In my theory course our research project is on an architectural typology that has been disrupted / effected by American capitalism. The typology I have chosen is Motels / Hotels, and my first instinct is to research the shift in lodging from traveling the American Highway to the bigger, badder Interstate. Inevitably, the days of stopping to the side of Route 66 for a nights rest at Joe Schmoe's Motel were steamrolled by the comforts of the "Exit" sign to give you a list of chain hotel companies to so effortlessly choose from. So, I found this great photo from first days of construction on the very first interstate, which was in Missouri in 1956.
In studio news, our project is heavily rooted in Eisenman's Frankfurt Rebstock Competition project of "the Fold." That's all I am going to say about that—but I attached an in-progress drawing I created this week.
A collection of perspectives, rememberings, and thoughts as a dual Master of Architecture + Master of Arts Design Criticism graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago.