Archinect - Not shown for clarity 2014-07-31T09:37:00-04:00 http://archinect.com/blog/article/101764111/should-architects-learn-chinese Should architects learn Chinese? Vat Jaiswal 2014-06-13T13:58:00-04:00 >2014-06-18T00:24:50-04:00 <p>I was recently in China + Taiwan for a total of 3.5 months in an attempt to learn Mandarin Chinese. I got pretty far and was able to have basic to intermediate level conversations with Chinese people near the end. Obviously - you cannot learn everything in 3.5 months and I would not describe my level as 'fluent'. But still, I was surprised with how far I got. Watch the video and see for yourself.</p><p>The question that often comes to my mind is: should architects learn Chinese? Can there be a benefit to learning Chinese for architects who want to get projects in China?</p><p>The answer is YES! As you can see in the video below, I tried to show how modern China has become. China continues to advance and develop and it has some of the most interesting projects going on at the moment. As the country continues to grow, more and more opportunities to build and design amazing buildings will fall in the hands of architects from around the world. Mind you- currently, their best projects are being design...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/88741364/what-can-an-architect-learn-from-traveling-and-learning-languages What can an architect learn from traveling and learning languages Vat Jaiswal 2013-12-13T20:00:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T21:42:43-05:00 <p> As you already know I am an architect in training. Learning Spanish is not going to &lsquo;directly&rsquo; help me in my career. But I can tell you learning Spanish and living in Spain has been a very rewarding experience. It gave me the stamina of not giving up when things get difficult. Being able to speak Spanish gives me access to whole new avenues of authentic friendships, cultures and travels (especially in South America). It gave me valuable life experiences and the best of all &ndash; it taught me the world is bigger than the small bubble that I live in. I truly consider myself lucky to be able to travel and I would recommend traveling (especially trips longer than 4 weeks) and language learning to anyone as tools for growing and developing into a better human being- one who is more aware and less ignorant.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Watch this documentary I made about how I learned Spanish in about 11 weeks. It also features some of the best architecture from Spain.</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/86402448/como-un-sue-o-video-of-calatrava-s-work Como un sueño – Video of Calatrava’s Work Vat Jaiswal 2013-11-12T22:20:00-05:00 >2014-04-26T04:27:43-04:00 <p> Filmed over two months- &lsquo;Como un sue&ntilde;o&rsquo; is an architectural study by me that investigates the work of renowned Spanish/Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava&rsquo;s in Valencia, Spain. It attempts to show through film, timelapse and hyperlapse photography the following characteristics of architecture:</p> <ol><li> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The beauty and harmony of structural rhythm</li> <li> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Differences in scale of architecture in relation to the human body</li> <li> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Penetration of light to play with transparency, translucency and opacity</li> <li> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Continuation of the design intent from the form of the building down to the details such as benches, trash cans, lamps etc.</li> <li> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Creation of architectural spaces only with the suggestion of enclosure by structural steel</li> <li> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Accentuated &ldquo;rising&rdquo; of architecture from the ground</li> <li> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Elegance of symmetry</li> <li> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Transformation of a building over day and night</li> <li> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Reflection of architecture in water which sometimes &ldquo;complete&rdquo; them at night time</li> <li> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Importance of strat...</li></ol> http://archinect.com/blog/article/83610575/burning-man-2013-city-culture-art-architecture Burning Man 2013: City, Culture, Art & Architecture Vat Jaiswal 2013-10-07T19:51:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T17:13:02-04:00 <p> <strong>What is Burning Man</strong></p> <p> I kept hearing about burning man as this week long insane camping event held annually in the deserts of Nevada, USA. The event came highly recommended from those who have been to it so I decided to go this year and check it out myself. It was definitely one of the strangest and coolest experiences I have ever had in my life. Unlike the common belief, burning man is not just about partying or drugs, it has much more going on. I experienced so many emotions in one week that it is hard to call it just one thing. It was survival, partying, art, experimentation and self reflection. The strange thing is everyone loved the event for different reasons. So what can burning man offer you? Read on&hellip;</p> <p> <strong>The City &amp; Urban Planning</strong></p> <p> The temporary &ldquo;Black Rock City&rdquo; only exists for one week and was surprisingly large (7 miles X 7 miles). It&rsquo;s too big to walk and explore so a bike can be your best friend there. It was made up of 72,000 people this year alongside 40,000 RV&rsquo;s, te...</p>