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.