Archinect - Portland State University 2014-10-25T14:20:38-04:00 http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451222/a-real-project a real project!? crillywazzy 2006-08-24T21:16:10-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>designing a house for a real client. really getting built. really in over our heads. me + 2 other students (2 3rd years and a 4th year)... i picked them because they're great students and great designers. one of my studio instructors asked me to do this project, but i couldn't handle designing an entire house alone (yet). this isn't a school project, but i'll keep tabs on it here anyway...<br><br> here's the site:<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_minipano.jpg" alt="image" name="image"></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450970/perez-gomez-still-coming-pallasmaa-not perez-gomez still coming, pallasmaa not... crillywazzy 2006-03-31T04:09:04-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>hey y'all... been a long damned time. we were supposed to have both alberto perez-gomez and juhani pallasmaa visiting one week after another up in our humble corner of the continent<br><br> unfortunately it appears pallasmaa has bagged on it all. supposedly he was pushed a bit too far by us customs/immigration folks regarding getting into the country. not one to be hassled by such things, he opted to cancel the whole tour.<br><br> perez-gomez will still be coming this month which is still pretty fantastic for our little school. last month steve christer from studio granda in reykjavik lectured and it was also very good. here's hoping we'll get more great stuff in the future.</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450480/back-to-school-too back to school too... crillywazzy 2005-10-01T13:54:27-04:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:03-04:00 <p>we just finished our first week back for fall 2005. there have been and will be some changes in our school this year and next... unfortunately we lost our 2 best and most driven professors, rich shiga and amir ameri, over the summer. shiga was a force to be reckoned with for ambitious 1st year students and amir held it down in upper level studios and was the department's theory and history guy. both will be sorely missed, though not everyone is aware of this just yet. early fallout from losing amir is that the department couldn't scrape together a new instructor for arch history/theory 1, so this year's crop of students just won't learn about neolithic, egyptian, greek or roman architecture and culture i guess... rich and amir were both hoping to build something more lasting at/for PSU but once the dream of accreditation vanished, so too did resources and commitments on the part of the department and instructors. i wish them both the best and hope we can carry on with what we learne...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450192/la-tortuga-alegre la tortuga alegre crillywazzy 2005-04-22T06:40:44-04:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:02-04:00 <p>this week in studio: custis slept in his mom's minivan. adam said "impressionist sculpture" (aka thumbs down). we sat in the sun for hours. job's model made everyone cry (in a bad way). i'm disillusioned as a motherfucker and would quit this shit if that wouldn't make me a chump quitter which i'm not... i think i pretty much loathe this studio and really don't look forward to m, w &amp; f's. tonight this seems like a 10-week driver's ed course where we're not allowed out of first gear.</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21449703/simulacra simulacra crillywazzy 2005-04-09T05:43:05-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>this week has been somewhat of a watershed moment for me in foundation studio ii. i'm not sure if it's the nasty hours i'm putting in and the resulting sleep-deprived trance state i can access at will now or if it's something else, but i'm beginning to become aware of these tiny fragments of clarity and i can almost reach out and touch them sometimes. on the other hand, i can't be sure they're not those damned tracers that are starting to flash around in my field of vision a few times a day either. those sure were weird the first time i had them and couldn't conciously correct them or will them away.<br><br> i reckon i'm getting about three hours of sleep a night now. i have doubts that that's enough. i can also see why marriages get smashed up by this process. i hardly see my wife these days. we overlap for a few minutes here and there and have become abstract voices on the other end of speed dial sequences. in general it appears as though my entire life, friends, personality and habits h...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450139/back-for-more back for more... crillywazzy 2005-04-05T11:41:31-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>it's now the beginning of the second week of spring quarter for us. my schedule is pretty similar to last quarter's: the second 10-weeks of the foundation studio sequence, the third part of the architecture history sequence and a required cultural studies class.<br><br> i managed to secure a place in shiga's foundation studio this time. nikola, my instructor for the first 10 weeks, moved on to a 3rd year studio as the first-years numbers dwindled from 80 down to 64 (which meant one entire section less to be taught). so far, the shiga experience has been both great and less than lovely. he's much better at keeping up a dialogue from day-to-day with you and your work, but on the other hand, your expected contribution to that process (i.e. doing a ton of work) is proportionally increased... i wasn't used to that coming from the more comfortable climes on the north side of shattuck hall. i will say it's nice to be able to fire off an email to rich at 2:00 a.m. and likely get a reply, though. i...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450055/urrrrggghh urrrrggghh. crillywazzy 2005-03-05T18:08:04-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_urrrgghh.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> the last thing i remember about yesterday was being in studio and working very hard on my project and then suddenly it was 12:30 this afternoon and i was lying in bed with a splitting headache and this picture on my phone... urrrrggghh. http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450043/a-quick-update a quick update crillywazzy 2005-03-04T14:00:22-05:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:02-04:00 <p>i'm sorry to see it's been close to a month since i last posted.<br><br> when i undertook this blogging project, i really had no clue what studio time would entail. being away from home for long stretches means being away from my computer for long stretches too. looking back on my pre-studio life, i have to chuckle&rdquo;&brvbar; at that point i was reading forums (like archinect's or my beloved arseblog.com) and sending and answering email relentlessly. now i'm lucky if i can check email every day and game scores on weekends. i'm planning on buying a laptop over spring break to help remedy this situation. on one hand it's nice to get work done without the constant lure of the computer, but now i've realised that i NEED it to accomplish many tasks. i'll also likely firmly cast my vote in my own eternal and internal osx vs xp debate by buying a pc laptop, though i see so many mac laptops at school.<br><br> so a bit of time has passed&rdquo;&brvbar; we finished up exploration 3 with another all-section pinup, though this on...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21449897/over-halfway-through over halfway through crillywazzy 2005-02-10T17:35:37-05:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:02-04:00 <p>a shorter entry this time...<br><br> i've been tasked by the ASO with sorting out a combination field trip to alvar aalto's library at mt. angel and frank lloyd wright's gordon house. they're both about 45 minutes SW of portland, an easy daytrip. i've been to the aalto library already and i think it's stunning. i prefer it to rem's new library in seattle by a long shot. the trip should take place some time before spring is over. trips to seattle and sf/la are also in the works but i'm not involved with those.<br><br> attended a lecture on monday night. ken yeang (<a href="http://www.trhamzahyeang.com" target="_blank">t.r. hamzah &amp; yeang architects, kuala lumpur</a>) spoke at lincoln hall to a packed auditorium. yeang is interested in green design and planning and has "pioneered a new genre of tall buildings, referred to as the 'bioclimatic skyscraper'". ken wasn't the most dynamic speaker, nor were his powerpoint slides and the audio was so soft you could only make out every 3rd or 4th word. the 2 stella artois' i drank (while killing time after studio a...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21449836/week-4-also-a-blur week 4 also a blur... crillywazzy 2005-02-01T04:05:29-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>are you there archinect? it's me, crilly... and it's been seven days since my last confession.<br><br> the past week was a blur of studio work with a handful of socialising and some whatnot thrown in for good measure.<br><br> with some help from my old friend photoshop, some clippings from old wallpaper* mags, a bit of internet porn, some plexiglass and an orbital sander, i was good to go on my collages. plotted it on the huge epson(?) in the arch computer lab. it cost me 6 bucks and came out magnificently. i'll definitely go this route in the future, even though getting "printer dollars" through the office is a fucking pain in the nuts.<br><br> this week we're translating that 2D piece (an exploration of the concept of "threshold" as experienced through opposite concepts, e.g. interior/exterior or public/private, etc.) into a 3D piece. my attempts this weekend met with varied success, the best being a 10-hour modelfest which was full of lovely complex curves and various materials (and promptly trounced...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21449776/3-weeks-in-my-1st-entry 3 weeks in... my 1st entry. crillywazzy 2005-01-25T00:37:51-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_studiosemipano.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> my first entry, though school started on january 3rd...<br><br> i'm in beginning design studio I (arch 180). that's 3 days a week, 4 hours a day. there are 80 of us split up into 5 sections / 5 different instructors. i registered for classes a bit late last december and so i missed out on my first choice instructor, but did get one of the final spots in nikola boscanin's section, my second choice. nikola was my instructor for the intro to arch 100 class i took over the summer. nice guy whose method of teaching suits me just fine most of the time...<br><br> i stumbled across the studio website a few days before class started and was able to buy my materials in advance. the department worked out a deal with utrecht in town and the whole bundle was about $380 with a drawing board. i managed to grab the best seat in the room on the first day -- a window seat and i'd wager one of the best views on campus.<br><br> the first two days were basic informational stuff and an assignment to graphically depict a fe...