Cal Poly Pomona (Nicole)

  • 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 region, the Berlin Wall changes from a linear structure to a field of Smoosh Walls, on which the hotel units attach. Various programs allow people to not only carry out their sexual fantasies, but even more private acts of love. 

    For nearly 30 years the Berlin Wall divided the east from the west. In 1961, the German Democratic Republic (GDR) erected the wall around West Berlin to prevent emigration and defection from communist East Germany. As the wall tranformed from a mere barbed wire fence to an entirely walled “No Man’s Land,” approximately 5,000 people endeavored to flee. Even until after 1989 with the reopening of the border, the Berlin Wall continued to symbolize imprisonment and the division of two opposing sides (communism vs. democracy, east vs. west, etc.). 

    With the occupation of No Man’s Land, the space joins these two sides physically and through the intimate relationships between individuals that utilize the project. The Berlin Love Zone thus acts as a vehicle for love, congregation, and human connection.

  • 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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