Cal Poly Pomona (Nicole)

  • One-Night Stand(s) and the Fear of Growing Up

    A sudden wave of anxiety washed over me as I found myself standing alone in the driveway of a seedy motel among a crowd of well-dressed creative types. From an outsider's point of view, it must have looked like a typical college party. Red Solo cups and beer bottles littered the ground. Groups of friends huddled together in tight circles. Music blared from multiple directions, one from an unseen DJ and another from a downstairs motel room. However, if one looked or listened carefully, one would notice that this wasn't your ordinary college function. Everyone was too good-looking and sharply dressed, not trashy in any way. Conversations revealed key words such as "figure ground", "Python script", and "Oculus Rift". Even though this wasn't a college party, the event was a one-night stand to remember. 

    One-Night Stand LA took place in the Holiday Lodge Motel in Los Angeles.

    One-Night Stand LA; organized by SCI-Arc alumni Ryan Tyler Martinez, William Hu, and Anthony Morey; featured various projects "exploring different forms of media, but also new possibilities for architectural strategies of subversion". This one-night stand for art and architecture exploited the humor of the event's location and name (e.g. using images of condoms on Instagram for advertisement). TALL (Kyle Branchesi and Shane Reiner-Roth) remade paraphernalia that are found in all motel rooms, calling their piece the Museum of the History of the Motel. Other participants, on the other hand, used their given motel rooms as mere exhibition rooms, where their work had little to nothing to do with the setting. 

    A close up of TALL's imitation night stand, lamp, and Bible.

    Sarah Newby's paintings on the balcony of a motel room

    As I get closer to finishing undergraduate school, these types of events impact me more greatly than they would if I were to experience them two or three years ago. The anxiety that hit me previously came with a reminder of my future's uncertainty. Sure, I know what I want to do with my life for the next few years: work for two, grad school for one, and then teach after that. However, I ultimately want to continue to challenge the classic view of architecture through experiments similar to what has been done during One-Night Stand and Treatise.

    I am afraid of leaving school, where I have the protected opportunity to carry out my investigations and architectural disputes. I simply have to remind myself that I can continue to do such things outside of school, as long as I dedicate my free time to this. In some ways, I am also afraid of doing this alone. Although I prefer to work independently, my peers who are simultaneously carrying out parallel and tangential explorations comfort me because they understand the motive behind the work. Those with different agendas may not see the point in things such as this one-night stand for art and architecture. I suppose I simply have to remind myself that this will always be the case. While architecture is a broad subject, only those within its bubble will have the slightest bit of understanding, and even those people may not comprehend or care about the smaller topics within architecture. 

  • T-R-E-A-T.US

    Why write alone? There is no such need if one finds him or herself sharing similar thoughts with others.Cal Poly Pomona's Neutra VDL House hosted the West Coast book launch for "Treatise: Why Write Alone?", a project carried out by fourteen young design teams and organized by Jimenez Lai of Bureau...

  • The Importance of Precedents and Being Earnest

    I am extremely tired of people telling me that a particular architect, movement, building, or method is irrelevant to today's design world and to my own work. Throughout architecture school we have been trained to conduct research on case studies in order to extract various types of information...

  • Death to the hype?

    It's 2010. I am still the naive 18-year-old first year student who is still easily impressed and not yet tainted by the harsh reality of life. I walked into Cal Poly Pomona's Interim Design Center (IDC) for the first time to attend the quarterly student showcase, which is strangely called Interim...

  • Winter 2014 Lecture Series

    This quarter Cal Poly Pomona's lecture series consisted of four diverse individuals from the architecture community. In the past, presenters sometimes adhered to a specific theme (i.e. sustainability, representation through drawing, etc.), but within the past three months, our guests each had...

  • Berlin Love Zone

    Frank Clementi's topic studio at Cal Poly Pomona, titled The Heresy of Function, explored the re-use and reprogramming of famous monuments.As a large-scale love hotel, the Berlin Love Zone brings people together in the same location where the Berlin Wall once stood. Within this 500-foot wide...

  • MIchael Rotondi interview with Orhan Ayyuce

  • Fall 2014 Lecture Series

    Cal Poly Pomona's fall lecture series, funded by Henry Woo, featured student-picked architects from the Los Angeles area. This quarter we also presented the Neutra Award to Michael Rotundi. 

  • Cal Poly Pomona Fall 2014 Interim

  • Cal Poly Pomona 2014-2015

    The upcoming school year brings change to the architecture department at Cal Poly Pomona. Lecture seriesFor many years, associate professor Axel Schmitzberger was the primary curator for the department's lecture series, but this school year a panel of faculty and students will take charge. While...

  • Senior project 2014

    With the switch of Cal Poly Pomona's architecture department chair in 2013, the curriculum has undergone a handful of drastic changes, including the senior project format. Rather than providing merely a 10-week quarter to design and produce a project, fifth years received the summer to do...

  • Collapse

    In the Film & Urbanism class I took this quarter, we studied societal collapse and its effect on urbanism by watching various documentaries and fictional movies. By analyzing films such as Manufactured Landscapes and Blade Runner, we were supposed to obtain ideas on how to portray our own take...

  • A small update

    Sorry for my lack of posts. I have become wrapped up in school once again. Now I am working at a firm as well, so that has consumed all the time I'm not spending on schoolwork.In the meantime, Cal Poly Pomona has hosted a number of top notch lectures this quarter.Alex Hogrefe holds a workshop of...

  • The glorified tent

    Within the past quarter George Proctor's winter topic studio focused on modular housing. Although we had the option of choosing program and users of the space, we were required to design a 500 sq. ft dwelling that incorporated space-saving techniques, such as moving furniture. The majority of...

    Midterm design proposal

  • Why, hello.

    Tagged introduction

    I am Nicole Magsaysay Doan, a fourth year architecture undergraduate student at Cal Poly Pomona. I am also the chapter AIAS secretary. I lived in the Bay Area for the first eighteen years of my life, and I am surprised to find myself in the Greater Los Angeles Area, especially since I used to...

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Initially, I was going to name this blog "Architecture Will Kill You", but I thought better of it. Welcome to my five-year journey in undergraduate architecture school.

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