 9hours and 52 minutes since my plane landed here in Fukuoka, Japan&hellip; and I have something to say&hellip; I have cracked&hellip; I NEED A BREAK! I am not having a nervous breakdown or anything&hellip; So don&rsquo;t worry&hellip; [then again I know that this blog is not going support the previews statement] But yeah I made a bad mistake of taking on too many things&hellip;There is no one else to blame here other than myself. Besides my obvious problem of saying the notorious n-word &ldquo;NO&rdquo;, I am also leaving Japan in less than two months&hellip; so I guess I feel that I should take advantage of any opportunity that comes my way here in Japan&hellip; may that be going out with new friends, working on little simple projects that seemed fun and interesting at first but turns out to be a real time hog, to all the classes that I am taking this semester&hellip; thank God though that next week is the last week of school&hellip; YES!!!<br><br> Physically I&rsquo;m ok...or at least I think I am, but mentally is...</p>