ARCH 1701 blog 4
blog prompt 4..."if you were completely released from the constraints of 'architecture school' program, what would you do architecturally, artistically, bodily, lyrically ect. that would still have an impact on your environment. Describe a real or imagined place which might allow you to do this. Explore through image and text.
First of all, let me me announce that I am SOOOO PROUD of myself for finally figuring out how to make my blog look all organized and beautiful instead of just white and black and blah. snaps for kate!!! ps i really really hate the format of this blog...its wayyyyy too complicated of a method to just simple explain ones ideas, but regardless I find this weeks blog topic extremely interesting, an idea that can go in an infinite amount of directions depending on both ones personal feelings and perspective on life...
As for me...
If I were completely released from the currently enstated rigorous and well defined "architecuture school" I currently am part of, I believe I would be completely lost. I would feel like an immigrant coming to the United States trying to learn english and the American culture. I would FLAIL for quite some time I believe, maybe even shy away from the idea of architecture because in fact architecture is such a broad, yet well defined field. Their are no boundaries, that is the glory and downfall of this discipline. We can take architecture in whatever way we desire, press every new boundary that lies in front of us, but if we have no foothold, no base to stand on, how do we reach out to break those boundaries and bend those rules that once lay in front of us????
One could easily argue with me, but I feel that the structure of architecture school, the necessity of immersing ourselves in University culture is important because everything can potentially tie into our designs and influence what we choose to build. There are so many interesting topics and questions to pursue....so many great ideas that flit across our imagination, but how in the world to we tackle them if we do not have a place to start?
Like I said, I know I would personally struggle, maybe even diverge from the discipline if there was no "architecture school" seeking a more tangible task, a position that does have well defined boundaries, possibly become a statistician or mathmatician where everything can easily be explained through a series of numbers and equations, but I believe I would soon miss the challenge architecture presses forward, and revert to how I started my passion as a child....drawing, sketching whatever floats my boat at the time, and then moving on to studying how ancient society worked and how phenomenal ancient buildings such at the mayan temples were built. I would study astronomy because I find it fascinating and I would walk around the city gawking at the skyscrapers almost tipping backwards in awe of how something so magnificent was constructed.
I am fascinated by how much time, effort and thought goes into each and every building., each and every object around us someone devoted brainpower, sweat and tears to make it work just right. Think about it...this laptop I am right now writing this blog with....somehow every time I press a key the computer transmits a message so fast that I immediately see the letter I pressed. How does a computer do that? How did anyone know that if they put certain substances together they would create these computer chips that communicated and transmit these things, perform what we think as simple task and take for granted.
If I was not preoccupied with "architecture school" I would study whatever intrigued me at the time and let that influence my design, but as I think about it isn't "architecture school" just an orderly way of dealing with my fascinations???? Maybe in a different sequence and not including all that I want to study or including things I have no interesti in, but "architecture school really is just a formal way of exploring all things that are interesting me and hopefully taking from it ideas that can influence future designs that cause future generations to be awestruck.
until next time,