Archinect - SCI-Arc (Steve Fuchs) 2014-08-30T08:25:52-04:00 http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450864/baby-5-1-6 Baby! 5+1=6 Steve Fuchs 2007-08-24T02:27:37-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <b>Baby |</b> Birth Announcement<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_070823-Kami01.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>Baby |</b> Little Peanut<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_070823-Kami02.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>Baby |</b> Long Little Noodle<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_070823-Kami03.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> The baby is here! Nicole and I rushed to the hospital last night (30 days early) after she started getting contractions 5 minutes apart, then 4, 3, 2, 1 :) Believe it or not, it only took a single hard push and little Kami was introduced to the both of us. She's such a little peanut that they've been monitoring her in the preemie unit--just as a precaution. Looks like we'll be going home on Saturday, and the baby can come home Sunday. Everyone is welcome to send wishes by phone, email or stop by Torrance Memorial (Room 308 for now).<br><br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/virtualarchitect/collections/" target="_blank">http://www.flickr.com/photos/virtualarchitect/collections/</a><br><br> We'll take very good care and ENJOY our photos of the baby and my collection of photos from the recent trip to Indonesia!<br><br><a href="http://www.facebook.com/p/Steven_Fuchs/636672329" title="Steven Fuchs's Facebook profile" target="_blank"><img src="http://badge.facebook.com/badge/636672329.180.892539268.png" alt="Steven Fuchs's Facebook profile"></a> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452100/the-beginning-yes The Beginning? Yes. Steve Fuchs 2007-08-12T02:43:57-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <b>Panelite |</b> Design Visualization<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_070811-Beginning01.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>Panelite |</b> Design Fabrication<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_070811-Beginning02.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>Design Life Now |</b> Cooper-Hewitt, NY<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_070811-Beginning03.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>Design Life Now |</b> Just after Installation<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_070811-Beginning04.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>Design Life Now |</b> Saying Goodbye to Panelite<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_070811-Beginning05.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>Gehry Technologies |</b> Another Part of the Dream is Realized<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_070811-Beginning06.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>Grand Avenue |</b> Early Design Phase<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_070811-Beginning07.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>East LA College |</b> New Tech Building &amp; Architecture Dept<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_070811-Beginning08.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>Sidejob |</b> You Gotta Love Qualified Referrals<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_070811-Beginning09.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> As mentioned in the recent comments of my <a href="http://www.archinect.com/schoolblog/entry.php?id=55940_0_39_0_C" target="_blank">last post</a>, there's a LOT going on this summer. <a href="http://cooperhewitt.org/exhibitions/triennial/design_life_now.asp" target="_blank">Design Life Now</a> has finally closed at the <a href="http://www.cooperhewitt.org/" target="_blank">Cooper Hewitt</a>. I'm transitioning (lateral move) from <a href="http://www.panelite.us/" target="_blank">Panelite</a> to <a href="http://gehrytechnologies.com/" target="_blank">Gehry Technologies</a> to work on <a href="http://www.grandavenuecommittee.org/" target="_blank">Grand Avenue</a>. This coming week will be the final presentation of my first teaching assignment at <a href="http://www.elac.edu/" target="_blank">East LA College</a> (<a href="http://www.elarchitecture.org/News_and_Evenx.html" target="_blank">3D Modeling for Designers</a> -- using mostly <a href="http://www.sketchup.com/" target="_blank">SketchUp &amp; Layout</a>).<br><br> My wife's now 8 months pregnant, AND we are looking to move in the next month and didn't know how we would be able to afford it. Today, I just got a 3500sf remodel sidejob on a coastal bluff just above <a href="http://www.wannasurf.com/spot/North_America/USA/California/LA_County/tcs/" target="_blank">my favorite local su...</a> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451114/the-end-hehe-no The End? Hehe... no. Steve Fuchs 2007-04-13T03:07:51-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <b>Post-Thesis |</b> Just the beginning<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_070412-Books.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> This is what is currently on my living room nightstand. In order...<br><br> 1. Game Theory<br> 2. Shape | Flat Abs &amp; Buns<br> 3. Maternity Instruction Manual<br> 4. Choose Your Own Adventure #1<br> 5. Social Theory<br> 6. Technique<br> 7. Practice<br> 8. Game Reader<br> 9. Fortune | Patagonia<br> 10. Surfing | Mentawais http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451626/naab-student-performance-criteria-boring NAAB - Student Performance Criteria (boring?) Steve Fuchs 2006-10-20T11:58:25-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_061020-NAAB2.gif" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> Yesterday, I was asked to update SCI-Arc's site with the NAAB Student Performance Criteria. Seeing as how WASC is visiting, I think everyone is trying to put on the "best face" for the visiting review team. After reading the criteria, I finally got a clear picture of what it means to be educated as an architect. It's funny how it took a month after completing graduate thesis to figure this out. Or, maybe, just maybe, schools need to be a bit more involved in fully developing their students--at least make this kind of information readily available. Now I have a much more focused set of targets to pass on to my future students. Read on...<br><br> From <a href="http://www.naab.org/accreditation/2004_Conditions_2.aspx" target="_blank">NAAB Conditions for Accreditation for Professional Degree Programs in Architecture</a>, 2004 Edition.<br><br><b>3.13 Student Performance Criteria</b> <br><br> The accredited degree program must ensure that each graduate possesses the knowledge and skills defined by the criteria set out below. The knowledge and skills are the minimum for meeting the demands of an inter... http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451175/fear-and-a-little-doubt FEAR and a little DOUBT Steve Fuchs 2006-07-21T11:20:45-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>FEAR = Failure Expected And Received<br><br> FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real<br><br> FEAR = False Expectations Appearing Real<br><br> FEAR = Feelings Expressed Allows Relief<br><br> FEAR = Feelings Every Alcoholic Rejects<br><br> FEAR = Fighting Ego Against Reality<br><br> FEAR = Forget Everything and Run<br><br> FEAR = Forgetting Everything's All Right.<br><br> FEAR = F--k Everything and Run!<br><br> FEAR = Face Everything and Recover!<br><br> FEAR = Frantic Effort to Appear Real<br><br> FEAR = Frantic Efforts to Appear Recovered<br><br> FEAR = Feeling Everything's Awful Real<br><br> DOUBT = Debating on Understanding Bewildering Thought<br></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451166/something-forgotten-fun-real-and-amazing-ya-architecture Something forgotten, fun, real, and amazing (ya, architecture) Steve Fuchs 2006-07-13T16:36:18-04:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:05-04:00 <p>Ok... I have to let the cat outta the bag.<br><br> Date 1 = Estimated US population of 300,000,000.<br> Date 2 = Estimated World population of 10,000,000,000.<br><br><b>Something forgotten</b><br> - <a href="http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/SelectTeacher.jsp?sid=4345" target="_blank">Rating of SCI-Arc Professors... pretty accurate.</a><br> - Also, toothpaste works as a good blemish medicine before bed and on mosquito bites :)<br><br><b>Something fun</b><br> - <a href="http://www.pandora.com" target="_blank">Music Genome Project in use</a><br> - <a href="http://www.43things.com" target="_blank">What do you want to do with your life?</a><br> - <a href="http://www.virtual-architect.com/_SCI-Arc/projects.kmz" target="_blank">Google Earth Locations of my Solo Projects</a><br><br><b>Something real</b><br> A friend and I closed escrow on a beater in a great location locally. Design is at the engineer. House is 80% ripped down. Design development is being furthered in Jay Vano's DD class. My best friend is the contractor (fellow surfer), and our other main partner is an electrician (fellow surfer). It's pretty cool to compare the 3 design iterations against my previous home remodel when school started. Trying to keep within a respectable budget and also push a little bit of an architectural envelop is proving to be a challenge, but a wort...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451156/crowds Crowds Steve Fuchs 2006-07-08T04:19:38-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <b>Thesis |</b> Crowd, Opponents, Penalty, Trust... Gooooooooal!<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_060708-Crowd01.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> Here are two dates that will mark significant crowd milestones. Insane.<br><br> October 12th, 2006 at approximately 10:32 AM PST.<br> December 16th, 2034 at approximately 9 AM PST.<br><br> Winning guess gets invited to be part of my thesis crowd. Actually, just reply to this message--that will show enough interest. Hehe :)<br><br> Midterms are Monday, July 24th!<br><br> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451139/skate-or-die Skate or Die! Steve Fuchs 2006-06-21T05:42:12-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:16:03-05:00 <b>Go Skate</b> | Grow your inner thesis<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_060621-GoSkate01.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> Wow, today I got back on a skateboard for the first time in a very long time. I don't mean just to cruise the halls at school or do an occasional alley session at my house. I mean in a bowl, at a park, body at risk. There's something about subversive sports that has attracted me since playing table tennis against myself with half the playing field tilted vertical. I'm inner competitive. Whether it's skating, snowboarding, kiteboarding, wakeboarding, wakesurfing, and especially surfing... sport is such a bad label. These endeavors are a lifestyle--better yet, a community. 'X'Games. X for Extreme. Games for the non-sport of it. Open-source, if you will, and much bigger than the word team. With the proper community spirit, each learned technique is shared with the whole, and over time, new boudaries are folded into the group repetoir, i.e. Felix with a dynamic bag of tricks. Though, it's not enough just to have a bag of tricks. Your moves. Worse yet,... http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451111/backpack Backpack Steve Fuchs 2006-05-26T06:39:53-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <b>Thesis</b> | The Essential Support Team<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_060526-Backpack01.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> So, thesis has officially started. My advisors are in place, Ed Keller &amp; Juan Azulay. And, my alter-ego has shown up to help keep things balanced. The plans are set. Bags are packed. Sword is sharpened.<br><br><b>Theory</b> | How many rocks do you need?<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_060526-Backpack02.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> What is theory good for? How does it help a married guy with three kids to father? Well... I see it as a bit of a conundrum. On one hand, I've been opened up to some beautiful texts and films, and on the other, I've been collecting some very heavy rocks--all of which do not belong in my backpack. Though, many of them can be used to build a foundation. Some I'll be able to pass on to others.<br><br><b>Thesis + Theory</b> | OPB... Other People's Burden<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_060526-Backpack03.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> Is thesis about being a maverick? Do we defend our liberties and take the flak while executing the orders of another? In my mind, thesis is about focusing your path, creating a link to a historical trajectory, and pushing a new idea(s) forward. It's about an incredible lightness... http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450991/why-i-am-at-sci-arc Why I am at SCI-Arc... Steve Fuchs 2006-04-06T01:33:14-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <b>Islands</b> | SCI-Arc via Google Earth<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_060405-Islands01.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>Why I am at SCI-Arc</b><br> SCI-Arc is a laboratory to test my limits and contribute to the discipline of architecture. We are an island of the avant garde - a place for personal sabbatical located at the balanced intersection of abstraction and reality. As an educational institute, our pedagogy of experimentation and culture of self-motivation fit my learning style and strengths.<br><br> Development of Practice with Paul Nakazawa<br> SCI-Arc | Spring 2006<br> Steve Fuchs, M.Arch2<br> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450862/the-raven-a-young-man-s-subversive-primer The Raven | A Young Man's Subversive Primer Steve Fuchs 2006-02-17T01:05:02-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_060216_raven.gif" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> I've been reading Neil Stephenson's "Diamond Age" and found this poem worth pondering. Maybe you will, too...<br><br><b>THE RAVEN</b><br><i>A CHRISTMAS TALE,<br> TOLD BY A SCHOOL-BOY TO HIS LITTLE BROTHERS AND SISTERS</i><br> by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1798)<br><br> Underneath an old oak tree<br><br> There was of swine a huge company<br><br> That grunted as they crunched the mast:<br><br> For that was ripe, and fell full fast.<br><br> Then they trotted away, for the wind grew high:<br><br> One acorn they left, and no more might you spy.<br><br> Next came a Raven, that liked not such folly:<br><br> He belonged, they did say, to the witch Melancholy!<br><br> Blacker was he than blackest jet,<br><br> Flew low in the rain, and his feathers not wet.<br><br> He picked up the acorn and buried it straight<br><br> By the side of a river both deep and great.<br><br> Where then did the Raven go?<br><br> He went high and low,<br><br> Over hill, over dale, did the black Raven go.<br><br> Many Autumns, many Springs<br><br> Travelled he with wandering wings:<br><br> Many summers, many Winters-<br><br> I can't tell half his adventures.<br><br> At length he came ba... http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450736/obey-make-arc-not-war OBEY | Make Arc Not War Steve Fuchs 2006-02-03T00:55:27-05:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_060202_obeypeace.jpg" alt="OBEY Peace | Make Arch, Not War" name="image"><br><br> We want scripting--not just CV pulling. And, for those that don't know... now you know :) Oh ya, getting CATIA back would be helpful, too.<br><br> Let me rephrase. The popularity of a "certain class" is a clear indication that the student body, and especially those who are making attempts at furthering the discipline of architecture, want a few instructors who know how to script themselves.<br><br> Just a small reminder for the coming semesters.<br><br> ** I just re-read this and need to clarify I'm not talking about film or curriculum vit&Atilde;&brvbar;. http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450625/w-dub-ya-x-wessside-sci-arc-hat-trick W, DUB-Ya, \X/... wessside! (SCI-Arc "hat trick") Steve Fuchs 2005-12-07T20:13:38-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:16:03-05:00 <b>2005 White House Christmas Card</b><br> Rest in Peace... Beatrice Moore b. Dec 7, 1921 - d. Dec 7, 2005<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_051207_whitehouse01.jpg" alt="White House Christmas 01" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_051207_whitehouse02.jpg" alt="White House Christmas 02" name="image"><br><br><b>DropStar 1964 Lincoln Continental</b><br> Here's my small Christmas wish...<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_051207_lincoln03.jpg" alt="DropStar 1964 Lincoln Continental 03" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_051207_lincoln01.jpg" alt="DropStar 1964 Lincoln Continental 01" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_051207_lincoln04.jpg" alt="DropStar 1964 Lincoln Continental 04" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_051207_lincoln05.jpg" alt="DropStar 1964 Lincoln Continental 05" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_051207_lincoln02.jpg" alt="DropStar 1964 Lincoln Continental 02" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_051207_lincoln06.jpg" alt="DropStar 1964 Lincoln Continental 06" name="image"><br><br><b>Japanese Import 1965 Lincoln Continental</b><br> and Here's my large Christmas wish...<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_051207_lincoln07.jpg" alt="Japanese Import 1965 Lincoln Continental 07" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_051207_lincoln08.jpg" alt="Japanese Import 1965 Lincoln Continental 08" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_051207_lincoln09.jpg" alt="Japanese Import 1965 Lincoln Continental 09" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_051207_lincoln10.jpg" alt="Japanese Import 1965 Lincoln Continental 10" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_051207_lincoln12.jpg" alt="Japanese Import 1965 Lincoln Continental 12" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_051207_lincoln11.jpg" alt="Japanese Import 1965 Lincoln Continental 11" name="image"> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450329/coincidentalism-other-vocabulary Coincidentalism + other vocabulary Steve Fuchs 2005-10-13T14:13:22-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>The most amazing thing happened at the beach last week. After a 1.5 hr session in shoulder high wind swell&rdquo;&rdquo;just enough to say hello to a few local friends&rdquo;&rdquo;an older local guy who I don't care for much exchanged small talk as I went to the shower to change. I briefly mentioned that I was &ldquo;still stretching out my wetsuit&rdquo;&#157; because it was the first real day that the water temperature dropped below 60 degrees. I was already on my way to the shower when he called me back... he actually offered me a brand new fullsuit (3/2 Body Glove XXL MATR1X worn a total of about 20 times). Insane. From what I can piece together he's leaving for the islands (Hawai'i) next week and won't need the suit. Three things coincided here and I'm not sure what to make of them. One, just before the session, I noticed my current wetsuit's zipper was broken, but was able to make it work for the time being. Second, the smallest of generosities by someone who your not fond of can go a long way to repairing / changin...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450415/summer-quotes-the-limit SUMMER QUOTES | The Limit Steve Fuchs 2005-08-29T04:11:08-04:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:03-04:00 <b>Tagline from the movie "Take it to the Limit" (2000)</b><br> "You can't reach the top if you're afraid to fall."<br><br><b>Movie Synopsis</b><br> A troubled city-kid's parents try to straighten him out by sending him to live in the wilderness with his Uncle. Upon his arrival, he finds even more trouble when an attractive local girl lures him into joining a team of death-defying rock climbers. An adventure for the entire [2G_X] family.<br><br><b>Take it the the Limit |</b> The Movie (individual - 2000)<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_050825-TheLimit01b.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>Take it the the Limit |</b> The Song (group - 1973)<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_050825-TheLimit02c.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>Take it the the Limit |</b> The Understanding (individual - 21st century)<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_050825-TheLimit03b.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b><a href="http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/eagles/bio.jhtml" target="_blank">The Eagles' </a>"Take it to the Limit" lyrics (1975)</b><br> All alone at the end of the of the evening<br> And the bright lights have faded to blue<br> I was thinking 'bout a woman who might have<br> Loved me and I never knew<br> You know I've always been a dreamer<br> (spent my life running 'round)<br> And it's so hard to change<br> (can't seem to settle down)<br> But the dreams I've seen lately<br> Keep on turning out and burning out<br> And turning... http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450388/summer-quotes-la-ghost-town SUMMER QUOTES | LA Ghost Town Steve Fuchs 2005-08-15T00:33:32-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <b>The Specials' "Ghost Town" (exerpt)</b> <br> This town, is coming like a ghost town <br> Why must the youth fight against themselves? <br> Government leaving the youth on the shelf <br><i>--Jerry Dammers</i><br><br><b>Ghost Town |</b> The Specials <br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_050814-TheSpecials01.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>Ghost Town |</b> Thesis or Anti-Thesis? <br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_050814-TheSpecials02.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>Ghost Town |</b> Being Labeled is a Vicious Circle...<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_050814-TheSpecials03.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>The Specials' "Ghost Town" lyrics (1981)</b><br> This town, is coming like a ghost town <br> All the clubs have been closed down <br> This place, is coming like a ghost town <br> Bands won't play no more <br> Too much fighting on the dance floor <br><br> Do you remember the good old days before the ghost town? <br> We danced and sang, and the music played in a de boomtown <br><br> This town, is coming like a ghost town <br> Why must the youth fight against themselves? <br> Government leaving the youth on the shelf <br> This place, is coming like a ghost town <br> No job to be found in this country <br> Can't go on no more <br> The people getting angry <br><br> This town, is coming like a ghost town <br> This town, is coming like a ghost town <br> This town, is... http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450360/summer-quotes-batman SUMMER QUOTES | Batman Steve Fuchs 2005-07-29T01:59:50-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <b>Batman Begins (2005)</b><br> "The will is everything. If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, you become something else entirely... a legend. Are you ready to begin?"<br><i>-- Ducard (Liam Neeson)</i><br><br><b>Batman Begins |</b> Man <br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_050728-Batman0.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>Batman Begins |</b> More than a Man <br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_050728-Batman1.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>Batman Begins |</b> Symbol (Ideal)<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_050728-Batman2.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>Definitions of the word IDEAL</b><br> conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence; embodying an ideal; the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain; constituting or existing only in the form of an idea or mental image or conception; model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal.<br><br><b>Defining MY Ideal</b><br> Since the end of last semester, I've been on a search for the roots of my own trajectory. Trips to Milwaukee, Chicago and New York have helped. SCI-Arc is all about Making + Meaning; in two words, that is the essence of our school (not necessarily in that order). A few of the things that have inspired me at bookstores, internet browsi... http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450271/secret-emails Secret Emails... Steve Fuchs 2005-06-04T07:42:05-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <i>(found emails... shhhhh)</i><br><br><b>RESPONSE #2</b><br><br> Hi Guys... (Herman pun intended)<br><br> My little hide plase in Aaarjentina is almos finish. Is why I no post. <br> Somebody help me find sent kee to send emales? Anydoby going NY?<br><br> Hi friends -- God I miss the irreverent, interstudio banter. Funny thing is... I was drinking tonight, too (at the Panelite BBQ). So ya, I'm up at 2:30 AM hearkening back to the good ol' 2G_X core days looking to see if my old Dodge rims will fit on my Tahoe so I can be safe with new tires so I can drive out to the Colorado River on Sunday for a kidless 3-day with the wife and friends so I can get 1/2 drunk like Anon2 and hurt myself wakeboarding and skurfing down to the sandbar and through the no wake zone in Red Rock Canyon. On a lighter and not so 1/2 note, Nicole is now 7 months pregnant; it's a girl if you have not heard. We're totally in love... haha, almost 10 years of marriage is blissfully blinding! I wish you all the same. Anyway, my buzz is wearing off and the South... http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450162/millin-ain-t-easy Millin' ain't easy... Steve Fuchs 2005-04-10T04:58:25-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Ya, being the milling pimp ain't easy. A few of us in studio are working on a milling job that has taken 2 days to coordinate and prep. Let's just say it is a favor for a good friend -- and I take on favors a little too easy. The good thing is I've learned a lot about preparing deeper mills and 2D / 3D contouring. It's kind of crazy how technical you can get on just one machine. Today, I actually modeled the whole head of the mill to figure out the maximum taper angle for a deep cut into some rock hard foam, and then, vegitated in Rhino and SurfCAM for 10 hours. Fun!!!<br><br> During the chaos, a prospective M.Arch2 student who starts next semester stopped by my desk. If I remember correctly his name is Dean and he's from the Vegas area. He and his girlfriend (wife?) walked the length of the school with me as I pointed out some interesting features and fielded many questions. It was a nice break from the madness. As stated before, I'm more than willing to meet and greet with those of you t...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450125/long-time-no-blog-aggregating Long time no blog... Aggregating Steve Fuchs 2005-03-31T22:05:49-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>I've been wrapped up in "cellular aggregation" for the past few months. A big break-thru occurred last week when I began to understand the concept and how it translates to my learning/design process. As Hernan said, this first year is about being labotomized; though, this semester is about a more hybrid condition where we are expected to start reintroducing our previous knowledge to our newfound sensibilities.<br><br> For me... (Hernan pun intended), Peter Testa has been instrumental in my understanding of growth by way of micro/macro scale experimentation. Testing and taking feedback to multiple scales of investigation, all while using digital and analog tools as quick design aids, is the root of my new process. I'm not saying that I have a mastery of it or anything, but conceptually it is affecting the limits of my architectural understanding. In a sense, you could call it a "hyperlinked/networked" design process where one grows a project by constantly being in a information loop between...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21449942/genr8-is-great GENR8 is Great! Steve Fuchs 2005-02-16T18:07:28-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>GENR8 is great! Or so the mantra goes. I know this is purely a study of form, but the complexity created with this Maya script is amazing. <br><br> Each bleeb was created with one line of code. For example...<br><br> genr8 -n 5 -ds -t 4 -a 0 0 4 -r 0 0 1.5 -a 5 0 0 -a -5 0 0 -a 0 5 0 -a 0 -3 0 -ba 180 -g 0 .25;<br><br> LINKS<b>Emergent Design Group at MIT</b><br><a href="http://web.mit.edu/arch/edg" target="_blank">http://web.mit.edu/arch/edg</a><br><br><b>EDG'S genr8 Tool</b><br><a href="http://mit.edu/edgsrc/www/genr8" target="_blank">http://mit.edu/edgsrc/www/genr8</a><br><br><b>Peter Testa's Site</b><br><a href="http://www.peter-testa.com" target="_blank">http://www.peter-testa.com</a><br><br><b>Marcello Spina's Site</b><br><a href="http://www.p-a-t-t-e-r-n-s.net" target="_blank">http://www.p-a-t-t-e-r-n-s.net</a><br><br><b>Emergent Technologies and Design Program at the AA</b><br><a href="http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/et" target="_blank">http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/et</a><br><br> IMAGES<b>GENR8 |</b> Bleeb 1 : side <br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_genr8-01.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>GENR8 |</b> Bleeb 1 : front <br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_genr8-02.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>GENR8 |</b> Bleeb 2 : perspective <br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_genr8-03.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>GENR8 |</b> Field of Bleebs 1 <br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_genr8-04.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>GENR8 |</b> Field of Bleebs 2 <br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_genr8-05.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>GENR8 |</b> Field of Bleebs 3<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_genr8-06.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>GENR8 |</b> Field of Bleebs 4<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_genr8-07.jpg" alt="image" name="image"></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21449899/flw-s-ennis-house-next-dodge-ball-court FLW's Ennis House = Next Dodge Ball Court? Steve Fuchs 2005-02-10T04:24:45-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>OK. We're back to business. The semester has started and our studio (let's rephrase that as "my perception of our studio"... if it's not clear to those that read this blog I speak for myself only.) has started off with a big dud. Besides an all-school electrical problem which crippled the school for a few days, thesis presentations were marginally exciting with a few gems of enlightenment. I was personally impressed by Eric Cheong's presentation which was a full-force architectural thesis that incorporated both digital technique and materiality. Also enlightening was the verbal Kung Fu master, Karl Chu, who took over the discussion at one point and championed a correlation between the human genome project and architecture. I was captivated for a long moment. Thesis and thesis-prep are under serious renovation at SCI-Arc; we may even have the option to do our thesis during summer. For those of you that are planning on applying or have applied to SCI-Arc, keep this in the back of your...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21449719/retro-posts-pre-archinect RETRO POSTS (Pre-Archinect) Steve Fuchs 2005-01-13T13:06:51-05:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:02-04:00 <p>This is a great way to read pre-archinect posts from my old (personal) blog, and a good way to start from the beginning of my SCI-Arc story.<br><br><a href="http://www.archinect.com/schoolblog/entry.php?id=12702_0_39_27_C109" target="_blank"><b>RETRO POST #01: In the beginning...</b></a><br><em>Authored on 2004-04-21 @ 01:57:51 AM</em><br><br><a href="http://www.archinect.com/schoolblog/entry.php?id=12711_0_39_24_C109" target="_blank"><b>RETRO POST #02: Personal Blog Colophon</b></a><br><em>Authored on 2004-04-21 @ 04:02:05 AM</em><br><br><a href="http://www.archinect.com/schoolblog/entry.php?id=12715_0_39_24_C109" target="_blank"><b>RETRO POST #03: 3D Terrain Modeling</b></a><br><em>Authored on 2004-04-25 @ 04:09:23 AM</em><br><br><a href="http://www.archinect.com/schoolblog/entry.php?id=12725_0_39_24_C109" target="_blank"><b>RETRO POST #04: Prefab Investigations</b></a><br><em>Authored on 2004-05-05 @ 09:54:47 PM</em><br><br><a href="http://www.archinect.com/schoolblog/entry.php?id=12728_0_39_30_C109" target="_blank"><b>RETRO POST #05: Rigid vs. Fluid</b></a><br><em>Authored on 2004-05-09 @ 05:42:23 AM</em><br><br><a href="http://www.archinect.com/schoolblog/entry.php?id=12730_0_39_30_C109" target="_blank"><b>RETRO POST #06: ROTO|phosis (part 1)</b></a><br><em>Authored on 2004-05-27 @ 07:07:07 AM</em><br><br><a href="http://www.archinect.com/schoolblog/entry.php?id=12731_0_39_27_C109" target="_blank"><b>RETRO POST #07: Maya - Exploring Renaissance Paintings</b></a><br><em>Authored on 2004-05-30 @ 08:40:05 AM</em><br><br><a href="http://www.archinect.com/schoolblog/entry.php?id=12733_0_39_27_C109" target="_blank"><b>RETRO POST #08: Current State of Mind</b></a><br><em>Authored on 2004-07-10 @ 02:20:02 AM</em><br><br><a href="http://www.archinect.com/schoolblog/entry.php?id=12734_0_39_27_C109" target="_blank"><b>RETRO POST #09: Hernan's Spring 2004 Studio "Terminals" (Columbia)</b></a><br><em>Authored on 2004-07-20 @ 08:30:20 PM</em><br><br><a href="http://www.archinect.com/schoolblog/entry.php?id=12735_0_39_24_C109" target="_blank"><b>RETRO POST #10: Eminate.org Lecture | 7/22/04</b></a><br><em>Authored on 2004-08-01 @ 06:01:52 PM</em><br><br><a href="http://www.archinect.com/schoolblog/entry.php?id=12737_0_39_24_C109" target="_blank"><b>RETRO POST #11: TERMINALS 2003 Studio @ SCI-Arc</b></a><br><em>Authored on 2004-08-01 @ 09:26:04 PM</em></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21449668/all-school-meeting-santa All School Meeting & Santa Steve Fuchs 2004-12-05T15:24:56-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Yes, there has been some drama going on; we as a student body are organizing our thoughts for the <b>planned</b> meeting in January. I for one, as a graduate student in the M.Arch2 program, am satisfied with our instructors, our curriculum and the school in general. Though, that seems not to be the sentiment of some very vocal undergrad students. The ball is rolling, let's stay focused and make positive changes :)<br><br> On a light-hearted note, have you ever contemplated the difference between Saint Nicholas and Santa Claus? There are distinct differences in religious and commercial symbolism.<br><br> Find out more about the <a href="http://www.stnicholascenter.org/Brix?pageID=35" target="_blank">Origin of Santa</a>, including an in-depth look at <a href="http://www.stnicholascenter.org/" target="_blank">The Saint Nicholas Center</a>.<br><br> Now, considering the analogy, do SCI-Arc students want leaders more like Saint Nicholas or Santa Claus? Can you say <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cult_of_personality" target="_blank">"Cult of Personalities"</a>?<br><br><b>MARCOS as St. Nick |</b> Do we need liberation?<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_041205-marcosasstnick.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> "Marcos is the leader of ther Zapatistas who are fighting against the Mexican Government because of years of unfair treatme...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21449656/midterm-softtech-softbodies MIDTERM: SoftTECH & SoftBODIES Steve Fuchs 2004-11-24T16:23:51-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>I'm hungry. Thanksgiving Feast in the Main Space today. OH BOY! Thanks Bill for the years of dedication :)<br><br> Funny thing is... my SoftTECH project looks like a Turkey. I've been exploring cosmetic surgery as it relates to architecture, specifically how the Folding Episode has a relationship with the current cultural aesthetic of "Tactical Beauty" (read: FX's Nip/Tuck, E!'s Doctor 90210, ABC's Extreme Makeover, and Fox's The Swan). Here's the initial basis for my exploration:<br><br> --------------------<br><b>ABSTRACT</b><b>TACTICAL BEAUTY:<br> An Emergent Architectural Aesthetic from Cosmetic Surgery</b><br><br> Whatever your feelings are about body modification, Western culture is obsessed with the horrific and grotesque. Specifically, cosmetic surgery has become an answer to flaws in the idealized human aesthetic -- just as form continues to emerge as the dominant architectural aesthetic of our time. These two fields, cosmetic surgery and architecture, share a similar trajectory; they both seek a hands-on, tactical...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21449640/midterm-studio-project MIDTERM: Studio Project Steve Fuchs 2004-11-16T17:21:59-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Alas... some of us have gotten a little sleep. ZzzZzzzz.... Huh? Why am I typing again? Oh ya... midterm.<br><br><b>2GAX: Interminate Architectures</b> (<i>From the course catalog</i>)<br> Programmatics, geotechnics, structure, mechanics, commerce and environment are among the many fields which enable architecture to operate and perform. These technologies react to create an `Architecture of Indeterminacy', which favors multiple and temporal approaches to design over planning and orchestration, and allows architecture to participate in and reorganize our constantly shifting culture. This studio looks at the contemporary architectural platform and operates as a laboratory for finding new possibilities of integrating a wide range of techniques and technologies. Conventions and standards in architecture are challenged through a rigorous examination of other models of design and production, such as fashion, art, film and industrial design, creating a nonlinear process that can respond to a number of parameters,...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21449629/representation-vs-simulation Representation vs Simulation Steve Fuchs 2004-11-12T14:56:31-05:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:01-04:00 <p>Midterms are almost over! I need to get the pics ready and sanitize my discussion about the first half of the semester... while you wait, check this out.<br><br><b>The Unreal RUNTIME is free!</b><br><a href="http://www.unrealtechnology.com/html/runtime/overview.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.unrealtechnology.com/html/runtime/overview.shtml</a><br><a href="http://udn.epicgames.com/Two/UnrealEngine2Runtime" target="_blank">http://udn.epicgames.com/Two/UnrealEngine2Runtime</a><br><br> It is a stripped down version of a first-person realtime shooter for academic and non-commercial uses -- perfect for realtime walkthrus and simulations. Download the runtime and check out the demo world. Post your comments about this "killer" app; it even has multiplayer possibilities (more than one person in the world at a time). I'm seriously considering modeling my final studio project and exploring it in this new version of the game engine.<br><br> Are drawings dead?</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21449606/sci-arc-f-a-q-2-not-sci-arc SCI-Arc F.A.Q. #2 (not Sci-ARC) Steve Fuchs 2004-10-28T04:26:10-04:00 >2012-05-14T09:16:03-04:00 <p>More answers to frequently asked questions... with a little late night twist (mostly uncensored because of a few beers and Zip after the KICKASS lecture presentation by <a href="http://www.plexus-architecture.com" target="_blank">plexus r+d</a>. Shout out to Kevin, Jon and Rachel, you know the bright girl with the otherworldly, infectious laugh... you are truly one of a kind. Ya'll come back now, ya hear?)<br><br><i>Sent: Wednesday, October 27, 2004 10:30 PM<br> To: <a href="mailto:archinect@virtual-architect.com" target="_blank">archinect@virtual-architect.com</a><br> Subject: So Steve...</i><br><br><b>Steve... Let me introduce myself. Please see your blog: <a href="http://www.archinect.com/schoolblog/entry.php?id=6670_0_39_9_C109/b" target="_blank">http://www.archinect.com/schoolblog/entry.php?id=6670_0_39_9_C109</a></b><br><br> A: Hey, thanks for commenting! I'm not sure if I saw this one as the blog interface doesn't let me backtrack to older posts and comments as well as I'd like it to.<br><br><b>Q: Now that I have inflated your ego some...I am considering going the route you went with SciArc. Could you elaborate on just what you did?</b><br><br> A: Ego = bad. Ogee = bad, too... Haha. EOM = ?. Route = Los Angeles Harbor College (113 units from 1988 to 2003), Thomas Ed...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21449591/sci-arc-study-abroad-fall-2005-where SCI-Arc Study Abroad Fall 2005 (where?) Steve Fuchs 2004-10-27T14:21:58-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>A few of us are adding to a thread I started yesterday on Archinect and we'd appreciate any experience and expertise you blog readers have in Study Abroad programs (especially, but not limited to, design and/or architectural programs). Location, collaboration, studio topic, and sponsorship all need to be addressed.<br><br> Any thoughts? Can you help? <a href="http://www.archinect.com/forum/threads.php?id=9465_0_42_0_C" target="_blank"><b>Read On...</b></a><br><br><a href="http://www.archinect.com/forum/threads.php?id=9465_0_42_0_C" target="_blank">http://www.archinect.com/forum/threads.php?id=9465_0_42_0_C</a></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21449573/sci-arc-f-a-q-for-newbies-and-shoobies SCI-Arc F.A.Q. for Newbies and Shoobies Steve Fuchs 2004-10-20T12:08:30-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:16:03-05:00 <i>Answers to a few questions from a prospective student's email...</i><br><br><b>Q: I discovered Archinect a few months ago, and I have to say that your posts so far have been some of the most informative, and entertaining!! Being someone looking for the perfect MArch program, getting past the school websites and campus tours is essential, and the blogs at least provide a resource for further inquiry.</b><br><br> A: Thank you for making contact :) Your journey to find a perfect M.Arch program (and B.Arch for that matter) is one step closer! I do enjoy making a small contribution to the history of SCI-Arc; making the blog informative and entertaining is my number one goal. To be honest, blogging experiences at school has its downside, too. Some people in school don't think it's cool and maybe they don't like my style, but you know what, as Hernan would say, "I... am not interested in them". Even my studio design partner took offense to me posting our stuff for the world to see. Actually, it has worked out for t...