Archinect - University of Illinois at Chicago (Candace) 2014-11-20T21:25:41-05:00 http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453699/i-always-pronounce-wheelbarrow-as-if-it-s-spelled-wheelbarrel I always pronounce Wheelbarrow as if it's spelled Wheelbarrel. Candace Mountain 2010-09-14T14:19:15-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>I've been neglecting my duties as a blogger on this website, and I'm not really quite sure why. I think it may be that I'm becoming uneasy with how to speak about my work and others. A subconscious deflection of responsibilities that I signed up for two years ago. The more time I invest in Architecture and theory, the more I become confused as to where my position is within the field. I haven't identified a solid Project that significantly interests me, one that I can explore in every project. Although, I can list things that always catch my interest, I just haven't been able to distill it into one categorizable thing that will encapsulate my school work and my interests outside of school. <br><br> Part of my withdrawal from this blog, and sometimes my work is that I did not realize how consuming the work would be. I don't know how many times I've been told "there is no life outside of architecture, if you want to succeed then you need to allow the discipline to consume you whole". ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453434/musings-from-a-b-student Musings from a B Student Candace Mountain 2010-01-24T07:06:30-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:16:03-05:00 <img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_hola.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> BCN<br> Barca <br> Barci<br> Catalunya<br> Barcelona<br><br> You can call it whatever you want&hellip; But, this is where I'll be living for the next three months. THANK GOD! Chicago is too harsh. I'll take stressful traveling, cracked mac pro screen, visa concerns, broken hot water heaters, 50degree weather, rainy days, cafe con leche and a meandering slow walk to IAAC over Chicago any day. <br><br> We've been settling in this week, so we haven't seen much of the city yet, and somehow we keep ending up in the same area - it's strange. We have only one spanish speaker (and no catalan speakers) so figuring things out can be kind of difficult and takes much longer than expected. However, I'm enjoying myself at this point.<br><br> The only problem is, I'm not a tourist (even though I am, technically... let me explain). So, running all over a city to see everything is not the way I do business. <br> Heres why:<br> 1. I don't want to be rushed, shoved or kicked in crowds while going to see something I actually want to see ... http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453385/break-the-waves-and-put-things-in-their-place break the waves and put things in their place. Candace Mountain 2009-11-25T23:20:31-05:00 >2011-11-28T21:01:02-05:00 <p>I find this to be more interesting than architecture, sometimes::<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_anatomyofamonster.png" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_il_430xn58950916jpg.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_CharactersForAnEpicTale.png" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_secretary_part_5.png" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_mobius_battle.png" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_Picture_26.png" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_picture18-2.png" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_yellowcontactshee.png" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_hort.png" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_Picture_2a5.png" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_avec.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_ampersand-casejpg.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_chewb.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_choebot_.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_clnskd4v5lklffus94iembyco1_500jpg2-480x456.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_Dandelions1.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_every_damn_morning.png" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_First_love_arrows_handfinish_full.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_lambert-install-2jpg-480x320.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_lyoncollage1.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_marauz_happiness.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453201/ein-hefe-weissen-bitte Ein hefe weissen bitte. Candace Mountain 2009-09-01T21:35:20-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>One of the beautiful things about attending UIC is the opportunity to travel worldwide for extended periods. We are accompanied by our talented faculty that have lived, worked and played in the cities that we reside in. Which means we aren't subjected to horrible tour buses or other inane touristy things. And, for me, that's a major plus - I hate tourists, even though I am one.<br><br> We have the opportunity to spend an entire semester in Barcelona, Spain with Javier Vendrell, which begins in Amsterdam and ends in Rome. Global Architecture Brigades has trips to Panama for design/build charity. Our studio is in Berlin, and there is another studio trip to Spain for a few weeks. And, there was another traveling studio in London last summer. I'm sure that there are other traveling opportunities, I just can't think of them.<br><br> This first week was an intense self-guided tour of the city. We traveled as a cohesive group everyone prepared a 15 min presentation based on a building or area an...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453073/defeated-by-a-nine-year-old Defeated by a nine year old... Candace Mountain 2009-05-16T01:59:39-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>When finals are done and you feel like this...<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_pic23.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> because you've been doing too much of this...<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_IvanKatie.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> and your friends keep talking you into doing this...<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_Katies_Crown.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> and all you dream about is doing this...<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_pic30.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> but people keep waking you...<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_pic29.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> What are you supposed to do?<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_question.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><br><br><br><br><br> Scream?<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_Marksream.png" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> Put your hands in the air?<br><br></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452885/1am-it-s-procrastination-time 1AM --> It's procrastination time Candace Mountain 2009-02-17T01:52:59-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>This is what my theory paper looks like using the website <a href="http://www.wordle.net" target="_blank">www.wordle.net</a><br><br> This paper is due in 12 hours... do you think I can turn it in like this?<br><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_Picture_1.png" alt="image" name="image"></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452878/i-asked-my-pink-foam-what-it-wanted-to-be-and-it-said-a-model I asked my pink foam what it wanted to be... and it said a model. Candace Mountain 2009-02-15T21:51:50-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Last semester was a cake-walk compared to this semester. <br><br> ...That's really all I have to say... <br><br><br> Oh, and I like this stuff:<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_33travis_lampe.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_039_-_low.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_044.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_418772377_dbc50f8f61.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_2434200018_2131dbc716.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_AlexandrosVasmoulakisHappyPigInAWallow.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_ArchitectsAndJohnnyCash.gif" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_BIPLANE3.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_Bruno9Li.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_ConcreteStairs.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_creation01.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_Blu.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_DavidCho.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_Depot4-TheUpholsterer-RobbieRowlands.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_DesireePalmen.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_AgencyOfTheUrbanSubconscious.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_ducklings.png" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_doodlesstpt.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_hopeful.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_wooster_mixtape3.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_AlexandrosVasmoulakisWeHearVoices.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_interesting_life.png" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_jrflavv1-thumb.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_iwillnot-thumb.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_eloop.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_ninja_turtles.png" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_Jonburgerman.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_MarkKhaismansPackingTape.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_StephanieToppis1.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_PetrusApianusStarChart.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_sixpack_01.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_418771972_87e946aeb7.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_filthyban.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_shah2.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_n1058096464_228752_4712.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_LizHixcok.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_DavidChoe2.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_MarkKhaismansPackingTape2.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_LeoConstellationFlamsteed1776CelestialAtlas.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_Stephanie2.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_treeeyes-thumb.jpg" alt="image" name="image"></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452392/someday-you-ll-find-potassium-william-shatner-style Someday you'll find Potassium - William Shatner Style Candace Mountain 2008-12-23T02:30:24-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>So, it's been over a week and I've taken some time to reflect on this past semester... <br><br> There is really only one thing that I know for sure: <br> I have no idea what I'm doing. Although, the things that I think I know have increased exponentially.<br> I've spent a great deal of time worrying over my studio work because of it. People keep telling me that I shouldn't know what I'm doing... I plan to believe them someday. <br><br> This semester has been fantastic. I love the people that are in my year. Everyone is so fantastic. I don't think that there's a need to accept anymore people into the program, and I don't think that we need to move to the fourth floor to finish out the next two years. We would be one kick-ass graduating class. (That's one thing that I know, for sure.)<br><br><br> I think that the studio final presentations went really well. We had a guest panel member who brought fantastic insight to our discussions. I'm still trying to figure out how to navigate a conversation with the ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452705/architecturesomethingnessishy architecturesomethingnessishy Candace Mountain 2008-11-11T23:11:50-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>The past few weeks have been active and, as always, frustrating. I don't think that it's possible for me to ever feel content or un-frustrated (if that's a word) with my time in studio. <br><br> I'm still getting use to speaking in front of people, I've always found it to be hard... especially when they judge your work and then proceed to tell you about it. <br><br> We had a pinup yesterday in studio and a local professor and practitioner was asked to sit on the panel. He brought a lot of insight and I was happy to hear his interpretation of the projects. Except, when he said our work was "blowing his mind, but sinister..." He quickly changed to the synonym: diabolical. I take issue with both terms, mainly because I don't know what he really meant... I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt and assume that he didn't really mean to insinuate that our work was evil or recalling the devil. I hope.<br><br> It seems as if our presentation and thought process was not parallel to that of the others in...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450510/to-put-their-hands-on-the-arc-of-history-and-bend-it-once-more-toward-the-hope-of-a-better-day "...to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day" Candace Mountain 2008-11-06T16:31:32-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>I witnessed history this week.<br><br> I watched the first black man accept the role of President of the United States of America and I couldn't be more stunned, amazed, silenced, relieved, proud, rejuvenated, excited... <br><br> To go to Grant Park and to sit with my peers was an affirmation that the future of this country is not what the news reports or the pie-chart of a stodgy op/ed columnist. Not because of the fact that Obama was elected, but that so many different people will come together in support of one effort. The crowd was so respectful and aware; conversations were not about Paris Hilton or US Weekly but of real issues that actually impact the world. <br><br> I haven't heard any numbers as to how many people turned out, but I have not seen a crowd that large in my lifetime. <br><br> I could continue to sing the praises of November 4 but I'll spare you and just show you the images that I took prior to my camera's battery running out.<br><br><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_DSC01279.JPG" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_DSC01284.JPG" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_DSC01304.JPG" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> Best Hair:<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_DSC01324.JPG" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_DSC01326.JPG" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_DSC01347.JPG" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_DSC01349.JPG" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_DSC01350.JPG" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_DSC01396.JPG" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_DSC01400.JPG" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_DSC01403.JPG" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_DSC01405.JPG" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_DSC01412.JPG" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> The returns and Obama's speech were shown on t...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452667/a-view-of-the-last-few-weeks A view of the last few weeks... Candace Mountain 2008-10-30T15:59:24-04:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:15-04:00 <p>Well, the past few weeks have been active... <br><br> We have been given a new project for the second half of the semester. To begin, we had to build a scaled model of East St. Louis including a 3D print of the St. Louis Arch. As a studio, we work pretty well together when are able to self-govern and structure our own schedules. There are no hard feelings when groups form and tasks are given. While we still have some work left to do on the site model, it was pretty successful. Thankfully, we finally decided on what the trees will be... and it will not be crumpled paper on pins. (a sigh of relief from me.)<br><br> Most of our decisions were decided by a committee of people, and communicated on the illustrious white board.<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_Committee.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> The boys working.<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_JaredMark.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> A landscape test... Yellow foam... Highly toxic but fun to play with.<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_Foam.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> Katie constructing a building.<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_PA250015.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> Brian constructing the base<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_PA250011.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> Mark getting ready to go play soccer... love the beanie.<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_Mark.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> Ivan's Face, too close for comfort, but ... He also plays soccer ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452270/i-have-an-architecture-hangover I have an architecture hangover Candace Mountain 2008-10-16T20:09:13-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Time: 5:56pm<br> Meals: 2<br> Life: On Pause<br><br> ______________________<br><br> Quote of the Week:<br><br> "You know what, as long as mine looks really cool, I don't REALLY care if it worked." - Jared<br><br> ______________________<br><br> Half of our midterms are over... We had a great critique last night that was equally informative and confusing. I feel fortunate to be able to listen to so many different points of view on the same model. I believe that we had seven people on the panel all of which, as expected, brought their own ideals into the conversation. It was so interesting to see where their minds immediately went... Which on mine, was the interior of a poorly crafted model. The project was to create a a form in Maya and then actually build it. We paired it with 5 surface study models, one wireframe structural model, and several drawings that described the way in which the model could be built. The most interesting drawing that we all created was a matrix drawing that displayed the rendered Maya model f...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452559/at-request At request... Candace Mountain 2008-10-01T23:30:29-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>At the request of a few... here are the more pertinent photographs from our day.<br><br> IBM Building<br> 330 N Wabash<br><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_DSC01166.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> IIT Campus<br> Random Residence Hall<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_DSC01175.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_DSC01177.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><br> Post Office<br> 200 S Clark<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_DSC01181.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_DSC01188.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_DSC01184.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> Calder<br> A wonderful contrast to the dark, steel Mies buildings.<br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_DSC01190.jpg" alt="image" name="image"></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452563/go-crown-hall-yourself "Go Crown Hall yourself!" Candace Mountain 2008-10-01T16:25:53-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>So! We have the beautiful ability of seeing Mies upclose and personally... which is exactly what Catherine and I did this morning... <br> we communed with the Master of Proportion... <br> we drank Intelligentsia with the Creator of Corners...<br> we jumped at the sight of the physical manifestation of his ideology...<br><br> ... literally...<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_CatherineJumping.jpg" alt="image" name="image"></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452212/sometimes-i-feel-like-a-dilettante Sometimes I feel like a dilettante... Candace Mountain 2008-09-27T23:45:03-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>And then I realize I decided to actually make money with my interests.<br><br> Don't worry - you're not alone - I had to google "dilettante" as well. It's a good word, right? ...Your grandma could definitely cross-stich that on a hand towel and sell it... <br><br> ______________________________<br><br> Time: 9:17pm<br> Hours of Sleep: 12<br> Coffee: 1 Grande w/ milk<br> Destination for today: Library <br> Website: <a href="http://www.reiser-umemoto.com" target="_blank">www.reiser-umemoto.com</a><br> _______________________________<br><br> This past week has been an amusing and frustrating week... It's a strange combination, I know. <br> On the outside, it seems like our studio could have a lot more work to do... but, on the inside, it's difficult to know which way is up <br><br> and when to put down one class to start working on another. Each project seems to be endless and one can get lost in it's idiosyncrasy. <br> We all have different patterns to our work schedule and different interests to divulge when we find the time. For instance, some of the guys play soccer together... Catherin...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452519/make-the-space-exist Make the Space Exist Candace Mountain 2008-09-23T20:50:32-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Some of us find inspiration in chocolate... others find it in quotes.<br><br> Thanks to Thomas for sending me this:<br><br><br><br> Art is always at its greatest before it reaches perfection. It is in that period when it struggles to assert itself that lies its power. Great art is always vibrant with spirit &ndash; vibrant with the joy of a vital idea.<br><br> What we think of today as the perfect job tomorrow we will discard. The completed object, the material manifestation is only a symbol of the creative power that gave it birth. The true reality lies wholly in the spirit&mdash;the vibrant power that we call the 'soul of the thing.'<br><br> Never force yourself into anyone else's pattern but do only the things you like best to do until you become their master. Enter into the spirit of creation and produce what's fun. Suddenly you'll awaken to find that yourdesign will be orderly, beautiful, living, and you'll know that you have arrived. Your will have found peace in simple work hat will live&mdash;a peace that comes to a bles...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452251/i-don-t-know-about-you-but-i-learn-more-with-my-mouth-shut I don't know about you, but I learn more with my mouth shut. Candace Mountain 2008-09-16T17:18:04-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>________________<br> ...........<br> ________________<br><br> Peter Eisenman came by yesterday for our typical Monday night lecture... <br> He definitely kicked of this semester's lecture series with a bang... or a wow, if you will. Or possibly a wow-wow... <br><br> While I would like to say that my understanding of the Eisenman Architectural Direction has been altered due to his lecture, I don't believe that I can... mostly because I'm still digesting what he said. Which leads me to think that instead of the lecture being a wow-wow... it may have really been a what-what or a what-why... Erm, I plan to know someday.<br><br><br><br> Peter wasn't the only significant visitor this week... We also had a squirrel stop by our humble studio... <br> I didn't realize that they could screech like that. <br><br> First, I didn't know how to react... In the city, one sees a squirrel from afar... not from three feet away on the third floor of a building... Second, I didn't know what to do about getting the little guy back outside, I didn'...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452489/if-i-knew-then-what-i-know-now-i-would-have-partied-more If I knew then what I know now... I would have partied more. Candace Mountain 2008-09-10T21:31:44-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Time of Day: 6:09pm<br> Hours of Sleep: 4<br> Espresso shots: 3 <br> Minutes spent in the sun: 47<br> Meals eaten: 1<br> Website: <a href="http://www.pandora.com" target="_blank">www.pandora.com</a><br> Thought: I can't wait to get my grubby little hands on the laser cutter...<br> Architecture School: Endless<br><br> ___________________________________<br><br><br> I am assuming that we are officially in the thick of the semester... I haven't really had time to think about anything other than what is in front of me begging for completion.<br> You know when you're in a new class it takes a few weeks for the routine to kick in, find a groove with your instructors and feel as if you really are learning? <br> Well, we didn't have the luxury of finding the groove... we were thrown in head first into deep, dark cold water... without floaties. <br> Now that the chill &amp; sting has worn off, I feel like I have found a groove... I have even mistakenly gotten out of bed and headed toward the studio on days that I didn't need to... Groove: Found... check that off the list. <br><br> In our studio course...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452400/live-it-up-now-because-someday-you-might-need-a-new-hip Live it up now... because someday you might need a new hip. Candace Mountain 2008-08-26T22:32:15-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>So, we have finished one class for each course we are taking this semester... and my penchant procrastination has already reared it's ugly head.<br> I have successfully caught up with every person I have ever considered to be a friend... Made plans for future engagements... and played in a large city park... a park that has been, and always will be, at my disposal. My procrastination is by no means a by-product of feeling discontent with the subject material I have been presented with but rather a way for me to align my chi... center myself... triangulate my chakras... or whatever... it's my story and I'm sticking to it.<br><br> Anyways... Life is good on the education front. This semester we will learn as many programs as possible (fyi: i love to geek out with computer technology) while studying surfaces and scale among many others... learn modern tectonics as they pertain to architecture as a discipline... and begin understanding architectural theory as a way to alter the outcome through ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452372/architecture-or-architorture Architecture or Architorture? Candace Mountain 2008-08-20T22:38:16-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>The intense two week seminar called Bootcamp (fatigues not necessary - but a sturdy helmet and elbow pads might not hurt) that I have been told (or warned) about since my acceptance into UIC's three year program is more than half over... now I must ask myself: is it Architecture or Architorture? <br><br> For those of you that are unfamiliar, we are told that the purpose of the two week workshop is to ready oneself for the "difficult curriculum of graduate level study in architecture." But, we must not, I repeat, NOT, think about architecture or the ground it sits on. We must instead seek to understand voids, volumes, planes, lines, implied lines, profile lines, construction lines, cut lines, elevation lines... I'll refrain from continuing. <br><br> Needless to say, I've learned a lot. Some of which won't be found in books... <br><br><b>Do not: </b><br> Use the words: gestural, expression, interpretation...<br> Throw your instructor under the proverbial bus - even if they gave you the idea.<br> Tell your instructor ...</p>