Archive for September, 2011

Case Study: Hypar Pavillion

Sep 29 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

I’ve started trying to pin down this idea of a “field condition”. Its sort of like wrestling with an eel, except the eel is made of abstractions. At any rate, the poster came out really nicely, and it was a good first attempt to organize my thoughts regards fields.

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Research: Military Park District

Sep 27 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

We’re officially starting the design phase of our project, so I wanted to get the research phase posted before I could lose any of it. Here is some of the research I did about the present and future of what we’re calling the “Military Park Historical Commons District” (MPHCD).

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Print Ads

Sep 26 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

Check out these two posters I made, to advertise printing! I’m hoping to help the freshmen, I’m currently working on some “Printing Cheat Sheets” that can sit in the Dropbox and they can refer to, until they get it down-pat. Teaching the freshmen is win-win; it means that I get properly formatted files, and they learn how to do it right.

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inspiration

Sep 25 2011 Published by under inspiration

One per week. Every Saturday.
If these people can make things of beauty, maybe so can I.

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Contention Over Architecture

Sep 21 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

I had a conversation earlier this morning about how interesting things like “grease trucks” are, because of they are completely mobile in nature and yet very important because of their ability to feed huge amounts of students. This led into talking about e-companies like Megabus. These in turn, are interesting because they operate without any physical infrastructure to speak of. Basically, if one of these companies went belly-up tomorrow, there would be almost no physical evidence of their existence.

Architecture used to represent a codification of power, the physical permanence of the built object would attest to the strength and permanence of the patron institution.

Now, in an era where banking mega-corporations can declare bankruptcy and disappear; leaving behind skyscrapers that must then be claimed by another company (for example, Johnson’s famous AT&T Tower becoming the Sony Building), Architecture really doesn’t imply the sort of powerful permanence that it used to.

And yet, built-work can still evoke… something. There is a group of protesters occupying Wall Street in NYC right at this very moment, and look what their Architecture led to:

This group is near and dear to my heart, because I believe strongly in civil disobedience. I’ll write more about them as opportunities arise.

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Fixing Things

Sep 21 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

As a designer, and as a person, nothing pleases me more then to find something broken and fix it, ideally, while benefiting myself in the process.

In part, that is why I bought a plotter, because the current system for printing at NJIT sucks. The “show up during limited hours and get over-charged for printing, which you MUST do to pass studio” paradigm is so incredibly rotten and inefficient that it was ripe for redesign. With my services, people can print almost 24/7, at a more reasonable price. And once I finish the new upload form (this weekend!) they will be able to upload online, check the queue online, and receive instant information about the status of their print, also ONLINE. Which means less work for me and mine, and better service for everyone else.

Another thing that I think is really broken, that I want to fix is the lack of critical discussion of buildings. Architecture theory is pretty hard to find online, or it has been for me at least. Generally, Architecture is only presented as glossy photos and a press release, which leaves me wanting more.. Over the next year, I want to work to get this blog to the top of google’s search results when you look for “Architecture Theory Blog”, so that interested parties can find some critical discussion.

And hey, maybe it’ll even benefit me in the process.

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inspiration

Sep 18 2011 Published by under inspiration

One per week. Every Saturday.
If these people can make things of beauty, maybe so can I.

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tag: architecture sculpture art



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tag: life-tool



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inspiration

Sep 11 2011 Published by under inspiration

One per week. Every Saturday.
If these people can make things of beauty, maybe so can I.

tag:body art



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tag: sculpture art



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tag: graphic art



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Intentions

Sep 06 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

This semester is going to be an exploration of the theory behind field conditions, the manipulation of the ordinary, and the organization and representation of data-driven Architecture.
I’m really excited to improve my graphics ability too.
Let the semester.. Begin!

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What the Food

Sep 02 2011 Published by under Siena 2011

Like everyone, I took a few pictures of the stuff I was eating.. A lot of the food, I actually made myself, but the ingredients were so fresh and it was so tasty that it was worth capturing.




Investigating my cafe… The cheese is so fresh and perfectly salty.. delicious.




After a long day, the best way to get a big meal is at the bar. Its called appertivo, and for five euro you get a drink (Cosmopolitan pictured) plus all you can eat of whatever they’re serving.




I ate a lot of gellato while in Italy. A. Lot. Of. Gellato.




If I had room in my bag, I would have bought one of these… they retail for about 30 euro.






The first of these two shows the caprese I got in Pienza, which was absolutely stellar. It was a good discovery on a side street, the only place that wasn’t totally packed.
The second image is my imitation in Siena, not quite as good, but still delicious.






Another “Matthew see, Matthew do”. this time with tagliare pasta and seafood. I used zucchini for mine because it was cheaper, in season, and I wanted to learn to prepare it.






These are my absolute favorites. Alec and I had this running experiment, anytime that we went out mapping, we’d find something to pick and try. Sometimes it was fresh peaches, other times it was black berries, and one (very unfortunate) time, it was blueberries (which tasted like chalk).




The only part of Firenze that I really liked was the place we grabbed lunch, everything came in a bread bowl and they had some great wine.




And finally, once I was in Berlin, I kept cooking, this is one of the meals I whipped up for myself. I love cooking, its almost as soothing as eating.

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