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Lian (Harvard GSD M.Arch.I)

I graduated in 2013, but still live-blog here once in a while.

  • Live Blog: “Design Technologies as Agents of Change,” with Bock, Seletsky, Oxman, Rocker, and Bechthold.

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Feb 23, '12 6:31 PM EST

    Hi Archinect!

    Tonight's event is called “Design Technologies as Agents of Change,” with Thomas Bock (TU Munich), Paul Seletsky (ArcSphere New York), Rivka Oxman (Technion Haifa), and Ingeborg Rocker (GSD). Moderated by Martin Bechthold (GSD). Three Germans tonight!

    6:32: It's still a little quiet in Piper. Maybe people are still in studio? I just got out of a desk crit myself.

    6:34: Martin Bechthold makes introductions. Whereas the first event in this series focused on life cycle design, tonight we're looking at technology more broadly, in terms of its ability to effect change. "Computation seems to take on an increasingly important role...while at the same time...becoming more taken for granted. ...I've argued before that technology has had a formative role in the changes in design over the past [several years], and I'm happy to put that to the test tonight."

    Thomas Bock is a robot guy, and earned a PhD in Japan. He is the "Chair for Realization and Robotics in Construction."

    6:37: TB: "...Most of the time, I compare with other industries; I think construction needs more performance [measures]." Example of the automobile industry: steady cost reduction through better production processes.

    "You know the movie, Transformers? Maybe the building becomes like a transformer in the future." Although the USA has high immigration and it's less of a problem here, in Japan and Germany (and even China, with its one-child policy), care for the aging is a problem.

    Strategy 1: Example of a robot-centric hospital design. The circulation is organized around the robot's circular path, as it carries out a series of tasks for residents.

    Strategy 2: From Products to Services. Example of high-tech toilets with medical diagnostic capabilities.

    Strategy 3: Distributed Mechatronics/Robots. An airplane is kind of a robot, when it has autopilot.

    Strategy 4: Extension of Architectural Language

    Strategy 5: [Organized around activities]

    Time for projects.

    Project: Example of a sensing chair, and of a chair that would encourage exercise (inspired by Transformers.)

    Project: For existing buildings that don't have technology, they're thinking about modular systems. They have age-simulation suits that the graduate students go in, in order to test different scenarios during the design process. The system they designed includes furniture to help people to sit down gently to put on and take off their shoes, things to carry shopping bags within the house, and some communications things.

    Project: PASSAge (Personalized Mobility, Assistance, and Service Systems in an Aging Society.) Transitions are the problem: getting out the door, or into a car. The project has many parts, including various devices, from autonomous wheelchairs to augmented reality applications. One problem with these devices is that they're often ugly, and they signal that "someone who lives here has a problem." So they work on designing things that look good. Modular interior components that are wheelchair-accessible. "Here is a toilet that's more designed like a motorcycle...inspired by toilets in Islamic countries or Japan" that is easier to slide onto from a wheelchair.

    Project: Ceiling-suspended system with infrared sensors to help people get around at night. Nighttime injuries are common and deadly for seniors, especially those who live alone.

    "Everything is modular." This is a big theme that Bock keeps coming back to.

    Bock takes inspiration from airplanes; there's a "Robotic Cockpit Kitchen." He's showing a component that is cylindrical and he explains it in an almost whimsical way, saying something like "I thought it would be interesting if it were shaped like this."

    "In Germany, the cost of building is very high; every second Euro goes into building and infrastructure projects." So pre-fabrication makes sense.

    7:07: Martin Bechthold. "Thank you, Thomas, for this preview of aging. I already feel a little better about it." MB introduces Rivka Oxman

    RO: "The most important change...to me...is the change in the profession." Changes in our knowledge base and skills is "the most exciting." Collaborating with engineers and with construction. Oxman's talk is called "Informed Tectonics."

    7:11: ...Due to design technologies, architects are involved in material and fabrication processes from the beginning of the design process. "...Digitally informed tectonics is a proposed term to describe these emerging practices."

    Example of traditional Japanese houses using the structural potential of the material (wood). Example of gothic construction. "The material systems are gradually transformed into formal systems that express both the material and construction process." Example of Gehry's Bilbao as an early example of digital tectonics. Example of Gaudi's hanging models to find funicular forms for arches.

    "Informed Tectonics." Rationalization model: interdependence between shape structure and material fabrication. Example from Helmut Pottmann. Example from Martin Bechthold [wheee!] and students at the GSD: robotic bending of sheet metal.

    Example from Shigeru Ban with Fabian Scheurer for the Nine Bridges Golf Resort Yeoju in South Korea. "In this project, woven timbers represent craft-like tectonics." Intersecting girders (glulam) are CNC fabricated.

    7:26: Example of Yves Weinand's "Textile Project," twisting and weaving "timber sheets." "A structural principle emerged."

    Example of "Digital Materiality" from Gramazio + Kohler at ETH Zurich. Example of "Digital Material - Variable Properties. Neri Oxman from MIT Media Lab. Lots of examples.

    7:33: Martin introduces Paul Seletsky, former technology head at KieranTimberlake and SOM.

    Seletsky: "I hope you will not see my presentation as antithetical to the first two." He says that it's not as visually stimulating; it's more of a social discussion. Anecdote about [a professor from Yale?] who said that architecture students are being trained on very high tech systems but that when they go into practice, they're given the equivalent of a hand drill. So how do we bridge between "this wonderful world of academia," to practice, in a way "in which you won't be let down"?

    "If I told you to leave your cars running 24h/day, for weeks on end," we'd think it was crazy.  But we do this with buildings. [Chuckles. Not at the GSD, where it gets cold at 2am.]

    "We have the technology that enables us in many ways to monitor what's going on. But the problem is...we're doing this in a post-rational, post-morphological manner...to validate what we've designed." "We have our heroes, certainly, and I'm going to digress" to consider where they have taken us. "I'm not suggesting that we shouldn't have our heroes, but..."

    Not to denigrate these practitioners, but, Seletsky argues, we should consider how these technologies can be used in ways other than the pursuit of formal themes. "When do we begin to embed the technology into the design process itself?"

    How can we use this technology "so it's not an answering machine," but something that helps us produce more possibilities in less time?

    Comparison between Corb and Meier. First he describes what modernism meant for Corb. "No disrespect to Meier, but the modernist [for him] is now aesthetic billboard or advertisement, not a polemic as it was for Corb."

    What did the fins (on classic muscle cars) do?

    The orange is a metaphor for BIM. We don't have to draw every plan or section to create drawings or to do an exploded view, but we still don't really know about the building's performance.

    We don't have any means to look at a design and synchronously get feedback on its environmental performance. The shape comes first and performance comes later. We haven't studied big box stores. Apple stores are the most profitable retail environments in the world; they're not so much about an (architectural) design process as about selling products in a controlled environment.

    "The loss of the tactile relationship, of hand-eye coordination--we're lamenting it" but we haven't really considered how digital products can augment it.

    "I believe we have a serious problem with multimedia digital problem." He's less interested in lamenting the loss of the pencil than in thinking about how we're going to publish our work.

    "We talk about immersive environments, but most practices can't afford this." Video of large touch-screens, with people manipulating and moving objects on wall-sized screens. [Video similar to this.] "But if you go into any office, you're unlikely to see any of this happening."

    "The typical design process is all centered around paper [conceptually and organizationally, even though much of the work is digital]. It's like the final scene in Reservoir Dogs when everyone shoots each other to death." BIM 1.0. Many inefficiencies with interoperability. "I can track where my shoes are that I've ordered from Amazon.com, but I have no idea where my building components are."

    "Let's re-think our paper documents in a purely electronic form." Can we give a digital document over [for construction as well as throughout the life of a building]? "I'd like to have the lightbulbs tweeting me, telling me that they need to be changed because they're being burned out."

    Seletsky recently moved to Philly with his family. He encourages us to make these kinds of choices when we're in our 50s, because this challenges us. He noticed how awkward and inefficient realtor websites are; instead of disembodied photographs that are difficult to decipher, could they give us a 3D model and integrated information about lifecycle analysis, etc.?

    "All of this is dealing with the practicality of practice. It's not the sexy part of practice that we all believe we should be a part of. But it's giving us a certain credibility." IKEA and Home Depot let you build your own 3D model; why are we not providing similar services as architects?

    Example of Brunelleschi, who gave his client a sectional model so he could see his dome. Now, that's service.

    "Engineering is in many ways the new architecture, and we're going to have to deal with this."

    Examples of information and systems that could be embedded: energy efficiency and remote control of building systems, security and building models for first responders, elder care.

    8:11: Martin introduces Inge.

    IR: "Technologies as Agents of Change? Searches into Serial Multiplicities."

    Versioning. Gregg Pasquarelli asked IR to develop this notion.

    Example of Greg Lynn and the generation of architects at Columbia in the 1990s, reading Deleuze on Leibniz. Deleuze's idea of folding was interpreted by Lynn in this diagram. The forms of car fins may have their origin here.

    Versioning: Systems of Multiplicity I. "Versioned objects" might be considered as stateless objects that are overwritten when they're replaced. A revision history is embedded in each object. "Within this reckless proces of becoming differentiated...the object's versions appear as temporal stabilizations." "Differential calculus presents a challenge, if not a catastrophe."

    Younger architects (IR includes her own firm here) have obsessed with differentiation and surface effects. She's showing her own work; the versions have to go in a matrix in order to show the differences between them. IR describes this as a "fetishization" and reduction to the surface.

    IR is presenting GSD student work: On the Brin(c)k. The brick is on the brink of becoming obsolete. Now she gives a short history of brick-making from hand-made to industrialized, and traditional techniques for building a wall. Mass-customization, versioning, and digitization: examples of Gramazio-Kohler's work on positioning the brick, and Lynn's work on changing each individual brick.

    GSD project from 2009: Aggregating mass-customized bricks to create curved surfaces. How does the brick remain legible as a unit, rather than being subsumed into the surface? Use of Axel Kilian's catenary software.

    GSD project from 2012: Limaçon Pavilion. She notes that by the end, they wondered how much the continuous differentiation (of bricks made of chipboard) was really helping them [as opposed to being simply a hassle in production, I suppose]. I love the above image, which is from a short video that Inge showed of the pavilion in our school's "Pit." It's weird to see such a digital-looking form sitting physically in this familiar sp

    Rocker-Lange projects. 2009 Street furniture project for Shenzhen Biennale.

    Second: 2011 project for Venice Biennale. "Looking at the monotony and...suicide rate...in Hong Kong" they wanted to introduce some variation into their tower typology. Grasshopper. "It's a method, not to be taken as an actual piece of architecture, or urbanism." They examined different parameters, including apartment types, exposure to sunshine, etc. "You can also see how ridiculous the project turned, where at the top, one unit was literally reduced to its load-bearing wall."

    Elevations. "Obviously, they are a commentary on the monotony we saw [in the Hong Kong Towers]. I would not say that we have avoided that monotony; it's just a more erratic monotony." IR reiterates that this is a search; the projects are not yet where she would "be happy to see them built tomorrow."

    IR closes with a slide showing this text:

    More recent inquiries begin to critique such formal and tool-reliant efforts. There is an increasing alertness to the opportunities, and to the deficiencies, engendered by dependency on the tools and the processes they allow for. This alertness is paralleled by an increasing interest in the power of computation for a critical analysis and synthesis of design. Parametric architecture has thus recently involved projects centered on typological redefinition. Parametric types are developed to revisit traditional architectural types.

    Essential to the envisioning of the future and a rethinking of the present will be a constant recalibration of the relationship between tradition and imagination, knowledge and imagination, presentation and representation, the analog and the digital.

    8:50: The speakers take their places at the table. It's getting late!

    8:51: Martin (MB): The building industry is "not the most sophisticated." Why is this?

    Paul Seletsky (PS): The feedback is slow (e.g. as compared with a bakery, which can cycle through a product each day). We've also lost our link to tools. "My problem is...why would we give away the creative part of design to algorithms?" He'd rather give more space to creative design and automate only the repetitive work.

    MB: Is there value in the kind of experimental practice, like at KieranTimberlake?

    PS: I think they're a very good example. They bring a methodical approach to design that many firms aren't using. But to what extent are they codifying this and publishing it so that others can learn from it? They're trying to publish so others can be inspired by it, but there's no central repository of what we've learned.

    "We very rarely get to experience architecture." We do when we go into a Gaudi building, but not when we go into one of these Hong Kong Towers. We experience more architecture as a child when we cut and climb in a refrigerator box. It's because of money. [Real-estate-driven architecture]. We want [financial performance] but now also want it to be interesting [and hence mass customization].

    MB: But isn't money driving every industry? We're not unique in that, but in other industries things have moved along very quickly.

    ...

    Rivka Oxman (RO): There's a difference between a product and architecture. A product can have millions of copies but a work of architecture is one-off.

    PS: To me, it is experiential; art is something that speaks back to me. Architecture makes me think of light and space and sends a chill down my spine.

    RO: We can't work with your definition; it's subjective. [I wish she had said this in a robot voice, but alas, she did not.]

    PS: I recall a dean of a very well known architecture school telling me that architecture is not about building. It's about the difference between building something and the intellectual disconnect.

    MB: Inge, can you help us with architecture? I mean you're teaching it. [In a teasing way]

    IR: ...We're putting our work forward as a [critical comment on architectural topics]. It's discursive. But I wouldn't put forward any of it as architecture; each one is an instantiation of a model. This is not a happy situation, let's say; I'd rather produce architecture. I don't think automation of the kind I presented tonight allows us to arrive at good architecture. Yet, I think this project has to do with architecture. Maybe that's my way out of this question.

    MB: That's a pretty good way out.

    Question from the audience: I'm Jason Lee, a practicing architect from the Netherlands. [The question was something like: what's the model for integrating both engineering and artistic/architectural forms of knowledge and practice?]

    RO: I believe the architect today should know much more than he was given ten years ago. We still work in silos. If we could get another BIM that really allows for communication across disciplines [it'd be better].

    PS: We should be teaching students to develop new computational tools. We're subjecting ourselves to certain software developers to produce our critical means of communciation. We need to re-examine this in a way that isn't too complex for us, but allows us to communicate what we want to?

    Lee: But what about the life-safety, liability issue?

    PS: There needs to be an understanding that there are collaborative authors, not a single author.

    Questions from the audience: Exactly which technologies were you referring to, when you were talking about what we have in academia but not in practice?

    PS: Large shops, as at SOM or KieranTimberlake, do have laser cutters, and some 3D printers. But not robotics. Haven't even managed double-sided plotting, which would cut down on the sizes of drawing sets and allow for footnotes to be referenced without flipping back and forth everywhere.

    9:15: It's been great. Good night, Archinect! Thanks for reading, as always.

    Lian

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  • Live Blog: Philip Glass

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Feb 10, '12 6:20 PM EST

    Hi Archinect, We're back in full Piper, eagerly awaiting Philip Glass. I'm not sure what will happen. Our website says that "Mr. Glass will speak on the theme of collaboration and the creative process and, through brief performances, share selections from his oeuvre." [Photo by Fernando Aceves... View full entry



  • Live Blog: Tom Stocky (from Facebook) at MIT Media Lab

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Feb 10, '12 12:00 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! I'm at the Media Lab for a talk with Tom Stocky, Director of Product Management at Facebook. His presentation is called "Design, Hack, Ship: How we build products at Facebook," and it was billed as offering "a glimpse into what happened behind the scenes of the initial News Feed... View full entry



  • Live Blog: Patrik Schumacher

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Feb 9, '12 6:43 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! Patrik Schumacher, partner at Zaha Hadid Architects and founding director at the AA Design Research Lab, is in Piper tonight for a lecture on "Parametric Order: 21st century architectural order." [You can see the video online at the GSD's YouTube Channel.] 6:36pm: PSC takes the... View full entry



  • Live Blog: Diana Balmori and Joel Sanders on Landscape and Architecture

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Jan 31, '12 10:09 AM EST

    Hi Archinect! [Left to right: Charles Waldheim, Diana Balmori, Joel Sanders, Mohsen Mostafavi, Ben Prosky (facing away), and Chris Reed in Piper Auditorium before the lecture.] Balmori and Sanders are in Piper tonight, talking about their book Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture. I... View full entry



  • Live Blog: Preston Scott Cohen speaks with Nicolai Ouroussoff about his new Herta and Paul Amir Building, at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Jan 24, '12 5:59 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! We're in "full Piper" with a full house for the GSD's first public event of 2012, called "Museum as Genealogy"--and it's all Scott. [Added note as of Jan 29]: For many of us as GSD architecture students, this kind of event is anticipated as a moment when some of the most important... View full entry



  • final work...finally!

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Jan 21, '12 5:42 PM EST

    Oh hello there, Archinect! Finals were a blur and vacation was the best, and here we are back in the trays yet again. Oh, I have so many things to tell you. But first, my project from last semester! A twelve lane highway runs under the entire site. I was building on air-rights over this highway... View full entry



  • one week left!

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Dec 7, '11 9:29 AM EST

    Hi Archinect! We have one week left before our final review and the plan is to finish my model today. Actually, the plan was to finish it yesterday, but this morning I realized that this was unrealistic. If I can finish the model today, then I'll have six days for drawings, which is still tight... View full entry



  • Finals...

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Nov 19, '11 3:47 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! This is just a quick update as we head into our last few weeks before studio finals. Things are going well and I'm just buckling down to focus on representation techniques and the specifics of my design, so that things don't become a complete shit-show in December. I'm gonna hold... View full entry



  • Live Blog: Wang Shu, Geometry and Narrative of Natural Form

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Nov 5, '11 12:45 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! It's Open House day at the GSD, so we're in "full Piper" (using the entire auditorium) for a lecture by Wang Shu from Amateur Architecture Studio. The video is now viewable at the GSD website and the GSD's YouTube channel. 4:05 pm: A long and laudatory introduction from Scott. He's... View full entry




  • Midterm work: systems, not forms.

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Oct 31, '11 6:17 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! We had our midterm last Wednesday and I am finally rousing myself out of my post-review sloth and pleasure-chasing (and yes, it was glorious) in order to post some images. I've already posted photos of our site. And you may have seen the video of my critics' public lecture at the... View full entry



  • Live Blog: Stan Allen and Preston Scott Cohen

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Oct 20, '11 12:43 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! Stan Allen, Dean of Princeton University School of Architecture and Principal of SAA/Stan Allen Architect, is going at it tonight with Preston Scott Cohen, Chair of Architecture at Harvard GSD and Principal at Preston Scott Cohen Inc. The video is also posted at the GSD's YouTube... View full entry



  • Live Blog: The Core of Architecture’s Discourse Now: A New Generation of Scholar Critics Speak Out

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Oct 18, '11 6:46 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! William S. Saunders, Timothy Hyde, George P. Dodds, David Gissen, Simon Sadler, and Meredith TenHoor are in the house tonight in front of the golden curtain. The topic is theory and writing. [Update: you can now view the full video at the GSD's YouTube channel.] 6:40: William... View full entry



  • Kinesthesia - M.Arch.I first year project

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Oct 16, '11 6:54 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! The kids did good. Here is the final project from a group of students in the first-year M.Arch.I. Materials and Construction course. They were working with fabric hinges and a geometry that allows for their full-scale mockup to be transformed and configured in a multitude of ways... View full entry




  • Happy Birthday, GSD! And you too, Harvard.

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Oct 15, '11 7:10 PM EST

    [Harvard's Birthday Cake. Graphic from The Harvard Crimson.] Hi Archinect! Well, this year the GSD turns 75 years old, and Harvard turns 375. Big parties all around, pecha kucha lectures from alumni and faculty, and lots of alumni in town for the weekend of events. Yo-Yo Ma performed in the yard... View full entry



  • Live Blog: Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi / Evolutionary Infrastructure

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Oct 11, '11 11:10 AM EST

    Hello Archinect! My current studio critics, Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, are lecturing in front of the gold curtain tonight. You can also watch the whole thing on the GSD's YouTube channel. 6:36: Scott Cohen is making introductions. Lots of awards, great projects, Ivy League educations and... View full entry



  • On Making and Learning Architecture: a conversation with Danielle Etzler (video)

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Oct 7, '11 4:56 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! My first semester studio critic and assistant professor of architecture, Danielle Etzler, has been building buildings for fifteen years, teaching architecture for a few, and thinking throughout about connections between these. Over the summer, I sat down with her to talk about the... View full entry




  • Live Blog: Why Latin America, Why now?

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Oct 6, '11 6:36 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! Okay, I've been sick all week, and I've missed so very many things.  (Note: if you're ever told that it's OK to get a flu shot while you have a cold without a fever, don't believe it! Flu shots are powerful.) On Monday, Asia GSD invited Erwin Lui, a senior designer at Toyota... View full entry



  • The Bridge Towers at the I-95/George Washington Bridge in NYC (Site Visit)

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Sep 30, '11 5:22 PM EST

    Hello Archinect! Last week our studio (led by Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi) went to NYC to visit our site, which is the area around the "Bridge Towers" that are built directly over the I-95 highway in northern Manhattan. [This image from Weiss/Manfredi. All other images are mine.] Our site... View full entry



  • Flatland: an installation at Gund Hall by Casey Hughes with Hiroshi Jacobs

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Sep 26, '11 3:23 AM EST

    Hi Archinect! Like most schools of architecture, the GSD has a tradition of students installing projects in and around the building. Some of these last longer than others, and some are better thought-out and executed than others. Some are not installations at all, but just crumbling pieces of... View full entry



  • Weiss/Manfredi studio at the BMW Guggenheim Lab

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Sep 18, '11 10:25 AM EST

    Hi Archinect, Just a quick note to say that my studio, led by Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, will be running a workshop on "Evolutionary Infrastructure: An Unfinished Utopia" at the BMW Guggenheim Lab this Friday, September 23, from 3 to 5 pm. If you're in New York and have a moment to stop... View full entry



  • Live Blog: Janette Sadik-Khan, Comissioner of NYC Department of Trasportation

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Sep 15, '11 4:30 PM EST

    Hi Archinect,Janette Sadik-Khan, the New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner, is speaking in Piper as part of the 'Roadmap to Sustainable Infrastructures & Green Cities Conference.' [Photo from Esquire.com] 6:38: It's a pretty full house in Piper tonight. Sadik-Khan is as... View full entry



  • Live Blog: Naginski, Jarzombek, Savage, and Wodiczko on Memory, Vision, and Practice

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Sep 13, '11 6:58 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! Live-blogging tonight from Piper Auditorium, where we somewhat inexplicably (and to my endless fascination) have a new gold lamé curtain. Krzysztof Wodiczko, Erika Naginski, Mark Jarzombek, and Kirk Savage are talking in an event marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The... View full entry



  • Tennis, not architecture.

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Sep 5, '11 10:52 AM EST

    Hi Archinect! This post is as advertised. "Site visit" on Saturday, September 3, 2011 to our site from last semester's studio project--Flushing Meadows. [I was crouched in the bushes like a pervert to take this photo. Tennis fans, you know that I know that you know who this is.] Now I'm back at my... View full entry



  • Schmancy new website for the GSD

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Aug 29, '11 2:23 PM EST

    Hello Archinect! Just a quick note to say that it looks like the GSD's new website, which has been in the works for the past few years, is live! I haven't even looked through it yet, but you can check it out here. The site is designed by Lisa Strausfeld's team at Pentagram. Thanks for looking!... View full entry



  • Arigatou gozaimasu, Mohsen-sama!

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Aug 27, '11 5:27 PM EST

    Hello Archinect!!! I was very happy to wake up to this email from Dean Mostafavi this morning:Dear Students, Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to this semester’s Paris studio offering, we have made plans to continue the Study Abroad Program in Tokyo for the Spring 2012 term. Toyo... View full entry



  • Gund Hall is Naked

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Aug 22, '11 8:30 AM EST

    Hello Archinect! Like everyone else who's heading back to school this fall, I'm not yet prepared to let go of summer. There are so many things I wanted to do but haven't yet done! I just need a bit more time. I'm not ready yet! Apparently, Gund Hall feels the same way: The GSD's 75th anniversary... View full entry



  • Slow summer...slummer

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Aug 17, '11 10:52 PM EST

    Hello Archinect, All good things must come to an end. This summer, for me, has brought a little bit of work and a lot of rest, with plenty of time to rehab my ankle, to catch up with friends, and to neurotically develop and re-develop my five-year plan reconnect with what really matters to me... View full entry



  • The long road

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Jul 9, '11 11:47 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! You may have seen from an earlier post that I broke my ankle at the end of May. Here is an update on my recovery, and also my first Archinect video blog! Thanks for watching, Lian View full entry




  • On Loyalties Divided (re: sacking of Michael Jemtrud at McGill)

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Jun 25, '11 8:18 PM EST

    Hello Archinect, This past Thursday, Michael Jemtrud was forced to resign as Director of McGill University School of Architecture. My response to this news is not unbiased. It is entirely biased because this is entirely personal. I want to tell you why this, for me, is the only possible response... View full entry



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