Thursday, May 7, 2009

Design Autobiography

Pt Crusier

Hawaiian Private school
A town in North Georgia...nothing but trees for miles.

An old styled lantern that was hanging from a gift shop in Yichang China, the farthest I've been away from home and such a different style of design.
St. James Lutheran Church in Ohio.  

My marching band trip was to Arizona, this was taken from the balcony the first morning we were there.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

coming full circle

Community: Working together is important now as it ever was. This is our world and we all share so making the right decisions affects everyone. Unlike what Forest Gump said, ”Life is like a box of chocolates…” in a way it isn’t we know what we have and we know that we are slowly trashing the place we live. We now need to look back at the past mistakes and forward to the new future.

Stewardship: People need to step up and say what they think and how we can change, and for every change we need someone to lead. Someone had to stand up for a new idea or we would not be in this place today.
Innovation: Now that we have all these buildings and houses we need to change how we use them, and stop making more. In the past it was all about making something new something better, and now that we have it we have to do something with it. We as a whole need to make new the buildings we already have, create new ways to make the old work.

Authenticity: Going back to Stone Hinge almost every object in existence deals with circles and squares, male and female, simple geometry that has evolved and stayed the same.

Looking back on every thing that we have covered in this class and mainly this last week has made me think, “Where is this path taking us? What will design be like when there is no more space to make something new?”

[pair]ing down


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Road Trip






Wednesday, April 8, 2009

President Analysis Analytical Essay

Petronas Twin Towers
The Petronas Twin Towers, the third and forth tallest buildings in the world were completed in 1998 were designed by Cesar Pelli. The Towers stand tall and proud in the center of the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur and were based off of the five pillars of Islam. These towers are part of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) and were the first of seven main sections built. The other sections include a convention center, hotels, and a shopping center.
Cesar Pelli, of Argentine birth became an American architect. “From 1954 to 1964 he worked for Eero Saarinen and was project designer for Saarinen's TWA Terminal (1956-62) at Idlewild (now John F. Kennedy) Airport, New York, and for the Samuel B. Morse and Ezra Stiles colleges (1958-62) at Yale University, New Haven, CT.”
These Towers have eighty-eight stories and stand at 457.9 meters tall. A sky-bridge connects the two towers. It is the tallest sky-bridge in the world and is located at the forty-first and the forty-second floors. The bridge spans 58.4 meters and is 170 meters off the ground. Stainless steel cladding and glass were used in the construction of the two towers. “ The tower’s floor plan design is based on simple Islamic geometric forms of two interlocking squares creating a shape of eight-pointed stars. Upon the eight-pointed stars, are eight superimposed semi-circles softening the inner angles.” (2) By using concrete for such a tall structure, the cores were cast in place. Perimeter columns and ring beams (used for wind control) were used for vertical load carrying capacity. There are sixteen main tower columns, cantilevered points that alternate, and a stainless steel pinnacle top.
The interior holds just as much grandeur as the exterior. There is an area that is home to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra that holds over 800 seats. A modern museum themed ‘oil and gas’ resides there as well. An art gallery and a fitness center are art of the seven sections in the Kuala Lumpur City Centre. There is a reference library that has things related to energy, and petroleum. In front of the towers there is a park that was designed by Roberto Burle Marx a Brazilian landscape architect.

between silence & light


Thursday, April 2, 2009

3rd Skin

This is my final for the 3rd skin project.  I improved the craft as well as added a "lid" to cast a darker shadow and force the light to the inside.  By doing this, the light filtered through the small cutouts is intensified and often causing more than one ray to form.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Illuminate: Illumination can be an idea or knowledge was illuminated to you or in the literal sense where it deals with light.  Our most recent project was to build something out of MDF board that played with light and shadow.  Some of the students used the negative space to have the light shine through others, as S. Burrowes said, “tried to contain the light source within” their projects.

Rotation: Like the rotation of the moon around the earth, ideas rotate around and through societies.  People often bounce ideas off of each other or find a quality of an object or drawing that they like and change it by scale or proportions.  By seeing the styles in an area architects can take it to their city and reproduce it.

Movement: In the 18th and 19th Centuries trade became huge.  People were traveling to America, China, and other exotic places coming in contact with the culture there.  By seeing other parts of the world you see their cultures and different styles that they take from the varying temperatures.

Reflection: A reflection can be looking back on earlier projects or an actual reflection like reflections off a lake or symmetry.  By reflecting back on previous works you can get new ideas or can improve the old ones in a way that you did not see or consider before. 

Source: As the Romans looked to the Greeks as a source, the Americans, at first looked to the British.  Through seeing a style different cultures made it their own style, but still held ties to what the object or style originally came from.  Later the Americans wanted to “get away” from the British in all forms, as in clothing and architecture.  At first the houses in America were almost exact replicas of what was made in England, because that is what they knew about the world.

Revisiting some of the words from before is interesting in that we now have even more knowledge and maybe a different perspective on the words for the week.  We also have something else to say or a different way of conveying what we want said that can be taking to a higher level.  

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Grammar: SYNTAX

Grammar: SYNTAX

Audience: In building a space you have to appeal to your audience.  Depending on whom you are presenting to changes in how you convey it.  If you are building a space for children then you would make every thing according to their size, and most likely use many bright colors.

[Re]vision: Revising is to take an object and make it better.  The Romans are a good example of revision, they took what the Greeks had made and used it to make their own style as well as make it better.  Then again when the British Empire started to invade, they did a redo on the Greek style though the Romans.

Character: In architecture the buildings have a language as well as character.  In France the architects created living spaces that resemble a palace with one fa├žade but many interiors that looked the same.  In America the same idea came about, the exteriors were the same, but the interiors were different.

Transition: In presentation boards, the information and pictures need to be read and followed with ease without you being there to explain it to them.  The transition between topics is a major part in how you put together your presentation and how well the information is taken in.

Datum: In any arrangement of pictures or paper that is hanging on the wall, you create a datum line.  It’s the negative space between the objects in question that frame the picture.  The negative space around or between objects, we look for without even thinking about it.  If the space slants or is uneven then the people looking at it will be more likely to notice it.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

P Week

Periphery: What you see around you can have affect on what you are doing.  By taking nature and using its forms to create or tell a story is a process that designers have to use in their line of work.  Using the details and making them use their surrounding to create a feeling.

Portfolio: A Portfolio can be a device that holds everything that you have drawn usually on 2D pieces of paper or a flat canvas.  It documents your progress through out your project or in our case a semester.  Keeping up with all that you have done is important because you can look back to reference with another project or an earlier version of the one now.

Process: The design and writing processes use a series of steps to get to a final or finished product.  This begins with an idea, or inspiration that can be created or taken from something else that exists.  You then evolve the idea by putting it down on paper with stories or make sketch models with a design idea.  After the initial idea, you begin to simplify by developing prototypes and pull together the ideas that work for your final product. 

Perspective: Just like everything in life, we all have different perspectives.  The way you look at topics and opinions changes on what you believe to be correct.  Perspectives are views like how we see things.  The most common are one-point and two-point perspectives.  One-point perspective you are looking at the flat side of an object or building, two-point is from the side or corner.

Professional: Making your project look professional is a complicated task.  The craft of what you present says how much time you spent on it and how much you cared for the details.  Professionalism is also in how you present yourself.  You would not go to a presentation dressed in a T-shirt and jeans, you would dress according to whom you are presenting to and what it is you are presenting.

I feel that this weeks words were about presentations.  Your portfolio holds your process of your work. Periphery and perspective are how you can interoperate objects and people around you.  By being professional you show how serious you are about what you are doing for the project or in life.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


Making It Better...

This drawing is like that of Byung Hwa Yoo's sketch.

This sketch is formed after a work from Ea Ejersbo.

This drawing is based off of a drawing by Gabi Campanrio.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Macro: Micro

Composition is essential especially in presentations. If you slap something together and make, as S. Cabrera stated, “odd angles on the page or presentation board that will distract from the drawings.” By doing this it makes you look at the negative space instead of what it is that you are presenting, it becomes a distraction.

The porch-court-hearth system was very important to the Romans, because they liked order. First you have the porch in which you enter the space. The court is a gathering space at first outside in a courtyard then later inside. The most important part of the building or complex, the hearth is where a select few are allowed to enter. If in a home it would be the actual living space of the occupants, but on a grander scale it would be for the elites and the priest, those with power.

Diagrams make “something that come second nature to the majors easier to read” said S. Burrows. Some drawing or documents have symbols that others do not know what it means and need a key to help them figure out the meaning. Most diagrams are pictures that are often color coded to help people better understand what is happening with the picture.

When I think of impression I think the artistic style of Impressionism. The Artist can get the feeling or objective across with only a couple of brush strokes. Also with the gothic cathedrals the height and scale of the buildings leaves everlasting impressions on those who gaze upon them. If something impresses you then you will remember it for a long time and it will stick with you. It could be because of the size or style that is different from things you have seen before.

Though viewing something from a distance is important, seeing the smallest details makes it more personal. Details make the object or place look important and inviting, a place that you would like to visit again just to see the small things. Sometimes if you see something from a distance and it looks smooth looking closer you can see the textures and the small details that are put into something.

All of these words can be used on different scales to make them have different meanings. The cathedrals have great and magnificent exteriors that let light in, but when you see the details carved into to stone they tell stories of the “end” of the world and of hell. Size matters in building especially with the leaders of the ancient world, the larger the better, but if you go too tall or too larger you may find the walls crumbling around you.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Salisbury Cathedral

The number of towers on the three cathedrals is different. The cathedral in Salisbury has one central tower, the one in Amiens has two, but they do not come to a point, and the cathedral at Cologne has three towers. Two of the cathedrals, Cologne and Amines, do not have courtyards connected to them. According to the Gothic website Salisbury is the only one of the three we are looking at that does not have any significant remains that reside there. Cologne is said to hold the remains of the three Magi, and the purpose of Amiens was to house the remains of St. John the Baptist.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


How we measure things is by using scale often the human scale. Buildings often use one smaller part to base the rest of the building using different shapes. Understanding Architecture by Roth states, “The other building type favored by the early Christians had a centralized plan, whether round, octagonal, or square” (280). The whole of the church was based off of the center and was the same on all sides.

Picture by Byung Hwa Yoo

Precedent, also know as an inspiration image, helps to better understand the building or style you are trying to study. It is used as a reference to “broaden your style” when drawing (S. Cabrera). It is also helpful when trying to make something new, if you were to have something to work off of. You might like a small detail and want to repeat the same thing at a larger scale and base your whole project on the intricate detail.

A place in which a certain feeling is conveyed shows that it has a strong presence contain there. If you are in an elaborate church or cathedral you feel the awe in the vaulted ceilings and the way the specific building is laid out, you know what goes on there.

Moments are seconds in time in which something significant happens. Each moment has a purpose whether small or large it is important. It could be anything, where people walk a lot near or in a building, or how to ceiling beams come together. It is something that you see that is different for things or joints that you have seen before.

Usually between light and dark or black and white, duality is two sided; you cannot have one without the other. Duality is two things or colors fighting for attention, like the white and black paper the black would look more over powering even if it was the same amount as the white. The black is darker so our eyes are drawn to it, though if very little is used there would be a sense of balance in the project.

Precedent, presence, and moment fit together by looking at the object or building in different view points. It is more of what you can feel and interpret for a given space rather than what is actually there. Duality is what you can see happening the story or dialogue behind the objects or spaces. Metric is actually finding the measurements and truly seeing what is there.

Pat's Chair