D2W2: The Corner

Branching off from last week’s post where we had to do graphic studies of buildings. This week we had to develop a corner from our final project from last semester. This project was site specific, had a slope, woodlands to the east, and a lake to the south.

As soon as the project was introduced I wanted two things, to work my floor planes into the slope, and to have a horizon view of the lake. In order to achieve the second I knew I wanted the glass to meet in the corner. This is where the sketching and draft models started.

There was some inspiration from the Tea Houses by Swatt Miers. Click here for more on the Tea Houses.

So from these and a few other parti models I moved onto the draft of my final.

And here, my final

Of course there was a jury, and of course the jurers found multiple faults. However, what I will say that I had a Trinidadian jurer and she said it was very tropical and that she was fond of this.

D2W1

My first week of my second semester of grad school is over. This semester I’m in Core Design 2, and it is the first time I have a completely different professor.

I managed to pull an all nighter already. So I imagine this will be a somewhat sleep deprived semester. I already know that my eat habits are back to terrible. That part happened as soon as I touched down in Miami.

This week we had to graphically analyze five houses that we found in the architecture periodicals in the USF library. I chose Tomsway Gate House, Mosman House, Harbormaster’s Building, St. Andrew’s Beach House and Holman House. Four out of five were found in Australia along the beach.

Below are my final images.

I almost forgot to mention that I went out of my way to buy a dainty tea cup in the hopes of drinking more tea and less coffee from now on. Here it is sitting upon my cutting mat.

 

Abstract

12/28/2012

For one of our projects this past semester, we had to create a site and then write an abstract about the people that you would find there. Here is mine.

The citizens of Same all appear to be generic. There is nothing that stands out about them on the surface; they are simple. They go about their day to day lives as if they are moving according to clockwork. They are creatures of habit. They move like robots, as if they are innately programmed.

The city is built of varying folding levels creating overhead passages for those who desire the extremes of being underground, those that prefer to be above ground; and those who prefer the midpoint. They also get to enjoy the extremes of light, overbearing light, small amounts of light, or complete darkness. It is constantly welcoming, to all and sunder; thus creating a safe haven for everyone, the aged and the young, including those that are dangerous and of dubitable characteristics; the trusted and the distrusted, the honest and the dishonest. The passages are all small, secluded, narrow, dark, and work as blinders. The on-comer knows not what to expect until he is thrown into the vast opening and into what could possibly be a paradise. It is a journey which ends in a revelation; from darkness into light, from narrow into vast, from the secluded into the open, from a compressed space into a vast expanse. The experience is subjective, it is what you make of it. It is what they make of it.

But alas, there is more to the population than meets the eye. They are filled with secrets. They lead double lives which are all filled with drama. They just make great efforts to keep their true nature at the lowest level, underground.

Architecture in Guyana – Georgetown City Hall

If you know me, you know that I am from Georgetown, Guyana. If you just happened upon this page, then you probably know nothing about me.

Georgetown, Guyana is a city located on the coast of South America. We are the only English speaking country on the continent. However, we are also considered to be a part of the Caribbean, as our history and culture is similar to that of Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados and many of the other Caribbean islands.

The history of the country has been influenced by each of the major European monarchies, as the country changed hands numerous times before it gained independence from the British. This influence not only affected the people, but also the arts, such as the country’s architecture. Much of it has not been up-kept, and as a result many of these buildings are falling apart. But with a little imagination one can picture what these buildings looked like in their hay-day.

The Georgetown City Hall has always interested me for its detail, and the effort behind that detail; plus the fact that it is built of wood. It is a nineteenth-century Gothic Revival building.

According to various sites, City Hall has been described as “the most picturesque structure” and “the most handsome building in Georgetown”, as well as “one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the Caribbean.” The building’s architecture is described as Danube Gothic in timber, largely due to its stylized tower, with wrought-iron crenellations at the very apex.

 

Is Architecture really for me?

12/23/2012

Four months ago, I started my third year of college, as well as my first year of architecture grad school. I know, the math might not be adding up for you. I still have a hard time believing that I’m a grad student.

In the very first week, my TA pointed out to the class that half of us wouldn’t work in a design field once we were done, and of the rest, half of us wouldn’t work in an architecture related career.

But to answer the question that is the title of this post, I am not 100% sure that architecture is really for me. I am, I would say, about 85% sure that it is for me. What I am 100% sure of is the fact that I do not want to do anything in a field that is not related to design. I never enjoyed the sciences in high school. I have never once taken a business class or course.

I have toyed with the idea of going to pilot school, but it is always a fleeting idea. I prefer to not fly on my own. I also have to take deep breaths every single time we hit a turbulence pocket, and landing and taking off especially from Cheddi Jagan International is a heart wrenching experience for me every single time I do it.

More realistically, if I don’t work in an architecture firm, the other options I have given myself are store front design, jewelry design, and interior decorating. These are other things that I have found myself interested in. I fell for the idea of designing store windows when I walked through SOHO in New York with my older cousin this past spring break. It wasn’t a special occasion, but I was mesmerized by the work in the store windows. I’d love to see what the store fronts look like right now for Christmas. I always play with the notion of jewelry design when I step into Topaz in Georgetown, Guyana. Their work is breathtaking. And I’ve always considered interior decorating to be a part of architecture, but it doesn’t have to be.

The reason that I’ve stayed in the architecture major is mostly due to conversations I’ve had with other people. I used to date a young man whose mother works in a jewelry store called Jewelry Artisans in Atlanta, Georgia. I have never actually been to the store, but I can promise you that their merchandise is exquisite as I’ve been gifted a few of their works and loved them all. I told her one day that I had been thinking of changing my major to jewelry design. She told me not to. Why? Because with a degree in jewelry design, if in ten years I decide I do want to build houses, I can’t. But if I have a degree in architecture and in ten years I decide that I want to create jewelry, then I can. And this stands for visual merchandising, interior decorating, and almost every other field in design.

And this is why I plan on sticking out three and a half more years of very little sleep and terrible eating habits. Hopefully in that time I do not run my body into the ground seeing that I made a decent effort this semester.