Archinect - Blog Posts 2021-05-15T20:57:23-04:00 https://archinect.com/blog/article/150262899/national-perspectives-needed-to-assist-our-constructions National Perspectives Needed to Assist our Constructions Monte John Latham 2021-05-08T05:22:57-04:00 >2021-05-08T05:22:57-04:00 <p><a href="https://www.slideshare.net/montejohnlatham/aus-national-heritage-latham-debox-8-5-21?fbclid=IwAR1DOki1Rp63aBxqinFxdBAN5Hq3MnvYYAgLWpUY5XLlYL4JHasEqbNHUAk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://www.slideshare.net/mon...</a></p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150262412/as-an-future-architect As an future architect June Lee 2021-05-05T08:39:46-04:00 >2021-05-05T08:39:46-04:00 <p>When I was young, I was just a normal kid who likes to build small tent using blankets and chairs and to play inside of that blanket tent with my brother. When I was in the tent, I could see my home and family through the small opening, and it gives me a totally different view from the outside of the tent. The tent also gave me warm and safe feeling, so I could fall asleep easily. I liked the experience that the tent was giving to me. I think this childhood memory influenced me to study architecture to make my dream true.</p> <p>My dream is to build my own house by myself in beautiful nature and live with my family till I die. It could sound a little bit silly for most people, but this is the reason that I choose to study architecture. I did not like the most common housing style in Korea, which is high-rise apartments, so I came to Los Angeles to study different housing styles from my country. Although the first reason that I study architecture was only for my dream, architecture educatio...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150262370/architecture-with-human-sense Architecture with human sense June Lee 2021-05-05T01:50:05-04:00 >2021-05-05T01:50:05-04:00 <p>In my last blog post, I talked about the directional concept of &ldquo;Top and Bottom,&rdquo; which does not apply if there is no gravity. Link:&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/JLBlog/new-perspective-in-architecture-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://archinect.com/JLBlog/new-perspective-in-architecture-design</a>. In other words, gravitational force gives the ability to sense or feel the direction to the people; for example, people can say which direction is up and down while closing their eyes. Without this sense of direction, the human brain does not function well. However, in the international space station, all the crew members live under micro-gravity, so they actually do not get any directional sense. This lack of directional sensecauses the reorientation illusion, which gives disorientation, confusion, and nausea to crew members.</p><p></p> <p>The one architectural solution to help ISS crew members to get a directional sense is the layout of the interior lights. On Earth, natural light always comes down from the sky, and the human brain recognizes the light source, which is Sun in this case, as the to...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150262141/writing-as-visual-learning Writing as Visual Learning David Kuo 2021-05-03T20:50:07-04:00 >2021-05-03T20:50:07-04:00 <p>Full disclosure, I have always disliked writing, the rigidness of the formats from researching a topic to constructing an argument. I would get so frustrated because it feels like writing requires me to follow certain rules, someone else&rsquo;s rules. Following has never been my strong suit, I tend to go the opposite direction. However, I started to get a different feel for writing from this class I&rsquo;m taking this semester. The class focuses on &ldquo;freewriting&rdquo; where I can simply reflect my thoughts, and not have to worry about having perfect introductions or strong conclusions. It is no longer about writing to meet the requirement of word counts or the number of sources. I now think of writing as a tool that helps me think better and see clearer in a way. From time to time, I would wake up in the morning and just write down some of my thoughts from the architectural problems I am facing or just the mood I am in. The more I write the more I realize how powerful written words can be. I no lon...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150262113/shifting-design-education-for-current-issues Shifting Design Education for Current Issues Ivana Carbajal 2021-05-03T18:10:57-04:00 >2021-05-04T19:53:55-04:00 <p><strong>Education to Solve Real-World Issues</strong></p> <p>As a student who is graduating after this summer semester, I begin to question what my projects outside of the classroom will be. Most of our design curriculum focuses on residential and commercial design and building for a client we&rsquo;ve made up. But instead of working on projects with limited real-world implications (other than the benefit of pushing our imagination), how can we enhance our training and studies to tackle more tangible issues that affect the communities or sites in which we build our school projects?</p> <p><strong>Current Issue We See Today</strong></p> <p>We can take a look at Los Angeles as an example. It&rsquo;s the entertainment capital of the world, home to some of the greatest modernist designs, and a location with amazing year-round weather. However, the city faces an alarming issue with the growing unhoused community. A recent action proposed by the city aims to utilize empty hotel buildings to shelter those currently occupying the street. And while this mov...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150262076/can-indoor-aquaponics-enhance-the-health-quality-of-our-lives Can indoor aquaponics enhance the health quality of our lives? Gabriel Bustos 2021-05-03T15:02:28-04:00 >2021-05-04T19:53:39-04:00 <p><br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/28/2864831ac5e225b49ab29fdec7a02793.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/28/2864831ac5e225b49ab29fdec7a02793.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Country vs. city lifestyle</figcaption></figure><p><strong>What can we learn from being surrounded by aquaponics?</strong></p> <p>I would visit my family members in Guerrero, Mexico, from time to time. I learned the unique ways they lived. Almost all the construction materials were organic. It seemed like every section of the house was built separately. Primarily all sectors of the house allow daylight in the spaces. The only connection to the home is the foundation and the roof. The living room and kitchen are out in the open. As a mid-size concrete wall that surrounds the kitchen, separate the living room. The mid-size 4-foot wall is the best element in the house because it provides many essential components to their lifestyle. The wall is utilized as a water well, domestic fish farming, and <a href="https://www.theaquaponicsource.com/what-is-aquaponics/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aquaponic garden</a> for edibles. The waterproof well wall is 8 inches thick. There is a cement-built planter on top for easy access to the vegetation. There is a water pump that helps the water cycle. Before this device, they use to pump the w...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150262072/what-s-next What's Next Frida Figueroa 2021-05-03T14:56:56-04:00 >2021-05-04T18:54:26-04:00 <p>I remember that as kid people would always ask that question of what I wanted to be when we grew up as if by the age of nine we have any idea of what we wanted to do in the future. Somehow I'm finishing my third year in architecture school, something that as a kid i would never imagine pursuing. I now realize that all the small choices I made have led me to what I am now by pursuing the little things that caught my interest.&nbsp;</p> <p>Coming into architecture school i had no idea what i was getting myself into, i knew that's what i wanted to study at that time. I thought that I was just learning how to design simple buildings and make plans. I guess i was wrong, I remember in the first year they made us design a cube, we were all confused as to how that related to architecture and what was the purpose of doing it. They taught us&nbsp; how to think about the space and voids that we without knowing created. Architecture school has taught me so many things and helped me develop a different way of th...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150262071/future-and-dreams Future and dreams yan li 2021-05-03T14:54:34-04:00 >2021-05-03T14:54:34-04:00 <p>On the long road of life, the future can always give us unlimited imagination and creation. It always gives people a wonderful feeling, which makes people pursue and look forward to success. This is the power of the future. I don&rsquo;t know what my future will look like, but I can create my future and realize my dreams. In my mind, the future is still a mystery. It requires me to explore and discover and lets me open up my future. For example, I can prepare myself to learn more knowledge and be creative.&nbsp; I think that as long as you set your goals and stick to them, you have a chance to realize your dreams. Even if it can't be achieved, it can become better than before. </p> <p>&nbsp; </p> <p>I want to be an architect, but I know this road is long and requires a lot of knowledge. I am advancing towards my goal. I am a student at Woodbury University. I transferred from a community college to Woodbury in the fall of 2020. In this way, I am a little closer to my goal. Although, there will be more challen...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150262070/a-world-of-play A World of Play Jorge Ruiz 2021-05-03T14:52:16-04:00 >2021-05-05T22:34:07-04:00 <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d5/d54f48215ab83467814a939dcc4e4031.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d5/d54f48215ab83467814a939dcc4e4031.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514" alt="Evergreen Park " title="Evergreen Park "></a></p><figcaption>Evergreen Park</figcaption></figure><p>For a good amount of time in my life, I&rsquo;ve played basketball passionately. I have a deep love for the sport. Basketball has always been a recurring topic in all the things I do. One of my greatest memories growing up was the summer of 8th grade because I was playing daily with the intentions to elevate my game to join the basketball team my freshman year of high school. I would play two or three times a day, rotating from park to park to play against anyone who was on a basketball court. I would never forget how great I felt doing something every single day that brought me so much joy. </p> <p>Fast forwarding to the present time, it&rsquo;s pretty saddening seeing some of the places that I&rsquo;ve made so many great memories become abandoned and unloved. The rims, the nets, and even the floor is not in such good condition like they used to. These places can be in a bad condition where it&rsquo;s not safe or fun to play in anymore. </p><p><strong>A Goal&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Thinking about the future is sometimes intimidat...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150262069/idenity-happy-gilmore Idenity. Happy Gilmore Gor Gevorkyan 2021-05-03T14:51:42-04:00 >2021-05-03T15:58:57-04:00 <figure><strong></strong><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a4/a47ece27e58e5b784be49741880136df.jpeg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a4/a47ece27e58e5b784be49741880136df.jpeg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></figure><p><strong>Gor</strong><br></p> <p>The light is shining through my windows, and I hiss at the thought of waking up. To ease the pain that it is a new day, I think about how cool my girlfriend is and wonder what my characters are doing. For most of my life, I have been drawing characters that I can call my own. They take up this space in my head that I call creativity. They are my children, and I want to raise them to be the best, but I need help. From someone that sees life like me or at least understands it.</p> <p><strong>Be Happy</strong></p> <p>My father was never a teacher, he would rarely pass down knowledge for it was not who he is. Thankfully, he would happily support any decision I made. Whether it was playing basketball as the shortest child in school, or wanting to express myself through fashion and drawing. I created a style that was unique to me, and this does come with its flaws. I was an outcast from my team, my school, and the Armenian community for how different I was. I felt as though the stray dog that no one wanted.</p> <p>With ti...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150262062/journey-to-the-center-of-architecture Journey to the center of Architecture Cristian Pizano 2021-05-03T14:45:34-04:00 >2021-05-03T14:45:34-04:00 <p>Everyone wants to instill the desire to persevere in the world they have designed to live in throughout the course of their lifetime. In this desire, they have utilized the failures of their past in respect to circumstances and situations that have uplifted them to become the better version of themselves. However, their desire may only become a glimpse of a collection of areas of success they have yet to explore. Needless to say, this advice is evidently targeted to the insights on how I view the world around me and its relationships with my own desires, perspectives, and ideas about the world.&nbsp;</p> <p>Architecture sparked my interest the moment I, as an 8-year-old boy, decided to take my Lunchables alongside a caprisun to work with my dad. As a carpenter, his level of creativity excelled my performative views on how well he executed his wood craftsmanship based on the technicality in the drawings he composed together before creating some sort of artifact. I was amazed at how well he was a...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150262061/a-memory-that-changed-architecture-in-my-eyes A Memory that Changed Architecture in My Eyes Aileen Zaldana 2021-05-03T14:31:25-04:00 >2021-05-04T19:56:11-04:00 <p><strong>The Memory</strong></p><p>Atami, a place that I consider to be one of the most beautiful spaces of architecture that I have experienced thus far in my life, a hidden beach in El Salvador. This place is one of my favorite places because it has a few houses that sit on a peak of the mountain where you rent them for the day and you could see the whole ocean from wherever you are, a whole 180&ordm; view. And on the far left you have these houses located on the ends of the mountain that kind of make you feel like you are in the southern region of Italy, in Sicily. In order to actually go to the water, you have to go down through a set of stairs, they say its 100 steps all carved out on the side of the mountain. Once you reach the beach it is the most beautiful thing because you don&rsquo;t see it until you reach the last step and turn completely around that you see this amazing body of water with this black sand surrounding it. It gives you such a feeling every time and that is the power that architecture has. </p><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4c/4caf9e27cfc8c128ee52521475f04808.JPG?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4c/4caf9e27cfc8c128ee52521475f04808.JPG?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Ata...</figcaption></figure> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150261974/domino-effect Domino Effect hillarylu 2021-05-03T04:14:10-04:00 >2021-05-03T06:33:37-04:00 <p>American culture, including corporate America, is getting more culturally and ethnically diverse over time. Every day in my classes and curriculum, I learn that diversity is becoming particularly relevant as a diverse set of perspectives and backgrounds improves both the workplace and a company's value proposition. I strongly believe that companies of all sizes should ensure that their workers, regardless of color, nationality, or gender, are welcomed and appreciated. Organizations that lack diversity and struggle to make employees feel valued sabotage the employee experience. Growing up Asian American, I have experienced feeling like an outsider because of the color of my own skin, and I can confidently say that diversity in architecture is so important to me.</p><p>Diversity in architecture means that I will see other Asian American women that look like me trying to pursue a career that is dominated by white men, and I am so grateful to have such inspiring women to look up to. Having div...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150261972/no-splash-for-architecture "No Splash" for Architecture Kayla Castro 2021-05-03T03:13:44-04:00 >2021-05-12T18:24:59-04:00 <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/10/1099cf88947c0b32852566ec8c821802.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/10/1099cf88947c0b32852566ec8c821802.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>A Bigger Splash, David Hockney, 1967</figcaption></figure><p>For the majority of my time studying architecture, I believed architecture was a pristine, stylized David Hockney painting. Architecture curriculum is firm in its Eurocentric &ldquo;ideals.&rdquo; It revolves specifically around a select few architecture and design figures. This version of architecture is deeply 2-dimensional, as is David Hockey&rsquo;s representation of Los Angeles. To reduce architecture to a select few or to reduce Los Angeles to a Beverly Hills home is ignorant.&nbsp;</p> <p>NAAB curriculum has remained mostly unchanged. I am essentially receiving the same education as my predecessors, and their predecessors, and so on. However, there is a continuous pattern that rewrites the narrative of history in favor of these few Eurocentric men. NAAB curriculum carves out figures that do not support the same narrative.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>A Ramiro Gomez Architecture</strong></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ae/ae5451414fd162af137ca6649e7ceaf9.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ae/ae5451414fd162af137ca6649e7ceaf9.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>No Splash, Ramiro Gomez, 2014</figcaption></figure><p>Ramiro Gomez points out the hypocrisy of David Hockney&rsquo;s work. Los Angeles is perceived as a...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150261968/past-present-future Past, Present, Future Sergio Santos 2021-05-03T02:26:15-04:00 >2021-05-05T22:33:54-04:00 <p>The first spark lighting my interest in pursuing the goal of becoming an architect happened early in my teen years. Working with my dad in construction and finishing the first job site with him brought me joy that never seemed to have an end. One project that inspired me the most was for a family that was adding small ADU's in their property intended for their family members that were barely getting started here in America. </p> <p>At first, I did not think much of it until my dad started saying how things could have been better if his three brothers did not live under one roof together. They were all sleeping in the living room and sharing everything a single-family house had to offer, rather than having the ability to live in smaller additional units for their privacy. However, for my family at the time, this was too much to ask for and impossible to get done because living here in America in their early stages was a hard struggle for them as immigrant workers who receive little income...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150261966/a-fruitful-journey A Fruitful Journey Jessica Gomez 2021-05-03T02:19:42-04:00 >2021-05-13T14:50:54-04:00 <p>My future had always been a blurred image up until now. The aspirations I thought I once wanted to achieve never &ldquo;felt right&rdquo; as one would say. But as I started to learn and experiment more in school, I found myself getting closer to what really interested me.&nbsp;</p> <p>I first started school with a slight interest in the aesthetics of geometric forms. But as I began to learn more about architecture and its ability to become responsive to a surrounding site, it is when I greatly felt invested in a specific way to design. I have been assigned case studies such as the Jetavan Centre by Sameep Padora &amp; Associates, the Blur Building by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, etc. where I have been inspired by the way these spaces enforce a connection between the occupants and the environment of the site. These inspirations have manifested in recent studio projects, where I have been designing spaces that begin to focus on this type of relationship. For example, in my latest studio project with my partner, Gis...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150261955/to-me-in-five-to-ten-years To me in five to ten years Rafael Aguilar 2021-05-02T21:55:33-04:00 >2021-05-02T21:55:33-04:00 <p>In five to ten years, my dream as a future architect is to own a firm and work for myself.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s sounds like a very simple goal&nbsp;in mind&nbsp;but, is&nbsp;a hardship to achieve that much&nbsp;to&nbsp;own company.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;My ambitions towards owning an architecture firm&nbsp;comes from&nbsp;my family in which I as a person do not want to follow in their footsteps.&nbsp;As person who has 3 siblings that have all&nbsp;had ambitions to become a great many things in their&nbsp;lives&nbsp;but unfortunately&nbsp;did&nbsp;not&nbsp;succeed. Regardless of what plans my siblings&nbsp;and parents&nbsp;had, they were always met with the disappointment of either waiting too long to discover what they want&nbsp;or giving&nbsp;up in&nbsp;the process of&nbsp;pursuing their&nbsp;dreams.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> Regardless of what occurred, they all eventually led to working for themselves.&nbsp;So,&nbsp;in retrospect from seeing&nbsp;my families' mistakes&nbsp;and hardships. I decided that whatever dream I had would be worth pursing and at the end of it I would work for myself in this field of business I chose. Personally,&nbsp;in five to ten years I s...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150261874/a-student-s-hopes A Student's Hopes Christopher Parsley 2021-05-01T19:25:44-04:00 >2021-05-01T19:25:44-04:00 <p>When going into my first year at Woodbury University last year for architecture, the energy that each of my classmates gave off is what motivated me to keep on working and to try to improve on my drawings and concepts. Pushing me to my limits because they were right beside me going through the same struggles that I was. Everyone working together was the true studio environment and that is when we all thrived, until spring break rolled around and we all left campus and a majority of us have yet to step foot on it again because of the covid-19 pandemic. I am now finishing my second year at Woodbury completely online with the renewed hope that I will be seeing my studio family again this fall.</p> <p>The expectations for this fall will be nothing like that entering my first year because there will still be restrictions in place. The hope is that the energy I felt back then will resurface sometime in my last three years here. For the fall I expect there to be dividers and maybe some sort of so...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150261847/my-architecture-dreams My architecture dreams Mariz Youssef 2021-05-01T11:51:15-04:00 >2021-05-01T11:51:15-04:00 <p>Architecture school was my dream since when I was 12 years old. Now, almost getting to my third year of architecture school, I started to see the future in architecture from a different perspective. It is more than just buildings; it is more for humanity and community.</p> <p>My dreams are graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and getting my license because I want to work legally in architecture firms. My hope to accomplish after school is traveling around the world to see the architecture in different cultures and how it can inspire me through my architecture designs. </p> <p>In this class, I learned how Frank Gehry was particularly fascinated by the Greek sculptor and inspired him to express his designs. That encourages and inspires me to make time and money for traveling to experience what Frank Gehry absorbed. </p> <p><b>&ldquo;<i>I&rsquo;m always trying to express movement; I was fascinated with the fold so basic to our first feelings of love and warmth.&rdquo;</i></b> </p> <p><b><i>Frank Gehry</i></b> </p> <p>Also, I learned in <strong>San...</strong></p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150261825/my-path My Path Giselle Yeh 2021-05-01T00:08:17-04:00 >2021-05-01T00:08:17-04:00 <p>I feel it&rsquo;s really hard to predict the future. Especially with architecture, which continues to change and develop along with time. After my five years of walking up and down the campus, typing and clicking on my laptop, and measuring and sizing my models, I imagine myself to hopefully be doing what I&rsquo;ve studied to do with the most of my capabilities. </p> <p>Believe it or not, like many, I am afraid of failure. I&rsquo;m afraid of the impact what my failure can do, not only to myself but to others as well. Because of this, I would always start small and slowly try to make my way up as far as I can. Although slow, starting small results in myself being able to gauge myself correctly of what I am capable of, at the moment, and what I will need to learn for the future.</p> <p>In the future, besides being successful in my career choice, I hope to become someone that my family and friends would be proud to talk about. I want to be a great daughter that doesn&rsquo;t let my parents worry, a role model cousin t...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150261809/quarantine-as-an-architecture-student Quarantine as an Architecture Student David Kuo 2021-04-30T19:22:45-04:00 >2021-04-30T19:22:45-04:00 <p>The year 2020 is often dubbed as the year to forget, ever since the pandemic started, all our lives have been affected in more ways than one. The quarantine took place right before Spring break of last year. I remember just finishing up the midterm review and getting ready for a relaxing break to recharge and decompress. Little did we all know it was the last time we would have to physically go to school in the foreseeable future. At the beginning, like everyone else, I immediately rejected the notion of staying home and leaving the social life that we have grown accustomed to. I thought about all the things I had to sacrifice and wondered if things would ever be the same.&nbsp;</p> <p>For the first week or so, I had a hard time adjusting to this new lifestyle. I would often complain and think about what could&rsquo;ve been. But then I realized that no matter how much we complain, the situation is out of our control. So instead I focused on the things that I could control.&nbsp;</p> <p>Starting with meditation, ...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150261092/the-future-of-me The Future of Me tatianahajjar 2021-04-26T14:03:33-04:00 >2021-05-07T00:29:12-04:00 <p>The path to becoming a successful architect is a long path, with so many ideas and journeys along the way. When it comes to my personal future in this field, I want to do so much. Architecture is my excuse to leave my mark on the world and travel. Growing up, I watched my dad construct buildings all over California and in the Middle East. He got to travel and sometimes my family will go with him and watch all his hard work come together. He would show me the buildings the architects would design, and I fell in love with that. The architects would design the most amazing designs that ran along a building or design the most beautiful homes. I thought it was so amazing to see one&rsquo;s work come alive. That is when I knew I wanted my work to come alive and inspire people. I want people to look at my work and be in awe and find the beauty about it. My sister is an engineer and a dream of ours is to work together and be the ultimate duo. I don&rsquo;t want to let her down or our dream. This is wha...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150261051/beautiful-things-from-an-interiors-perspective Beautiful Things from an Interiors Perspective Ivana Carbajal 2021-04-26T11:45:47-04:00 >2021-04-26T21:50:17-04:00 <p><b>The Spirit of a Space&nbsp;</b></p><p>For more than a year, we&rsquo;ve all been isolated within spaces to preserve and maintain our health. Our chairs, beds, sofas, dressers, and tables have kept us company while we continue to move through life. Now, I ask you: Have you taken a good look at the details of objects that surround you, or are they simply there to take up space? Whether those objects have been hand-me-downs, impulse buys, found objects, or hyped-up waitlisted products, the value is determined by you &mdash; the one in the possession of the object. These things are there for a reason. The beauty of interiors is the personality of the environment and how the objects within it emulate a spirit that affects those who occupy it.&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Recognizing Beauty as an Emotion</b></p> <p>We all grasp a different image of what beauty can be. My definition of beauty will most likely look different from yours. And while we all perceive beauty in different forms, the <i>feeling</i> of beauty is something we all share. I can stare at Mark...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150260671/imagining-the-post-covid-city Imagining the Post-Covid City natcheng 2021-04-23T13:18:00-04:00 >2021-04-26T22:20:09-04:00 <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d3/d3073b398c2d7faa827da39501325417.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d3/d3073b398c2d7faa827da39501325417.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514" alt="C. ALTA-NYC x WORKSHOP" title="C. ALTA-NYC x WORKSHOP"></a></p><figcaption>C. ALTA-NYC x WORKSHOP</figcaption></figure><p>At this stage, no one knows the ultimate impact or toll that the Global Coronavirus Pandemic will have on our society. Early optimism that the pandemic could lead to a <em>Great Reset </em>&ndash; steering our economic and societal systems towards fairer outcomes and harnessing digital innovations towards public good, is giving way to a realization that the opposite is just as likely to manifest. Mid pandemic, a Darwinian scenario has already emerged where Big Tech and other business titans are thriving at the expense of individuals and small businesses. While the business elites reaped the rewards of a record stock market recovery and resurgence in 2020, the effects of the pandemic continue to expose and intensify economic, social, and racial inequities for many people worldwide.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO ALL THE EMPTY OFFICE BUILDINGS AND HOTELS?</strong></p> <p>In between projects,&nbsp;<a href="https://alta-nyc.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">my Office</a>&nbsp;collaborated with&nbsp;<a href="https://workshopto.ca/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WORKSHOP ARCHITECTURE</a>&nbsp;in Toronto on collages that respond and elaborate upon&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/16/realestate/empty-office-buildings-hotels.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this New...</a></p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150260320/from-baby-boomers-to-millennials-and-how-they-operate-in-architecture From Baby Boomers to Millennials and how they operate in Architecture Rafael Aguilar 2021-04-21T20:15:00-04:00 >2021-04-26T21:50:32-04:00 <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ea/ea0f8d1457067152307cd8b623147fa7.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ea/ea0f8d1457067152307cd8b623147fa7.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><p>In my third year of architecture school, I had a professor who was very old-fashioned in projecting his teaching style. Whenever he assisted any student, he would always offer references from movies, tv shows, and architects from more of his era. His references ran from the&nbsp;original avengers in the 1963&nbsp;(not the avengers we know today through the hit blockbuster movie The Avengers)&nbsp;from the 2001 Space Odessey movie. The 2001 Space Odessey was a&nbsp;movie typically&nbsp;about astronauts in space. There ship was this revolving&nbsp;space craft that had perfect symmetry. He referenced that whenever a student had trouble with the concept of symmetry.&nbsp;Unfortunately, most students didn&rsquo;t really understand his references other than me. Most students were from generation z and the other millennial students didn&rsquo;t understand him either.&nbsp;The point that I&rsquo;m trying to make is that my professor preferred his more old-school methods&nbsp;and philosophy. That&rsquo;s why he made it his&nbsp;absolute&nbsp;goal to teach us his way of...</p></figure> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150259995/keep-it-simple Keep It Simple! Frida Figueroa 2021-04-18T15:32:55-04:00 >2021-04-18T15:33:21-04:00 <p>In this world that we live in, that is full of chaos and a stressful daily routine at home is where we get the chance to relax and take our mind off of the exterior world. Have you ever walked inside a building and felt less worried, less stressed because of the way it was designed? It has been proven over the years that the architectural space can affect our perception and can also alter our brain behavior. The simple things like the layout of the space to the material finishes can contribute towards the person's health, mood and productivity. If you work in a space that is well designed you are likely to focus and be more productive. Minimalist architecture has become quite popular over the years as a design philosophy and way of life. More architects nowadays are using simplicity in form, materials and details.<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/26/262f74e7fd80f8bbb31d8f007b7af51e.jpeg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/26/262f74e7fd80f8bbb31d8f007b7af51e.jpeg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>What is Minimalism? Minimalist architecture is simplicity, it involves the use of simple design elements without ornamentation or decoration the less you have the better.&nbsp;...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150259123/nobody-s-perfect Nobody's Perfect Giselle Yeh 2021-04-12T15:21:34-04:00 >2021-05-05T13:16:04-04:00 <p>At one point in time everyone wants to be perfect. We compare ourselves to those viewed as the top and yearn to be the same as them. To follow their perfect lines and perfect symmetry to make something &ldquo;clean&rdquo; and, in our eyes, &ldquo;perfect.&rdquo; However, like many people have told us, nobody&rsquo;s perfect. While being perfect can be viewed as exquisite and beautiful, so can imperfection. Nature for example is imperfect, but at the same time has its own beauty of imperfection. </p> <p>The beauty and art of imperfection is known to be a Japanese art, specifically based on nature and the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. This art is called <i>Wabisabi, </i>Wabi derives from the meaning of root &lsquo;wa&rsquo;, referring to peace and harmony, and Sabi meaning &ldquo;flowers of time&rdquo; referring to the natural flow of time. The combination of the two come together bringing the philosophy of the beauty of imperfection and respect for passage of time. It is the art of undeclared beauty that waits patiently to be discover...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150259118/san-francisco-row-houses San Francisco Row-houses Aileen Zaldana 2021-04-12T14:59:53-04:00 >2021-04-29T11:12:30-04:00 <p>San Francisco&rsquo;s architecture is very special and unique to its location, it is one of the big parts of what this Bay city is known for. Although San Francisco&rsquo;s architecture looks the same all over the city, if you pay very close attention to the beauty of these row-houses you will notice that they all vary from block to block.&nbsp; </p> <p><strong>The Victorian Style&nbsp;</strong> </p> <p>To begin on a super classic set of houses in this city, are &ldquo;The Pink Ladies&rdquo; the show opener of&nbsp;<em>Full House</em>. They are located on&nbsp;Steiner St &amp;, Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94117. It is a must see. But looking at their architecture, they are Victorian style specifically Queen Anne. These houses are so unique not just in its architecture but the colors that are chosen. The yellows, blues, and greens catch anyone&rsquo;s attention. The reason they are painted this way was a decision made in the 1960s to enhance and stand out the architectural details that they consist of. </p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/24/24ea0048f3dc312778b8d21e67840c24.jpeg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/24/24ea0048f3dc312778b8d21e67840c24.jpeg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Victorian Style - "The Pink Ladies"</figcaption></figure><p><strong>The Italianate Style</strong> </p> <p>Then there is th...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150259117/can-large-scale-3d-printing-eco-friendly-materials-be-used-for-structures Can large scale 3D printing eco-friendly materials be used for structures? Gabriel Bustos 2021-04-12T14:57:19-04:00 >2021-05-01T07:19:47-04:00 <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b7/b740f081061c1e05bc47c12763bb2f00.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b7/b740f081061c1e05bc47c12763bb2f00.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong>Can eco-friendly materials such as wood fill, mass timber,richlite, straw bale, hemp, or mycelium be implemented into 3D printing materials on a large scale for structure use?&nbsp;</strong></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b3/b37389fd8d004c39ef777fe88e369273.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b3/b37389fd8d004c39ef777fe88e369273.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514" alt="3DFuel's bio filament offerings Source:" title="3DFuel's bio filament offerings Source:"></a></p><figcaption>3DFuel's bio filament offerings Source:</figcaption></figure><p><strong>Why do current building materials&nbsp;inadvertently pollute a person's health?</strong><strong></strong><br></p> <p>Today, the amount of energy used and pollution generated from mass-produced construction materials is overwhelming.&nbsp;The amount of harmful chemicals used is growing exponentially, leading to many individuals developing allergies or becoming ill around new carpets, paints, adhesives, and an extensive range of building materials. </p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9f/9f7b87315d082f91fe82587eda399171.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9f/9f7b87315d082f91fe82587eda399171.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p><br></p> <p><a href="https://elemental.green/10-eco-building-materials-revolutionizing-home-construction/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eco-friendly materials</a> such as woodfill, mass timber, richlite, straw bale,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.3dprintingmedia.network/mirreco-promises-they-can-store-co2-in-cast-3d-printed-hempcrete-houses/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hemp</a> or mycelium, bamboo, clay, reclaimed wood, TFL (thermally fused Laminate), natural paints, and oils or waxes could use as an alternative to producing low energy buildings. That can&nbsp;be solid, safe, and can restore the environment from pollutants. Most of the Eco-friendly materials are grown f...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150259114/coverage-to-the-real Coverage to the real Cristian Pizano 2021-04-12T14:54:36-04:00 >2021-04-20T13:01:05-04:00 <p>We all want to elicit the best of what we do whether it is at school, whether it is at work, even when it is at home. I&rsquo;m sure it is simple to say that you want to ensure your parents know that you can clean and cook and cater to your needs without their support, let alone succeed at your best at both work and school. You also want to go above and beyond to make sure your boss doesn&rsquo;t keep reminding you of the millions of tasks you said you could handle in your resume. You expect to have 12 drawings posted a day before your review along with multiple perspectives renders so your professor can realize you amazingly differ from the entire class even though you don&rsquo;t realize you have an 8GB RAM and the plotter will stop working the next morning. However, it may seem that there is a misconception on how we represent the things we are best at and why we do it at such an excelled level just to receive recognition for it.&nbsp;</p> <p>In terms of architecture school, we always want to ensure that the ...</p>