Archinect - Yale School of Architecture (Susan) 2014-09-03T01:29:20-04:00 http://archinect.com/blog/article/89369059/long-overdue-update Long overdue update. Susan Surface 2013-12-21T13:26:17-05:00 >2014-01-17T11:04:11-05:00 <p> I graduated from Yale over a year ago! And I've suffered from Blogger's Guilt again...&nbsp;</p> <p> Anyway, this will be my last post on my Yale Student blog. Perhaps I'll begin a new one describing my new life at Columbia GSAPP's C-Lab, where I've ended up and am extremely, extremely happy.</p> <p> Happy December, everyone!</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/60770203/sandy-sadny Sandy / sadNY Susan Surface 2012-11-05T11:46:19-05:00 >2013-03-16T03:49:28-04:00 <p> Last week/this week: many workplaces were closed, so many could volunteer at the beaches where we spent the summer. Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Xmas, and NYE will buoy continued attention and effort through December.</p> <p> Coming soon are January/February. The East Coast will freeze. Holiday sentimentality and end of year bonuses will dissipate. The quality of the labor will transition from wrangling supplies through mountains of photogenic debris and forging a sense of community with other helpers and survivors every day... to caulking around thousands of mildewed public-school toilets, one by one, alone. Those who immediately rose to the occasion out of necessity or empathy will grow bored or exhausted and need to recoup. And then the next disaster will strike. Public attention and helpful energy will move on because the new disaster will seem more urgent at the time.</p> <p> There's always an initial energy and money spike. It's even harder to sustain long term rebuilding after the survivors...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/33245431/public-interest-design-seed-workshop-at-yale Public Interest Design / SEED workshop at Yale Susan Surface 2012-01-03T19:30:51-05:00 >2012-01-08T20:01:35-05:00 <p> Are you attending this workshop on January 13/14 and coming from out of town?</p> <p> Check it out!</p> <p> <a href="http://www.publicinterestdesign.com/yale-university/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.publicinterestdesign.com/yale-university/</a></p> <p> Let me know if you need a place to stay in New Haven (susansurface at gmail) and can't afford a hotel. I obviously can't promise to host everyone, but do have some room in my place &amp; understand the expenses of conference-hopping and how that can be cost-prohibitive to folks who would otherwise benefit from the experience.&nbsp; If you are extra lucky, lentil/squash/apple stew and mashed potatoes &amp; mushroom gravy may also be involved.</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/31210022/if-architects-were-punx If Architects were Punx... Susan Surface 2011-12-17T03:25:06-05:00 >2012-01-03T19:26:29-05:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1c/1cdmqdzpck2krano.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/30446425/remember Remember.... Susan Surface 2011-12-10T12:43:01-05:00 >2011-12-30T21:35:07-05:00 <p> The schools we go to are the reflections of the society that created them. Nobody is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that that knowledge will help set you free. Schools in amerika are interested in brainwashing people with amerikanism, giving them a little bit of education, and training them in skills needed to fill the positions the capitalist system requires. As long as we expect amerika&rsquo;s schools to educate us, we will remain ignorant.</p> <p> --Assata Shakur</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453762/alejandro-zaera-polo Alejandro Zaera Polo Susan Surface 2010-11-08T20:32:45-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>11/2/2010<br><br><img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v161/susansurface/azpwww-1.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453560/2010 2010 Susan Surface 2010-04-19T18:54:45-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>When you are enmeshed in the stresses, deadlines, social-climbing, and competitiveness of architecture school (and in some cases, architecture career) it is easy to misplace priorities.<br><br> The slippage started when I chose to make a career out of what I love to do. I have the immense fortune and opportunity to do professionally the things that I'd otherwise spend many of my waking hours doing anyway: researching, reading about, discussing, and making architecture. I do not forget how privileged this makes me. I am glad I chose it and that I am able to do it. <br><br> But a split started to happen. I put in all this time on school work. But both myself and my critics are dissatisfied with the results. To keep myself engaged, I took on design projects outside of school - on my own terms and with collaborators I willfully selected. I'm not only proud of those projects personally, but they actually got published or won awards. I do good work when I do the work I want to do. I do my worst work wh...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453025/stuff-i-like Stuff I like Susan Surface 2009-04-13T01:16:40-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>I've been wanting to do a "blogs I like" post for a while, and now is as good a time as ever, I suppose. It's a bit of a guilty secret, but I rarely read architecture blogs. Not even the big, famous ones. I do follow the architecture, art and design blogs of a few friends, but it's mainly because they're my friends and I like to see what's on their minds. <br><br> I recently started following a lot of other blogs, though. It was only about a year ago that I discovered blog aggregators, specifically, Google reader. How embarrassing - I've been using the internet for 14 years (and by the way, I'm 27 now, not 26) and never followed any blogs until last year because I had no idea that you didn't need to obsessively go through bookmarks all the time to get the latest updates. I have been publicly online for a while, but I am basically obtuse when it comes to developments in the use of the internet. Including innovations that have been making other people's lives easier for years. <br><br> So, here ar...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453015/spring-2009-open-house Spring 2009 Open House Susan Surface 2009-04-07T18:56:05-04:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:16-04:00 <p>A real blog update is coming soon soon soon. (Bloggers guilt strikes again.)<br><br> I just wanted to say a special <br><br> HEY Y'ALL!<br><br> To everyone who will be attending the Open House at Yale on Thursday. Please come say hello after Greg Lynn's talk. I'll be taking photos during the lecture, and I have purple hair (ok not all of it) so I'm pretty easy to spot. </p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452959/women-in-architecture Women in Architecture Susan Surface 2009-03-22T18:51:58-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Why are there so few women in architecture? According to Yale School of Architecture's Dean, <a href="http://bigthink.com/topics/architecture-and-design/ideas/why-are-there-so-few-women-architects" target="_blank">it's because women have families.</a><br><br> Do architects of all genders not face work/life balance conflicts?<br><br> Does the hours-to-pay-ratio typical of architecture not pose a problem to architects of all genders?<br><br> Do all women want families? Are all women even physically capable of having them? What about parents of all genders who adopt and foster? <br><br> Are there really "few" women in architecture? Or does this observation mostly pertain to those architects whom the elite members of the profession mutually consider the "top" of the profession? Will this remain true when those of us who have graduated in more gender-balanced classes have earned the experience to lead major firms?<br><br> Is architecture lagging behind other professions in accommodating people with children by providing flex-time, telecommuting, paid parental leave, childcare, and retraining for those re-entering the workforce after having tak...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452909/past-life Past Life Susan Surface 2009-02-21T23:17:52-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Since my last post with all of the candid photos from lectures at Yale, a few people I&rsquo;ve photographed have asked, &ldquo;Will this end up on the blog?&rdquo; Maybe! I take the photos for the school. It&rsquo;s my official workstudy job that provides me with lunch money most weeks, and the photos go into the University&rsquo;s archives. And it&rsquo;s a good reason to get up and sit in front and get paid to attend lectures I&rsquo;d attend anyway. I've been doing this, in a way, for twelve years, and you can read all about it <a href="http://flickr.com/photos/susansurface/sets/72157605376974466/" target="_blank">here</a>. <br><br> I wanted to take a moment to talk about this odd job I have that isn&rsquo;t architecture, but which is part of my thinking that informs how I try to design, and which I don&rsquo;t usually discuss around architectural circles. I was a photographer for a couple years &ndash; a New York City fashion photographer, and people make certain assumptions about that. People frequently express surprise that, among other things, I&rsquo;m not a fan of ranking people based upon their clothing choices, or that I support th...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452838/images-from-lectures-and-around-the-schoool Images from lectures and around the schoool.... Susan Surface 2009-01-28T17:52:38-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>I plan to come back and edit this post a bit later, but for now, here's a bit of a who's who around the school lately. <br><br><br> TOYO ITO LECTURE<br><br> Someone from... something... contacted me and asked me to post a blog for this lecture. I don't know if I'm supposed to do so here or elsewhere, but hey. Here it is. <br><br><br><img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v161/susansurface/YaleLectures/DSC_4990.jpg"><br> This image is really fun if you go to the school and can play Where's Waldo. In front is Liza Fior from <a href="http://www.muf.co.uk/" target="_blank">muf</a>. She is teaching an advanced studio and seminar this semester and will be lecturing in a couple of weeks. <br><br><img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v161/susansurface/YaleLectures/DSC_5011.jpg"><br> When you lecture at Yale, this is what you see... orange carpet, the Dean in the first 3 rows, and CONCRETE. Oh, and the school's giant camera in your face. Sorry, everyone who has ever lectured within the past year, or will lecture in the next year and a half. Just remember, "The more photos I take of you, the more likely there is to be a good one!" <br><br><img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v161/susansurface/YaleLectures/DSC_5060.jpg"><br> Toyo Ito pondering the slide that is projected above him. He was a really excellent, clear, thorough speaker, even vi...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452349/video-interlude video interlude Susan Surface 2008-11-09T15:14:04-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <br><br> This video for "Corporate Cannibal" by Grace Jones is incredible. (Sorry, I don't know how to embed video, or if we can do it at all.) http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452641/phone-camera phone camera Susan Surface 2008-10-22T18:02:45-04:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:15-04:00 <p>Here are <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/susansurface/2965556040/" target="_blank">some</a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/susansurface/2964715263/" target="_blank">notes</a> from Globalization Space:<br><br><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3073/2965556040_4d28f46723_m.jpg"><br><br><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3178/2964715263_734c2f8581_m.jpg"><br><br> Here is a <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/susansurface/2964676273/" target="_blank">bad photo</a> of a conceptual drawing I did:<br><br><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3276/2964676273_b5c27f2515_m.jpg"><br><br> Here is a photo of me <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/susansurface/2964727973/" target="_blank">sitting in the weird wall cutout</a> in the library:<br><br><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3165/2964727973_ced56451ca_m.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452628/mid-term-update Mid-Term Update Susan Surface 2008-10-19T12:49:56-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>I've been reading Bess Williamson's excellent blog, <a href="http://righttodesign.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">The Right to Design</a> - specifically, the entry on <a href="http://righttodesign.blogspot.com/2008/06/world-without-stairs.html" target="_blank">A World Without Stairs</a>. It raised some questions for me regarding universal design and accessibility. These questions are almost ridiculously basic, but as a (future) architect I should know the answers - and don't!<br><br> If a building's main programmatic functions are accessible, but has alternate modes of circulation that are not - it doesn't count as universal design... does it? I mean when a building has a primary accessible circulation core with additional non-accessible circulation (main core + 2 fire stairs, for example - basically, our building codes prevent buildings from being truly universal.) I think about this a lot because of the A&amp;A (oops, I mean Paul Rudolph Hall). We have a truly fabulous stairwell with giant landings, some of which feature carpeted benches and obscure sex crannies, and nearly all of which feature either bizarre faux-ancient plaster wall hangings or g...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452503/hi-its-susan hi its susan Susan Surface 2008-09-12T22:08:28-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>For my first entry, I'll share a funny story. <br><br> Fellow Archinect editor <a href="http://www.lateralarch.com/master.html" target="_blank">Mason White</a> was on one of my reviews first semester. We were introduced to each other by my critic, <a href="http://www.gageclemenceau.com/" target="_blank">Mark Foster Gage</a>, because a safe place to hide luggage was needed - and that place was under my embarrassingly messy desk. But I still don't know if he knew it was "Archinect Susan." This issue might come up from time to time: what happens when casual, friendly online acquaintances become faculty? It's a little awkward! But as long as everyone acknowledges how awkward it is, it's fine, right? <br><br> In future entries, you may expect:<br> *Why I am writing to all of you <br> *A recapitulation of 1st year <br> *Tales of the <a href="http://www.architecture.yale.edu/sites/BuildingProject/bp08/home.html" target="_blank">Yale Building Project 2008 </a><br> *My current schedule <br> *Hopefully convince some fellow students/classmates to contribute guest blogs. <br> *Anything else you want to hear or questions that you would like me to answer (please, ask.)<br><br> But, for now:<br><br><img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v161/susansurface/photo-1.jpg"><br><br> Hello. <br><br> I am honored to follow in the wake of such fine predecesso...</p>