Thursday, May 21, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


I removed our old youtube site for various reasons.

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

Pecha Kucha

I found this video on a pecha kucha and the guy is pronouncing it completely different. Idk what is the right way to pronounce it but we may want to consider the right pronunciation for when we do present today lol... the guy in the video seems to know alot about Pecha Kucha but again im not sure which is the right way to pronounce it... just something to consider lol

~michael morgan~


click on image for larger view
the voids carry a lot of weight don't they?

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."

Douglas Hofstadter


“It is our illusions that create the world”

~Michael Morgan~

Presentation Image

Even what we think to be free and spontaneous has strict laws to follow.

Chris Parrinello

Grave to Cradle

Every story has an end, but in life every ending is just a new beginning
-Kelly Kuplicki

Monday, May 4, 2009


Red Hook Institute of Play....
Why should kids get to have all the fun?


A great many people mistake opinions for thoughts.
Herbert V. Prochnow



Red Hook has Reached its Altered State
Chris Pontieri

My PK Will Make Others Jealous...

The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.

Here is my sentence and picture

Put Yo Shades On...

Just a teaser of my sexy perspective.
Caution: You may need your shades on to view this.

Saturday, May 2, 2009


this will be edited and added to later so check back, but I thought it would be a good idea to get at least the main points out there.


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



This is for pete. this is the elevator at lacma.

in addition to making the experience of going up and down in the elevator a GRAND experience - it plays a very functional role - you can move LARGE ART up and down easily.


If I was ever in doubt about the validity of the course of this project, my experiences as a juror earlier this week has erased all.

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.  

But at the same time, I have every intension to sticking with my grave to cradle process where from the remains creates a new model per-say.

I thought this ended up very interesting.  Although I only showed 1 of the models, this particular one ended up like this where to me it looks like a parti diagram (2 different colors from the central ash).  With a central circulation and two "spaces" on either side, this actually relates to a lot of diagrams I was working with early on.  

Heres just a video I took of the same burn. 

Sun and Shadow Movement On The Grain Terminal

This is a study on the movement of the Sun and Shadows created by the sun on the Grain Terminal. Thought it may be useful if anyone wanted to concider which direction the sun comes in and how the sun effects the existing building as far as direct lighting and shadows.

Sun and Shadow Movement on Grain Terminal From Eastern Side View

Sun and Shadow Movement on Grain Terminal From Western Side View

~Michael Morgan~

Sweatshop Perspective...

In need of scale figures I know but here the open elevator perspective of the sweatshop

Sketches and Sketch-up

Here's some things I have been working on.
The blocks to the rear are the office/classroom spaces, while the cube at the front is the theatre space. And the silos in between will house the exhibition spaces... I am still working on those.
The 3 seperate programmatic spaces where divided based on where the street grid of Red Hook intersected the building (if the grid were to be extended), as per my half Pecha Kucha from last week.
Let me know what you guys think.... keep in mind this is a total work in progress.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

a quick one point, the left cubes(if you will) pertrude out of the building, the cubes to the right of the stick figures are suspended in the air(somehow) it is at 1/4 scale, im sure thats hard to tell, but that guy in front is 6ft tall.

Monday, April 27, 2009


This is for everyon - but also christine too. but the matrix as a movie is an example of a movie ABOUT AN IDEA. also watch and think about how it relates to the class.

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

Nothing to do with project

This was at the coachella festival, thought it was funny.


Thursday I had mistaken this toy

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

Most Recent

Elevational Perspective

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

Interior Section Image

Here's my new plan in trying to create more complex spaces in my museum.

My relationship and concept with the interior walls is all about the "knot". When looking at the sneaker again I felt that the most interesting piece is the shoelaces, and what better to create spaces with than a shoelace type folding walls.

Imagine pulling on the two ends of the building as though it was a shoelace tying the knot.

Also, In relation to site, the walls have a somewhat fluid motion without becoming curved to relate to the tides on the port. Anyways after much diagraming this is what my latest interior Idea is.

Program fits these spaces to complete the inside.

Oh and I've also started to weed out some of the ideas I feel that are less strong and base my building on ones that have more meaning.


just thought i would post some diagrams i've been working on...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

CRITS at 500



Wednesday, April 22, 2009


after spending the evening attempting to make the identical room and doors idea work I realized that it really didnt, although maze like there were too many crossing paths, not enough complexity, this has now led me to the classic maze, which is also about choice, I am now laying out mazes in 4 levels (not that easy). side thought includes images of past present and possible future along the paths, something to think about while you 'find your way'.

life size circuit board - facade

sooo...if anyone remembers my pecha kucha from last class owen wasn't realli understanding my concept. did any1 understand it?!? my process started with the fact that the brain is separated into two hemispheres, one that is logical (left side) and the other side that is creative (the right). i then split my building into two sides representing these two halves of the brain. while also researching the brain i found out that the corpus callosum connects both these hemispheres together - therefore i created a central core between these two sides of my building which represents that part of the brain. i decided that i will model both sides of the building according to either of the sides of the brain - one side of the building will be made up of linear, simple structures (left side of the brain-logical) and the other will be one of chaos and randomness (right side of the brain-creative) i plan on the viewers entering the center corridor of the museum which will have two adjacent walls on either side consisting of people sleeping in sleeping pods (logical side-linear and simple, a perfect environment for sleeping) and their dreams projected onto the dream portals across from them (right side-chaotic & random - dreams are creativity at its purest). I picture these dream portals as a large wall of chaos. imagine 468 tv screens all flickering at once (thats what i have in mind). i think walking through this corridor will be an experience to remember in itself and the focal point or "main exhibit" of my museum.
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.....

New sketched ideas...

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...