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    In the wake of Open House weekend...

    By MK/AP
    Apr 11, '10 9:57 PM EST

    Hey everyone! We, the co-authors of this blog, thought it would be a good idea to finally get around to our first post, on the heels of what was a well attended and festive Open House that we were able to enjoy without the nervous anticipation that the prospective students must have been feeling (which we were surely feeling a year ago when we were in their position).

    So first, "we" are Meredith and Aaron (


    • hey guys!!! looking forward to seeing more... i really like wiel's work and am looking forward to seeing some of it when i go to maastricht in a few weeks...

      Apr 12, 10 8:13 am  · 

      Welcome back to blogging Aaron! Hi Meredith..

      Apr 12, 10 8:44 am  · 

      thanks for the comments. Phil, we visited the Netherlands as a studio earlier this semester, and saw many examples of Arets' work, including those in Maastricht. Make sure to go to nearby Heerlen as well, where he has a few noteworthy projects, including the AZL, and the refurbishment of and addition to the Glaspaleis by Frits P.J. Peutz. Also, I highly recommend a visit to the Hedge House, located about 20 minutes from Maastricht by car, in the town of Wijlre. Stunning little project.

      Apr 12, 10 12:46 pm  · 

      arets is at washu? I'm jealous.

      how far has he come since "strange bodies?" is he still on this thing about viruses and grafting?

      Apr 13, 10 3:36 pm  · 

      ya, Virological Architecture has come up a few times, but mostly in response to something a student has raised. He has brought up the idea that a building can work as a [positive/beneficial] virus, in that our projects, which are large prototypical proposals, can be clearly defined buildings but can significantly impact their surroundings/the city at large and effect future development.

      as a component of the studio, there have been a series of public lectures by Arets, which are followed by debates with WUSTL faculty and invited academics (Ron Witte and Graham Shane have been among the guests). During the debates the concepts that Arets has worked with, from past to present, have been tossed around and I believe as a result, his view has been adjusted, or at least somewhat problematized. Hopefully we'll have a chance to post something on these lectures in the near future...

      Apr 14, 10 12:41 pm  · 

      hah, i just met with grahame shane for an hour this afternoon to talk about my dissertation! he's great!

      Apr 14, 10 3:41 pm  · 

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