Archinect - Victoria University of Wellington (Sian McBride) 2017-08-19T16:50:25-04:00 No TV and No beer make Homer Go crazy............ Part 2 (Update 3 of 3) sianm 2005-04-23T02:40:35-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>So this is the new project that I'm working on the moment. It's a hotel located in the middle of Wellington (Our Capital).<br><br> These images (of my model) are apart of my initial concept for our mid-crit, due in a few days...... <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><img src="" alt="image" name="image"></p> No TV and No beer make Homer Go crazy............ Part 2 (Update 2 of 3) sianm 2005-04-23T02:24:58-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Korohiwa Bay, Eastbourne - Wellington, NZ. Here are the pics from my project - the white model.<br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"></p> No TV and No beer make Homer Go crazy............ Part 2 (Update 1 of 3) sianm 2005-04-23T01:52:51-04:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:02-04:00 <p>So we've been told to "free our minds", by doing 2 hour free drawing blocks.<br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><br> Something random..... (Late night in the Studio) <br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> Ingredients:<br> (2) 2400mm x 1200mm x 13mm Plywood<br> 14 Stainless Steel Hooks<br> 14 Random Studio Objects (whatever was lying around)<br><br> = Hey Presto- Art!</p> No TV and No beer make Homer Go crazy............ Part 1 sianm 2005-04-03T22:35:49-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Sorry girls and boys that I haven't been posting lately,<br><br> I guess I've been very inattentive of my duties as a blogger from the last couple of weeks, between mid-crits, and other arrangements it has been a challenge to find time to blog.<br><br> So here I begin the large update of my life and time at Vic.<br><br> This semester's 311 Design Paper<br> Korohiwa Bay, Eastbourne - Wellington, NZ <br><br> Our Design Guideline (For our group)<br> &ldquo;The architecture of the eleven spaces uses the wall for stability, providing a place of shelter, a bivouac. The retreat is under a single title, each dwelling being leased for periods ranging from days to months. Varying degrees of seclusion cater for the different needs of individual occupants.<br><br> Vegetation has been used to create social points of connection and interaction between the people inhabiting the space. The nature of the landscape, the walls, and dwellings are the uniting force of the surrounding coastal environment.<br><br> Visual barriers are established through ch...</p> A quick update... sianm 2005-03-04T18:49:42-05:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:02-04:00 <p>Arch 341 - Construction<br> "Give Me Shelter"<br><br> "This first assignment is designed to give students first hand experience with a rudimentary shelter form". <br><br> So the idea was to build an emergency relief structure, suitable to house 2 adults for diaster victims in a stricken area.<br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"></p> ARCH 311 Begins sianm 2005-02-20T22:44:37-05:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:02-04:00 <p>The big guy upstairs has spoken, and we're listening...<br><br> Step away from that computer, and get back to basics - Embrace that graphite.... now where did I place that blasted pencil...<br><br> According to the course outline, this semester "focuses on the architectural idea, the certain amount of autonomy as a form generator". This course also investigates what can occur when a design project is modified (by changing some of the parameters) in responce to the context that it needs to be associated with.<br><br> There will be three projects:<br><br> Project #1- Imagination:<br> A Three week Ultimate Bach House in a coastal environment.<br> Project #2- Conceptualisation (Part 1):<br> House on the Waterfront<br> Project #3- Inhabitation and Refinement (Part 2):<br> House on the Waterfront - Redeveloping the concept </p> Party Today, Function Tomorrow - Orientation Week 2005 sianm 2005-02-19T18:41:29-05:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:02-04:00 <p>Hitting the clubs on a weekday used to be a sport for alcoholics and the unemployed, but these days everyone's doing it. It helps that most bars and clubs now have &ldquo;nights&rdquo;&#157; with everything from cheap drinks and strippers to retro and house. <br><br> If you are going to go out for a big one during the week and you have a job of some description or class that you are expected at the next morning, there are a few things you can do to ensure some brain activity by 8 am. <br><br> DRINK LOTS- Water that is, not alcohol. If you're dancing fairly solidly, you should be drinking about 600 ml of the clear stuff an hour (that's one PUMP-sized bottle). If you've taken any drugs, make sure you are drinking enough &Atilde;&cent;&acirc;&sbquo;&not;&ldquo; dehydration can be dangerous. <br><br> - Avoid caffeine and sugary drinks, they'll not only make you stay up long after you get home, they will also increase the effects of dehydration <br><br> - Alternate alcohol and water <br><br> - Stop drinking at least a few hours before you want to go home <br><br> DON'T MIX- Drug...</p> University Etiquette (Lessons I've learnt so far) sianm 2005-02-13T18:35:52-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>1. Leave your prejudices at high school. No one has time to listen to your unintelligent remarks about things you don't understand. Get wise or get pushed out. <br><br> 2. If you bitch about people behind their backs, no one will care. The person who you bitch to probably won't ever sit next to you in class again and everyone will know they don't like you. Shame. <br><br> 3. Don't talk in a lecture or tutorial. Be considerate of other people around you. If you want to sit yakking to your old high school buddies get a six-pack and sit in a park because that's what teenagers do. No one has the desire to listen to your bullshit banter. <br><br> 4. Turn the mobile phone OFF. Everyone has a mobile phone so you're not special. You will get asked to leave by the lecturer and your face will be burnt into their memory. <br><br> 5. If your university has an elevator, don't get it in if it's full. Wait for the next one. YOU CANNOT FIT. <br><br> 6. Watch what you say in an elevator, you never know who is standing next to you. <br><br> ...</p> And so the horror begins.... sianm 2005-02-07T16:25:15-05:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:02-04:00 <p>Well our studio groups have been assigned. I'm in the last group (the 'older' group - mostly everyone in our communion is over 21).<br><br><br> As for my classes this year: <br><br> 3rd Year studio (Design)<br> Construction<br> Methods of Inquiry (into architecture)<br> Structures<br> History (Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque Architecture)</p> 1 Month Left of Holidays sianm 2005-01-25T22:40:23-05:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:02-04:00 <p>Our first semester of the year doesn't officially start until the end of February (21st), so there wont be much in the way of activity here for a while.<br><br> The photos below are from my trip to Melbourne Australia.<br> These are photos from Federation Square<br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"></p> Okay.. A brief history lesson sianm 2005-01-22T16:19:15-05:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:02-04:00 <p>Victoria University's School of Architecture is a leading centre of architecture and building science teaching and research in New Zealand.<br><br> The facilities at the Schools are widely acknowledged as being amongst the best in the country and students are very well supported in their studies.<br><br> The building is itself a statement in architectural quality. Formerly a cargo building, it was gutted, remodelled and radically refurbished to become an award-winning landmark.<br><br> Major items of research equipment available in the Faculty include: a wind tunnel, heliodon, sky simulator, effulger, beam testing rig and instruments for field measurements of thermal, lighting, acoustic, ventilation and air quality conditions.<br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> Will post some more images in a couple of days...</p>