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    009 / Notes & Murmurs

    Greg Evans
    Jan 19, '10 8:20 PM EST

    Quickly, then back to work...

    My apologies for my lack of postings - like last quarter's studio work. Being a partner project, I don't have all of the final materials and need to get those from him ASAP! Furthermore, my hand-drawn sections of the project were stolen, and I have no idea where they are. So, if you go to the KSA, and are reading this, and have heard about some stolen hand drawings, please let me know! It's very disappointing.

    Winter quarter has started running. Third week started today, and in the first two weeks:

    - Pin up every day in studio with McMorrough & Cadwell
    - Project introduction, quiz, and project brief due in structures with Hristina Panovska
    - Precedent analysis due every Wednesday in tectonic theory with Cadwell

    Needless to say, the first two weeks have finished in quite a hurry.

    But I have some issues...
    It seems the work needs to be done so quickly that none of it is truly in-depth research. That bothers me being in grad school. In addition, there have been so many due dates for separate projects, no good amount of time can be spent on a single one. Furthermore, each project is with different groups. Studio we have one large group, structures two separate groups, and theory another group. I feel this sporadic assigned group work truly diminishes the quality of work produced throughout the classes. I guess one could argue that the real world is many different project teams working on separate projects. While this is true, I don't think scholastic work should just mirror that of the "real world." I strongly feel I'm not researching at a graduate level, and just recycling topics and research I've done in the undergraduate level.

    Otherwise, I'm optimistic about where the quarter will go. So, we shall see.

    But in the mean time, tomorrow's lecture should be a good one:

    Heather Roberge is a practicing architect and educator in Los Angeles. She is Associate Vice Chair of the Department of Architecture at UCLA, and is Director of the undergraduate program in Architectural Studies. She teaches graduate courses in design and technology. Formerly, as co-principal of Gnuform, Ms. Roberge explored an architecture of effective atmospheres through a vitalist-materialist model of practice. murmur continues these investigations, with a special focus on the spatial, structural and atmospheric innovation made possible by emerging digital design and manufacturing techniques. Ms. Roberge received both her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Architecture degrees at The Ohio State University, where she received the AIA Certificate of Excellence and graduated Summa cum laude. In 1995, Ms. Roberge studied at the Architectural Association in London.

    In my Grasshopper Primer course last quarter, we looked at her Murmur studio's work at UCLA. What's most fascinating about the studio is the design-build aspect of it. The project teams are able to see the installation all the way from digital design through fabrication - and the results are quite intriguing!

    Heather Roberge
    5:30 PM | KSA Auditorium


    Also, my apologies on not posting the Winter/Spring Quarter lecture poster. Here it is:


    Hope to see you tomorrow! Cheers!


    • haven't heard of her but quite like her work. i hope she gets to build more.

      one question:

      "effective atmospheres through a vitalist-materialist model of practice"?

      what exactly does that mean? i am all agog.

      Jan 20, 10 5:44 pm

      "effective atmospheres through a vitalist-materialist model of practice"

      a smart way of saying she made cool stuff just to make cool stuff.

      more power to her. let us know if/when they get the video online.

      Jan 21, 10 9:25 am

      It was a really interesting lecture. She has some really interesting work from practice and her studios. I'm very jealous of her UCLA design/build seminars.

      Jan 21, 10 10:06 am

      i really like the work and all props to her but when intelligent people use english like they are learning a second language it is really not a good thing. i thought we were past all that - the 90's slid into the sea so quietly.

      I live in a country where english is 2nd or 3rd language at best and its just like this odd archi-babble, but by accident. its a bit embarrassing really that a prof of distinction writes english like my students from china who are trying to learn japanese and english at the same time and still aren't quite ready for the grammar test.

      apologies if english is her second language and she can't help it.

      Jan 22, 10 10:10 am

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