Columbia GSAPP (Mark)

  • Tilling (biodiversity with Dr. J)

    By Mark Bearak
    Sep 20, '07 9:54 AM EST

    Let's talk about Mitchell Joachim. Please discuss.... View full entry

  • Drift Cinema - AKA we love Ed Keller

    By Mark Bearak
    Sep 12, '07 7:54 PM EST

    I'm not sure how many of you have had the tremendous joy of spending time with Ed Keller, but I'm and not embarrassed to say that I am in love with him. Well, not sexually, but I am in love with his brain. After seeing him on numerous juries I was finally able to take his seminar/visual studies... View full entry

  • School's Back!

    By Mark Bearak
    Sep 10, '07 7:51 PM EST

    Last week Columbia returned for the 2007-2008 season. All of the big hitters arrived and the lottery defied anyones best expectations with every student getting one of their top three choices! This was truly exceptional considering past lotteries have resulted in people getting their 7th or 8th... View full entry

  • Texas Final Stop

    By Mark Bearak
    Sep 5, '07 5:26 PM EST

    There was no stop on the trip that I looked forward to more than the Kimball Museum in Fort Worth. Yet, I get ahead of myself... My grandmother and I left Austin fairly early on Monday morning knowing that most museums would be closed. Regardless we went to Dallas to at least see the exterior of... View full entry

  • Columbia GSAPP 3rd Year/AAD Fall 2007 Teaching Options

    By Mark Bearak
    Sep 4, '07 5:10 PM EST

    Hello Everyone, The list of teachers for the Fall 2007 Columbia GSAPP Advanced Architecture Studios have been released. Here are the options: Laurie Hawkinson Enrique Walker Andrew McNair Karl Chu Kazys Varnelis Francois Roche Fred Levrat Mabel Wilson Yolande Daniels Paul Byard/ Craig Konyk David... View full entry

  • Texas Wrap Up

    By Mark Bearak
    Sep 4, '07 5:07 PM EST

    I apologize about this late update involving our last two stops in Texas. So here we go: MARFA The drive from Austin to Marfa should have taken about 6 hours based on Google maps. In reality the drive took my grandmother and I about 8 hours. This was mostly due to the many coffee and pee breaks... View full entry

  • San Antonio

    By Mark Bearak
    Aug 16, '07 10:54 PM EST

    Today we braved the rains of a tropical storm to experience San Antonio. My grandmother was not too keen on leaving the car so my friend Alexer and I took to the streets. The rain came in waves so we had to plan our sites around the storm. The first stop was the Alamo, which was by far the most... View full entry

  • Leaving Houston...

    By Mark Bearak
    Aug 15, '07 8:24 PM EST

    Hello Everyone, Today my 96 year old grandmother and I braved 105 degree heat to see some amazing works of architecture. Our first stop was Mies' MFAH. The building was an addition, but it has now become the centerpiece for the entier campus. Although the museums's collection left nothing to talk... View full entry

  • Texas Trip (day 0)

    By Mark Bearak
    Aug 13, '07 5:44 PM EST

    Hello Everyone, Tomorrow I will start my week long road trip through Texas! I will arrive in Dallas in the afternoon and then I will be joined by my 96 year old grandmother. The plan is to visit Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Marfa. We will be spending at least 24 hours in the car and... View full entry

  • Haad Yuan - New Years

    By Mark Bearak
    Dec 30, '06 4:07 AM EST

    Happy New Years Everyone! Tomorrow night we will head in to Haad Rin for the New Years Eve beach party. We will then hang out through the full moon and head off to the West Coast for more fun and relaxation. Be good, Mark View full entry

  • Boys gone wild...

    By Mark Bearak
    Dec 24, '06 3:18 AM EST

    Merry Christmas Everyone! Thailand is more than just a vacation, it is a break from reality. After the most difficult semester I've ever had, I was cheered up by the thoughts of returning to Thailand and forgetting about all of my obligations in New York. It is an amazing country, filled with a... View full entry

  • Another Trip Entry - Haay Yuan

    By Mark Bearak
    Dec 22, '06 3:17 AM EST

    [ing][/img] I don't know how many of you have had the honor of traveling to the beaches of Thailand, but if you have you know what I mean when I say this is the greatest place on earth. We are currently staying on Haad... View full entry

  • Trip Entry 3 - Malaysia

    By Mark Bearak
    Dec 19, '06 3:45 AM EST

    Batu Caves Hello Everyone, Aaron and are having a great time in KL. Yesterday we went to Batu Caves, and Indian holy spot outside of the city. It is an amazing spot and there were flocks of monkeys running around. Later on Aaron decided he wanted some traditional australian food so we went to... View full entry

  • Update 2 - Kuala Lumpor

    By Mark Bearak
    Dec 17, '06 6:18 AM EST

    Hello Everyone, Greetings from Kuala Lumpur! Our trip to Malaysia from Singapore went quite smoothly. We made the border jump quite easily and caught our train. There was a really smelly dude who sat behind us, so we had to swith cars. By the time we arrived in KL most everyone else had switched... View full entry

  • Trip Entry 1 - Singapore

    By Mark Bearak
    Dec 15, '06 2:35 AM EST

    Hello Everyone, I hope you are all alive and wrapping up your semesters. This is my first entry to my travel log. My 36 hour flight went smoothly from New York to Singapore. My stop over in Japan was only about 10 minutes, but I really got a feeling for what the country was like, whatever. I did... View full entry

  • Columbia's Bi-Monthly Eisenmann Chit-Chat

    By Mark Bearak
    Nov 26, '06 7:53 PM EST

    Hello Everyone! This is just a reminder that tomorrow night Columbia will be hosting a book launch for Peter Eisenmann! Debate + Book Launch: Tracing Peter Eisenman Monday, November 27, 2006, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall Peter Eisenman will discuss his new book with Tony Vidler... View full entry

  • Desert Life

    By Mark Bearak
    Nov 20, '06 7:02 PM EST

    This evening Columbia had a discussion/debate on the American Desert and was a great way to wrap up the semester; here is the synopsis: Desert America A discussion of the American desert as a space of extreme uses and activities. The desert is a huge paradox: beneath the immensity and silence of... View full entry

  • 125th Anniversary Installation Photos

    By Mark Bearak
    Nov 14, '06 9:49 AM EST

    Hello Everyone! I apologize for taking so long to post some images of the trusset from the 125th Anniversary of the GSAPP. Let me know if you have any trouble accessing these files. View full entry

  • Friday Night Lights

    By Mark Bearak
    Oct 29, '06 7:30 PM EST

    Friday night Columbia GSAPP celebrated its' 125th Anniversary and I would not be too modest to say that the highlight was NOT Peter Eisenman. At a dinner/drinks party the Columbia Fabrication Lab presented our trusset design. The structure streched more that 30' and contained over 300 distinct... View full entry

  • 125th Anniversary Installation Update

    By Mark Bearak
    Oct 23, '06 7:27 PM EST

    Friday, October 27th Columbia GSAPP will be hosting an event to celebrate our 125th Anniversary in Low Library. The event will be for alumni and staff and will feature two distinct installations. A lighting instlalation, which will be hung from the ceiling and parametric space truss that will grow... View full entry

  • 125th Anniversary Installation

    By Mark Bearak
    Oct 23, '06 12:13 PM EST

    A group of a dozen students and three professors have been working on a installation for the 125th anniversary celebration this Friday night. I will be posting updates and images all week. Please stay tuned. View full entry

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