Tuesday, May 12, 2009
But all videos are up at a NEW LOCATION!!!
All Students videos are up - and discussions will be up shortly as well. (FYI working with video is a very time intensive process, especially if you are not working with a fast computer.)
for those that used a recording for audio, if you would like to send me that recording, I can overlay it onto the video.
also, I would very much like TITLES instead of names - so email me titles for your presentation if you want. also, email me any "DESCRIPTION" or "TAG" or any other corrections.
please let me know of any problems with the videos. There are 2 videos that are missing the beginning few seconds unfortunately, this was due to a mistiming of the switching of tapes at the start of each group.
also, 2 presentations are somehow longer than 10 minutes (the maximum of allowable time for a single clip on youtube.)
but all in all, I think the videos turned out well, and they should be very helpful for you to go back and examine your own presentation and listen to the comments again.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
“. . . the collective behavior of a system of individuals can have many surprising properties.”
"It turns out that an eerie type of chaos can lurk just behind a facade of order - and yet, deep inside the chaos lurks an even eerier type of order."
Monday, May 4, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
The presentations will proceed on a rigorous time schedule.
each presentation will be EXACTLY 6:40. There will be a 2 Minute time interval to transition from one presentation to the next.
The presentations will be grouped into 4's - so hopefully, 4 groups of 4.
in between each group of 4 there will be a discussion period of EXACTLY 20 minutes.
So there is an OBVIOUS need to test EVERYTHING ahead of time. so that everything runs smoothly. there is a very specific desire to create a TEMPO for the evening that is DESIGNED to keep the jury (and everyone else) alert and interested. This is DESIGNED to get the best feedback possible.
In order to GROUP the presentations, I would like for MONDAY a single sentence, and a single image. In addition to serving as a grouping mechanism, these will also be placed pamphlet that will be handed out.
Friday, May 1, 2009
I wanted to gouge my eyes out I was so frustrated. I was frustrated by the LONG MEANDERING presentations, and drawings that don’t SAY anything.
The first person up droned on and on for seriously 15 minutes. I could not believe the professor did not try and rap things up. I was further infuriated by the discourse afterwards. The program was a restaurant based on ideas of PATTERN, and the first jury member to get up and talk started questioning whether the wine rack could “fit” where it was indicated on plan. I actually yelled at this woman a little saying I hope she really wasn’t going to waste everyone’s time talking about whether the wine rack was resolved.
Point of the story –be careful. You don’t want to be talking about the bathrooms or anything (you want them in there – the building, but don’t talk about them – that is unless…)
To this girl’s credit, it seemed that she had thought a lot of things out/through, but she went on to describe everything. The jury doesn’t have time to respond to everything, only a few things. YOU CHOOSE those few things.
But one of the important things about spending A LOT of time on producing clear presentations is that it allows the jury to be EFFICIENT with their time. If there is confusion through lack of clear presentation resulting in the jury talking about other things (a la – the wine rack.) this is inefficient and unhelpful. A clear presentation helps the jury HELP YOU.
Additional comments to think about outside the context of this story to think about.
MAKE IT INTERESTING: in a make believe world, the jury pays full and equal attention to everyone. But this is the REAL WORLD. So make it interesting. This is simply done (in theory) by establishing a meaningful relationship between you/your project and “the audience.”
SPEAK SIMPLY AND CLEARLY: don’t be the cliché architect (or student) who tries to use complex words (or even made up words) to try and sound smart. Besides the JURY will include NON-ARCHITECTS. And this is an important point by the way – there will be NON-ARCHITECTS on the jury. They will be from related fields, but they will NON-ARCHITECTS (at least in the traditional sense). ALSO – this is a presentation you family should be able to understand.
FRAME: remember your presentation is the “frame” talk about things you want to talk about, and don’t talk about things you don’t.
PRACTICE PRACTIC PRACTICE: seriously, this is something that you need to practice a good bit for (or be verbally quick on your feet). But pair up in your practices so that you are not advancing the slides yourself. This is IMPORTANT when you practice, DO NOT be advancing the images yourself. If you do practice presenting by manually advancing your images as you practice, it will be a complete disaster in the real presentation and you are not the one advancing. Practice in front of your friends/family regardless of what they “do” their voice matters, just as yours.
Watch other pecha kucha’s
Watch the video (and others) on how to give good presentations.
Be checking back in the blogs for more info from me. This is just one of multiple to come out of the pipe today (later).
Also, look through all blogs for comments I have made – there is A LOT of useful information embedded in the blogs. Spend some time sifting.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
So this is just part of my experimental phase, and clearly Im running out of time but I think I figured it all out. Here is just a few photos of what my process consisted of. Basically I cut down all the ideas I had to just the use of fire. In the first photo is just the 'template' I used before destroying any of the others. In the inerior I created a few levels just to see how it would end up in helping me to reach towards a final model.
Sun and Shadow Movement on Grain Terminal From Eastern Side View
Sun and Shadow Movement on Grain Terminal From Western Side View
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
this video is more for kelly than anyone - but its funny comparing Fight club to Buddhism. - but its serious too - seriously interesting that is. but right around time 3:00 there is stuff that might pertain to kelly.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
as a synergy ball.
They're both spheres, but that's about all they have in common.
A synergy ball is a tensegrity sphere whose integrity is based on a synergy between tension and compression . The compression members (rods) are only connected to each other by tension members (cables) giving the structures a very light quality. Bending moments are non-existant within this system of contrasting forces.
Buckminster Fuller coined the term tensegrity after viewing sculptures by Kenneth Snelson
While writing "Synergetics: Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking" (1975), Fuller made the following observation:
"Structural Analysis is predicated on compressional continuity and nature doesn't use it . . . ever."I'm building some tensegrity "toys" this weekend in the hopes of getting a better understanding of its possible applications.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
This is what Ive most recently come to...It is one of two options I felt that I have....The other option is to lose the diagonal window and void out spaces in the knot that are not being used. And the triagular box that is in relation to the presentation of the shoe, im not sure if that is a definite option. The concept is that Americas Materialism (the knot of interior walls) is breaking out of its box into an unrealistic state. Give me some feedback if you get a chance guys!!
Friday, April 24, 2009
Here's my new plan in trying to create more complex spaces in my museum.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
FROM THE FIVE WAITING STUDENTS
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
there is access to the sleeping pods located behind the large wall. it consists of a staircase and long corridors spanning the length of the wall.
in the case of the dream portals, there is no reason to have access to them so i dedicated the space behind the dream portals to the "dream theatres". these theatres will allow the viewers to watch the projected dreams more closely, most probably in the form of holograms.
my only problem now is creating these rooms and how they will affect the facade. i am looking into right now modeling the facade to resemble a circuit board. for some reason i feel like it relates back to the overall theme of my project because computers and technology are the future and my project is very much futuristic and also that the circuit board in a computer is often referred to as the "brain" of the CPU and the brain is a main component of my project as well. sooo what i picture is the viewers entering behind this giant wall of projected dreams to find a chaotic series of rooms and pathways. (picture yourself walking through a life size circuit board)
my overall idea is that the museum is not only one of viewing but also one of participating. the viewers themselves will be able to spend time in the sleeping pods and have their dreams projected over to the dream portals and will also be able to view others dreams as well. the whole premise of my project is futuristic, so the concepts i am stating (such as projecting dreams) are totally fictional and imaginative. i hope i made some sense.....
Heres some of my new ideas...don't know if it's too late for you to comment but it's alright if you don't get a chance...The first image is a better programatic diagram the my "questionable" diagonal boxes in the petcha koocha...