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    Back in Session

    By Alana
    Sep 10, '07 10:22 PM EST

    (Warning : The image above is not of an architecture school or an affiliate of one)

    It was a beautiful day, and I spent it inside. THAT is architecture [school].

    This summer was wet and cold here in Vancouver, so I didn't always feel that I was missing out on much as I sat in front of the computer. Although, near the end of the summer the office (Merrick Architects) moved into a sealed bubble from its previous location between 'blood alley' and a treed courtyard in gastown, and I was sad about the change. The former space was intimate, with operable windows, while the latter was brightly lit, sealed and huge. I do declare : windows that open are a must!!!!!!!


    -the courtyard that was-

    Now back at school I am sitting beside a window that never really closes properly... but I can still see trees ...

    My studio for this semester is a really exciting project titled 'PRHQ _Headquarters of the PacRim' with Mari Fujita. I took a studio with Mari last year, and am glad, if somewhat surprised to be working with her again. I didn't realize that 'they' would allow students to work with the same professor twice. Our studio has a blog that has just been set up at We will be posting to the blog as our projects develop. Currently we are studying, defining, categorising, and mapping our research regarding the Pacific Rim.


    -this image is from google earth of the pacific ocean. On the edges of the globe you can see Australia and Canada's landmass sneaking around, with Hawaii in the middle. This is one big ocean.

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