Archinect - Dalhousie University (2008-2010) 2017-09-25T07:50:21-04:00 2nd place in the U.C. Berkeley Prize & a 3rd place travel fellowship? 2009-05-31T20:53:22-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>I wrote a <a href="" target="_blank">paper</a> in the fall for the international U.C. Berkeley prize in architecture.<br><br> [ <b><i>did anyone else submit a paper to this competition?</i></b> If so, I'd really like to read it. I'm curious what other people wrote about. Please post it here if it fits in the comments, or post a link to it.]<br><br> I just learned on Saturday that I was awarded second place in the essay competition. I have no idea how many entries there were, but in past years there have typically been over 120 essays submitted, which makes me feel good.<br><br> And I learned a few weeks ago that I was awarded a <a href=";link=index.cfm?pg=proposal" target="_blank">travel fellowship</a> from them too, so I'm going to get to travel to London &amp; Dublin to study several buildings I proposed and to participate in a brick volunteering extravagaanza to help rebuild the Cotswall canals [its a long story].<br><br> 2nd place + 3rd place = 1st place? I'm not sure either.<br><br> Its good news either way, and frankly I'm just happy that the little thoughts that flood my brain are being articulated into somethin...</p> A few reasons why Halifax is great [with photos]! 2009-05-11T06:41:45-04:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:16-04:00 <p>Its not pretentious.<br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> The North End is fantastic.<br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> Bike + Herb Garden = TLA (True Love Always).<br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><br> Oh yeah, and I'm super into the nostalgia of this video right now, yesssssss!: <br><a href="" target="_blank"><b></b></a></p> Photos of Prince Edward Island (PEI) 2009-04-24T08:44:40-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>We finished classes about a week ago, and we have three weeks before the summer semester starts, so I decided to go on an adventure to Prince Edward Island. Its the smallest province in Canada, there is more information here: <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br><br><br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"></p> Please stop post-rationalizing your designs. 2009-02-18T22:20:14-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Its so ridiculous the shit people string together to rationalize their designs. I mean, I don' t give a shit if someone has a fucking story as long as they're making good/beautiful buildings that respond to their context.<br><br> The architecture community has spent so many years trying to fill the void that stark modernism created that they've started believing their own lies. How are invented stories - <i>rationale</i> - for each design better than the "outdated" historical references of the beaux-arts and neo-classical? They're not.<br><br> Fuck referential architecture. <b>Just respond to the goddamed [climactic, landscape, neighbouring] context</b>, and make something beautiful. End of story.</p> Definition of "Corbrupted" 2009-02-18T07:43:37-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>The society for a critical Corbusier education presents its inaugural poster.<br><br> Please email to obtain large scale PDF for your own printing and distribution.<br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"></p> Photos of Halifax shipping port at night 2008-10-27T07:57:39-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>The port is about a five minute walk from the school of architecture.</p><p><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"></p><p> <br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"></p><p> <br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"></p><p> <br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"></p><p> <br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"></p><p> <br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"></p><p> <br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"></p><p> <br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"></p><p> <br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"></p><p></p> Le Corbusier 2008-10-22T08:34:05-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>"Le Corbusier was the sort of relentlessly rational intellectual that only France loves wholeheartedly, the logician who flies higher and higher in ever-decreasing concentric circles until, with one last, utterly inevitable induction, he disappears up his own fundamental aperture and emerges in the fourth dimension as a needle-thin umber bird."<br><br> - Tom Wolfe <i>From Bauhaus to Our House</i>.<br><br> The book is a small hyper-critical and sardonic 100 page easy-read regarding the history and role of architectural movements from 1920s-1970s (Bauhaus, International Style, Postmodernism, etc).<br><br> Worth reading, takes two days.</p> Project 1 - design a 20 square metre space 2008-10-11T22:32:16-04:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:14-04:00 <b>The assignment:</b><br> Develop a space where one could go to write, meditate, and sleep, from spring until fall. Maximum 20 square metres (approx 225 square feet) of interior space. The site was an empty 100x100 lot in a flat field with no surrounding buildings, and no real location was given.<br><br><b>My concept:</b><br> Utilize numerous mezzanines to break the space, and locate program based on sunlight - ie. Upper loft sleeping space is located for east (morning) light, and the tiny kitchenette is located for west (afternoon) light to enable the preparation of dinner in the rich golden sun. South glazing was minimized to prevent overheating in summer.<br><br> I attempted to exploit aspects of sunlight and ascent through space.<br><br> The attached scan is a rough layout, I just slapped the images on so<br> you could see it all at once. See it big here: <br><a href="" target="_blank"></a> <br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"> Photos of Dartmouth 2008-10-11T14:41:55-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p> Across the harbour from Halifax.<br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"></p> studio space at Dalhousie 2008-09-19T15:39:56-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>There are 2.5 floors of studio space at the school arranged in a symmetrical "T" shaped plan. The central studio area of the "T" includes two floors, each with a mezzanine, that overlooks the main critique/presentation space below on the main floor. There are several openings [to below] between the old building &amp; the newer renovated space as well - its an intricate well detailed arrangement. Glazing on the east, south, and west sides makes for incredible light in the space throughout the day (when its sunny!) The 3rd floor has a view to the harbour - that's where the 4th year students get desks. </p><br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> The sides/flanks of the studio include a [partial] upper floor area for extra desks. This affords the best of both worlds - wide open space in the centre studio - high ceilings, amazing light - and cozy upper/lower spaces within the side studios - warm wood everywhere, and operational windows for each desk.<br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> First year students (65 Total) are divided into 5 groups and we will be moved ev... Is there a word for... 2008-09-17T15:53:08-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Is there a word for a plan (site plan, building plan, neighbourhood plan, etc.) that looks good as a plan (on paper, on the wall, nice to look at), but when implemented in real life - three dimensions - it does not work?<br><br> I am talking especially about projects that are <b>based</b> on the plan (for conceptual rationalization, or otherwise), but once complete the plan cannot be viewed and therefore the project is compromised/fails as a result.<br><br> If there is no word for this phenomenon, I think we need one. <br><br> Any suggestions?<br></p> images of Halifax [2] 2008-09-15T12:55:03-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" alt="image" name="image"><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><img src="" alt="image" name="image"> images of Halifax 2008-09-13T10:46:12-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" alt="image" name="image"><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><img src="" alt="image" name="image"> industrial inspiration 2008-09-10T09:47:27-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>One of the main reasons I chose Halifax to study was for the proximity of the school to the shipping ports/enormous ships/train yards/refineries/large scale industry located along the edges of the harbour.<br><br> Only a few minutes walk from the school of architecture, and a large inspiration to me.<br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><img src="" alt="image" name="image"></p> beaurocracy and learning (alternate title: bullshit and rage) 2008-09-09T18:34:26-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>P R O G R A M | S T R U C T U R E<br> At the Dalhousie School of Architecture there are two divisions:<br><br> - Step one: The BEDS (Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies) undergrad - 2 years continuous study, all courses are requisites to complete each following semester.<br><br> - Step two: The M.Arch (Master of Architecture) - 2 years. With a couple of electives.<br><br> Total time 4 years: (More info<a href="" target="_blank"><b> here</b></a>)<br><br> M Y | B A C K G R O U N D<br> - I completed an undergrad - Bachelor of Design specializing in Environmental Design - at <a href="" target="_blank">OCAD</a> University (the Ontario College of Art and Design). <br> - I worked in an architecture office for one and a half years as an architectural assitant.<br> - I am a LEED accredited professional.<br> - I plateaued, and realized if I wanted to build my own buildings, I need a master's in architecture.<br><br> E V I L | B E A U R O C R A C Y<br> I applied to the Master program at Dalhousie because of my previous experience in an adaptive re-use, architecture/design based program. I was not admi...</p> First week in Halifax & Orientation Week 2008-09-07T15:34:10-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Impressions from the first two weeks:<br><br> T H E C I T Y<br> - Halifax is incredibly vibrant.<br> - People are kind and polite (they go outside to use cell phones! - this brings me renewed joy each day)<br> - The hills provide excellent exercise and landscape inspiration, which I have yet to see be utilized as the architectural asset I believe it to be<br> - The industrial aesthetic is better than I could have imagined - Train Yards, Shipping Port, Oil refineries, Enormous Ships. Primary colours, and a scale that makes one feel erased<br> - It rains about half the time, the sky is a constantly changing shade of grey<br> - NSCAD (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>/) Art &amp; Design university makes this city incredibly rich with fantastic people<br> - The food is excellent and reasonably priced, fish is the best I've ever had<br><br> D A L H O U S I E (the school)<br> - The architecture building is brilliant<br> - The studio space is inspiring with mezzanines, nooks, and exposed brick<br> - The school of architecture is on a separate ca...</p> Departure 2008-08-25T07:22:20-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>I leave Toronto this morning for Halifax. My plane arrives at 2pm. <br><br> I didn't sleep much lastnight, dreams of missing planes and beautiful slow motion runs though airports, my fingertips and limbs numb and tingling with anticipation while I lied in bed. I hadn't felt that since I was a kid trying to sleep Christmas eve.<br><br> This feels good, it feels right.<br><br></p>