Archinect - City College of New York (Paul) 2014-10-24T08:13:29-04:00 http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453624/no-time No Time PaulAM 2010-05-30T00:47:30-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Time. Time above all was the reason for going to school. Time to learn in depth. Time to read big books and ponderous journal articles and pretend I understood them. Time to write my own ponderous essays. Time to write my own trite diary entries. Time to write my own really bad poems. And maybe a blog. And maybe for the school architectural journal. And the list could be endless, right?<br><br> Time mostly for serious designing. Designing things to death. No. Overdesigning things to death. Time to research history, site, theory. Time to linger on a design. Time to develop a presentation that Wows!!!<br><br> Well I exaggerate. Of course, it was not expected that there would be endless time. But I expected a reasonable amount of time.<br><br> What a crock of fecal matter that turned out to be. <br><br> Two years of architecture school. It seems like two months. It was painful. Some people succeeded, some failed, and some, myself included, merely passed. It was really painful watching those people who failed. It...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452820/some-work-from-the-spring-2008-semester Some work from the Spring 2008 semester PaulAM 2009-01-20T19:39:03-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>I am going to show some work from the spring semester of 08 (if I figure out how this image downloading works) before dealing with more up to date matters. Just to be honest and give as full a record of my ideas as is appropriate.<br><br> I hesitate to show this stuff because I will come off as arrogant to some people. My personality is very critical, of myself and those in power or cooperating with those in power. And some of the writing is intentionally exaggerated.<br><br> There actually is no such thing as the powerless being arrogant towards the powerful. The elite have no right to my being polite to them. They are my adversaries. Starchitects and wannabe starchitects especially.<br><br> I would never be critical of the powerless in the same nasty way I tend to be critical of those with power.<br><br> But as one teacher pointed out, dissidents are rarely truly welcome in the society they criticize.<br><br> The following are combination sketches and essays from a class called, &lsquo;Introduction to the Built Environme...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452814/a-brief-history A Brief History PaulAM 2009-01-19T02:45:27-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>I had intended to blog on a regular basis, at least once a week, during the fall 08 semester. But I was unable to get a moment free from study. Studio was overwhelming. So much so that by the midterm I was in danger of failing quite a number of classes simply because I could not make time for studying the material required. How is it that some people are efficient in their studies? They do good studio work, do well in their other classes, have time for a social life. And they also have time for a bit of extra curricular activity &ndash; reading books, journals and bloging. It was not as if all those extra hours spent in studio &ndash; the days without sleeping or sleeping on an air mattress on the filthy studio floor for a few hours &ndash; was all that justified. My studio work was mediocre. It was all so frustrating. And the previous spring and summer semesters had gone so well. Well, there was no studio in those semesters. <br><br> But now I have some time to blog over the new year break.<br><br> Thirty or so y...</p>