Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Well, this year was interesting. This was my first semester back in teh US from Finalnd, and being apartof a studio who has had a passion to get things done. I have had my struggles this semester, it being the last full semester I will have, trying to get work done for 2 studios, study for LEED, getting ready for Thesis, and finding an internship. I will have to say that this has been one of my toughest, outside of 2nd year. The only difference for this semester was almost everthing has had equal importance. At the beginning of this semester, i came back with a different outlook on studio, but a lost feeling too over and I couldn't seem to get back. They call this Reverse Culture Shock. I felt like my deisgns weren't as good as the others. I guess this came from studying with students in finland who were basically coming into this enviornment with the same reasons and starting new. We were all on the same page, no expectations from anyone. IARC felt different though, all the feelings and expections came back to me and my feelings towards students were the same but they all seemed to have changed while i was away. So this crippled me in a way that i didnt know how to fix. But finally towards the middle of the semester I started to find myself again and designed with my passion I had before I left but with the experience of studying abroad. I took my strengths and ran with them. I feel like because of this the High School project and the Studio project were very sucessful, not souly because of me but because our studio worked together to get them done. We all worked, not just certain people but the class worked and finished what we started. "Leave a place better than you found it" - Patrick Lucas, and i feel we have achieved this.
We are done with the Studio redesign. I am very proud of what we have accomplished with this new design; community, identity, sharing, fun fun fun, and many other things. We have gotten quite a few of compliments about our space. They tell me that they wish that they could do this to their space, they love how open it is, and they come in just to feel the space. I am hoping that in the future they will do this for all the studios, where they will be able to have openess and community again, like it used to be back in first year.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Our studio is not that useful for us. For our last project we are Redesigning our studio to make the space for more collaboration within the studios. Taking down the walls will also create more light in the space opening it up. With the combination of the 2 (collaboration and light in the space) will significantly, i believe, raise the productivity within the studio class.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Northern Guilford High School students came to tour our studio space and the campus. Our class had 3 groups that we split into. Shannon, Doug, Rachel W., Jovana, and Myself were in a group together working on pictures that we hung up in our studio space. We started with a word for them to draw from.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
My favorite part of the book, is not a quote rather it is a though. In the first chapter he mentions his mentors. And as he is speaking about them he comes to a realization of how he has had mentors in the past. He tells us that throughout his life, during critical moments, he has had someone there to guide him in a way that would make him a stronger person and a better teacher. However he came to a point in his life that where he was waiting for a mentor to come along and guide him through this problem. But the mentor never came. Later he came to realize that instead of a mentor coming his way, he was the one who had to be the mentor. This got him through this part of his life a different way than in the past but was equally effective.
We were able to decide what we wanted for our final project with the Middle School or the High School. I chose to work on the Media Center in the High School. Jovana and i are working together to come up with some ideas to bring into the Media Center. Jovana went one day without me because i had the flu at the time. A couple of days later i was well enough to go on my own and get some pictures and talk with the Media Center workers. They were extremely excited about everything that we came up with thus far, and also gave us some ideas for the space. They told us their likes and dislikes about the space. For Example, they liked the lighting in the space. They say that it works with what the library is for, and that is reading. The light in the space does not come in too strong to see. And the artificial light is well organized to give light where need be. However they do not like the central desk because of the single level that the stand on everyday. They would like to have a raised floor to give a better view around and better ergonomics. The nook in the space is like a focal point of the room, it is the only part of the media center that has color and is almost closed in. This could use some work, for example, the students put on poetry readings and also other performances, and the media center workers would like to see the nook into good use. They would like to see a stage or an internet cafe in that area. We are also looking at the individual seating area that student rarely use, because most of the time the students come in larger groups for projects in their classes for research or a quite place to work. We are mainly focusing on these areas, Central desk, nook and individual seating but we are also addressing some of the other problems that occur in the space.
The High school was better. Some of the design made a little more sense. The natural light in some areas were ok, like the Media Center. It was the right amount of light, but unfortunately in other places like the computer lab, it was too much. So much glare on the computer screens made it difficult to see what you were looking at.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Our final stop of the day was HOK. HOK was a great place, one of the women that were speaking spoke about the social aspect of design, and that is what i am interested in, because i like to design the way people use the space (a little different way than usual designers). I wasn't able to speak with her because we had to rush to take a tour. But i was able to get some information about it.
That night was the first night that we could go out and do things around Atlanta. So our room wanted to get something to eat finally. Unfortunately i started feeling really sick and couldn't enjoy myself as much as i wanted. The restaurant that we ate at was an italian place but more expensive that we hoped it would be. We got back to the room early about 6 or 7 and i just layed in bed with a a fever and the entire night i was tossing and turning not being about to sleep.
The next day our class went to Knoll and Perkins and Will. That day we were able to have lunch. I was running a fever that entire day. I was really excited about Perkins and Will and what they had to offer. So maybe i can try to get an internship with the one in Charlotte. That place was really nice. It looked like a house but it turned out to be an entire design firm.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
In chapter 2, House and Universe, it goes over the way the house and the outside world coincide together. My favorite quote in this chapter is, "on snowy days, the house is old. It is as though it were living in the past of centuries gone by." (Page 41). As I was reading this I couldn't help but think of a snowy day and imagining the way it feels. Even though we were not living during the times with no electricity and living in log cabins, we can still imagine what it must have been like on those cold and snowy days during those times. Earlier on page 40 he points out, "The absence of struggle is often the case of the winter housed in literature." And he goes on to say, "It gives a single color to the entire universe," The snow reduces the outside world to simplicity. And the struggles of the world are subsided.
In chapter 3, Drawers, Chest and Wardrobes, It talks about how things are put together and how they are used for their own reasons. My favorite quote from this section is, "The world would get along getter if pots and covers could always stay together." (pg. 83) I thought this was quite amusing. He got this form an old proverb. He suggests that writers let us read their treasure boxes. This is their place of keeping what is on their minds and they let us in. They let us in their day dreams and their desires. This goes back to the proverb I mentioned earlier, with pots and covers. Everyone has a cover with for their own "box". But will they let us in to see what is inside. This goes back to what he says on page 78, "A wardrobe's inner space is also intimate space, space that is not open to just anyone." This is a safe place for order for treasures for things to be touched by not just anyone.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Yesterday the Patrick's 4th year class had the chance to put into action some learning styles. We were able to use Learning by Teaching. We went to the first year’s studio and had desk critiques with them then we presented in front of their entire class. I had the opportunity to critique Kristina's, Tristan's, and Brittany's work. Each of their projects were unique and very well crafted. I enjoyed looking at what they came up with and the reasoning behind their designs. Kristina had a model of contrast. She chose to use board that was dark on one side and white on the other. She put 2 triangles on the edges. The reasoning behind that was because there were 2 points to her story. I suggested to her to think about literally having 2 points on your project, and think about changing the colors around to lead the eye from one side to the next. Tristan had hierarchy for his model. I really enjoyed this one because it seemed so delicate yet so powerful. With him a girl Vanessa and I talked to him about thinking of how you will approach with pathway, whether it will be moving away from you or coming from the other direction coming right over you. Brittany was the last one I spoke with, the model that I felt strongly about was her balance model. She had these stairs that went up and every other one was white or black. I suggested that she thing about the direction the model was moving in and think about the different shapes that can be made from the story. My over all opinion about the whole thing was that it was very helpful for me and for each of them. I would have to say I probably got as much out of it as they did. It made me think of different ways to look at the projects that are put in front of us each year and for the years to come.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
My favorite subject in school growing up was Math. Most people did not like math, they probably even hated it. For me I loved it. There were times when I would get overwhelmed with it, but the reality of it was I loved thinking about solving problems. Algebra was one of my favorites because it is all problem solving using a formula to the get answer. If you use the formula right you will always get the right answer, but one mistake can ruin the entire equation. Its almost like taking a risk, but with math.
Monday, February 16, 2009
This quote intrigued me. When i read it, i realized that i haven't thought of things like that before. Our houses, they stand through the storms. But this also relates to our memories. Throughout the times in our houses and homes we have so many memories. Things might happen in our lives, good and bad but because of the the way our mind generates what happens our memories will always stand. A couple of lines down it speaks about a tile blowing off the roof and kills a passer-by in the street. The way that i interpreted this was through our memories, bad things can happen to people we know or don't know but the memory still stands tall.