Lian (Harvard GSD M.Arch.I)

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    Better than Gund.

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Nov 29, '10 4:28 PM EST

    Hello Archinect!

    Because a recap of some of places we've been is more interesting than photos of 72 sleep-deprived people at their desks.

    image You don't have to go far. Here's the Charles River between the Allston and Cambridge sides of the Harvard campus.

    image Studio trip to the Boston conservatory to learn about music halls.

    image Studio trip to Harvard's Loeb Theater to learn about theater spaces that, as in our project, are shared by professionals and students.

    image Boston Symphony Hall is famous for its acoustics.

    image The intensive and deep ornamentation helps the sound diffuse through the space.

    Visit to a school by Jonathan Levi (our studio coordinator) under construction.

    image New York, New York!

    image Gehry's InterActiveCorp Headquarters (IAC) in NYC.

    image Checking out the effects of the gradient fritting from the inside.

    image The project manager from Turner Construction showed us around. I've found that para-architectural professionals (here, a construction manager, but the same goes for our environmental, acoustic, and structural consultants, and various developers we've met) are eager to talk with us, because they see us as future clients (and sometimes, employees).

    image The IAC's mechanical floor.

    image Preston Scott Cohen's canopy at the Goldman Sachs building in the Financial District.

    image Light at the end of the tunnel! (The High Line.)

    image The only disappointment is that we didn't see any flashers at The Standard, as Liz Diller had talked about.

    image I HEART Alice Tully Hall.

    image The roof of the Hypar Pavillion at the Lincoln Center.

    image A screen inside Alice Tully Hall.

    image Acoustic fabrics that adapt Starr Theater for amplified sound: disappointing!

    Florian Idenburg, one of our studio critics and the Chief Project Architect of SANAA's New Museum, explains the project from its 'Sky Room.'

    image The expanded aluminum screen at the New Museum. I am copying this verbatim (well, with one change: the color) in my studio project.

    image The New Museum.

    image An unexpected joy for me: a Homi Bhabha drawing at MoMA!

    image And finally, back to my desk, albeit it at a different scale.

    Thanks for reading (and looking)!

    P.S. Just found out that most of our senior faculty/administrators have gone to China for a conference. NOW is the time to take over the school. Dibs on Michael Hays' office!

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This blog was most active from 2009-2013. Writing about my experiences and life at Harvard GSD started out as a way for me to process my experiences as an M.Arch.I student, and evolved into a record of the intellectual and cultural life of the Cambridge architecture (and to a lesser extent, design/technology) community, through live-blogs. These days, I work as a data storyteller (and blogger at in San Francisco, and still post here once in a while.

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