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    #8: Atmosphere I (Ice melt and catching drips)

    Anthony Sunga
    Sep 14, '10 12:45 PM EST

    Song: Never Gonna Leave Me by Sia
    Place: Studio 5th Floor North, Avery Hall
    Time: 12:18:59 PM

    Yesterday was our first pin up held in Ware Lounge with our professor Moreno and Prof. Rakatansky. 24 students present and feedback takes four hours with NO BREAK!!!

    For the project entitled ATMOSPHERE I, we had to analyze ice melt. I created a device ( I called it an apparatus which is apparently incorrect because an apparatus includes other factors like audience, setting, etc) that allowed the ice melt and I recorded the collected drips on paper. I found nodes, convergences, splatters, etc. I also created a short animation superimposing the ice melt and drip analysis. The first iteration (image 3) wasn't that fascinating and also the prof wasn't keep on my use of condoms in the project. (They have great elasticity, compared to balloons, and they're free in NYC).

    Prompt Analysis

    Initial Sketches

    Failed Iteration 1

    A Short Animation of Analysis.


    • guesswho

      Thank you for posting this Anthony, it is fascinating - but please explain how this has any relevancy to architecture...

      I am not trying to attack you- you were excepted into one of the mst selective schools in the country and I am sure you are loaded with talent. I am, however attacking the current architectural education system.

      I'm sure there is potential to explore through diagrams and create "dynamic" spatial modeling, but I think this is so far off from the practice of building that we are losing touch with our true responsibilities as the shapers of the world.
      One of the top schools in the country and they have their students melting ice in condoms... and this is a professional degree?

      The educational objectives are so far off from reality.

      i feel like this is why the general public feels it doesn't need to hire architects...

      Sep 15, 10 11:33 pm  · 


      Sep 15, 10 11:33 pm  · 

      It was simply a design exercise. The connection to architecture is in the way the architect thinks. As an architect, he must rationalize his decisions, whether to stay within or without set rules. To be able to see a problem, look at all possible outcomes, and choose one or several for himself. There are some relations to contemporary thought of architecture, mostly in the thought that we are at the point where architecture goes beyond the three dimensions. The morphology of objects like how the ice changes over time can be analogous to the morphology in the built environment. Can a building change? But of course those thoughts have been around even before the 60s.

      From what I've seen, the role of the architect has changed and will forever be dong so. The professional architect will always be there, there are just a lot of us. I think the architect's thought process, unique as it is, is applicable to so much. It can be mistaken for what is not architecture and we have to analyze, find the connections, and choose for ourselves. Architecture is subjective.

      I hope it clarifies some stuff. Thanks for questioning! It's good to talk about these things.

      Sep 16, 10 2:21 am  · 


      Guesswho summed it up nicely. That was some time wasted. Only relevant learning experiences came from practising how to record and report on a phenomenon. Nothing to do with architecture.

      In some quarters of the academia these kinds of "drip excercises" seem to be the only ones where the instructors feel confident and in control - contra cases dealing with actual construction, urban environments and (dare I say it?) Architecture.

      Sep 17, 10 6:32 am  · 

      I definitely see where Guesswho is coming from, but one has to put this project into context.

      Half of M.Arch students at GSAPP do not come from an architecture background. Many come from business, art, philosophy, ethnomusicology, and who knows what other majors are out there. It's a good exercise in a tangible scale on analysis, experimentation, and documentation, which are important generators of architecture/design.

      To clarify, the time spent on this project was only a weekend. If more time was spent then I'd agree that it would be wasted time.

      The next project "Atmosphere II" deals with a larger scale (which we are working on currently, and will post after crit). Then leading into "architecture."

      If you look at the construct of this series of projects, it is really just one great big building project.

      Sep 19, 10 6:39 pm  · 

      It has plenty to do with architecture. How is representing an event not central to architecture? Most of the time we represent the construction of buildings. For 3 days, Anthony got to represent the melting of ice. It's really not any different.

      Sorry you have a stick up your ass guesswho.

      Oct 1, 10 1:49 am  · 

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