Archinect - Blog Posts 2021-10-27T19:58:17-04:00 https://archinect.com/blog/article/150285784/space-light-form SPACE+LIGHT+FORM Eric Knight 2021-10-20T13:37:01-04:00 >2021-10-20T13:37:01-04:00 <p>Space is the Initial State</p><p>Light Creates</p><p>Form Holds Light<br><br></p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150285350/are-you-from-west-virginia Are you from West Virginia? Mitch McEwen 2021-10-16T16:04:31-04:00 >2021-10-16T16:07:11-04:00 <p>My grandmother was born in West Virginia.&nbsp; She died last year (not of covid?) almost 100 years old, after many decades of retirement life in Columbus Georgia, a place for comfortable military widows, which she was, in her way.&nbsp; She retired from being a Washingtonian.</p> <p>Becoming a Washingtonian was, itself, a career.&nbsp; She earned some kind of recruitment to work in the US Treasury (as a typist?) by being valedictorian of her (must have been all Black) high school in West Virginia.&nbsp;</p> <p>I didn't know much about her childhood in West Virginia until she was so old that people could talk about her.&nbsp; Her mother died when she was 5.&nbsp; Her early memories of her mother were mostly cleaning alongside her.&nbsp; As a pseudo-orphan in the late 1920s she (lived and?) worked in a restaurant run by one of her father's new girlfriends.&nbsp; This, I now vaguely understand, was so terrible that no one can say anything about it.</p> <p>She left West Virginia because it was not a place that allowed her to be a child. She left...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150281580/coop-himmelblau-the-explosion-of-the-functionalist-box Coop Himmelblau, the explosion of the functionalist box Marcelo Gardinetti 2021-09-15T18:36:19-04:00 >2021-09-15T18:36:19-04:00 <p>A principios de 1990, Frans Haks, director del Museo Groninger, le pidi&oacute; a Alessandro Mendini que dise&ntilde;ara la extensi&oacute;n del museo en el canal en el borde del sitio del edificio hist&oacute;rico. Mendini propuso atomizar el programa en tres partes, con el fin de diluir el impacto del edificio en su entorno1. Propone un esquema lineal para unificar las tres &aacute;reas y planifica las &aacute;reas administrativas y de servicios. Para el dise&ntilde;o de los pabellones expositivos, Mendini invit&oacute; a Philipe Starck, Michele de Lucchi y Coop Himmelb [l] au2 a cada dise&ntilde;o de una parte del edificio.&nbsp; </p> <p>En esos a&ntilde;os, Coop Himmelb [l] au estaba en una b&uacute;squeda persistente para desarticular el objeto arquitect&oacute;nico. Su m&eacute;todo de trabajo investiga la definici&oacute;n de la forma arquitect&oacute;nica mediante un boceto gr&aacute;fico que surge de un impulso creativo originado en el subconsciente. El dise&ntilde;o del Pabell&oacute;n Este del Museo de Groningen es el resultado de esta acci&oacute;n. Un boceto que llamaron "Arquitectura l&iacute;quida" porque represen...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150281578/the-distensions-of-space-in-zaha-hadid The distensions of space in Zaha Hadid Marcelo Gardinetti 2021-09-15T18:22:32-04:00 >2021-09-15T18:22:32-04:00 <p>En t&eacute;rminos de investigaci&oacute;n metodol&oacute;gica, el trabajo inicial de Zaha Hadid fue el m&aacute;s fruct&iacute;fero. En ellos explora y reformula b&uacute;squedas de las vanguardias de principios del siglo XX abortadas por las condiciones pol&iacute;ticas de esos a&ntilde;os. </p> <p>Las ra&iacute;ces gen&eacute;ticas de estos trabajos se encuentran en el lenguaje suprematista de Kazimir Malevich. El tr&aacute;nsito por la obra del artista ruso comenz&oacute; en su estudio de tesis, un complejo hotelero en el r&iacute;o T&aacute;mesis. El proyecto adapta la morfolog&iacute;a de los "Arkhitektons". Su prop&oacute;sito no era retomar iconograf&iacute;as del movimiento moderno, sino forjar una estrategia para revelar nuevos campos constructivos a partir de esas obras. </p> <p>Como describi&oacute; Hal Foster, la pintura suprematista fue vista como un aplanamiento radical del plano pict&oacute;rico; Hadid lo utiliza como una irrupci&oacute;n dram&aacute;tica en el espacio-tiempo infinito, en un intento de "forzar la apertura" de sus objetos, de "comprimir y expandir" sus espacios, de intensificar y liberar sus estructuras, ...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150278986/alumni-profile-amanda-zettel-mds-hp-21 Alumni Profile: Amanda Zettel (MDS-HP ’21) deancascieri 2021-08-25T17:19:12-04:00 >2021-08-25T17:19:12-04:00 <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/24/240e1ef063ecb2cc9a357e898f84084e.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/24/240e1ef063ecb2cc9a357e898f84084e.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"><br><br></a>Amanda Zettel graduated from the BAC with her Master of Design Studies in Historic Preservation and Conservation in May of 2021. She was also awarded the BAC&rsquo;s first-ever Historic Preservation Fellowship to assist Institutional Advancement and Facilities in the pursuit of Community Preservation Act funding for restoration work on the BAC campus. Zettel received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from Parsons, The New School for Design, in 2004. She was also awarded the Edwin T. Steffian, '10 (Hon.) Centennial Award for Master's Thesis Excellence in Design Studies at The BAC, and Outstanding Achievement in Design at Parsons.</p></figure><p>Zettel currently lives in Charlestown, MA and is the president of the Charlestown Preservation Society.</p> <p><strong>How did you get started in your career in design?</strong></p> <p>I knew I had always wanted to go into design, but the middle-class immigrant community I grew up in in Orange County [California] didn&rsquo;t have the disposable income to hire interior designers or a...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150278711/healing-architecture-for-eating-disorders-coming-soon HEALING ARCHITECTURE FOR EATING DISORDERS - COMING SOON Erin Sharp Newton 2021-08-23T18:33:12-04:00 >2021-09-15T05:30:26-04:00 <figure><p><a href="https://www.nkarchitects.com/news/2021/3/10/rwj-university-hospital-somerset-begins-phased-opening-for-new-state-of-the-art-eating-disorder-unit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/56/56b2346dfdddc0629f9189c90a0f5c75.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514" alt="Coming Soon Banner" title="Coming Soon Banner"></a></p><figcaption>Lobby Banner (Source: NK Architects + DCC Design Group)</figcaption></figure><p><a href="https://www.rwjbh.org/rwj-university-hospital-somerset/treatment-care/mental-health-and-behavioral-health/conditions/eating-disorders-program/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH)&nbsp;Somerset</a> is transforming their <a href="https://www.rwjbh.org/blog/2019/december/a-place-for-healing/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">nationally recognized</a> Eating Disorders Program into a state-of-the-art inpatient unit.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://www.nkarchitects.com/news/2021/3/10/rwj-university-hospital-somerset-begins-phased-opening-for-new-state-of-the-art-eating-disorder-unit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b5/b5b64efd5224d3663785466e01975950.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514" alt="EDU Welcome (Source: NK Architects)" title="EDU Welcome (Source: NK Architects)"></a></p><figcaption>EDU Welcome (Source: NK Architects) - Phase 1 Open&nbsp;</figcaption><p><br></p><p>When complete, the newly designed, 18,400-square-foot space will provide an exceptional healing environment capable of accommodating the physical, biological, psychiatric, psychological and social needs of adolescents and adults coping with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. The unit will expand from 14 to 20 beds, with private rooms and separate areas for adolescents and adults.</p></figure><p>Patient care areas are carefully designed to allow for a variety of needs from active to quiet, with open space and private space. Open areas with natural light, soft lines and nature themes will offer comfortable environments in which to rejuvenate, relax and create a sense of normalcy.<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://www.nkarchitects.com/news/2021/3/10/rwj-university-hospital-somerset-begins-phased-opening-for-new-state-of-the-art-eating-disorder-unit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b8/b842c7f241d6e8011d971c0387099a92.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514" alt="Early Study Model" title="Early Study Model"></a></p><figcaption>Early Study Model (Source: NK Architects)</figcaption></figure><p>C...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150277705/bac-dean-of-interior-architecture-denise-rush-inducted-into-the-2021-asid-college-of-fellows BAC Dean of Interior Architecture, Denise Rush, Inducted into the 2021 ASID College of Fellows deancascieri 2021-08-13T13:35:00-04:00 >2021-08-27T00:30:26-04:00 <p>We are thrilled to announce that Denise Rush, BAC faculty and dean of interior architecture, has been inducted into the 2021 ASID College of Fellows.<br><br>The ASID College of Fellows is the Society&rsquo;s ultimate honor. Fellowship and Honorary Fellowship are bestowed upon ASID members who have made significant contributions to their profession, the interior design community at large, and ASID as an organization. Through these programs, ASID seeks to celebrate those propelling the interior design world forward and showcase the incredible accomplishments of those changing the world through design.<br><br>Recipients of the ASID College of Fellows were honored and recognized with a ceremony during the Virtual Conference on July 19-23, 2021.</p> <p>&ldquo;This truly is the honor of a lifetime, as less than 1% of ASID professional members are given this honor,&rdquo; said Rush. &ldquo;The ASID New England chapter nominating me means that my peers and the College of Fellows have recognized my dedication and contribution to the prof...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150274396/remodel Remodel Ampdesign 2021-07-16T12:46:15-04:00 >2021-08-27T00:30:22-04:00 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150274395/eggplants Eggplants Ampdesign 2021-07-16T12:45:04-04:00 >2021-07-16T12:45:04-04:00 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150268152/kukulu-new-joint-venture-kauai Kukulu-new joint venture Kauai Ampdesign 2021-06-15T19:08:38-04:00 >2021-06-15T19:09:57-04:00 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/blog/article/150264222/empirical-value-of-proportion-and-aesthetics Empirical Value of Proportion and Aesthetics Eric Knight 2021-05-18T16:44:24-04:00 >2021-05-19T18:19:59-04:00 <p>Does the way you visually perceive a building improve its empirical performance?</p> <p>Does the way you visually perceive a building impact the way it makes you feel within its spaces?</p> <p><br>Answering these obvious questions can help validate the empirical and functional value of proportion and aesthetics giving form an extrinsic function.<br></p> 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 >2021-10-16T09:46:08-04:00 <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 >2021-06-20T23:00:46-04:00 <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 >2021-10-21T14:46:08-04:00 <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 >2021-10-16T09:46:08-04:00 <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 >2021-07-09T20:38:34-04:00 <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 >2021-05-25T11:31:06-04:00 <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 >2021-10-21T14:46:08-04:00 <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 >2021-06-22T13:01:05-04:00 <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 >2021-10-16T09:46:08-04:00 <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 >2021-06-20T09:16:38-04:00 <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 >2021-10-16T09:46:08-04:00 <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 >2021-10-16T09:46:08-04:00 <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 >2021-10-16T09:46:08-04:00 <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 >2021-10-16T09:46:08-04:00 <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>