Archinect - University of Virginia (Ryan Moody) 2014-04-17T04:04:06-04:00 them is fightin words r.s 2005-09-16T14:30:22-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>An open letter was recently submitted to the Board of Visitors, University Administration, and University Community undersigned by a number of architecture faculty at the University of Virginia. I won't paraphrase their comments or provide individual opinion but will suggest that everyone read the letter. This discussion has exposed the school of architecture to new audiences and engaged the community (micro and macro) in a lively debate. <br><br> (and its making me think that maybe I shouldn't have laser cut those ionic columns and palladian facade for my studio project...I should have cut them out with a blade just like T.J. would have)<br><br> seriously folks, has anyone seen the columns and pergola on the new basketball stadium at UVA?<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">link</a><br></p> time machines, romanticism, and when architecture turns evil. r.s 2005-02-25T01:12:51-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>A few things that have caught my attention recently. Embedded in the humor of the photos are however some serious considerations.<br> 1. the destructive nature of architecture school on ones personal life...when architecture turns evil (credit to Suhoon Bae for the study model)<br> 2. the romance for rust and when that romance turns to bytes. post industrial to post technological... my important files.<br> 3. architecture that accepts erosion vs architecture built to last vs. the architecture of the ephemeral...lets check the time machine <img src="" alt="image" name="image">.<img src="" alt="image" name="image"><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><img src="" alt="image" name="image"></p> an invitation to pretend r.s 2005-02-21T22:20:32-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>In light of my current interests in better understanding the role of landscape architecture at UVa as well as its broader relationship to architecture in general, my friend Anne invited my to be a part of her mid-program review today. Promoting further guise, she suggested I provide any critical commentary on the body of work presented and general directions and tendencies within her work. Beyond the discomfort of being in a position of educational inferiority I realized that we as students do not spend enough time commenting on each others work. Although certain that casual comments on likes and dislikes of peers work are ever present I feel that we are not forthcoming and receptive enough to thoughtful critiques from students, which often have just as much value as those suggested from places of greater perceived authority. Perhaps this is particular to UVa, or simply to my studio but I feel that the comments I receive from my friends are typically well-placed and insightful.....</p> TWO STRIKES and THREE THINGS r.s 2005-02-10T22:59:50-05:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:02-04:00 <img src="" alt="image" name="image">Please refer to the above photograph for an image of my friends Matt and Tina. Matt currently has "TWO STRIKES" declared upon him by his studio professor (after one pin up, (nice work matt)). I have attributed this largely to his outside committments which include, among others, spending nearly an entire day organizing and designing a poster for a newly started film series and building fire breathing cardboard godzillas which attack Tinas finely crafted site studies. Tina sits next to Matt and has turned me onto to the joys of Gummy Vitamins. My new three hole punch, which I use to organize an insane amount of reading for Beth Meyers wonderful landscape theory class, the quotation below, and the gummy vitamins are the THREE THINGS which I am supremely confident about in my life right now.<br><br> "if I cannot free myself from obsession with the end-product, how can I advocate the revelations latent in the process of making things? Without freedom from the tyranny of the object, how ca... re-accreditation r.s 2005-02-02T16:17:26-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>with the landscape program up for re-accreditation, the school has been papered with process. It looks fantastic. Sadly all the work has to come down within the week. It is nonetheless inspiring (and somewhat bewildering (where does all this stuff come from?)) to see the scope, variety, and excellence of the projects and thoughts presented. I attended the summary report this morning but learned little. The work is impressive, the school needs more diversity, and the challenge of combining landscape and architecture under one department needs to be continually evaluated with respect to the schools mission statement.<img src="" alt="image" name="image"><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><img src="" alt="image" name="image"></p> The Great Salt Lake and back to studio r.s 2005-01-27T00:55:08-05:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:02-04:00 <img src="" alt="image" name="image"> Is Robert Smithson God?<br> Less than two weeks into the semester and his name and work has been referenced more times than I can count. Spiral Jetty has become some kind of beacon for an ethical pursuit of landscape /architecture. (word is that he was also a voracious science fiction reader)<br><br> In any event the studios at UVA are alive and well after our four week reprieve. Beyond the clean floors everything looks to be in place. Semester forecasts are soon to come. <br> Welcome back ya'll <br><br> (ya'll being an expression derived from the words you and all, and apparently quite popular in these parts - one of those things, similar to the use of the word "soda", which I am still struggling with)