Harvard GSD Landscape Architecture (Andrew)

  • Boston: Event: October 7th - 8:30pm Join Us!

    By anti
    Oct 1, '10 1:23 PM EST

    Mist city

    Imagine wandering in Mist city, where buildings are not made out of tectonic, solid, impermeable walls out of dead materials but are misty nests of water particles creating loose spatial envelopes of a varying intensity. Right at the kernels of these atmospheric clusters, resources are allocated and generously offered to cover the voracious needs and desires of this city’s inhabitants and visitors. This cloudscape consisting of meandered haze contours, render the complex city forms, its densities, colorations, patterns and odors.

    Everything is embedded in the smokiness and is free for consumption with one unique condition; in order to survive, you need to inhale. What is as an alien operation in the beginning becomes your most favorite addiction; you cannot stop it. The reduced visibility in the brume activates the olfactory nerves, opens the porous of the skin, the nostrils and mouth but beyond all it weakens up memories and makes linkages, webs and networks with past, future and present situations. Smelling and sniffing [particles] becomes a sequential event attached to your personal experiences. This is the revenge of all senses against the once established but nowadays weak vision. This victory institutes new survival kits and skills; nose/olfactory functions are spread in the citizen’s body and imagination becomes the new sight.

    There is no black and light, no one-way, everything is smooth, transient and easygoing in the Mist city. The obscured vision blurs all borders and limits among light, heat, and nutrition. Joy and pain, full and hungry, hot and cold, day and night become one constant condition of sucking and breathing in. Divisions among smokers and non-smokers, vegetarians versus meat-eaters do not make sense in the Mist city. Levels of mystery, defined by levels of atmospheric moisture and haze, and strata of tastes become the vivid, colorful neighborhoods where you are wandering. The sweets, neighbors of salties, the cardamom-ians neighbors of the lemon zest-ians, they are all are next to the alcoholic nebulas that offer snorting that will re-actualize amnesia.

    Decision- making is easy in the fogginess; choices are always biased and based on preferences, desires, moods and Indistinct-ness-es. No justification needs to be made. We are building experiences here. There are no bricks, cinder blocks, modules, or anything materialistic; it is the event, the path, the moment, the situation, the temporal intangible particles that becloud the city and befog the community. The ubiquitous dimness obscures the veils of forbidden [fruits], eclipses the gaps, filters the irrelevances, films the annoyances, and beyond all hides the monstrosities around which our brains were enslaved to construct fantasies and other worlds.
    (above text by Zenovia Toloudi)

    Come join us!!! We invite you to participate in an experiment on the space of culinary degustation.

    The exhibit will open at 8:30 pm on October 7, 2010, on the ground floor of the Northwest Sciences Building (on Harvard Campus), 52 Oxford St., Cambridge MA. (Be sure to arrive around that time in order to not miss out on the food-sample handouts.)

    Thanks to Lian for already posting on this event in her blog. Project on Spatial Sciences is a group of students from the GSD though organized independently from the school. Our mission, at its most condensed, is to engage space design as a transdisciplinary action and to disseminate the resulting knowledge through multiple avenues.

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  • Spatial Activisim Event at Olafur Eliasson's studio

    By anti
    Jul 2, '10 9:46 AM EST

    Some notes/quotes from the three day event (two of speakers/discussion and one of a experiments and walk through Berlin). Entire speaker list at bottom. Overall the event was fanfuckingtastic. Opening comments O.E. - space is a reality container but also a reality producer - this conference is... View full entry

  • Architects and Nature

    By anti
    Apr 1, '10 10:00 AM EST

    This entry is a response to the Return of Nature lecture series here at Harvard, such as the Diller / Picon lecture last night that Lian touched on but also a general reaction to the relationship I observe here (Hi Lian ;):Just Mostly About Grass Picon had some interesting things to say about how... View full entry

  • Open House - Applications - Portfolio - Agonizing

    By anti
    Nov 11, '09 6:40 PM EST

    So we had open house recently which made me think about this time last year when I was working on my portfolio and application materials. The handful of portfolios which made their way to the archinect discussion boards I found quite helpful - both in terms of ideas to emulate and those to avoid... View full entry

  • Mayne says 'fuck' at the GSD

    By anti
    Oct 2, '09 11:42 AM EST

    Lian already wrote about Thom's lecture, but there were a lot of items I wanted to elaborate on (feel free to chime in Lian). "My work is loaded with purposeful accidents" Thom returned to the subject of "Quasi-autogenerative" techinques in his work over and over again. He talked about how he was... View full entry

  • Out of context

    By anti
    Sep 22, '09 4:39 PM EST

    Collection of quotes out of context: "Anne McGhee is critical to surviving the GSD. And critical of the GSD" "We have very little theoretical understanding of the sea." "Why isn't there a genre of painting called 'the weather'?" "Termites are fascinating!" "The general public is getting... View full entry

  • The LineUp

    By anti
    Sep 19, '09 5:10 PM EST

    I had studio in undergrad. I've worked in high-pressure work environments. I am a licensed landscape architect. None of that has mattered very much. Before arriving at the GSD I knew the reputation of the school being notorious for overworking its students (yes, I know its an across the board... View full entry

  • The Jump-Off: I had to overconversate.

    By anti
    Jul 29, '09 11:36 AM EST

    As Christian Slater once said -- Greetings and Salutations. I have officially reached the "awwfuckit" stage at work which seems like a good reason to start this schoolblog. Last weekend a few of us rented an RV and drove from Baltimore (current home) to Ashville and Raleigh and back home. We made... View full entry

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