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February 26, 2008

Blog #4:What Would You Do?

Okay...honestly the first thing that popped into my head when I read this blog prompt was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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I totally forgot the other half of the blog; that would still have an impact on your environment. I was thinking "artistically". Well, I thought of building a chocolate factory just like the one in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory because I think it would be so cool to go into a factory and have a drink out of a chocolate river or take a bite out of big, giant gummy bears dangling from a tree. In a way, it does benefit the community because who wouldn't want to go to a chocolate factory and do what the kids do in the movie.(Haha just kidding)Seriously, back to busines. Hmm...What would I do? I really dont know what to do. Well...I do but nothing is popping up in my head. For starters, I would build a bullet train around the big cities like the one in Japan.

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For one, it will save gas and end the air pollution our car is making. Also, it will be alot more convieniet for people who can't drive yet, has there license suspended, or those who hate driving like me to get around and beat the traffic we all hate to be in. And of course, the need for speed. Late for work or an appointment?! Have no fear the Bullet Train is here. The Bullet Train travels at 165 MPH so I'm pretty sure you won't have a problem getting anywhere on time unless you're just slow. It would be so awesome to have one especially in the Twin Cities because gas price is going up and probably it will cause less road rage for those who hate driving behind a slow ass car.

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So, this is what I would do architecturally, artiscally, bodily, and lyrically that would still have an impact the environment. have to think about safety and cost and how much it will benefit us or them...blah blah blah. Who knows? The US thinks too much. There are times you should relax and go with the flow.

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February 21, 2008

Primary Education

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February 16, 2008

Blog #2

What is a social design issue? You tell me...I do wonder what it is too. Is it a design? Is it something not useful? Or both. I think it's both. In short words, useless design. It made sound harsh but it's true. Some designers do design something that becomes useless to the public or to the world. What do I think is a social design issue? It's pretty hard for me to answer this question since I'm not from Minnesota. But so far, I believe that work space in the student classroom/office building in the St. Paul campus right across from McNeal is a social design issue. I do understand from the designer's perspective view that they are creating an environment for studets to go and study but, it is a big space for a useless purpose. It has a beautiful wall of glass windows right across the room. And then the wall 90 degrees to it has two kiosk which it makes it look like a slum house becuase it's out of no where. Then, it has a little microwave section which I think is the ugliest thing I've ever seen in a building. Also, it has two enormous triangle shape storage out of the blues. It's big enough to put a whole clothing store in it. My professor, Pat Hemmis did state it was "useless". After visiting the site, I do agree with my professor. I think it will a great idea to convert that space into something more "lively and energetic" to get more students to come to St.Paul campus since everyone goes to the east bank. If I had the power to change it, I would remove everything in it and make it more comfortable. It has nothing but cold and darkness with the dark brick walls and wooden tables and chairs. I would add comfortable leather seats to cozy up the place because it can become a place for students to come and relax. Also, add a cafe just in case students do get tired of studying or get hungry during a break. I would replace one of the brick walls with a chalkboard wall to help promote a club's campaign or an event. That is just half of the day and now for the night session design...a little booster stage would be added to have performance to enjoy on a Friday night or something like that. It's a place where people can come have open mic nights and have poetry reading. And a flat screen TV for sports night and comfort to the day shift by playing the news all day in a low volume since it is with classrooms and office around it. (Sorry I couldn't find any pictures)

February 3, 2008

This idea of energy, flow, and transformation throught the city.

After watching Andy Goldsworthy's movie, Rivers and Tides, I believe the city is the way it is through it's surroundings. For example, Andy thought the way how the landscape of his backyard is created was through the way of the sheep's living. The landscape consistded of steep hills for roaming and grassy patches for vegitation. The city's surroundings create that energy, flow, and transformation into the city's vibe.