Archinect - UC Denver (Patrick) 2014-07-30T23:35:19-04:00 http://archinect.com/blog/article/78478804/building-sharing-making Building, sharing, making. Patrick Beseda 2013-08-02T12:03:00-04:00 >2013-08-12T09:53:17-04:00 <p> We're almost done with the CNC work. In the past week we've been simultaneously building the house on site and cutting the pieces on the CNC. We have been super fortunate to have the help of some friends lending tools and helping out with assembly.</p> <p> This week we've also had the chance to meet Tristan Copley Smith, a London-based filmmaker and open culture cultivator. He's been in Denver asking about our project and documenting some of our work. Him and Aaron from <a href="https://opentechforever.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Open Tech Forever</a> have joined us during assembly and we look forward to working with them and contributing to the open source community in Colorado.</p> <p> In addition to working on the house we've been preparing the rewards to send out to our faithful backers. Here's a sneak peak at the rewards in progress. We'll be shipping everything before we leave for Bluff, UT in the middle of August.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q9/q9nz8ewigosms9me.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6n/6n6b5o7lv32unkl2.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pv/pv3yc8wo3vo1ot0i.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/77386772/foundhouse-update-5-some-assembly-required FOUNDhouse update #5: Some assembly required Patrick Beseda 2013-07-19T12:57:00-04:00 >2013-07-22T19:43:23-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nj/njncys6uzs5a9tw0.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sj/sjss9s0rtzlpvgei.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mf/mfuq0jf41ougx5mf.jpg" title="">We&rsquo;ve cut and assembled one module of the FOUNDhouse (which is 1/3 of the total structure), and it is currently on display at Sustainability Park as part of the Biennial of the Americas event. Last night&rsquo;s event, Canada Night, brought a lot of people through, many of whom got to see what we built. It was great to have the opportunity to talk to people about our project and hear what they thought of it.</p> <p> So now it&rsquo;s time for more fabrication. We&rsquo;ve learned a ton about the intricacies of CNC, so our cut times are getting quicker every day. Better go tackle those 52 other sheets.</p> <p> <a href="http://foundhouse.cc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">foundhouse.cc</a></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/76234353/foundhouse-update FOUNDhouse update Patrick Beseda 2013-07-01T12:37:00-04:00 >2013-07-09T19:20:25-04:00 <p> Hey everyone,</p> <p> Thanks for all the comments and the support! We're approaching the end of our initial fundraising phase. This means we're finalizing the design and making adjustments based on our projected budget. We are excited to show some of the new concepts and update you all on our progress. Since our backers are kind of like our client (more like patrons), we want to communicate with you all as much as we can.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lr/lrss5nsaif3c6j4l.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yd/ydgcpq796w0iy00f.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/75/7598pr18frjwfr30.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7b5tpg0nudzwtkpb.jpg" title=""></p> <p> So we secured a great spot at SPark, looked through the boneyard and found some great stuff there. We'll be talking with a few fabricators and fab spaces this week. We'll let you know when we know where our fabrication will happen. Exciting stuff!</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/75707346/foundhouse-a-mobile-microhouse FOUNDhouse - A mobile microhouse Patrick Beseda 2013-06-21T11:14:00-04:00 >2013-06-25T20:00:35-04:00 <p> As I begin the summer (yeah, I'm in studio) I'm excited to present a project that myself and a fellow student are working on. &nbsp;We are designing and building a microhouse called FOUNDhouse. It's 150 sf, made with the structural system from <a href="http://www.wikihouse.cc/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wikihouse</a>&nbsp;then added components to make it fully inhabitable.<img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jd/jdhmfzbk67mse2z1.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0t/0tmw9q6s21dfef3e.jpg" title="">We're building it here in Denver, and then moving it to Bluff, UT in the fall, where we will live for the semester while we're building a house for a family on the Navajo reservation with DesignBuildBLUFF (who as recently <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/20/greathomesanddestinations/her-hallowed-ground-in-the-navajo-nation.html?ref=todayspaper&amp;_r=1&amp;" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">featured in the NYT</a>)<img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t5/t5wgxmdcq1zyay1j.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8i/8iexm5v9sdi961bz.jpg" title="">We are excited to design and build something with our own hands and the have the chance to live in it! We'd love to for you to check out our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pbeseda/foundhouse-a-mobile-microhouse?ref=home_location" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter project</a> that&nbsp;we are using to raise the funds for the structure.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e15xg2ev762p2sev.jpg" title="">You can also check out the details at <a href="http://foundhouse.cc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">foundhouse.cc</a>. Leave comments here or on the Kickstarter.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/71357690/happy-client-happy-students Happy client. Happy students. Patrick Beseda 2013-04-16T14:46:00-04:00 >2013-04-16T14:47:02-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s6/s6qm4zq5opfht389.jpg" title=""></p> <p> This weekend, 10 students from UC Denver presented their ideas for the design of the Billjohn Residence near Montezuma Creek, UT as a part of their design-build education in partnership with Design Build Bluff, a non-profit organization designing and building sustainable housing on the Navajo Nation near Bluff, UT.</p> <p> We had met the Billjohn's back in February and spent the day with them at their home site as well as touring and viewing the previous DBB projects. We got to know them a little bit through our conversations that day but were out of contact with them during a large part of our design process. They are a very quiet couple and were not very vocal in their needs. We were very unsure about some of the design options we were presenting to them. Of course we were rushing to complete the model and printed the drawings in the late hours the night before the meeting.<img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xh/xh2cuh9rur93roip.jpg" title=""></p> <p> On Saturday morning we brought them to the DBB campus in Bluff and presented our design ideas. We walked th...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/68005734/why-sketchbooks Why sketchbooks? Patrick Beseda 2013-02-20T21:18:00-05:00 >2013-02-28T08:54:36-05:00 <p> This is not a discussion of whether I should buy a moleskine or a Leuchtturn, or why Rhodia makes better dot grid pads than Quattro. It's also not about hand drawing vs. digital drawing (that one is for another day) (actually, bring it up if you want to).<img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e2/e2vmrsq3lod5pz5u.jpg" title=""></p> <p> We will also skip the part about drawing being an invaluable skill, something that all architects should be able to do well, and something that is being lost in the education (it is all of those but the last).&nbsp;</p> <p> This is about the value of a sketchbook. I'm here to ask if anyone references their sketchbooks. Do you keep them? Do you trash them when the project is over? Do you scan them and archive it? Do you ever go back and look at them?</p> <p> So far in my life and education the value of the sketchbooks I've carried is usually in the next blank page. It's something to write on, it's there. It's rarely in the other pages I've drawn. Their use is fulfilled. I needed to visualize something, I needed someone else to visualize somethin...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/66510278/a-different-kind-of-semester a different kind of semester Patrick Beseda 2013-01-29T17:21:00-05:00 >2013-02-04T22:02:59-05:00 <p> So it's probably going to be a different kind of semester; for me, for my school, for Denver. It's the first semester of UC Denver's newly minted, newly accredited Bachelor of &nbsp;Science in Architecture. This marks a departure from the school in Boulder and the start of a new chapter in architecture education Colorado. Which comes with some <a href="http://www.architectmagazine.com/architecture/why-architecture-should-not-be-a-professional-undergraduate-degree-program.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interesting conversations</a>. I guess undergrads don't take up much space, so... cool. Can I have my TA position now?</p> <p> Things I'm doing this semester:</p> <p> <strong>Courses:</strong></p> <ul><li> Studio IV and Advanced Digital Graphics from the same instructor</li> <li> Environmental Control System II</li> <li> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Design_Build_Bluff" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Build Bluff</a></li> </ul><p> <strong>Other projects:</strong></p> <ul><li> Starting a student led and edited publication</li> <li> Starting a side project (more to come on that soon)</li> <li> Collaborating on a gallery installation</li> </ul><p> My studio and graphics instructor has a "zero social media policy" for both courses, so I won't be publishing any work until after the final. This means I'll be writing more, asking more questions t...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/65178642/just-to-kill-the-radio-silence just to kill the radio silence Patrick Beseda 2013-01-09T23:41:31-05:00 >2013-01-14T22:30:46-05:00 <p> Winter break =</p> <p> good friends, good beer, good times - check</p> <p> family - check/in progress</p> <p> new boots - check</p> <p> revit - check</p> <p> rhino - check</p> <p> grasshopper - in progress</p> <p> 3ds max - stretch goal</p> <p> processing - in progress</p> <p> reading - 2 of 5 books down</p> <p> whiskey - in progress...</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Next post - Open All The Things!</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/63675204/semester-wrap-up-more-cynical-than-optimistic Semester wrap-up (more cynical than optimistic) Patrick Beseda 2012-12-18T14:25:24-05:00 >2012-12-30T15:17:12-05:00 <p> Here's a short view of my final project. I was fortunate enough to present at the Studio Awards. The very gracious Slaterpaull office hosted &nbsp;5 studio levels, about 20 presenters and more than 100 people (on a work day). Thank you to my jury (who awarded me the Studio III <a href="http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/2013/kemper-award/john-anderson/index.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Anderson</a> award); that was one of the best critiques and conversations I've ever had.<img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qg/qgppa5noc2741p3s.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ly/ly7fong8pemw0ryz.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0p/0pu6idhsl8gzk4ku.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h0/h0cbrb7v5pea1bcb.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p2/p2h0cqcem48c2mvx.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6z/6zj496mdunkyxeth.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vl/vlh5f5eruhi4j38f.jpg" title="">And now for something of a downer.</p> <p> Pro tip to the Denver and Colorado community: the students here at UC Denver are yearning for a relationship with the local industry.</p> <p> I know, our building is pretty uninviting, our space is actually really depressing, some of our faculty (even a few of the gainfully employed among you) is particularly uninspiring, and our commuter population is conspicuously absent, but its true. We want to see you, we want to see what you&rsquo;re doing, we want to know you, learn from you and if we can, we want to help you.</p> <p> If one of the most reclusive students (I wear my noise cancelling headphones ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/60652826/aia-colorado-practice-design-conference-2012-the-new-normal AIA Colorado Practice + Design Conference 2012 - The New Normal Patrick Beseda 2012-11-03T18:34:00-04:00 >2012-11-05T11:23:16-05:00 <p> Since I'm not sure if there are any AIA Colorado members on Archinect, I'll do the official post for the conference in Keystone, Colorado this weekend.</p> <p> The AIA Colorado Practice + Design Conference: The New Normal held this weekend in the beautiful Keystone was a refreshing look at emerging practices, innovative business models, bleeding edge technologies, legal and code changes, and an overall critical look at what the heck we are doing in the new economy, new political stage, and ever-expanding global/social world.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Featuring speakers such as Marlon Blackwell, Patrick Tighe, EB Min and Jonathan Segal, it was a new look for me at how far this field reaches, what people are doing to achieve incredible things every day, and that there are kindred spirits out there, they just have to be met and engaged. I also got a lot of talk in with people working very hard in materials, systems, IT and software, and engineering. I saw so many excellent displays of vendors and exhibitors; ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/60042201/ucd-midterm-pin-up-s03w09-and-10 UCD Midterm Pin Up - s03w09 and 10 Patrick Beseda 2012-10-25T15:48:09-04:00 >2012-11-02T17:35:13-04:00 <p> Was very helpful. Thanks to Justin, Kevin, Rachel and Anne.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wb/wb9fajj73c5cvft2.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Results: no sleep, lack of nutrition, $16.00 for prints, $38.00 for models.</p> <ul><li> a medium sized change to my parti</li> <li> a small change to my room arrangement</li> <li> a huge need for detail and attention to detail</li> <li> a giant inspiration and motivation for the next 3 weeks.</li> </ul><p> I will put up model photos and drawings this weekend... maybe even some of my studio mates if they let me...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/59392050/s03-week-eight s03 week eight Patrick Beseda 2012-10-16T01:11:00-04:00 >2012-10-21T20:13:50-04:00 <p> or at least it was last week. Was it? What day is it? Where did I get this #11 x-acto?</p> <p> That isn't too dark is it? I'm just a little disoriented. We are ramping up the efforts for our midterm review. Hyperanalyzing the site. Scrutinizing envelopes and program requirements. Crafting experiences. Designing for users (little ones, at that)... and regular sized ones.</p> <p> Things overheard during critiques:</p> <ul><li> "A building that meets the functional requirements is not enough."</li> <li> "A solution that is beautiful but does not work is not acceptable."</li> <li> "That doesn't make sense."</li> <li> Oh, I didn't mention the 100,000 L potable water cistern? Oops."</li> </ul><p> Making poetry is hard.</p> <p> /delusional reflections</p> <p> insert mediocre drawings from project thus far/</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nt/nt5t8wtesa4zciaa.jpg" title=""></p> <p> In a constant effort to distract myself from studio I did this:<img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/56kh7a50tr2e0od2.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bf/bfwkggwf58o1pd0t.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xh/xhe40jku63j1i6ps.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cm/cmu20frjor6dcjs4.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Hand sketch, scanned, digitized, vectorized, lasered. It's a birthday present for a great friend at Univesity of Minnesota. He's a art student so I can pretty much&nbsp;guarantee&nbsp;he'...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/58641536/s03w07-bonus-post s03w07 bonus post Patrick Beseda 2012-10-04T22:25:19-04:00 >2012-10-04T22:25:19-04:00 <p> Here's some things I've been doing in my "off" time.</p> <p> Drinking coffee in between drawing lines</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bn/bn0rplv8lypeh1qo.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Eating Chinese food way too late at night</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ag/aga0y1ce3tk4xzqr.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Making things on our laser cutter, this one is inspired by <a href="http://www.studio-h.org/laser-cut-6-word-manifestos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio H</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fk/fkzqo9ec3k5810p1.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v7/v736iswalm4qjd6e.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/58640131/s03w05w06w07 s03w05w06w07 Patrick Beseda 2012-10-04T22:01:00-04:00 >2012-10-08T21:37:02-04:00 <p> Ok, it's been three weeks. I tried to stay on the weekly blog post schedule but I've had my head down in studio for so long, I had to come up to breathe. So I'm breathing this weekend.</p> <p> w05</p> <p> I am fortunate to be a part of the founding board of the Design Build Institute of America student chapter at UCD. We are working on advancing and advocating for Design Build as a project delivery method, ideology and lifestyle. It's something thats important to all of us. Hopefully we can impart some knowledge and bring awareness to our student body.</p> <p> As our first event we toured the new construction at the Union Station redevelopment. A massive undertaking Kiewit and RTD are doing some extraordinary work.<img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/op/op5v5b97dpqjzmtg.jpg" title=""></p> <p> w06</p> <p> Some approach and bubble diagrams useful in selecting an appropriate site. Each area I investigated had powerful experiences connected to them. It was a challenging choice to decide where to site my building. The two areas I selected contained unique and important experiences for...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/57225693/s03w04-time-serenity-joy s03w04 time, serenity, joy Patrick Beseda 2012-09-13T23:12:00-04:00 >2012-10-04T22:07:22-04:00 <p> <em>"Life is not about maximising everything, it's about giving something back - like light, space, form, serenity, joy. You have to give something back."</em></p> <p> Glen Murcutt said that. How can you possible know enough about a place, a site, a pre-existing culture, ecosystem, language, with a whole history and a whole future in order to even contemplate intervening in the name of giving back to that place? I suppose you can only try and hope that the place accepts what you have to give and doesn't tear your building down, and maybe enjoys your intervention, derives joy from it.&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y9/y9kb4z0lmrcqfz74.jpg" title=""></p> <p> This student can only try. First try to understand; try to sympathize and empathize with the site, your place. Put yourself in that place. Exist there. Then design.<img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kv/kv5ii9iokdvhokjk.jpg" title=""></p> <p> That's why I went to Point Lobos. Not to see it. Not to look at great views and watch seals play in the cove next to scuba divers. I didn't go to eat great clam chowder and see art and architecture. I went to experience the site. It's illegal to cam...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/57094184/s03w03-california-is-just-alright s03w03 California is just alright Patrick Beseda 2012-09-11T23:15:42-04:00 >2012-09-17T23:07:18-04:00 <p> I'm a little off on my weekly post, but I'll do two this week:</p> <p> San Fran had much to offer on Thursday:</p> <p> SFMOMA = Sol Lewitt + Stan Allen + Cindy Sherman?</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3k/3knhb9633nusekm1.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Tea Gardens = zen walk + zen views + zen tea</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yn/yn4jxa8rwn3sx5ck.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <a href="http://offthegridsf.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Off the Grid</a> food trucks (upper Haight) = Kung Fu Tacos (duh)</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b7/b70gckko3c3pcpje.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Renzo Piano's California Academy of Sciences = drinks + biodome (enough said)</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2w/2wp8uvtajcebztgv.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Friday</p> <p> Monterey Bay Aquarium = regional awesomeness</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cb/cb1cdadcs9b08vne.jpg" title=""></p> <p> the Walker Residence, a blue cottage, the bay</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qi/qi6v4du2rdyoat7b.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x4/x4c3lbvog1bf52pv.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/94/94j9e4kqtxse36wn.jpg" title=""></p> <p> oh yeah, then we went to our site... that's for the next post. Continuing my site research and analysis. Trying to tie together that place we are designing for with the people and the program we've been given. Working from the user outwards to determine space allocations and adjacency. Pulling hard data from various sources together with the embodied experiences we had at the site. Doing what we can with such little exposure to our place. I wish we could have stayed longer... diagrams, sketches, mind dumps, questio...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/56502783/s03w02-i-ve-never-been-to-california s03w02 - I've never been to California... Patrick Beseda 2012-09-02T17:27:00-04:00 >2012-09-11T11:26:02-04:00 <p> The California trip is on. I'll admit, I don't get out much. This will be all new to me.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> San Francisco, the De Young Museum, the Japanese Tea Gardens, the California Academy of Science, sea kayaking, Monterey Bay Aquarium then drive down the coast to the site.<img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n3/n3rl2gv33pcbhcj6.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Point Lobos. The site. <em>The </em>site.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> This week I am researching the location that we are to spend time at next weekend; the place. History, geology, geography, local ecosystems, climate systems, seismology&hellip;</p> <p> How can I possibly know enough to do something worthy of this place?</p> <p> <strong>&ldquo;So, what are we doing?&rdquo;</strong></p> <p> Designing a visitors center, a marine academy. For teenagers. They arrive as tourists and during their stay are transformed into locals. As a result of the combination of the program, the people, the place and the architecture, we can essentially and fundamentally change their relationship with this site; moving from consuming the place, the landscape, the scenery, toward an understanding of the place, experiencin...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/55815386/s03w01 s03w01 Patrick Beseda 2012-08-23T12:59:00-04:00 >2012-08-27T23:55:12-04:00 <p> That&rsquo;s semester three, week one. 4 semesters, 15 weeks left to go. And 5599 IDP hours...</p> <p> New studio:<img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/25/25o0ozxq273vu07n.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Our instructor is&nbsp;<a href="http://immersion-workshop.com/details/tutors.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scott Lawrence</a>. We&rsquo;ll be researching context, place, body and connection and designing for a site in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_Lobos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pt. Lobos</a>, CA.</p> <p> We are already discussing introverted and extroverted space, path, connection to place. Our research includes a trip to California in September which promises to be enlightening and allows us to <strong><em>spend time at our site</em></strong>. More to come soon.</p> <p> My other courses include Human Factors in Design, History of Architecture II, and Environmental Control Systems. I intend to be posting weekly with things I&rsquo;m working on, interested in, and doing around town. I&rsquo;ve also got to decide which side projects I&rsquo;ll be taking on this year. It&rsquo;s sure to be pretty exciting.</p> <p> Be sure to keep an eye here and on <a href="http://pbeseda.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pbeseda.com</a> if you're interested.</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/50252532/urban-transitions urban transitions Patrick Beseda 2012-06-04T18:44:16-04:00 >2012-06-06T22:31:03-04:00 <p> I made the move to Denver this weekend. I had way too much stuff in my old apartment and now with a smaller space and even with the enormous amount of stuff I got rid of on Craigslist and the good old landfill, I still have way too much stuff in my new apartment. I had no idea a person could collect so many things they didn&rsquo;t even remember they owned. Whats even more perplexing is that even in the face of things not seen for 6-12 months or longer, one still has an attachment to those things and doesn&rsquo;t really want to see them go. Until they&rsquo;re gone that is. Being free of all of that added junk is a weight removed and refreshing.</p> <p> I&rsquo;m now settling in to a single room in the Curtis Park/Five Points area of Denver. So far it is much different than the quiet (silent and dark), calm, sleepy town of Golden. So for the next few months of the summer I&rsquo;ll be adjusting to some form of city life.</p> <p> Here&rsquo;s a short list of things I expect for this summer:</p> <p> To walk a lot more<br> To drive a lot ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/47328435/s02-w16-aka-what-aka-1-3-5-yrs-aka-whoa s02 w16 aka what? aka 1/3.5 yrs aka whoa Patrick Beseda 2012-05-04T22:30:00-04:00 >2012-06-08T20:16:48-04:00 <p> Alright, listen.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ci/ciwgeu7r10z7c5ia.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Jury was fine. Thank you Marcus, Patricia, Chris, Barbara, and Eric. Your comments were honest, your opinions candid and your critiques constructive.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ud/udnvaasoqfslgiy3.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/92/92cextcwvyb6mdem.jpg" title=""></p> <p> First year was great. Thank you Rachel and Matt, I've learned more than I could have hoped. But more important than what I've learned is the way you've taught me to think, and the way you've allowed to to perceive. My eyes feel open.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Summer: What I want and what I need is very different.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m5/m5y89s93zob7z3if.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Second year promises to be even better than the first.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Keep an eye on "<a href="http://things.pbeseda.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">things</a>" this summer to see what I'm up to.&nbsp;Oh yeah, if you&rsquo;re reading this, you sound cool, let&rsquo;s hang out. (and may that be the end of my networking efforts)</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/45661705/the-importance-of-being-built The Importance of Being "Built" Patrick Beseda 2012-04-20T11:55:00-04:00 >2012-04-22T22:07:02-04:00 <p> First, I want to post a little update on studio, because that's a little but what these school blogs are about and I think it's important that the work our students are doing is available.</p> <p> Right now in Studio II we are amping up the turn-around time on drawings and models, trying to fine-tune and adjust our final designs of House Two. Drawings, models, drawings, model, drawing while modeling, modeling while drawing. The trace, chipboard, and basswood are flying.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6e/6eaena5e7tddm32f.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/if/if73ng0msexb46xk.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7o/7okvjpfnqo1v2gpn.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x3/x3xg803gpttn8jye.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Secondly, I'd like to pose a question to the Archinect community out there. Our program offers a certificate in design-build, and as part of it as a final studio sequence they give students the chance to participate in the <a href="http://www.designbuildbluff.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Build Bluff</a> program. CU Denver has built several houses over the last few years as a part of DBB and it seems to be a great organization with some great success.</p> <p> I'm wondering, in your opinion, what is the value in having something built coming out of school? To have had a project from be...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/44967665/s02-w13-finalization s02 w13 finalization Patrick Beseda 2012-04-14T11:48:00-04:00 >2012-04-15T00:07:01-04:00 <p> Didnt want to post on Friday the 13th at the end of week 13. Bad mojo. Saturday feels better.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Got to see a great lecture from <a href="http://www.peterstutchbury.com.au/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Stutchbury</a> last week at the Denver Art Museum. Been studying his work since then. He has a process and approach that can only be described as lovely. Such harmony with the environment and connection to landscape is rare. Not to mention his Australian accent...</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Foster and Patty at a certain establishment across from the Clyfford Still Museum before the lecture from "Stutch." (I bet he wouldn't like it if he knew we called him that)</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lm/lmgas4v14j3ykzvd.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Finalizing the concept for House Two, enjoying the auto-pilot sequence I'm on; wake up, bus, studio, bus, sleep. Insert some job searching and happy hours at random.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Oh yeah, studio work? Here's some study models, just for fun.<img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/on/onhn2q0yjdh1velk.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/af/afdlvizy9fd5m6tb.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yw/ywn1zo6jerq83t2a.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zr/zrxynxsrnfx12y7o.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/44296272/s02-w12 s02 w12 Patrick Beseda 2012-04-08T16:07:00-04:00 >2012-04-10T20:15:05-04:00 <p> What do I have to show for this week?</p> <p> Well...</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/19/19du6l0eiajb2j4k.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cr/crvdzrq33cjnu7sk.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ck/cko4kheyrr9qqk7t.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dg/dg49zazg0rmxjxh5.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t8/t8etwszv67ys6tsp.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Oh and a ten page paper about the Pantheon. Neat.</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/43823364/some-drawings-me-talking some drawings - me talking Patrick Beseda 2012-04-04T14:03:19-04:00 >2012-04-04T14:03:19-04:00 <p> Some presentation drawings for the house project. starts with site research and <strong>context</strong> analysis, moves to the <strong>concept</strong>ual analysis from my last post. I'll spare you the rambling &nbsp;for another time Now working on <strong>content.</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8v/8vh271xdbivhr2sz.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r6/r6y4wdr9aolki5n8.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/40/40xdu5fed7ylwhs3.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0y/0yh45gamblpl1vz4.jpg" title="">More writing and pontificating coming soon.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/43261424/a-place-for-reading a place for reading Patrick Beseda 2012-03-30T17:15:00-04:00 >2012-04-03T18:11:09-04:00 <p> Its semester two, week eleven, day 6. I&rsquo;m feeling it. Its a little bit deeper of a burn than it used to be. I&rsquo;m just pumped up. I think I&rsquo;m in love with design. I can&rsquo;t help it. Ideas fly around every minute of the day, every waking moment (and non-waking moments I can&rsquo;t remember long enough to write down after snapping awake in the middle of the night). I add something to my list every day; &ldquo;Oh, I could do that a little different (except in my head I say &lsquo;better&rsquo;)&rdquo; or, &ldquo;It would be fun to design -insert object, structure, program, tool, anything-.&rdquo; I&rsquo;ve got a &ldquo;back burner&rdquo; folder of projects I want to develop eventually. At first I was just thinking about them, giving them a name and putting them in a list on my desk. I soon realized I couldn&rsquo;t remember everything I had thought about them. Now I&rsquo;m not just thinking, I&rsquo;m writing, drawing, talking, researching, looking at photographs, reading essays and books, copying sketches, watching videos and interviews on the internet. All of...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/41743632/oh-yeah-jury-review Oh yeah, jury review... Patrick Beseda 2012-03-17T13:43:40-04:00 >2012-03-17T13:43:40-04:00 <p> it was Monday. Thanks to the jurors who came to see our work and give us their time to critique our projects.</p> <p> Lacy giving the jurors a run for their money with her "leftovers house."</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/09/09a3jths0149gl5s.jpg" title=""></p> <p> and its over. It was... fun? Not really. Exciting? Not quite. Stressful? A little. Helpful? I guess so. Long? Definitely. Tedious? No comment. Angsty? No comment...</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> New project. New site. New house.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m0/m0ob6f57z2m67jks.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/40353569/sequence-1-5-and-then-some Sequence 1.5 and then some... Patrick Beseda 2012-03-05T11:57:00-05:00 >2012-03-06T09:34:44-05:00 <p> There is only <strong>171</strong> hours till midterm jury. You can't see the panic on my face because I'm not. Yet.</p> <p> <em>Sequence 1.5 Finalization</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/az/aztpe27opu9zxbpr.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qy/qyeqpfiz3zat3e71.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cs/cs87w5hl4zqeymcu.jpg" title=""></p> <p> This week: producing drawings, diagrams, a final basswood model (including at least one Chopper II session and a little bit of laser cutting (for the plexi)).</p> <p> Also, heads up on a portfolio and resume for ya'll to critique; (read rip to shreds).</p> <p> I'll post when I'm done (after I rest). Somebody stop me with the parentheses...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/39535625/sequence-1-4-content Sequence 1.4 Content Patrick Beseda 2012-02-27T10:02:33-05:00 >2012-02-27T16:04:38-05:00 <p> Program criteria, how exciting. 6 weeks of context, research, abstract modeling and theory, 2 Corbusier readings, 2 Lewis. Tsurumaki. Lewis books, and a lot of chipboard (sans laser cutting) for two week of programming, finalizing, basswood building and last-minute panic before jury. Feels weird that so little is dedicated to what feels like "architecture" but its nice that it all seems to fall in place with all the background work to support it. Guess those instructors know what they're doing (or at least they got lucky this time) (or at least they appear to know what they're doing).</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8k/8k56au7lhiaswh35.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Oh look, sunrise...</p> <p> Don't worry, just getting an early start to the week. Haven't been here all night. (Not sure I'll be able to say the same next weekend.)</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/38730980/sequence-1-3-2-1-3-3-and-so-on Sequence 1.3.2, 1.3.3 and so on Patrick Beseda 2012-02-20T09:44:00-05:00 >2012-02-20T11:35:11-05:00 <p> Sequence 1.3.2: Structure</p> <p> After my last post, with the volume investigation done, one of the models (the tornado looking one) was advanced to the structure stage.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vs/vs8n4dm7cdshn7qy.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Here, the goal was to add a structural layer such that the site was organized physically (with supporting elements such as columns, walls, surfaces etc.) and spatially (implying density, porosity, threshold, boundary, etc). Successful models? Not the best, but the ideas they generated&nbsp;(for the next stage) were important.&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6w/6wsi3fdqv7cim1fz.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h0/h00iukb38bbpfu64.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Sequence 1.3.3: Envelope</p> <p> I ignored the ideas that arose from the last of the three, and combined the ideas behind the first two, allowing the volumes to become a shell and the column grid to puncture through to organize the void underneath as well as the voids above. The envelope models were more of working models that quickly transitioned into more generative drawings (too quick to photograph them). Envelope ideas:<img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0y/0ysmd9s0uerf8xgq.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vu/vu24rx2czks6e49h.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Model of final concept coming soon.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/37728373/sequence-1-3-1-volume-study Sequence 1.3.1 Volume Study Patrick Beseda 2012-02-11T17:17:00-05:00 >2012-02-12T18:49:11-05:00 <p> INPUT:</p> <p> Elements: volume, structure, envelope<br> Site Analysis form sequence 1.1<br> Cultural/spatial analysis from sequence 1.2</p> <p> TACTIC:</p> <p> Utilizing organizational systems and organizing principles to achieve a specific instrumentality in the investigation of volume, structure and envelope. Three sets of three models each will be developed, with one model from each phase advancing to the next as the input for further investigation.</p> <p> The first set investigates volume.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> STRATEGY:</p> <p> To understand how organizational systems and principles relate to site, and support individual design agendas. To employ model building to investigate performative qualities of the three elements, volume, structure and envelope.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> OUTPUT:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ef/efm4pznfcm3512y9.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zt/ztvmfuh12uihkv5z.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s8/s8zekf827hqtse3l.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x5/x5902et8hktohlmh.jpg" title=""></p>