Archinect - University of Pennsylvania 2014-10-01T23:09:03-04:00 http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451734/science-architecture-form-space Science, Architecture, Form, Space Sir Arthur Braagadocio 2006-11-09T19:01:24-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Two questions first:<br><br> 1. In the worlds of Physics and Architecture: If solid matter is to form as gas is to space, then what is liquid in architecture?<br><br> 2. If social science is considered a mushy science and physics exact science than where does architecture fall? and can architects or will architects ever be considered scientists?<br><br> I say this because I am spending more time in the Math/Physics library at Penn than the fine arts. It also seems if I want to go deep intellectually in architecture I have to look elsewhere, just think about the whole deconstruction phase of architecture, it was all french philosophy and situationism...architects borrow soooo much from other sciences and here is my explanation why.<br><br> Form and Space are dead. (I am emulating Nietzsche here)<br><br> Forms and Algorithms is a pre-requisite to Cecil Balmonds studio. We are learning how to intuitively understand extremely complex forms through rigorous mathematical programming of geometrical shapes. For those...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451660/failure-and-some-questions failure and some questions Sir Arthur Braagadocio 2006-10-26T08:57:30-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Just had mid-term reviews. I am sure I could have done alright had I not called my project a failure. Explanation of studio assignment: we were asked to study a component and then basically repeat it in an algorithmic fashion to achieve some new overall emerging form or to find the limits of the component. I chose first the filaments of a biological cell, then it turned into an analysis of the cytoskeleton and all the other parts including the membrane of a cell. Guess what the failure in my study was...Guess...I was studying scientific objects, not the objects themselves. You can not study cells without proper scientific equipment and even then it's intuitive shots in the dark. I was basically studying a system invented my scientists that could describe the behavior of cells to a certain degree, general concepts that nearly defined all behavior of cells. If a scientific theory does not predict everything in an object's study, then the scientist must re-think his theory or ad...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451634/la-studio-trip-days-3-4 LA Studio Trip - Days 3 + 4 Sir Arthur Braagadocio 2006-10-21T16:26:35-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Oct. 14&amp;15<br><br> Day 3 - Greg Lynn, Disney Concert Hall, Cal-Tran, Moneo's Church, Morphosis, and Xefirotarch<br><br><a href="http://www.glform.com/" target="_blank">Greg Lynn</a> - On a strip mall type street in Venice Beach there is a door with 3&rdquo;&#157; letters indicating the office of Greg Lynn. He was not there but someone else, name escapes me, gave us a tour. This was the first office we were in that we were actually allowed to look at everything and take photos. They had a laser cutter and 3D printing machine. The lady showed us some recent projects including Greg Lynn's house, which I am guessing is going to cost an arm and a leg. Let me just say the Venice Beach building department must be cool, I don't think you could ever get anything like that built on the east coast. One of the Chinese students asked the lady how they made any money, that was entertaining. The same student also asked &ldquo;You do blobs and teeth, what else?&rdquo;&#157; When I left, I had this feeling that I didn't really like anything in the office and then it occurred to me, Greg...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451622/studio-la-trip-days-1-2 Studio LA Trip - Days 1&2 Sir Arthur Braagadocio 2006-10-19T23:47:51-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>did anybody watch the Mets and Cardinals game...<br><br> (Oct. 12 &amp; 13)<br> At some point I was thinking grad school would be a great oppurtunity to study for my licensing exams and get Metamechanics up and running...um, apparently grad school is a challenge and there isn't that guy in studio you can always count on to make you look good<br><br> The trip to LA for studio was no exception. This wasn't an undergrad trip where you go see nice things and party every night. Saturday night we all just passed out instead of going out. Yes, we are a wee bit older than undergrads, but not that old. <br><br> Day 1 - Aria Group <a href="http://www.aria-group.com/pages/home.html" target="_blank">link</a><br><br> Aria Group - right after getting off the plane we drove to see Aria Group; an independent designer of prototype cars, trains, planes, and well automobiles. They had a CNC machine large enough to cut an Escalade out of foam. You know all those really cool modern cars you see at car shows, that is what they produce and quickly. One 100% custom car could be designed fabricated in 2 m...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451559/general-components-and-maya-dyanamics-are-crack General Components and Maya Dyanamics are CRACK! Sir Arthur Braagadocio 2006-10-10T14:45:41-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Just to show you how naturally ignorant I am of Chreods!, back in the day, like way back; I must have been 10 or 11 years old or something; I attempted to reprogram an Atari game in my parent's Commodore 128 (that's not the punchline, hold on). The Commodore 128 included Commodore 64 (the more popular model), the 128 had 128K of memory and the 64 had 64k of memory and for those of you who remember the game Boulder Dash on tape, this was a serious step up from the Commodore 16. Anyway, in the 128 I was attempting to graphically draw a fence via the Basic programming language...now back then it was all numbered lines and very straight forward coding and you didn't have hard drives, you had to save on those giant 5.5&rdquo;&#157; really floppy disks. The command for draw was &ldquo;Draw&rdquo;&#157; and the syntax went something like this: Draw (x1,y1) to (x2,y2), color (16 colors to choose from, fa-shizzy). You know what I was doing, here you go:<br><br> 100 Draw 0,10 to 1,10, 1<br> 110 Draw 1,10 to 2,10,1<br> 120 Dra...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451523/chreods-sanford-kwinter-lecture Chreods! (Sanford Kwinter Lecture) Sir Arthur Braagadocio 2006-10-06T00:12:38-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <b>Disclaimer</b>: this is my opinion at this moment, I am doing my best to describe the lecture and to develop my own theories from it, so I apologize if I misrepresent something.(especially sections 2 thru 4)<br><br><b>Chreods! (Sanford Kwinter)</b>intro lecture to the NlSO conference at Penn<br><br> It's great to see someone lecture again 7 years later, after reading many of their works and to be able to intuitively jump right back into their thought. Sanford Kwinter in my opinion is still the biggest brain I've seen and he knows it, and if anyone was paying attention to the lecture, he told everyone this at the UPenn lecture tonight. To make some points without making them too clear ...I will jump right into a (un,in,ir,non)systematic explanation of what I gained from the lecture.<br><br><b>1. Kwinter knows he has a big brain.</b><br><br> He was discussing <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Wolfgang_von_Goethe" target="_blank">Goethe</a> and Goethe's walks. Side note: according to a guy I studied abroad with; Goethe, Fichte, Schelling, and maybe Hegel all used to get hammered together, well that is ... http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451510/velocity-of-program Velocity of Program Sir Arthur Braagadocio 2006-10-03T20:54:24-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>not sure if Winka Dubbeldam was the first to say that but the phrase is way cool - "Velocity of Program"<br><br> had our first graded pin-up, fairly intense i imagine, but its been 5 years since i had a serious pin-up. i think i did alright. started experimenting with simple tensigrity simplexes in 3dMax using the "Reactor" plug-in for stuctural analysis. gravity is cool...and then I did this quick animation of what the architecture could look like with a double skin made up of zillions of tensegrity structures in a an extremely unstable state (dyanmic). <br><br> unstable = cool<br> stable = boring<br><br> seems i am finally caught up, except i need to learn some Rhino code tonight for Form and Algorithms and the big NLSO conference is this week...and the walking brain Sanford Kwinton will be there. <br><br> he lectured once at my undergrad school KU (kansas) and all I remeber was: neuroscientists, waves, and <b> polynesian men capable of finding islands via a shaved scrotum on the front of the boat picking up...</b></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451473/inner-conflict inner conflict Sir Arthur Braagadocio 2006-09-28T22:02:06-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>i don't like using both sides of my brain! especially when i am confronted with the concept "non-linear". one side says, look man thats the way life is and the other, a more violent side i might add, everything is linear, its just a matter of perspective and will power. below is a description of what i think is the architects split personality in comic form. i stole the images from <a href="http://www.monkeytaskforce.com" target="_blank">monkey task force </a>. i have a long explanation why the marine will always win, but in short it would only take a couple marines to overthrow a government as opposed to 100's of citizens and politicians. <b>violence!</b><br><br><br><img src="http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m58/cteeter/pic1-400.jpg"><br><img src="http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m58/cteeter/pic2-400.jpg"><br><img src="http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m58/cteeter/pic3-400.jpg"><br><img src="http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m58/cteeter/pic4-400.jpg"><br><img src="http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m58/cteeter/pic5-400.jpg"><br><img src="http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m58/cteeter/pic6-400.jpg"><br><img src="http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m58/cteeter/pic7-400.jpg"><br><img src="http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m58/cteeter/pic8-400.jpg"><br><img src="http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m58/cteeter/pic9-400.jpg"><br><img src="http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m58/cteeter/pic10-400.jpg"><br><img src="http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m58/cteeter/pic11-400.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451452/tensegrity-and-a-wall-house Tensegrity and a wall house(?) Sir Arthur Braagadocio 2006-09-26T22:59:26-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>via bold faced letter re-presentation, i will signify what class the material disussed is relevant to. <br><br><b>studio</b>Tensegrity...I know what you're thinking, tensegrity is so 1960's Buckminster Fuller . Maybe, if you're talking spaceframe geodesic domes. I have yet to see a <a href="http://www.kennethsnelson.net" target="_blank">Kenneth Snelson</a> sculpture turn into a skyscraper. <img src="http://www.kennethsnelson.net/sculpture/outdoor/images/twer_vertical.jpg"><br> From my research even the mathematics for this type of structure is very new, so if anybody knows of any engineers who are actively pursing engineering such a structure let me know. Another note, it seems Bucky ripped Kenneth off; apparently he took the ideas of his student and marketed the ideas a hell of a lot better than his student ever could. <br><br> anyway,if you're still wondering how tensegrity might be worth looking at these days, here are my reasons:<br><br> 1. <a href="http://www.biomimicry.net" target="_blank">Biomimicry</a>, hipper than a continous ribbon form. biomimicry, everyone is doing it! and wait it has real world applications that add to the evolution of the AEC industry, unlike an anonymous architecture def...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451378/passive-thinking-and-a-slight-paradox Passive thinking and a Slight Paradox Sir Arthur Braagadocio 2006-09-19T15:02:44-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>just read the Detlef Mertins interview...excellent article and very representative of the school (as I am finding out). unlike a friend of mine who attended Colubmia recently I will not be saying "I spent 70 grand to learn Maya.", but he also said everyone listens to him when he speaks now. I wonder if Penn on my resume will have the same effect? via Passive thinking I believe I made the correct choice on grad school. "Passive Thinking" is a very important part of Peter Leeds stock investing strategy, I mention him since his advice has helped me make turn my school loans into a form of income. Look, I've been investing in small cap stocks for years and this guys name always pops up: he is canadian, does not watch tv or read news reports, and is a self-made millionaire, so if this guy says choosing a stock must also be agreeable in your mind via passive thinking then there is something to it. if you only actively use 10% of your brain then whats the other 90% doing...<br><br> this lead...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451333/planning-a-wedding-and-forms-and-algorithms Planning a Wedding and Forms and Algorithms Sir Arthur Braagadocio 2006-09-13T10:08:43-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>First design principle of wedding planning: let the bride do it, it is not your show man, and don't make comments about how much you don't like brass or accoustical ceiling tile. but we might get lucky, there is a place in Fair Haven, NJ that was designed in the style of FLW...so I am assuming no brass or accoustical tile. <br><br> yesterday was my shortest commute to class yet, 35 minutes to NYC. the seminar "Forms and Algorithms" taught by many people: Cecil Balmond and Jenny Sabin with Danial Bosia, Robert Aish, and Raymond Kettner, was held at the "The Artist Space" on 38 Greene Street, NY, NY for the opening of a recent project done in collaboration between UPenn students and Arup Advanced Geometry Unit. The exhibit "H_Edge" is worth a look: Sept. 14 thru Oct. 28. Click on link below for more. <a href="http://www.artistsspace.org/exhibitions/current_exhibition_bottom.html" target="_blank">link</a><br><br> Danial Bosia gave a slide show introduction to what we as students will be doing or looking into this semester. One interesting point I thought worth noting:<br><br> his continual emphasis ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451275/maximum-mass-transit Maximum Mass Transit Sir Arthur Braagadocio 2006-09-06T19:39:48-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Time is always money...I managed to purchase a car in one day right before I left for Iceland for 9 days. When I returned I had one day (Labor Day) to get ready for school. Well, I didn't have car insurance so I had to walk 20 minutes to the train station indicated by the blue dot on the map below and take the red route to Philly. 4 HOUR commute. On the walk to school I was splashed by a bus driving through a puddle; drenched. The next day I drove to Metropar (Iselin, NJ) via the yellow line on the map below, missed my NJ transit train, took an overpriced late Amtrak train and was splashed once again by a bus...SAME PUDDLE, drenched, and no class today, DOH! (always check your school email account)<br><br> about school...<br><br> Orientation for the Post-Professional masters at Penn with Winka Dubbeldaum as the prof. was almost worth the 8 hour trek. I say this just because nothing is completely worth an 8 hour trek. There are roughly 12 of us this year I think. (4 chinese with copious amou...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451107/first-i-graduated-then-i-went-to-iceland First I Graduated...Then I Went To Iceland adrienne 2006-05-25T10:22:43-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Well it's all over. I somehow finished a project (finished as in had something to present). I moved a car load of stuff out of studio. I made it to graduation day. I got to hear Jodie Foster and Steve Wynn as commencement speakers. I got my UPENN diploma. I returned my cap and gown. And then I headed off to Iceland for a week, where I got to hang out at the Sirkus Bar in Reykjavik, and then got stuck in a blizzard on a mountain in a tiny Toyota Yaris in a town that I can't even pretend to pronounce. Somehow I made it home yesterday after being in Iceland, New York and Philadelphia all in 24 hours. And now?? <br><br> I actually am not really sure, which is a really weird sensation for me. I have never had a real lapse between school and work. In undergrad I always had internships lined up and ready for the summer and went straight from school to work. After graduation in 02 i took 1 week off between finishing school and starting work for 2 years. Even last summer I had a clear...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21451013/regurgitating-robots-and-max-on-a-mac Regurgitating Robots and Max on a Mac adrienne 2006-04-13T13:25:40-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>So much work to do now...a surprise visit from Francois is scheduled for Sunday (that's right Easter Sunday). We have to meet him at his hotel with digitial models ready for 3d printing. I think I speak for the whole class when I say...errrr...digital models of what exactly?? Everyone has been working hard since he left to get ready for this unexpected deadline, and I think this schedule will likely continue till the end of the semester. I am already tired....<br><br> My project has evolved into an existing vacant building that is reappropriated and transformed via robotic digestion. Basically swarms of small robots eat away at the building, partially digest it and then regurgitate the material. I think it will look something like a strange urban cave...we'll see about that.<br><br> On another note, for all you computer dweebs (don't get offended I include myself in this category) a friend of mine was able to successfully install windows on his macbook thanks to the new architecture which i...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450972/i-made-a-concrete-turd I made a concrete turd adrienne 2006-03-31T12:12:32-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>I really did. I squeezed clumpy concrete through my hands and let it drip and pile up and it pretty much looked like dog crap...kinda juicy dog crap, and I was actually trying to make a model. So this leaves me feeling like WTF! I am about to walk out of here with a master's degree?! I mean at this point the only thing I have pride in is snack heaven. I am not getting anywhere in studio. I have no architectural proposition and I don't know what to do. Francois will be back next week and will surely be angry and start cursing in French, and that idea scares me a little. <br><br> At least I am not alone, I think a lot of people are frustrated. So in response I have been eating an unusually large amount of cupcakes with pink frosting...not a good sign.<br><br> plus i am still on the job hunt which is a little stressful. hopefully it will all get figured out soon. i have had a bunch of interviews, but no official offers yet. i am only worried because i did my loan exit interview the other...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450960/snack-heaven Snack Heaven adrienne 2006-03-28T16:52:26-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Ok this one is going to take some explaining...It all started last semester when one of my industrious classmates decided to start a new venture called J-Mart. Basically, J-Mart sells all kinds of candy and sodas and is based out of a fridge near the owner's desk. You can go at any time and make a purchase by leaving your money in a cash box. It's pretty much run on the honor system. It is a really great idea for any for any architecture school because sometimes the vending machine only has jalepeno potato chips or cherry blaster donuts with flavor bits - i know it sounds terrible, but trust me if it's late enough and you're desperate enough you'll do something you'll really regret the next day. Thankfully J-Mart can save you by providing a delicious alternative. <br><br> So the next thing I need to explain is the "web of curiousity/distraction/procrastination" that our studio has been working on. Basically it is a crazy voronoi mesh explosion that we have been constructing over our ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450947/my-poor-little-mid-review My poor little mid-review adrienne 2006-03-22T13:04:02-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>We had mid-review last week. A little late in the semester, but it seems like many studios waited until after spring break to have reviews. It was really sad because I got pretty sick two days before the review. I had to do alll of my work from my bed. Just me, my dog and my laptop all buried amongst blankets and coughdrops. It was so pathetic. I felt terrible, although somehow I managed to still present, but it was pretty sad. Now I feel all out of sync, like mid-review never happened at all. Plus, it's just a weird time at school right now, because everyone is really starting to think more and more about finding jobs, so you have to kinda live in two worlds at the same time. <br><br> I think Francois was disappointed with where the studio is right now, but I think he is also understanding of the difficulties that we are facing. For one, this project is super-bizarro. It isn't easy to conceptualize a robotically built urban fragment. Plus, we see Francois about once every thre...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450882/my-studio-teacher-hypnotized-me My studio teacher hypnotized me... adrienne 2006-02-24T12:52:14-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>So Francois was in again last week, and it was pretty much awesome. The first thing that he did was try to hypnotize us using a movie that he made for a project. It was basically this old man's face and a creepy voice that gave you instructions on relaxation. It was really cool. He wanted us to use it to try and get inside of our projects. After that, we watched the French video of Gilles Deleuze. Because it was in French, the major thing that I took away from the video is that Deleuze had the nastiest fingernails ever. They were really long and knarled. I guess when you're that smart, you don't need to worry about your fingernails. <br><br> We basically just spent the two days with Francois in a group pinup. I think he was a bit disappointed with where everyone was, but very understanding in how difficult running a studio like this can be. He is really good at being positive though, and everyone was happy to get feedback. Now we won't see him again until March 16 for our mid-r...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450855/striving-for-mediocrity Striving for Mediocrity adrienne 2006-02-13T20:47:36-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>This is something I have been wanting to post on for a few days. I think I mentioned the exhibition/competition that I took part in last week. It is basically an exhibit of 3 project from each of the architecture schools in Philly. It is really interesting/unsettling to see all of the different trajectories that school are taking. The night that they announced the winners was totally weird. First of all, I was the only one from Penn there, while other schools had pretty impressive representation (faculty, students, parents, etc.). This is probably largely due to the fact that the awards night was also the same night as Ali Rahim's lecture, but it was still strange. Ok, let me just say right off, I didn't win anything, so feel free to take anything that I say with a grain of salt. I just felt that the whole thing was so silly. I think that is how I feel about a lot of these competitions and exhibits. The more I am involved in architecture, the more I agree with Bruce Mao's ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450827/i-need-to-get-my-a-s-in-gear I need to get my A$S in GEAR!!!! adrienne 2006-02-07T15:34:31-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>WTF! We are in week 5 of our semester and I have pretty much nothing to show for it yet. I am researching lots of cool stuff in studio, but if I don't output something soon, I think I am going to have a breakdown. I am doing work...not staying up crazy late or anything, but I am keeping a pretty consistent schedule, still nothing seems to be happening. It is like I am stuck in one of those weird dreams where someone is chasing you, but your feet are stuck to the floor, like with super sticky gum or something. ARGGGGGH!<br><br> On top of that, my theory class on representation is almost finished already. It all takes place in the first half of the semester, so we meet twice a week for 3 hours each day, but there are only like 3 weeks left. I need to come up with a paper topic, like a week ago. I am having a meeting with Dalibor tomorrow to discuss it, so hopefully inspiration will strike, but I doubt it.<br><br> So what is it? What is my problem? I don't think it is some mutant form of s...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450776/french-desk-crits-are-my-favorite French desk crits are my favorite adrienne 2006-01-28T16:21:58-05:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:04-04:00 <p>I had my first desk crit with Francois yesterday. It was such a weird day...I had professional practice in the morning (9-12) after which I ran upstairs to squeeze a 30 minute deskcrit in before heading off to my theory class on Meaning and Modes of Representation with Dalibor Vessly. Such a strange mix of subject matter....project scheduling + robotic bio-noodles + the history of geometry and optics... I didn't even know where I was anymore by the end of the day. <br><br> I am sooooo relieved to have a critic who is interested, or at least good at faking interest, in my work again. The studio is pretty wild, but I really like it so far. Francois was telling me about the designs of Russian space capsules that were entirely lined in silk so that the cosmonauts could glide easily through the spaces in zero gravity...sounds yummy! We are still working on developing tangles, and mine have taken on a more infrastructural tone. I think it will be alot of fun to continue working on, althoug...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450749/bionoodles-boom BioNoodles + BOOM! adrienne 2006-01-22T15:14:39-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Well its back to the grindstone in studio...We have been working towards our first pinup with Francois which is later this week. The class has been divided into groups, for researching various topics (swarming, robotics, termites, scripting, etc) I am in the swarming group. I have mostly been focusing on applications of swarming, especially in the military, and new experiments with robot swarming. Pretty cool stuff. The craziest fact that I found is this:<br><br> [i]One of the problems with this sort of technology, that also <br> occurs in the real world, is that an unforseen circumstance <br> throws the system into chaos. When ants become isolated <br> from their group, they can end up running around in circles, <br> following an ever strengthening trail of pheromone until they <br> die of exhaustion.<br><br> Circular mill in army ants: a circle of ants continuously <br> following each other round and round in circles until death <br> (Schneirla). Beebe (1921) observed a mill in<br> Guyana that measured 120...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450721/french-madness French madness!!!!!!!! adrienne 2006-01-16T17:00:26-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>HOORAY!<br><br> I am so happy to have gotten my first choice in the studio lottery. I am in Francois Roche's studio. You can check out the work of his firm, <a href="http://www.new-territories.com/" target="_blank">R&amp;Sie here</a>, but be warned, the site might give you a siezure. The other choices for the 704 research studios were David Adjaye, Cecil Balmond, Kieran/Timberlake, Ali Rahim and Homa Farjadi. The research studio, for those unfamiliar, is (as quoted from our memo):<br><br><i>"1.The mission of the research studio is open and explorative, yet providing a substantial intellectual focus on design research. This spans the entire range of architectural design. <br><br> 2.Design research is constituted of investigating a design methodology that students can continue to investigate and benefit from beyond their education at Penn.<br><br> 3.The specific area of &rdquo;&tilde;design research' is interrogated through analysis and design as identified by each Research Studio Advisor."</i><br><br> It's sort of like doing a thesis project, but using the instructor's initial thoughts and intere...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450693/final-project-pics_cabinet-of-curiosities Final Project Pics_Cabinet of Curiosities adrienne 2006-01-12T12:24:28-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>OK, here it is...the result of last semester's work...hopefully it will make sense to you.<br><br><br> This studio enjoyed the experience of working for a real client, the Folk Arts Charter School in Chinatown, Philadelphia, and seeing the design through to a built prototype. The charge was to create a display system for cultural artifacts brought into the elementary school. This project was the result of the work of four students, over approximately three weeks.<br><br> In designing the display system, we thought about the construction as a body. Components such as the flexible, but protective skin, the structural framework of the skeleton, the vital organs and the connective tissue became the focus of our investigations. These elements are individually recognizable within the piece, but hold the most resonance in their collective assemblage.<br><br> The value of selected artifacts is typically held not within the objects themselves, but within the stories behind the objects. This 'back story' is essent...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450664/where-did-i-go-aka-paul-please-dont-shut-my-blog-down Where did I go? AKA Paul, please dont shut my blog down :) adrienne 2006-01-04T22:51:40-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>OK, OK I know I didn't keep up as well with the posting this semester, but I had some reasoning behind it, so don't be too mad at me. I guess basically my feelings towards studio this semester were just getting too negative, and I didn't want to post something nasty and really regret it later. So basically I am a big chicken. I just know that my schoolwork can get really personal at times, which I know is bad because it can make me react emotionally to situations. I think sometimes it's better to get a little distance and then reflect...<br><br> So I made it through a really tough studio, but overall I am really disheartened by it. The studio I was in was really focused on the act of "making." In the end, the class was broken into groups of three or four and each group designed and built a prototype container of sorts to go in an elementary school, who was serving as our client. The school is a folk arts charter school, and there is a big emphasis on ideas of culture and heritage, s...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450577/non-linear-stirrings Non-linear stirrings adrienne 2005-11-11T12:05:06-05:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:03-04:00 <p>Things are a buzz throughout the school right now because of the launch of the Non-linear Systems Organization. It is basically a small research group under the direction of Cecil Balmond that is going to be studying lots of yummy non-linear things. The really cool part about it is that it brings together multiple disciplines, from architecture to math, to physics, and art. The launch for the group was last night, and there are lectures and workshops going on all day today. You can find out more at the website if you are interested:<br><br><a href="http://www.design.upenn.edu/new/arch/nlso/" target="_blank">http://www.design.upenn.edu/new/arch/nlso/</a><br><br> we are getting started on the design build portion of our studio, which seems like it will be more fun than the other exercises we have been working on. it is also structured as group work, which is actually nice. we met with the kids at the school that we are going to be buidling displays for on Wednesday. I got to talk with a second grade class about the project. I think right now everyone is just a li...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450539/wait-for-it wait for it.... adrienne 2005-10-26T16:11:58-04:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:03-04:00 <p>i haven't posted in so long, because i have been waiting for a big breakthrough in studio to tell you about. well i kept waiting and waiting, and still nothing. now i am just getting sad about it. i don't know where this semester is heading right now. things are feeling very very stale in my work. and everything i make or do feels terribly clumsy. maybe it's just me, maybe it's the continuous mystery of our studio. each week we learn just a bit more about the end goal, but the full picture is witheld from us. i understand and appreciate the methodology, but it can be a difficult way to work, and i guess i won't have a clear picture until the end of the course.<br><br> we aren't having a midreview, so i feel a little out of sync with the rest of the school, which is bustling with activity right now. this is not to say that we don't have work to do, trust me we are swamped. i guess there is something nice about pausing to collect and evaluate your thoughts, and something refreshin...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450494/here-s-what-it-looks-like Here's what it looks like... adrienne 2005-10-06T12:34:06-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Studio is still shrouded in mystery. A strange sight visit with unforseen hints about what our project might be yesterday has left us all wondering. I am struggling to make some sense of all of it...<br><br> Electives have been great though. In Ali Rahim's class yesterday we had Mark Goulthorpe as a guest lecturer. Pretty cool for a class of about 8 people. It was very inspiring...<br><br> I don't think I mentioned that we had a guest speaker in Dean's class the other week from Glowlab. The website and work is worth checking out if you are interested in any kind of street art.<br><a href="http://www.glowlab.com" target="_blank">glowlab</a><br> Here are some other cool sites we have been looking at, specifically for things like gestural navigation, and use of 3 dimensional space. People are more able to rememeber things that occur spatially so alot of sites are moving to a more 3d logic.<br><a href="http://www.bbdo.com" target="_blank">www.bbdo.com</a><br><a href="http://www.leoburnett.ca" target="_blank">www.leoburnett.ca</a><br><a href="http://www.dontclick.it" target="_blank">www.dontclick.it</a><br><a href="http://www.dentsu.com" target="_blank">www.dentsu.com</a> this one is cool because it shows where all of the elevators in the building are in real time!<br><br> and now...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450464/the-phases-of-frustration The phases of frustration adrienne 2005-09-22T13:40:54-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>!@$%* %$@@! @#!!!!!!... <br><br><br> is what i have been feeling like lately. studio has been so so frustrating. we are in the process of making "material probes" and "cabinets of curiosities" the definition of everything is extremely vague as you can imagine. this is not really the frustrating part though. i understand the mentality of mystery that often accompanies a studio. it's a methodology that reigned supreme for me in undergrad, so I am used to all that ambiguity. the problem for me is that I really want to approach all of this with the experimental attitude that i have been following in previous studios. i feel that this is the only way to make new discoveries and it is the best part about being in school. this is all well and good, but so far the structure of the studio has made it difficult to work like this. every week, and sometimes between studio days, we have discreet assignments with prescribed requirements that need to be completed. this isn't really a problem in ...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21450285/back-to-school back to school adrienne 2005-09-15T13:36:39-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>as of yesterday i finally made it through one round of all of my new classes. last week was our official first week of school, but with studio and elective presentations taking up much of the week, things got off to a slow start. <br><br> i am in wesley wei's studio this semester. i was really hoping to get into one of the studio's that would be going on a trip this semester. (especially since most of them are at least partially funded by the school) but alas, the lottery chose a different fate for me. other studio's are going to brazil, rome and costa rica for short trips. we have been working on little mind-bending warm up assignments in studio so far. the kind of thing that is part agony part fun. (i.e. construct 3 joints with a pallette of 3 materials) we'll see how things shape up from here, but i think it will definitely be interesting, and i am sure i will learn lots.<br><br> i am really excited about my electives this semester. i am taking a theory course with David Turnbull, A...</p>