I kind of fell off the blogging wagon last semester. Things got kind of crazy. But here are some updates...
--New Laptop: Get one before you start a graduate program! Having the ability to work at school in the library, outside of studio is essential!
Recently, BIG and Irma Boom came to Columbia to lecture. Alejandro Zaera-Polo (AZP) is here now. Tough guy to understand, and even tougher perhaps to decipher through his thick Spanish accent, so I'll try to write short, overly simplified bulletpoints.
--The theory of the facade is in danger.
--The facade mediates between public and private, but it also does
--The facade could crystallize the technical, cultural, political processes within the building.
--I want to understand the technical processes of the facade.
(Shows example of facade unit and entire building)
--We draw simple lines for mullions, but the object itself is represented by complex ridges, gaskets, drainage channels--devices that affect the way the facade transmits light, heat, etc.
--Wants to name his 12 identified facades
1. Curtain wall.
2. Precast concrete
3. Airtight Envelopes (
4. Watertight Envelopes
...going really fast.
9. Textile Facades
10. Media facades
11. Vegetated facades
12. Kinetic facades
1. Curtain Wall--generally made with glass and aluminum
--About constructing the world from scratch with a transparent envelope
Side-note: doesn't care about whether a facade was used first or last.
Lever House::First Facade out there
==Evolution of the facade as dark, because it was inefficient.
====John Hancock Building in Boston tried to remedy this but the double-glazing failed.
======Patterns and technologies used in a different way to use fritted, twisting glass.
2. Precast Concrete
--Sold as the form of social housing.
End. Back to drafting. I'll update with studio life soon!
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A blog that attempts to record the overload of people, perspectives and projects that run through the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University. 3 years of M.Arch studies from 2013-2016. Lectures. Tours. Crits, reviews, juries. Studio transgressions. Contentious viewpoints. Facts and fiction, with a side of parti(e)s.