Archinect - University of Illinois Chicago (Matthew) 2014-04-19T13:21:25-04:00 http://archinect.com/blog/article/92226121/tonight-lecture-steve-everett TONIGHT! Lecture | Steve Everett Matthew Messner 2014-01-27T14:18:51-05:00 >2014-02-03T20:41:30-05:00 <p>Brave the cold tonight, and come to see our new Dean, <a href="http://cada.uic.edu/profiledetails/99/88" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steve Everett.</a></p><p>Jan.27 2014</p><p>5:30pm</p><p>1100 A+D Studios (formerly AA building)</p><p>Reception 6:30pm</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&amp;ik=ccf68ab05a&amp;view=att&amp;th=143d45c59437f22a&amp;attid=0.1&amp;disp=emb&amp;realattid=ii_143d45a4af4c8604&amp;zw&amp;atsh=1"></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/92014179/final-semester Final Semester Matthew Messner 2014-01-24T20:24:49-05:00 >2014-03-11T19:17:51-04:00 <p>After four years of undergrad and nearly four of grad school , the end is nigh.</p><p>As I am not around the school much anymore, I have not had as much to post on this blog in the last semester or so. &nbsp;I spend most of my time at home writing, punctuated with the occasional competition outside of school. &nbsp;</p><p>With the end of school will come many many major changes for me. &nbsp;Though I am hoping to stay in Chicago, the job prospects are not particularly appealing. &nbsp;</p><p>My hope is to play the balancing act of one foot in academia teaching and one in the profession, practicing. &nbsp;We will see how that goes.</p><p>As soon as there is more to report. &nbsp;I will let you all know.</p><p>Stay Warm. Thanks for reading.</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/86453122/spatial-and-cultural-implications-of-the-twilight-zone Spatial and Cultural Implications of The Twilight Zone Matthew Messner 2013-11-13T18:21:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T20:01:26-05:00 <p> I apologize for the long silence. &nbsp;This semester has been like no other I have ever had as I am no longer working on Architecture, per se. &nbsp;Currently, &nbsp;I am finishing up the final coarse work for the Masters of Art and Design Criticism.</p> <p> What this means is that I am rarely around the school. &nbsp;At this point, &nbsp;I spend more time on campus TAing than attending class. With most of my work being done from home. &nbsp;Something I have never experienced.</p> <p> So what am I doing with no studio, and all of that "spare time?" &nbsp;Well, I have kept quite busy with competitions, writing, attending events and galleries, as well as sleeping more than in previous years. &nbsp;I must say, my health has drastically improved. &nbsp;</p> <p> I do have one main class, taught by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/New-SubUrbanisms-Judith-K-Jong-ebook/dp/B00F4751U8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1384370565&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Judith+K.+De+Jong" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Judith K. De Jong</a>, entitled Commodity and Delight. &nbsp;In this small (4 students) class, we discuss the spaces of leisure, from parks to malls to stadia.</p> <p> The main product of the class being a research paper. &nbsp;In an attempt to wrap this paper into my larg...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/82242285/lecture-greg-lynn Lecture | Greg Lynn Matthew Messner 2013-09-19T22:42:09-04:00 >2013-09-23T22:41:57-04:00 <p> First lecture of the school year. &nbsp;Be there.</p> <p> September 26<br> 5:30pm &bull; 1100 A+D Studios</p> <p> Greg Lynn<br> Owner, Greg Lynn FORM, Los Angeles</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8j/8jrjdhdcrq1iyd0c.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/81627168/witnessing-novelty Witnessing Novelty Matthew Messner 2013-09-11T23:14:25-04:00 >2013-09-16T22:35:50-04:00 <p> <a href="http://witnessingnovelty.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Witnessing Novelty</a> is a tumblr maintained by... &nbsp;I am really not sure. &nbsp;But it is definitely someone within UIC. &nbsp;The unexplained, untitled phone snaps, are a ground level view of the work from the school, abstractly presented. &nbsp;It seems to be regularly updated with old and new work. &nbsp; Stop by, you may even see some<a href="http://witnessingnovelty.tumblr.com/post/55392822537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> familiar work</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> ...or you'll find some weird stuff like this.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://25.media.tumblr.com/d5709329c64f1c8b5b20318bf03730ab/tumblr_mszmmlOkYj1rs95xro1_500.jpg"></p> <p> Cheers!</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/81061465/fall-2013-graduate-open-house Fall 2013 Graduate Open House Matthew Messner 2013-09-04T15:16:12-04:00 >2013-09-04T15:16:12-04:00 <p> Come One! Come All! Come anyone interested in earning and M.Arch or MAD-Crit at UIC.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.arch.uic.edu/gradopenhouse/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">October 4, 2013</a><br> 4:30*&ndash;7:30pm<br> A+D Studios Building (Formerly AA)<br> 845 West Harrison Street</p> <p> "The School of Architecture promotes architecture as a cultural practice of organizing information, of intelligently identifying and deploying patterns&mdash;conceptual, visual, structural, behavioral, and material&mdash;in the world. Its programs prepare graduates to project all scales of these spatial and organizational patterns through the systematic development of an aesthetic attitude, a technical confidence, and a theoretical opportunism."</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ke/ke3tzo8v5de8h5mq.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/81007584/the-western-town-a-theory-of-aggregation The Western Town | A Theory of Aggregation Matthew Messner 2013-09-04T11:13:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T22:01:43-04:00 <p> The culmination of a long research process <a href="http://www.hatjecantz.de/the-western-town-5687-0.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Western Town:&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.hatjecantz.de/the-western-town-5687-0.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Theory of Aggregation"</a> looks at, none other than, the western towns of the United States.</p> <p> Edited by a former UIC Faculty, currently of the <a href="http://www.futurecities.ethz.ch/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ETH Future Cities Labratory</a> in Singapore, Alex Lehnerer, the book includes a forward by our current director Robert E. Somol, and text from former UIC students Jared Macken and Jayne Kelley (Kelley is also currently Faculty at UIC). &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p> Along with looking at 25 real Western cities, the book also looks at some of the towns built for western movies; to include&nbsp;A Fistful of Dollars (1964),&nbsp;High Plains Drifter (1973), &nbsp;Rio Bravo (1959) and many more.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yr/yrk5o3mkiel3gtdh.jpg"></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ny/nyvquav4tvb4yhw7.jpg"></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37j8rw12xad7qz08.jpg"></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/96oqjf8jem4szkns.jpg"></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Edited Alex Lehnerer, ETH Zurich,</p> <p> foreword by Robert E. Somol</p> <p> texts by Jayne Kelley, Alex Lehnerer, Jared Macken, Lorenzo Stieger</p> <p> <br> English<br> 2013. about 144 pages, 100 ills<br> 24.00 x 32.00 cm<br> bound<br><a href="http://www.hatjecantz.de/the-western-town-5687-0.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISBN 978-3-7757-3659-6</a></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/80409776/aia-chicago-student-award-ryan-hernandez AIA Chicago Student Award | Ryan Hernandez Matthew Messner 2013-08-27T00:48:18-04:00 >2013-08-27T00:48:50-04:00 <p> Close on <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/80408972/aia-chicago-student-award-kevin-pazik" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin Pazik's heels for the AIA Student Award</a> was fellow recent grad&nbsp;Ryan Hernandez. &nbsp;Her project focused on the oft ignored built environment of the graveyard, and was awarded an <a href="https://www.aiachicago.org/awardinarchitecture/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Honorable Mention</a>.</p> <p> <strong>Ash Park Cemetery by Ryan Hernandez</strong></p> <p> "The faceted and torquing geometry lends itself to a graphic hatching patten, which creates depth.&nbsp; The hatching is then deployed across corners to create an illusion about a 3D object, obscuring the perception of the figures.&nbsp; The triangulated forms created are nested into one another to produce a field.&nbsp; The upper portion of the form creates a canopy overhead.&nbsp; The legs remain thin and create a more interactive space underneath.&nbsp; Directly beneath the forms, the viewer is able to see the interior of each form. The soft interior contrasts the hard edges of the exterior and delivers a different experience each time viewed.&nbsp;&nbsp; The figures are created out of human ash and cement and produce a continuous field.<br> The site, in New Orleans, spec...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/80408972/aia-chicago-student-award-kevin-pazik AIA Chicago Student Award | Kevin Pazik Matthew Messner 2013-08-27T00:36:17-04:00 >2013-09-02T21:50:14-04:00 <p> We are going to start this school year with some rapid fire posts and a look back at some events from this summer.&nbsp;</p> <p> Perhaps of most note, where the large number of Awards won by UIC Students and Faculty in the last few months. &nbsp;As mentioned, Faculty <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/71582636/rome-prize-thomas-kelley" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Kelly</a>, will be shooting off to Rome in about a week to fulfill his Rome Prize. &nbsp; My good friend and often partner in crime Evgeniya Plotnikova was the recipient of this years <a href="http://www.artic.edu/collections/schiff-foundation-fellowships" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harold Schiff Design Fellowship </a>(maybe more on that if I can get some images from her). &nbsp;Another of my classmates Maged Guerguis, was the second place winner of the <a href="http://www.somfoundation.som.com/fellows-2013" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM Traveling Fellowship</a>. &nbsp;</p> <p> On the undergrad front, recent graduate<a href="http://kevinpazik.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Kevin Pazik</a> was the winner of this years&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aiachicago.org/awardinarchitecture/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA Chicago Student Award</a>. &nbsp;Here is a look at his project.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Nine Little Worlds by Kevin Pazik</strong></p> <p> Architecture and landscapes have the power to displace natural geography by manufacturing place. Even when imitating local conditions, architecture and landscapes are simply fabricated...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/80407360/beginning-of-the-end Beginning of the End Matthew Messner 2013-08-27T00:14:20-04:00 >2013-09-02T21:54:32-04:00 <p> Today was the my last first day of school. &nbsp;This will be my eighth year of school in the last ten years (there was a break in there for the War). &nbsp;As I am essentially done with my M.Arch curriculum, I will not have any design classes this year. &nbsp;The next two semesters will be focused on writing as I finish up my Masters of Art and Design Criticism, MAD-Crit. &nbsp;</p> <p> Most of the people I called my class, many of which have been featured on this blog, have scattered to places near and far in search of work. &nbsp;From Singapore to New York, it would seem that job prospects are looking up. &nbsp;</p> <p> To the great credit of UIC, I can say that I am not the same person I was when I started Grad School three years ago. &nbsp;I love architecture more than ever, yet I am ten fold critical of the built environment. &nbsp;I see the world not just with the eye of someone interested in buildings and how they work, but rather as someone that sees the cultural and political implications of the world we create. &nbsp;This is ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/77996419/cloudz-watching CLOUDZ WATCHING Matthew Messner 2013-07-26T18:33:00-04:00 >2013-07-29T22:11:59-04:00 <p> <a href="http://cloudwatching.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cloudz Watching</a>, is a new tumblr started by those with interests in the young &nbsp;Midwest Architecture scene centered around the faculty and students of UIC, UK, Michigan and Ohio State, with a little love from the LA crowd. &nbsp;Cloudz Watching is a mix of theory, unbuilt work, and general musing focused on short written pieces. &nbsp;Check out the piece I wrote, "#POP" from a few weeks back.</p> <p> <a href="http://cloudwatching.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://cloudwatching.net/</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://media.tumblr.com/a84354289dc479e89b802676c005fef2/tumblr_inline_mqcqcxMcyR1qz4rgp.jpg"></p> <p> Figure Ground to Figure Section - Shifa Virani</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/75860480/double-story-nayereh-pater-rov DOUBLE STORY | Nayereh Pater-Rov Matthew Messner 2013-06-26T01:29:00-04:00 >2013-07-01T22:31:30-04:00 <p> Some Work</p> <p> DOUBLE STORY | Nayereh Pater-Rov</p> <p> The size of the suburban house has grown in various ways and for many reasons throughout the development of the suburb. This project is interested in the growth of interior walls in such that it creates spaces which are beneficial for a specific alternative personality. In this investigation, it is the character of a hoarder. The spaces created for the life of the hoarder creates moments of duality in such that the architecture is designed through contortions and an interest in creating a double surface in which each scenario (suburban family and hoarder) benefit from.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3w/3wtufvk30d79z0eq.jpg"></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/18/18jw1pfugptgc7o1.jpg"></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z9/z9tcxxl7bausn56h.jpg">Double Story Personalities: [Top] Hoarder Mass, [Bottom] Suburb Family Mass</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ul/ul2osv1k6rab9ayx.jpg"></p> <p> Growth Series: This series looks at the expansion of the suburban house through various methods and increments. These tests explore the limit to which the suburban house can grow before it meets its threshold, or "moment of explosion.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/is/is75v2iuoh9lgr34.jpg"></p> <p> Chosen Growth Series: By expanding both...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/75209134/breaking-the-silence Breaking the Silence Matthew Messner 2013-06-14T01:11:40-04:00 >2013-06-19T08:50:20-04:00 <p> Please do not misconstrue my long silence as a lack of activity.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Among other things since the end of the school year, about 4 weeks ago, I have moved to LA for the summer to work with a friend. &nbsp;I am enjoying the sun (I work outside in everyday). &nbsp;Especially considering that it looks like summer might just take a pass on Chicago this year. &nbsp;I will be back to UIC in the fall to finish my Masters of Art and Design Criticism.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As far as this blog goes, I do have a great deal of work to post. &nbsp;I need to get write ups from my, now former, classmates, but everyone is just a little burnt. &nbsp; As for my own final project (it was actually a team project) &nbsp;I have had to hold up on publishing it as it was up for certain awards, and I did not want to in inadvertently disqualify our entry. &nbsp;I will still be holding it back for a moment while we get it all in order for a true debut. &nbsp; I will give one look at it though, but that's all I'm going to give you.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k4/k4epp65zaksxv71t.jpg"></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Most likely due to my...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/72795719/2013yes 2013YES Matthew Messner 2013-05-09T03:38:58-04:00 >2013-05-09T03:38:58-04:00 <p> And we're done!</p> <p> With final reviews wrapping up today another year of school has closed. &nbsp;Much more on that soon.</p> <p> After a long silence I will be starting a long series of post on projects from this semester, and perhaps a retrospective of the past three years.</p> <p> Until then, everyone should stop by our Year End Show this Friday. &nbsp;It is one of the best chances to get a sense of the school.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;Year End Show</p> <p> Friday May 10 </p> <p> 5:00-7:30pm</p> <p> UIC AA Building</p> <p> 845 W. Harrison Street</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t3/t3ydwzgx53l70iis.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/71582636/rome-prize-thomas-kelley Rome Prize | Thomas Kelley Matthew Messner 2013-04-20T00:49:45-04:00 >2013-04-22T21:32:52-04:00 <p> UIC at it again with the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71565799/american-academy-in-rome-announces-2013-2014-rome-prize-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rome Prize</a>!</p> <p> Congratulations to <a href="http://www.thomaskelley.us/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Kelley</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> His work can be found&nbsp;<a href="http://normankelley.us/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.freshmeatjournal.org/2013/01/didwrong/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Here</a> is a quick look at Thomas' recent undergrad students' works at UIC. &nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.freshmeatjournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/FM-Final-RBecker.jpg"></p> <p> Exactly Wrong - Robert Becker</p> <p> This is the Second Rome Prize won by SOA@UIC Faculty in the last three years with <a href="http://www.weathers.cc/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sean Lally</a>'s win in Landscape Architecture.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> In other news... Did anyone come to see Michael Webb? &nbsp;One the best lectures I have ever attended. Genius !</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/71353316/lecture-michael-webb Lecture | Michael Webb Matthew Messner 2013-04-15T20:50:37-04:00 >2013-04-15T20:50:37-04:00 <p> Lecture<br> April 16<br> 6pm &bull; 1100 A+A</p> <p> <a href="http://cooper.edu/architecture/people/michael-webb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Webb</a><br> Professor, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, Cooper Union<br> New York</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/26/26cgujhv93wyfp1a.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/70924349/open-house Open House Matthew Messner 2013-04-09T12:16:09-04:00 >2013-04-15T21:46:49-04:00 <p> I just wanted to give a shout out to all of the Accepted Grads that came (an didn't come) to the Open House this last weekend. &nbsp;It was great to meet you all, and I hope every had an enlightening time. &nbsp;I always enjoy the open houses as they help me reflect on why I go to UIC. For any of you that are still on the fence, I will once again refer to <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/35456845/plastic-politics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this post</a>.</p> <p> It essentially explains the Ideology of the school, and exactly the reason I am here.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/15/15mri9l811k4cmlb.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The view from Cannon.</p> <p> Also a thanks to <a href="http://jgma.co/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">JGMA</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/som" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a>, and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106349/cannon-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cannon</a> for letting us all take a look at your offices.</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/70353932/douglas-a-garofalo-fellowship-candidate-public-presentations Douglas A. Garofalo Fellowship | Candidate Public Presentations Matthew Messner 2013-03-30T15:48:25-04:00 >2013-04-01T23:05:23-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://www.arch.uic.edu/images/doug1.jpg"></p> <p> The UIC School of Architecture is proud to announce the three finalists in the inaugural search of the Douglas A. Garofalo Fellowship for the 2013&ndash;2014 academic year. Named in honor of architect and educator Doug Garofalo (1958&ndash;2011), this newly established nine-month teaching fellowship provides emerging designers the opportunity to teach studio and seminar courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs and conduct independent design research. The fellowship also includes a public event in the spring.</p> <p> Each candidate will give a public presentation in room 1100 of the Art and Architecture Building. We welcome you to attend:</p> <p> Tuesday, April 2, 12pm<br><a href="http://www.theladg.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Holder</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Wednesday, April 3, 12pm<br><a href="http://www.tiffanywey.com/content/3.about/TiffanyWey_2011.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tiffany Wey</a></p> <p> Monday, April 8, 12pm<br><a href="http://www.sportscollaborative.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Molly Hunker</a></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/69078609/lecture-mirko-zardini Lecture:Mirko Zardini Matthew Messner 2013-03-08T18:58:26-05:00 >2013-03-18T20:42:55-04:00 <p> MONDAY NIGHT</p> <p> <strong>Mirko Zardini</strong><br> Director and Chief Curator, Canadian Centre for Architecture<br> Montreal</p> <p> Lecture<br> March 11<br> 6pm &bull; 1100 A+A</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yt/yttt80yd18ctt4qz.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/68514922/the-risk-of-failure The Risk of Failure Matthew Messner 2013-02-28T10:43:17-05:00 >2013-03-04T22:46:09-05:00 <p> In a recent article of<a href="http://betterymagazine.com/places/osa-msa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&nbsp;</a><a href="http://betterymagazine.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">betterymagazine.com</a>&nbsp;our&nbsp;Interim&nbsp;Dean Robert Somol posses a question to an<a href="http://www.osa-online.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> OSA</a> architectural network workshop and students from the Manchester School of Architecture.&nbsp;</p> <p> Somol asks, <strong>"How do we mobilize the risk of failure in a world that demands security?"</strong></p> <p> Check out the responses and conversation <a href="http://betterymagazine.com/places/osa-msa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, and let's hear what everyone has to say about it.</p> <p> <a href="http://betterymagazine.com/places/osa-msa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://betterymagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/OSA_Teaser.jpg"></a></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/67878504/freshmeat-possible-mediums FreshMeat/Possible Mediums Matthew Messner 2013-02-19T11:59:00-05:00 >2013-02-19T11:59:31-05:00 <p> There has been a flurry of activity over at the <a href="http://www.freshmeatjournal.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FreshMeat</a> website this year, and in the last week a handful of interesting articles have popped up.</p> <p> First is the&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.freshmeatjournal.org/2013/02/possible-mediums-rapid-reactions/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Possible Mediums: Rapid Reactions</a>.</em></p> <p> <em>"This post will consist of our experience and interactions at Possible Mediums." &nbsp;</em>In the article we get a look at the&nbsp;conference&nbsp;at Knowlton from three UIC perspectives. &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://www.freshmeatjournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/IMG_2153.jpg"></p> <p> As well as a look at Possible Mediums there are also a handful of studio updates from the undergrads; including a look at last semesters&nbsp;<a href="http://www.freshmeatjournal.org/2013/02/comically-dead-urbanism/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cemetery&nbsp;Studio</a> led by Grant Gibson.</p> <p> <em>&rdquo;The goal of this studio is to design a place for the remains of the dead. A simple and direct, yet extremely conflicted request."</em></p> <p> Also take look through some of this semesters progress in the <a href="http://www.freshmeatjournal.org/category/sirloin/blogs/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">studio blogs</a>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Cheers</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/66596141/freshmeat-knowlton-archizines FreshMeat + Knowlton + Archizines Matthew Messner 2013-01-30T23:47:00-05:00 >2013-02-04T21:50:53-05:00 <p> OHIO PEOPLE!</p> <p> Fresh Meat, UIC's Architecture Journal is coming your way!</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ul/ul4a6nlft1zkigyp.jpg" title=""></p> <p> "<a href="http://www.freshmeatjournal.org/2013/01/fresh-meat-at-archizines-live-event/?utm_source=rss&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=fresh-meat-at-archizines-live-event" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fresh Meat</a> has been invited by <a href="http://onetwelveksa.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One: Twelve</a>, the Knowlton School of Architecture&rsquo;s student journal, to join them in a panel&mdash;titled Little Architectures: Publishing, Prose, and Practice&mdash;that will prelude the opening of the <a href="http://www.archizines.com/Exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archizines</a> exhibition there on Friday, February 1. Fresh Meat and One: Twelve will each present a topic&mdash;on authorship and collaboration respectively&mdash;followed by a panel discussion with Elias Redstone of <a href="http://www.archizines.com/Exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archizines</a>, and Brandon Clifford of MIT and Matter Design. The discussion will be concluded with the <a href="http://www.archizines.com/Exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARCHIZINES</a> exhibit opening and reception.</p> <p> <br> On the next day, both <a href="http://onetwelveksa.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One:Twelve</a> and <a href="http://www.freshmeatjournal.org/2013/01/fresh-meat-at-archizines-live-event/?utm_source=rss&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=fresh-meat-at-archizines-live-event" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fresh Meat</a> will collaborate on the design and production of a &ldquo;mini-publication&rdquo; that will engage the same topics discussed at the ARCHIZINES LIVE EVENT.</p> <p> <br> For more information, check out their post on <a href="http://onetwelveksa.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One: Twelve&rsquo;s website</a>."</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/66296680/portfolio-day-2013 Portfolio Day 2013 Matthew Messner 2013-01-26T13:25:49-05:00 >2013-01-26T13:25:49-05:00 <p> Come One, Come All</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nv/nvrxun10raj5tmw9.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Friday, February 1</p> <p> 6-730pm</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/65590555/studio-zago Studio Zago Matthew Messner 2013-01-16T02:28:00-05:00 >2013-01-17T01:21:03-05:00 <p> And we are back, and this is our last semester of Architecture school, ever.</p> <p> After a long semester of <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/60675284/incusion-with-andrew-zago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">research into the form and techniques of Incusion</a>, we start our journey into the application of those &nbsp;technique to achieve "Novel Effects."</p> <p> What exactly those Effects are... I will let you know in a few months. &nbsp;I can venture to say that they will aspire to be political/economical/polemical to some degree.</p> <p> Our project will be designed on the site of the, now closed, Fisk Power Plant in the Pilson neighborhood of Chicago. &nbsp;We are in the initial research phase of site analysis and program discussion, but the project aims to have larger urban implications, to&nbsp;possibly&nbsp;include city policy.</p> <p> One of the main focuses of the class is that we are not hoping to bring the level of Abstraction down to the standards of&nbsp;build-able&nbsp; Reality, but rather, promote Reality to the&nbsp;intellectual&nbsp; level of Abstraction. &nbsp;Essentially, to not dismiss Abstraction for the "truth" of Reality. &nbsp;The end...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/65296770/looking-in-climbing-up Looking In Climbing Up Matthew Messner 2013-01-11T17:42:00-05:00 >2013-01-14T22:14:52-05:00 <p> I don't believe I ever posted this project.</p> <p> This was a&nbsp;competition&nbsp;entry for the ComEd Powerful Design Competition here in Chicago. &nbsp;The brief was to design a new Lineworker training facility for ComEd, a power distribution company. &nbsp;</p> <p> This was our Second Place entry.</p> <p> Team-</p> <p> Matthew Messner, Evgeniya Plotnikova, Matthew Schneider,&nbsp;Maureen Rahman</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The concept of our design was to wrap the classrooms, administration and a public learning area around a dynamic indoor hands on training area. &nbsp;As trainees climbed&nbsp;the&nbsp;indoor poles they would come up to the level of the class rooms and circulation of the building. &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/08/08ihr3zi30t996lo.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c6/c6wn1ekp8oknpc0f.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/no/notu80gi89m3wqfi.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vj/vj1klxs9i4lkkttq.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y9/y94dwv2s44e2zun8.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/04/04sob192kqgzupwf.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ab/ab6k54fkf5i2ckyh.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q3/q3xvb0sxgx6o1mek.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Cheers</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/65111023/studio-berlin-2012 Studio Berlin 2012 Matthew Messner 2013-01-08T22:50:07-05:00 >2013-01-08T22:52:04-05:00 <p> In true <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453969/studio-berlin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Berlin</a> fashion, this last summer's group has put together a short film on their escapades throughout Europe. &nbsp;Enjoy!</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/64711551/a-go-go A GO GO Matthew Messner 2013-01-03T15:18:00-05:00 >2013-01-11T00:45:19-05:00 <p> As promised here is a look at the final product from Sam Jacob and Jimenez Lai's Repitition Studio.</p> <p> But First. &nbsp;I wanted to thank everyone for reading this blog and making it one of the Top 12 blogs on Archinect. &nbsp;Very Awesome. &nbsp;Thank You.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> For the mid-term I investigated the idea of the conflation of Section, Plan and Scale though a model and a large drawings. &nbsp;Patterns and Architectural drawing conventions were used to create an Architectural Drawing of a Non-Architecture.</p> <p> The Final was a distillation process of lessons learned from the earlier work to produce an Architecture. &nbsp;Color was taken out of the equation to bring the drawings closer to more normative conventions, but pattern was still used as a means of defining territories&nbsp;within&nbsp;the project.</p> <p> Programmatically, the building is comprised of large urban mansions and more dense "couch houses." &nbsp;Its&nbsp;perforated&nbsp;cubic form is suspended above its site. &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Thanks for checking it out.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ah/ahaqxnr9dnmhgj8l.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jd/jd3mqkvozdrvqu00.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zm/zmd17ikmhppc8xq9.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cy/cywhpbgjhv2xy2qp.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sj/sjwun8a6jta5e2qe.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pl/ply25pc1a5ip9bsr.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sz/sz6uh6twzkal0j5n.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rj/rjqiw4igimqp12wo.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bn/bnqjfiscpkdnaqg3.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p7/p75507982lnk56l7.jpg" title=""></p>... http://archinect.com/blog/article/62907092/final-push Final Push Matthew Messner 2012-12-07T04:00:21-05:00 >2012-12-27T23:04:53-05:00 <p> Only a few days left in the semester.</p> <p> Finals one Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.&nbsp;</p> <p> Third Year Grad finals will be all day Wednesday. &nbsp;Mine in the Afternoon.</p> <p> Stop by and take a look.</p> <p> Here is a peak at one of my drawings.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h8/h8ravfr78s9g0kvr.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/60808976/designing-the-election-part-ii Designing the Election: Part II Matthew Messner 2012-11-06T01:24:00-05:00 >2013-03-24T15:59:28-04:00 <p> Here is the second of two posts about the design aspects of the election. &nbsp;In our Designing Criticism class we have been discussing what the design of particular aspects of the campaign tell us about our electoral process and our democracy. &nbsp;</p> <p> This first essay,was by <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/60798426/designing-the-election-part-i" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrianne J&oslash;rgensen</a>. &nbsp;It can be found <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/60798426/designing-the-election-part-i" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here.</a></p> <p> This is my&nbsp;contribution. Happy Voting.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>As Seen on TV: American Democracy</strong><br> Matthew Messner</p> <p> <br> It is through the Presidential electoral process that we can read the American ideal of democracy.&nbsp; It is no secret that every last detail of every campaign is meticulously planned.&nbsp; It is a system that is designed and, ironically, agreed upon.&nbsp; While in reality it may have nothing to do with what democracy really is, it is exactly what might make it all so American.&nbsp; Nowhere is this more clear than in the televised debates.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> In recent elections, the main debates have taken the form of a three part series.&nbsp; The first is the classical ideal of the debate with two candidate...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/60798426/designing-the-election-part-i Designing the Election: Part I Matthew Messner 2012-11-05T21:41:00-05:00 >2013-03-24T15:58:40-04:00 <p> The first of two, this is an essay about the design of the election. &nbsp;In our Designing Criticism class we have explored what the design of particular aspects of the campaign tell us about our electoral process and our democracy. &nbsp;</p> <p> This first essay, by <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/59919531/work-of-adrianne-j-rgensen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrianne J&oslash;rgensen</a>&nbsp;is&nbsp;about the furniture of the debates. &nbsp;The second essay will be ready for your morning coffee, before you go out to vote.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>This debate comes fully furnished.</strong><br> Adrianne Joergensen<br><br> The last thirteen Presidential debates have had one thing in common: they are exclusively a made-for-TV&nbsp;production. And like other television productions, their power dynamics are not ruled by the actors, but&nbsp;by the architecture of the set.</p> <p> Television sets have their own archetypes, the most iconic being that of the talk show. Part office, part&nbsp;living room, this is the time and place for serious discussion and emotional outpouring to share equal&nbsp;ground. Furniture is borrowed from real life, but through the medium of television, ...</p>