Archinect - Blog Posts 2018-08-18T22:07:12-04:00 Behavioral Health Guidelines for the Architecture of Mental Health (A Beginners Guide) Erin Sharp Newton 2018-08-13T18:44:00-04:00 >2018-08-13T18:44:42-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="AUTHOR: Wellcome Library, London, Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0" alt="AUTHOR: Wellcome Library, London, Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0" src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>AUTHOR: Wellcome Library, London, Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>/</figcaption></figure><p><strong>ARCHITECTURE FOR MENTAL HEALTH</strong> <br>As an advocate for the best design possible for Behavioral Health Architecture, and as a designer who is passionate about seeing the built environment of mental health improve and rise to a better level of design,so that the buildings and environments can truly be more healing, efficient, safe and less institutional, I am challenged to forge through the many layers of (perceived) obstacles to good design, while simultaneously required to understand those (again, "perceived") obstacles to come up with solutions that maintain safety and security, and still succeed in gently pushing the envelope for better design outcomes.</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="NK Architects Behavioral Healthcare Architecture, SUN Behavioral Health" alt="NK Architects Behavioral Healthcare Architecture, SUN Behavioral Health" src=";w=514"></a> </p> <figcaption>NK Architects Behavioral Healthcare Architecture Design, SUN Behavioral Health</figcaption><p> Sometimes in my work, I am asked for references, to help people find their way through the requ...</p> The 3 Best Cities for Architecture Careers David C. McFadden 2018-07-16T17:52:02-04:00 >2018-08-05T19:16:04-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Successful architecture careers don&rsquo;t happen by accident. Just like well-designed buildings, they&rsquo;re the result of careful planning.</p> <p>While there are countless metrics you can consider when going about this planning, one of the most important is the city within which you&rsquo;ll work.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;ve put together a list of the three best cities in the country for professionals who are serious about pursuing successful architecture careers.</p> <p>We based this list on the all-important factor of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">salary</a>&nbsp;but also on other unique traits worth considering.</p> <p><strong>1. Atlanta, Georgia</strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Georgia is one of the best states for architects</a>, so it should come as no surprise that many point to its capital as the best city for this profession.</p> <p>Even though Atlanta is home to countless high-paying careers,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architects are among the top 50 best-paid</a>. Architectural managers even crack the top 20, alongside lawyers, several doctors, and even physicists.</p> <p>Of course, Atlanta also has an impressive history of hosting&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">incredibl...</a></p> Are you Hiring Top Talent, or is your Competitor? David C. McFadden 2018-06-27T16:48:00-04:00 >2018-08-05T19:16:04-04:00 <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>When I read an article titled &ldquo;People are &lsquo;ghosting&rsquo; at work, and it's driving companies crazy&rdquo; by Chip Cutter, LinkedIn Editor at Large, I flipped out because it is so true and it should be an eye-opener to hiring firms. I have added my own pointers as well.<br></p> <p>Gone are the days where architects are waiting around for a phone call from a potential employer. In fact, it is the opposite. Candidates receive two, sometimes three offers of employment in a week&rsquo;s time.</p> <p>Excerpts from Chip's article below:</p> <p>Where once it was companies ignoring job applicants or snubbing candidates after interviews, the world has flipped. Candidates agree to job interviews and fail to show up, never saying more. Some accept jobs, only to not appear for the first day of work, no reason given, of course. Instead of formally quitting, enduring a potentially awkward conversation with a manager, some employees leave and never return. Bosses realize they&rsquo;ve quit only after a series of unsuccessful attempts to reach t...</p> How to Make the Most of Entry-Level Architecture Jobs David C. McFadden 2018-06-25T18:14:00-04:00 >2018-08-05T19:16:04-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>No matter what you hope your destination will be, if you want to make a career out of architecture, it&rsquo;s going to start with an entry-level job. </p> <p>While that may not seem <em>quite</em> as exciting as your long-term goal, entry-level architecture jobs have a lot of potential if you know exactly how to approach them. </p> <p><strong>4 Ways to Make the Most Out of Entry-Level Architecture Jobs</strong> </p> <p>Finding out you&rsquo;ve been hired for your first architecture job is an absolutely incredible feeling. </p> <p>However, don&rsquo;t forget about the following four ways people have successfully taken full advantage of their entry level-architecture jobs, so you can make the most of this opportunity. </p> <p><strong>1. Consider the City the Job Is In</strong></p> <p>If you&rsquo;re still applying for jobs, be sure to consider which city those jobs are in. Ideally, you want it to be <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a great city for architects</a>, so you&rsquo;ll be surrounded by opportunities. </p> <p>That said, no matter where it is, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brush up on your networking skills</a>. This will help you on the job (more on th...</p> The 4 Best Architecture Related Careers for New Graduates David C. McFadden 2018-06-12T22:05:00-04:00 >2018-08-05T19:16:04-04:00 <p></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Congratulations on your recent graduation. </p> <p>It probably feels pretty amazing to have that degree. </p> <p>Of course, the longer you go without using it, the more that degree is going to become an irritating reminder. So, let&rsquo;s look at four of the best architecture careers you can start pursuing <em>right away</em>. </p> <p><strong>The 4 Best Architecture Related Careers to Get Started in </strong><em><strong>Right Now</strong></em></p> <p>The field of architecture is at least as broad as it is old. As such, it&rsquo;s probably fair to say that there are countless architecture careers out there for you to consider. </p> <p>However, the following four fields will give you plenty of diverse options beyond the traditional versions. Best of all, each features plenty of job openings throughout the country. </p> <p><strong>1. Landscape Architect</strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Landscape architects</a> are responsible for planning and creating landscapes, which can include manmade features, as well. Oftentimes, landscape architects need to collaborate with others, so that their creations complement buildings that...</p> (IN)COMPLETE - BIENALLE (PREVIEW) - FREESPACE Erin Sharp Newton 2018-06-10T13:23:57-04:00 >2018-07-02T18:00:37-04:00 <figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="La Biennale di Venezia - Re-thinking Practice" alt="La Biennale di Venezia - Re-thinking Practice" src=""></a></p><figcaption>La Biennale di Venezia (PREVIEW TO AUGUST ARTICLE)</figcaption></figure></figure><p><strong>Soon we will be visiting the&nbsp;</strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>2018 Biennale Architecttura 2018</strong></a><strong> in Venice....&nbsp;&nbsp;soon we will be&nbsp;wandering through the garden of international&nbsp;pavilions at the <a href=",12.3539859,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x39c5d33d7d06b1d5?sa=X&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjhq8ua0MzbAhVsw1kKHWVRBx4Q_BIIjQEwDg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arsenale</a>, where&nbsp;architects, designers, thinkers, and creators from all around the world are expressing their countries collective visions, interrogations and ideas.<em><br></em><br></strong></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em><img title="2018 Venice Bienalle Architecttura" alt="2018 Venice Bienalle Architecttura" src=";w=514"></em></a></p><figcaption><em>2018 Venice Bienalle Architecttu</em>ra</figcaption></figure><p>The 2018 Biennale Architettura is titled&nbsp;<em><strong>FREESPACE</strong></em>, a word meant to describe <em>"<strong>generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture's agenda."&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">(</a></strong></em></p> <p><strong>The first&nbsp;stop will be&nbsp;Cafe Florian:&nbsp;</strong> In the late XIX Century, it was at the tables of Caff&egrave; Florian that the local politicians and art enthusiasts created the Biennale:</p> <p>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="(IN)Complete - Caffe Florian" alt="(IN)Complete - Caffe Florian" src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption><em>May 25 up to September 8: Visitors will be asked for their opinion, anonymized, and to contribute to collective intelligence, a &ldquo;Freespace&rdquo;, the theme of the 16th Architecture Biennale. The collec...</em></figcaption></figure> One small step... will galloway 2018-06-05T14:20:00-04:00 >2018-08-05T19:16:04-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Keio has a few campuses, and two of them have architecture courses. Sometimes we work together, but not nearly as much as we should. To encourage more collaboration the faculty and admin took the step to combine their efforts under a single umbrella group, called KEIO ARCHITECTURE, which also comes with a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a><br></p> <p>To mark the occasion Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban gave a lecture in Japanese, translated loosely as "Working Creatively While Contributing Socially". Ban's career as a world traveling contributor to the social needs of communities struck by disaster began at Keio University SFC campus. It was propelled by the Project-based education system of the campus that requires students to act as well as think about real projects in the real world. Ban is exceptional at this kind of education and gave an inspiring lecture about how he has managed to balance his time between traditional clients and pro bono work. One of the secrets is that he treats both efforts with the same amou...</p> Vacant | Sometimes Pranav Varshney 2018-05-28T11:27:21-04:00 >2018-08-05T19:16:04-04:00 <p><em><strong><strong><strong></strong></strong></strong></em></p><p>I have seen the road vacant | sometimes crowded.</p> <p>I have seen the pages vacant | sometimes texted.</p> <p>I have seen the smile vacant | sometimes exhausted.</p> <p>I have seen the building vacant | sometimes well finished.</p> <p>I have seen the nights sleepy | sometimes vacant.</p> <p>I have seen the heart vacant | sometimes blooded.</p> <p>I have seen the beauty vacant | sometimes overloaded.</p> <p>I have seen the emotions vacant | sometimes over created.</p> <p>I have seen the air vacant | sometimes turbulent.</p> <p>I have seen the eyes vacant | sometimes tears.</p> <p>I have seen the sky vacant | sometimes crowdy.</p> <p>I have seen the space vacant | sometimes built.</p> <p>I have seen the light vacant | sometimes shadow.</p> <p>I have seen the songs vacant | sometimes romantic.</p> <p>I have seen the memory vacant | sometimes not.</p> <p>I have seen the future vacant | sometimes not.</p> <p>I have seen myself vacant | sometimes busy.</p> <p>I have seen the landscape vacant | sometimes dessert.</p> <p>I have seen the new road vacant | sometimes the old one.</p> <p>I have seen nothing vacant | someti...</p> AA Visiting School in Jordan 2018 - MARS 2.0 Kais Al-Rawi 2018-05-17T04:10:21-04:00 >2018-08-05T19:16:04-04:00 <p><strong>MARS 2.0</strong></p><p>June 24th to July 3rd 2018</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prospectus</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>Amman-Wadi Rum-Petra</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a href="*wb6fPeeLR1oJb8hKJGC974iFXaC5oU-QG8-E8BjQjc6KhDEBDtv6wIbsAbrzQLzsWHMiEZ7l1EIx5Urz8OzOTQ/desertimage2017small.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="*wb6fPeeLR1oJb8hKJGC974iFXaC5oU-QG8-E8BjQjc6KhDEBDtv6wIbsAbrzQLzsWHMiEZ7l1EIx5Urz8OzOTQ/desertimage2017small.jpg?width=750"></a>The AA Visiting School in Jordan is a ten-day intensive course based in Amman, with organized&nbsp;visits to the Wadi Rum Desert and Petra -UNESCO world heritage sites. The course includes&nbsp;technical software tutorials in cutting-edge software, a design component, and guest lecture series.</p><p>The Visiting school is an extraordinary travel, learning and networking experience as well as a credential for graduate studies and career opportunities.&nbsp;The course is focused on speculating architecture for MARS, the Wadi Rum desert is resemblant of Martian landscapes, where&nbsp;Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' was filmed&nbsp;starring Matt Damon. The course will focus on novel techniques in design and fabrication at multiple scales: material, architectural and urban.<br>&nbsp;<br>Contact&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;visit&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;for registration and details.&nbsp;<b><i>Accommodation is available at Antika Hotel for shared twin rooms with other participants ...</i></b></p> Architecture Book Review - Talks By B.V Doshi - Give Time A Break Deep Shah 2018-05-04T15:11:19-04:00 >2018-07-05T10:31:04-04:00 <p>Hey Everyone,</p> <p>Welcome back to a state of architecture !&nbsp;</p> <p>Its been a while, feels good to be back and i thought lets start something new, which adds more value to this amazing platform and helps everyone here into their search for a deeper meaning into architecture.</p> <p>So, the first review is going to be of the latest pritzker award winner our own Mr. B.V Doshi.</p> <p>A beautiful collection of 5 small quick read booklets designed in a very unique style which offers a great deal of wisdom regarding architecture.&nbsp;</p> <p>This blog is going to talk about the first one - Give time a break.</p> <p><br></p> <p>We often ask in India, who is this guy who's known all over and what did he do that he's so deep into Indian architecture scene since 1960's.</p> <p>Well, he deserves every bit of attention he has gained, because he transformed the whole approach to architecture, especially in the Indian context.&nbsp;</p> <p>The collections starts with the first book titled - Give time a break - paper presented in turkey in 1990's.&nbsp;</p> <p>This 15 page paper...</p> Submit to Journal of Architectural Education: "Work" Pascale Vonier 2018-05-04T14:56:12-04:00 >2018-06-20T08:16:04-04:00 <p>Theme Editors:&nbsp;Peggy Deamer,&nbsp;Yale University and&nbsp;Tsz Yan Ng, University of Michigan</p><p>Architects have always been concerned with the effects of what their design produces: What do our buildings/environments look like? How are they experienced? How do they perform? Concerns for&nbsp;<i>how</i>&nbsp;architecture is produced, however, have been largely sidestepped until more recently when digital fabrication and various types of information delivery systems recast the nature of how we work and the types of skills necessary to perform various tasks related to the production of buildings.<br>&nbsp;<br>Our social and ethical responsibility as designers in relation to labor does, however, have a legacy. Nineteenth and early twentieth century theorists&rsquo; attention to workers, be they builders (think John Ruskin) or designers (think Adolf Loos and Walter Gropius) addressed issues of labor in a period of industrial and economic transformation. Today, in a radically changed global context, can we similarly rethink work? With o...</p> ACSA Publishes 2018 Atlas Data Slides Pascale Vonier 2018-05-04T14:40:00-04:00 >2018-06-20T08:16:04-04:00 <p>Every year ACSA looks at new metrics for the&nbsp;Atlas, an ongoing project examining changes and trends in architectural education. This year&rsquo;s addition covers Classification of Instructional Programs (or CIP codes)&nbsp;from the National Center for Educational Statistics, the taxonomy of the fields of study for degree programs.<br></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><br></p></figure><p><br></p> 2018 Year End Show! Jamie Evelyn Goldsborough 2018-05-02T09:20:22-04:00 >2018-05-02T09:20:22-04:00 <p>The UIC School of Architecture Year End Show is next Friday, May 11. This is undoubtedly my favorite night of the school year! We will celebrate the best design work from both graduate and undergraduate levels from the 2017&ndash;2018 academic year. All galleries are open to the public at 5pm. A jury presentation will begin at 6pm in Gallery 3100, with the granting of student awards to follow.</p><p>The Year End Show celebrates both the department of Architecture and the department of Design, including Graphic Design and Industrial Design. The entire building will be open and full of work.</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><br></p> DIVERCITY + BELONGING IN THE CITY Erin Sharp Newton 2018-04-25T00:47:55-04:00 >2018-06-21T17:40:38-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DIVERCITY + BELONGING IN THE CITY</a><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Excerpt from the Centre for Urban Design &amp; Mental Health</a></p> "<strong>To </strong><strong>study</strong><strong> the city means analyzing the full 360 degrees of reality that</strong><strong> surrounds us through both concrete</strong><strong> appearances, as well as its </strong><strong>impalpable</strong><strong> truths: time, memory, need and sentiment</strong><strong>.<br><br><em>There are many ways that the frenetic growth of cities has created voids. These are not so much material voids lacking construction but are more the absence of a rapport between people and their context. For example, there are places that one goes to solely for work or solely for fun, places where some go and others do not, and there are places where one feels alien.</em><em>"</em></strong><em> - </em>Premise for CitizeNations, Cibic &amp; Sharp <figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>In looking at the city, it is imperative to look at the people.<br></p><p><br>In the good city, diversity offers stimulating variety without becoming chaotic. </p><p><br></p><p>The good city allows for belonging, a place to be oneself, while also allowing community &ndash; a place to care for others, to not be self-confined.&nbsp; </p><p><br></p><p>It is this balanc...</p></figure> It's the Final Countdown *enter Europe* sdonnelly 2018-04-14T22:06:41-04:00 >2018-06-20T08:16:04-04:00 <p>Sorry to be so silent! Life has been a roller coaster going 500mph.</p><p>Here I am in the last 10 days of my semester at Taubman College. I can't believe how time has flown, with two years down and one to go. There have been countless experiences, learned moments, new friends made, and brain fried.</p><p>With the end of the semester comes pondering on where I will end up for the summer, what firm will I be working for, what grades will I get, can I take another year?? But all in good hearts, I feel as though I have grown and matured as both a designer and a person. I have acquired new skills and assets I couldn't image I would have a year ago.</p><p>I have come to love and be amazed by new professors I had never met and loath those I had known to the point I would never recommend taking them again This is the most trying year I have ever had, between two masters, 5 classes a semester, constant travel, and family health concerns, but in all I am almost there. Home base is coming up, and the ball is out ...</p> Refreshing posts here Starting 5/1! Patrick McAndrews 2018-04-11T17:48:21-04:00 >2018-04-11T17:48:21-04:00 <p>Look out for new posts here on a regular basis starting May 1, 2018!</p> Join us at the AA Summer School 2018!! Natashsa Sandmeier 2018-04-10T14:27:58-04:00 >2018-04-10T14:27:58-04:00 <p>This blog is for the Summer School at the Architectural Association- a program that brings together students from 18 years old and up.&nbsp; The full-time three-week course presents a challenging programme of design studios, field study, seminars and lectures. It offers participants a range of diverse design approaches, agendas and techniques, and represents a uniquely intensive and intimate environment that aims to expand formal and intellectual resources. The course is aimed creative minds who are looking to challenge their world.</p> An Unimportant World Without Architecture Orhan Ayyüce 2018-03-29T21:00:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <figure><em></em><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure><p><em>&ldquo;Realistically, the rest of the world just doesn&rsquo;t see architecture as being as important as architects do&rdquo; &ndash; Anonymous</em> </p> <p>The real worrisome emptiness in these kind of statements is not the usual lamentation of the profession itself but the world&rsquo;s failure to understand what architecture is. If the society can afford to see architecture as unimportant, the city, spatial experience, well being, culture, infrastructure, politics, social science technology, economics and growth.., then, are they unimportant? What is important? A dead society sucking on reality shows everywhere?</p> <p>Realistically, the rest of the world should be just so goddamn grateful that at least architects think architecture is important.</p> COLUMBUS DIRT vince.destefano 2018-03-22T16:09:00-04:00 >2018-06-27T13:09:29-04:00 <p>COLUMBUS DIRT: Illuminating the Invisible is the current exhibition at the Knowlton School&rsquo;s Banvard Gallery, ending on March 30. This exhibit, created by Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Paula Meijerink, looks to shed light on the very foundation of our world. Dirt is something that is largely taken for granted, and so the exhibit instills a new appreciation of soil to those who visit. </p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>Much of the research and soil collection for the exhibit occurred during the 2017 fall semester seminar, Scarlet Jungles, which examined nature and biological life in human-altered conditions. Using that seminar as a launching point, the students and Meijerink worked together to design all of the displays, drawings and models for the exhibit.</p></figure><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>The multiple displays within the exhibit start to expose the dirt of our community in different ways. The displays include <em>Soil Chandelier, Dirt Wall, Road to New Ecologies, </em>and<em> Cyanotype Prints. </em>This array of models and displays shows dirt from ...</p> I have an air mattress at my studio desk. Laurila 2018-03-21T14:24:55-04:00 >2018-03-24T08:19:26-04:00 <p>At Taubman College, the studio occupies the third floor. The third floor is studio, the third floor is architecture, the third floor is Taubman. Architecture school can&rsquo;t happen without the studio. Pedagogically, it is entrenched and just as much, culturally entrenched as well. Peter Zellner might disagree, but that&rsquo;s okay. </p> <p>The college shares a building with the art school, so the distinction is relevant. The third floor is a big box, rectilinear, thirty thousand continuous square feet, and a ceiling height of probably fifteen feet. There is a new addition, completed by Preston Scott Cohen, and while he added a second heart to the school, the original never left CMYK on the third floor, though that furniture really helps make the space habitable.</p> <p>This post is an ode to the third floor, and if you don&rsquo;t go to University of Michigan, it is an ode to the studio. </p> <p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><br></p> <p>I remember my first day in studio. It was my second day in Ann Arbor. It was the end of June for 3G orientation. I was fre...</p> Summertime Sadness? sdonnelly 2018-03-12T22:36:10-04:00 >2018-03-23T23:10:16-04:00 <p>Now that the semester is coming closer to an end, the annual Taubman College Career Fair is right around the corner, or this Thursday...same thing you know. This event presents itself as a huge opportunity to find work for the summer, but even more so, network and connect with the alumni and firms that the university brings in for us students. The two biggest questions and fears on one's mind is "Am I prepared?" and "Am I good enough?". My last few weeks have been spent dwelling on those two thoughts in the free time between studio and other classwork.</p><p>Am I prepared? I would like to think so! I have spent hours reproducing my portfolio, bringing it to date from where I had left it last year. Looking through my projects and work, I can see a natural progression. Better graphics, more attention to line weights and color pallets, complex and well thought through ideas, and so on. I am proud to see where I have come since I began here at Taubman College nearly two years ago. Back then I ...</p> Dam Nations, Missile Tests, and the Wild West (pt.2) sdonnelly 2018-03-01T17:06:00-05:00 >2018-03-18T23:21:03-04:00 <p>When I last left off with my travel I had passed out from a mixture of exhaustion, timezone, and several of those original classic margaritas from the&nbsp;<em>Kentucky Bar</em> (lets be honest it was mostly the margaritas), getting a few hours of sleep until the morning came, and the single most epic road trip of my life thus far would begin.</p> <p>The second day of our travel was designated for a day long road trip that would begin in El Paso, Texas and take us along the water way of the Rio Grande river north throughout New Mexico. Covering a total of 400 miles and nearly twelve hours of driving, this highway excursion has left me infatuated with the American Southwest.</p> <p>My alarm goes off at 6 A.M. and I roll out of bed, groggy but excited for the day that would unfold before me.&nbsp;Meeting up with the other designated drivers and professor Velikov in the hotel lobby, we took an Uber over to Enterprise where our metallic chariots awaited. In typical rent-a-car fashion, every vehicle they had was painted...</p> Dams Nations, Missile Tests, and the Wild West (pt.1) sdonnelly 2018-02-28T12:09:00-05:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <p>There is something fascinating when you hear about a particular place so much via the news, word of mouth, or cultural perceptions that when an individual finally gets the chance to visit, their preconceived notions are shattered and whatever they thought of that place before are proven entirely wrong. The southwest, El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico left me in just such a state of mind.&nbsp;</p> <p>Last week my studio, led by Kathy Velikov who is one of the most forward thinking and brilliant academic minds I have had the honor to be taught by, traveled to the American southwest to the border city of El Paso, In the news and other media, this area is portrayed as a hell hole, with murders, death, drugs, all located in a barren landscape, with the governments fighting to control a otherwise lawless region. this is entirely false. That is why we traveled to Texas and Juarez, Mexico to study the transnational conditions, to prove that the conceived notions of the border and how it is shar...</p> Monday Evening Lecture! Jamie Evelyn Goldsborough 2018-02-18T18:26:18-05:00 >2018-02-18T18:26:18-05:00 <figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure><p><strong>UIC Monday Evening Lecture: Stan Allen</strong></p><p>Monday, February 19,&nbsp;5:30 pm<br>&nbsp;<br>Stan Allen is an architect,&nbsp;theorist, and former Dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton University, where he currently serves as the&nbsp;George Dutton &rsquo;27 Professor of Architecture.<br>&nbsp;<br>845 W. Harrison St.&nbsp;<br>Rm 1100 A+D Studios&nbsp;<br><br>All lectures are open to the public.</p> CUTTING THE RIBBON Erin Sharp Newton 2018-02-17T02:03:32-05:00 >2018-02-24T10:48:00-05:00 <figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong></strong><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u></u></a><strong>SETTING THE FOUNDATION FOR MENTAL HEALTH</strong></p><p><strong>NK Architects and their Behavioral Healthcare Architecture Team exhale, as SUN Behavioral Health, in partnership with St. Elizabeth Healthcare, opens its newly constructed doors to the community of Northern Kentucky.&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p></figure><p>&nbsp;On President&rsquo;s Day,February 19, 2018,&nbsp;SUN and St. Elizabeth&rsquo;s will have a Ribbon Cutting &amp; Dedication Ceremony for their New Behavioral Health Hospital, located on 13 acres of land in Erlanger, Kentucky.&nbsp; </p> <p>&nbsp;<a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>BEHAVIORAL HEALTH + ARCHITECTURE</strong></p> <p>For years NK Architects has been working on designing and supporting the construction of this new building for SUN along with the many consultants and agents that it takes to actualize a building of this type.&nbsp; SUN Behavioral Health in partnership with ST. Elizabeth's Healthcare,&nbsp;NK Architects, Woodbury Building Corporation, Danis Construction, HAWA Engineers, and Bayer Becker all were key partners in the success of this anticipated completion.</p> <p>From the early planning days, through the challe...</p> Caffeine, Stress, Studio, and a Compass for the "True North" sdonnelly 2018-02-15T01:06:05-05:00 >2018-06-01T08:21:36-04:00 <p>Throughout the duplexity of my dual master journey, there comes a time in every semester where I question everything. I believe it is something that every designer goes through, contemplating their point along the path of their education and life.</p> <p>Of late I think to myself if the work I am doing is really productive or helping me achieve my goals, are the professors the right fit or should some even&nbsp; be teaching that course, will I be able to find an internship for the summer, have I been prepared enough for the real world, and are my degree(s) worth the intense emotional, mental, and physical stresses. The life of a graduate student has so far been detrimental to my physical health (like weight and sleep) and emotional/mental health (questioning my value, periods of silence and the need to escape for brief periods, and inner sense of happiness).&nbsp;Since starting my dual-degree I have been asking these questions more while I continuing to take on more classes, credit hours, and requir...</p> Modern Meanderings - Ann Arbor Mid-Centuries sdonnelly 2018-02-09T02:18:29-05:00 >2018-04-22T16:55:11-04:00 <p>One of my favorite classes here at Taubman College has been my <em>Fieldwork in American Modernism</em> elective with Professor Sarah Rovang. This course focuses on the mid-century modernist architecture, architects, and other works of design from the 1920's-1960's within the Ann Arbor and greater Michigan region. Through this class I have become aware of the fantastic architecture within the Midwestern region and the designers behind their creation. Professor Rovang is not only a wealth of knowledge but is an equally enthusiastic, kind, and energizing individual who is able to get everyone engaged with the course and creates an environment where you not only enjoy what you learn but also desire to know more.&nbsp;</p><p>This week's class we did something special and went on a local field trip to conduct some Fieldwork in American Modernism right here in Ann Arbor. Our travel brought us to the Geddes neighborhood in the city, known for its beautiful homes and as a hub of mid-century modern residential a...</p> NEWTON'S RECONNAISSANCE Erin Sharp Newton 2018-02-07T17:09:30-05:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <p><strong>A Land-of-the-Lost in NJ</strong></p> <p>My husband was telling me about his human discovery yesterday...</p><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p> While enduring freezing cold on railroad tracks, where he was surveying for a client of his that owns the railway, the words &ldquo;<strong>Kean Sees All</strong>&rdquo; stopped him on those tracks. This part of the railroad is nearby a local family fun tour, where kids get to ride Tommy, with his big eyes leading the way on a Tommy-the-Train Excursion. </p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="Delaware River Excursions" alt="Delaware River Excursions" src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Delaware River Excursions</figcaption></figure><figure>Framed by concrete walls, colorized by graffiti and artwork..</figure><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="Newton Land Surveyor" alt="Newton Land Surveyor" src=";w=514"></a> </p> <figcaption>Newton Land Surveyor</figcaption><p> Freezing cold, so much it hurts, is the life of a land mapping, boots-on-the-ground Land Surveyor.&nbsp; This unique immersion into the land, leads to all sorts of discoveries from rare birds, to beautiful landscapes, babbling brooks, to dead animals, snakes, bear, ancient artifacts, and ruins. The business of collecting field information sometimes results in sightings off the beaten trail&hellip;&nbsp; </p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="Newton Land Surveyor" alt="Newton Land Surveyor" src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Newton Land Surveyor</figcaption></figure><p> They call this Reconnaissance.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="Newton Land Surveyor" alt="Newton Land Surveyor" src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Newton Land Surveyor</figcaption></figure><p> This ...</p> Throw Back Tuesday - Mexico Pt.1 sdonnelly 2018-02-06T23:13:27-05:00 >2018-02-06T23:13:27-05:00 <p>Throwing back to last semester, and in light of my forth coming travels, I wanted to reminisce on my time spent in Mexico last semester for my urban design studio. The studio's focus was theorizing how Detroit could leverage it's UNESCO Creative City Network, City of Design designation to benefit the urban, social, and economic landscape of the Motor City. The network was holding it's annual meeting in Puebla, Mexico , to which our studio was invited to sit down to listen and watch what was to be discussed by the global network.</p><p>We began our trip in Mexico City a few days before the meeting in Puebla to admire the largest metropolitan city in North America. The class took Uber's and walked dozens of miles throughout the city, all the while overloaded by the incredible sites and senses that Mexico City provided us. I saw 15th century cathedrals built at the inception of the city by Spanish conquistadors, the older downtown core which is filled with opera houses, museums, open markets,...</p> J. F. Bautista at Atlantic Gallery jfbautista 2018-01-31T11:37:03-05:00 >2018-02-18T15:46:47-05:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>LIC-A@ATLANTIC: Long Island City Artists</p> <p>Group Exhibition</p> <p>January 30 &ndash; February 17, 2018<br>Opening reception: February 1, 6-8 pm<br>Meet the Artists Events: Thursday, February 8 &amp; 15; 6&ndash;8 pm, Saturday, February 17; 2&ndash;5 pm</p>