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    4.10 :: Woo hoo for all things green

    Emily Kemper
    Mar 12, '09 1:01 PM EST

    Apologies for the blogging absence, things have picked up to a brisk pace in the past couple of weeks because I gave my final thesis presentation yesterday.

    Speaking of, I GAVE MY FINAL THESIS PRESENTATION YESTERDAY. Yes, that's right, final of the whole year! I still have to finish the document, which is due on April 1, but that's in good shape and I basically just have to make some revisions and finish the formatting.

    (Note: I didn't get a chance to take pictures, unfortunately, as we were in a dark cave and frankly I was preoccupied anyway. Since I know you like pictures so much, I will therefore intersperse my post with some photos from St. Patrick's Day from years past to get you excited for the BEST DAY OF THE YEAR next week!)

    St. Patrick's Day Parade 2008 in Downtown LA = kilts!!!

    The presentation went well. I am pleased with the amount of work that I did and glad that I got some results in time for my presentation, and the response to my project was almost entirely positive. And, although I've given this presentation in some form three times already, I was actually nervous. I got dry mouth! That hasn't happened since undergrad. I think it's because this was the final final and I was all dressed up, and everyone was there and this was it, you know? No more. But I pushed through, and later my friends said they couldn't even tell. Awesome!

    Random Irish Bunny with Hat

    Also the general consensus is that this is such a good idea that I need to continue with it, and now I just need to figure out how. Of course, this might be easy if I can't find a job (sidebar: I need a job. I am available to work after May 15. I can do a lot of stuff, really. Please email me!) but that's not necessarily the scenario I am hoping for.

    Watching the Young Dubliners on Pershing Square through Shamrock colored glasses

    In addition to getting my presentation over with, I also started a new seminar with Leo Marmol from Marmol Radziner Architects/Prefab. And, as you might guess, the seminar is about prefab. Also, it is awesome. I am passionate about the idea of prefab to begin with but to be taught by one of the industry leaders, who himself is passionate about the subject, is a serious bonus. And we get to do a small design project of our own by sketching on paper in class. No computers! I think Leo must think I'm a lunatic because as I explained to him in class, in Building Science we do a lot more studying of buildings than designing of them, so I have a lot of "pent up design" in me and the ideas are flowing for this already.

    Green bagel

    On that note, St. Patrick's Day is on Tuesday, March 17, and I'm excited. What's that you say? Tuesday's a bad day to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Just remember, it's always a good day for a Guinness :o)

    Does the green dye in Chicago's river remind anyone else of Guinness flowing into the glass? No?


    • treekiller

      wooohoo!!! congrats for surviving the thesis process. can't wait to see the final document.

      Mar 12, 09 1:26 pm  · 

      Tell us more about Marmol's class...

      Mar 12, 09 3:31 pm  · 

      good GRIEF there's a lot of information on that website!

      Mar 12, 09 4:49 pm  · 

      so is there ever anything about usc's projects..

      Mar 12, 09 5:09 pm  · 

      Thanks, tk!

      Steven, I aim to please :o)

      make, we've only had one class so far, but we started out by talking about MRP's most-well known houses, including the Rincon model. We also talked about their factory in Vernon (which seems awesome) and our field trip, when we'll be visiting their offices and a built home in Venice, I think.

      nerdy, I go to USC and I just talked about my project, so I'm not sure what you are looking for. If you want flowy descriptions of 3D printing and laser cutting and "explorations of space" in Rhino or some pictures of swoopy buildings that don't do much but waste energy, then you're probably in the wrong place and you should maybe refresh your memory.

      Mar 12, 09 6:41 pm  · 

      nice site emily.

      i don't know why but i only just realised this site might be interesting to you. The research is slightly dated now, but the 250 some technical articles formed the basis for our education in building technology back in undergrad and grad school in canada in the 90's.

      Mar 12, 09 7:01 pm  · 


      What does your syllabus look like? Would you share? Email me, please!!

      Nice work on your web site!!!

      Mar 12, 09 7:17 pm  · 

      Thanks guys! Nice link jump....building science in Canada, eh? :o)

      Mar 12, 09 11:26 pm  · 

      oh yeah. very big on the building science in archi school in canada. it was one of our many know.

      Mar 13, 09 9:13 am  · 

      congratulations emily!!!

      Mar 14, 09 11:29 am  · 

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