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February 28, 2008

Architecture with no restrictions

One thing I would like to try “architecturally� would be to design a building that would probably turn out like one of Picasso’s paintings. I mean I would like to travel and take pieces of several styles of buildings and piece them together like a puzzle. It would probably be ugly as hell abut it could be kind of interesting. It also may be a way to reuse parts of buildings/structures that are no longer habitable or able to be used. And because all the pieces were all from different regions in the world it could be considered the “Melting Pot� of all building styles.

Another thing I would like to try would be to construct a structure like the 3D puzzles I played with as a kid. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could live in a house shaped like your favorite famous person’s head, the Pharaoh’s of Egypt, Mt. Rushmore, or Homer Simpson (there would be plenty of space up top).

Homer Head.jpg


Another thing I would like to try architecturally would be to just cram all the ideas I had for a building all together and to see what I could come up with through deconstruction. A lot of the time this is how I feel when doing projects. I get a whole bunch of ideas and I need to just take of picture of each idea and lay them all out in front of me and then to work on them collectively by adding the ideas together or deconstructively by taking them apart.
Going through two architecture history classes I feel like puzzles are a lot of what architecture is. Whether it is taking old ideas and piecing them together to create something new, or piecing old styles with new styles, or new materials with old techniques or old materials with new techniques. To me it is all one big clay puzzle that you can piece together however you want to fit whatever need.

February 21, 2008

Inluences on choice for research project

"One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD.
Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene he noticed two sets of
footprints in the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the LORD.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints.
He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.
This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it:
"LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life,
there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when
I needed you most you would leave me." The LORD replied:
"My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you."


My grandmother gave this quote to me after I had knee surgery for the second time. It has been inspiring me ever since and I have always wished that we as people could be as passionate towards others as God is.

I was super excited to work on the Millennium Goal project. It has always been an aspiration of my to work with people who are less fortunate. I think that if you have something to give, then give it, even if it is only an idea or words of wisdom.

February 1, 2008

Andy Goldsworthy inspiration of energy

"Art as a form of nourishment, a way to understand the energy of life running through everything." Andy Goldsworthy. A quote from the movie that has stuck with me since I heard it. In a way he put into words something I have felt but have never known how to explain. Energy is a communication. It can be transfered from on thing to another; interpreted. It is a feeling you can get from something you see, a building, park or scene. Everything speaks to each other in some way or another. it is almost as if energy is a universal language. We moved into an apartment in downtown that was definitely at the highest end of our price range. It has the same features that the other apartments had but this particular one spoke to me. It is in an old hotel with many years of history, it was almost as if the walls told stories, I like the fact that they have a history. Its funny because this neighborhood used to be really bad so when ever I tell someone where i live they look at me as if wondering how I am still alive. on the contrary, the apartment is so inviting and inspiring. It has great energy that pulls you in and makes you comfortable. like the way on a trip through the woods you come to an clearing and when you get closer you realize the picture you can see is one that should be in a calendar for the month of April.
On the hillside below all the flowers are blooming and bursts of colors appear everywhere and the aroma is so strong you would think you had stuck your nose in a flower. the energy of the scene pulled you towards it, drew you to go beyond and seek out and find how beautiful nature can be. the plants and flowers talked to you with their energy. It is things like this that we can live for. the same can be applied as you come into the Twin cities. I knew coming up here there would be something great. in the suburbs it appears kind of like my hometown, just a little more compact. But there is something beyond, as you continue on 35w and eventually head towards downtown I can see the skyscrapers and they draw me in enticing me to come explore and see what I can find.
Goldsworthy did a similar thing as he ventured into the countryside around his home and looked beyond what was merely in front of him until he found something that called to him to come learn and explore and try new things.
He took things we would normally take for granted and look at then pass by and used them to create something even better. For example, the icicle sculpture he made was beautiful, not only in the structure he made but in the concept as he talked about the sunlight in relation to the sculpture.
It was amazing how the light from the sun illuminated the iced sculpture, but unfortunately it was as Goldsworthy said, "it is what makes it beautiful that also destroys it." The sunlight made the sculpture peak in its abilities but the heat from the sun is what destroyed the sculpture.
Through put the move Goldsworthy used natural materials to create his works of art that would overtime eventually return to the earth. The egg made of stone was the exception to this trend. I think it is great to be able to create something that will be around for years to come that will not have a negative impact on the earth, and will gain beauty with age.