Archinect - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Kira) 2014-09-19T01:48:18-04:00 http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451744/twisted-schmisted Twisted Schmisted kirabelle9 2006-11-12T12:49:00-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>a couple weeks ago i attended the tall buildings conference at IIT entitled "Thinking Outside the Box: Tapered, Tilted, Twisted". i think i got suckered into it by the key names in the program- DANIEL LIBESKIND, JEANNE GANG, KEN YEANG, ZAHA HADID. haha and after zaha's name there was something written really small- "parter". nonetheless, it was a good lineup. and get this-- only $20 for students! what a steal, how can i pass it up?<br><br> so i walk in, register, and am handed the conference booklet with this on the cover:<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_milan_fiera.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> these are projects in milan fiera- libeskind, hadid, and isozaki. i looked at it, mouth opened, and immediately thought of a project that i had JUST finished in my 3dstudiomax class..<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_3ds_project.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> their buildings look like my friggin sponges! which made me realize something about all these twisted towers.. if you take off the bend or twist modifier in 3ds what do you get? yeah, a glass and steel box. its a bit disturbing.. and i normally enjoy libeskind's work, but come on.. he doe...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451538/the-blossoming-relationship-i-have-with-the-laser-cutter the blossoming relationship i have with the laser cutter kirabelle9 2006-10-09T08:06:06-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>u of i might be behind on this bc i know other schools have had a laser cutter for a few years now, but we just got a couple this year. and oh man, i fell in love at first use. <br><br> the first date i had with the laser cutter was accompanied by the lab tech.. kind of awkward, but i guess he had to monitor us at first. but all went smoothly.. it ended well, and i knew there were going to be many more dates after that. and boy was i right. i kept going back to it, and as my site model was nearly finishing i knew that our relationship was soon coming to a temporary end. until the next review when i need to make other models...<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_site_model_el.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_site_model_richardson.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br> a detail of one of the buildings<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_site_model_streetname.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br> labeled street names<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_site_model_leftovers.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br> i keep the remains of our past.. <br><br><br> so, aside from all that, i have my first thesis review tomorrow. its mostly to present the research we've found and our preliminary design concepts. heres a little taste of my boards- i kept out site analysis, precedent studies, and those types of research. <br><br> (seen below are ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451440/site-model-and site model and... kirabelle9 2006-09-26T09:26:34-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>i didnt realize how big my site model was going to be until i actually built it. and ive actually never built a base for a site model myself bc its always been a class thing, and usually one of the guys takes that duty.<br><br> but i decided to not build the traditional base. <br><br> my boyfriend is in architecture too-- in syracuse, and when i told him my next step was to build the base i saw an excited gleam in his eyes. "dooood, put it on casters. itll be badass." and so he explained to me how i should go about it... and the next thing i know im at home depot buying 4x8 sheets of mdf. <br><br> since i knew the assembly of it would require a lot of room, i decided to go back to the chicago burbs to put it together on my lawn. my sister helped..<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_IMG_0675.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_IMG_0676.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_IMG_0677.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_IMG_0678.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_IMG_0679.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_IMG_0680.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> then my sister, her boyfriend and i tried loading it in the car...<br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_IMG_0681.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> didnt fit.<br><br> [look at the first set of pictures from complete assemblage to basic pieces. because that is what we had to do next]<br><br> but so i just brought it back to school and put it together i...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451313/and-thesis-year-begins and thesis year begins... kirabelle9 2006-09-11T18:28:56-04:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:06-04:00 <p>Oh thesis... dear thesis...<br><br> I don't know why architecture students can't claim residency in studio. We just go back to our apartments to sleep. It's fun so far though- it's like a little party in here everyday- a thesis party. ha, riiigghhtt.. im surprised theres only a few of us that are actually in studio a lot. i dont know where the heck the other thesis students are. its still the beginning of the year, but still- we have lots of work man!<br><br> On another note, I got to have lunch with our first speaker in our lecture series today. It's Patrick MacLeamy from HOK in SF. It was a private reception for student leaders and faculty, but I really liked the fact that he wanted to talk to the students moreso than the faculty.. just wanted to know what we had to say and what not. I hope his lecture tonight is just as good. He said he'd rather have it be more of a "conversation" than a lecture. We'll see..</p>