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  • A Student's Hopes

    By Christopher Parsley
    May 1, '21 7:25 PM EST

    When going into my first year at Woodbury University last year for architecture, the energy that each of my classmates gave off is what motivated me to keep on working and to try to improve on my drawings and concepts. Pushing me to my limits because they were right beside me going through the same struggles that I was. Everyone working together was the true studio environment and that is when we all thrived, until spring break rolled around and we all left campus and a majority of us have yet to step foot on it again because of the covid-19 pandemic. I am now finishing my second year at Woodbury completely online with the renewed hope that I will be seeing my studio family again this fall.

    The expectations for this fall will be nothing like that entering my first year because there will still be restrictions in place. The hope is that the energy I felt back then will resurface sometime in my last three years here. For the fall I expect there to be dividers and maybe some sort of social distancing, all still depends on the guidelines that will be in place at the time, but I know that just seeing them will help to motivate me through the school year. Being online does allow me to see them on a computer screen; however, that does not compare to working with them in person in the studio or at the site for our assignment. 

    First Year Class Models

    Architecture, as all of my instructors tell us, is not something that is best done on your own and that there will always be a team there to help you build upon ideas to improve the work. I hold closely onto this notation because that is what I have been wanting this whole year, to go back to working with a team in person, to do actual redlines, not to lose someone because of an internet connection, and to actually see models up close in order to grasp a better understanding of what someone is trying to convey. I want to build those connections I had in my first year and to make even more when we go back because these ties now will hopefully last a lifetime.

    Review Pin-up

    I want my last three years here at Woodbury to be spent with my studio classmates, helping me to push to reach my best and for me to help push them to reach theirs. To spend it working in a collaborative environment teaching me how to properly express my ideas so I can better do so when I am working at a firm or talking to a client.  To spend it making memories with my studio family that I can look back on later in life and remind me of the passion that I have for architecture.

    My Studio Family
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  • Preserving History

    By Christopher Parsley
    Apr 12, '21 12:18 PM EST

    In a world of constant demolition and construction it becomes difficult to keep the close ties to what used to exist, and once something is gone physically many start to even forget it was ever there. Not only does the historical tie diminish, but pollution in the area increases due to the total... View full entry

  • Valuing Uniqueness

    By Christopher Parsley
    Mar 15, '21 12:52 PM EST

    Originality and creativity is one of the main things that architects can put into their designs, and of course they can draw upon ideas that came before them; however, still trying to adapt them to fit within the site it’s placed.  When buildings start to follow this cookie cutter concept we... View full entry

  • Circulation Story Telling

    By Christopher Parsley
    Feb 24, '21 12:17 PM EST

    Story telling, whether that be in a movie, book, or video game, the order is key. These stories create vivid images of the architecture and its circulation; however, what becomes difficult is when the one experiencing the story has free movement in a video game. The task at hand then becomes a... View full entry

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Looking at how forms are used to either create a direct circulation to tell a story, or how it can be used to create a tie to its site and what is already pre-existing there.

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