Saturday, February 26, 2011

Color Bootcamp.

One week. $100 worth of paper. A huge migrane. What does this sound like? 
Color Week!

We got to have the chance to explore the world for one whole week. We learned about the middle mixes  between all the colors and how. Doing this, we learned the relationship between colors. 

Middle mix between blue and orange. 

Using all the colors in my palette to describe the seasons

5 way mix

2 way mix

3 way mix


My happy place on campus would be in the EUC on the ground floor. That is where there is an interactive wall that has falling pebbles.  The pebbles recognize your shadow and fall around it. The pebbles vary in color as well. This makes me happy because it is something unique and fun. While we were playing with it we were all laughing and giggling. It brought out our inner child, and whenever I think of my childhood it always makes me happy. 

A happy space on campus would be the meditation room. I like having my alone time and the places I am at most often are in my dorm room or the studio. Most of time which are heavily populated by people. The meditation room is a place where I can focus on things that I have to do or just spend time in prayer. Whenever I leave that room I always feel refreshed and ready to conquer whatever tasks I have. It is probably one of the only places that I can focus for long amounts of time. When I finish my work it makes me happy. 

Monday, February 21, 2011


Understanding Architecture, Roth


Sunday, February 20, 2011

BP6 | Sharing the Light.

Seeing the light through 
Salisbury Cathedral 
The cologne and salisbury cathedrals were built during the dark ages. The church was seen to be the light of the "modern" world at the time. The dark ages were also a really hard time for Christianity. The Catholic church did not feel the need with the Gospel, they felt that by living what they thought was a Christian life was what was going to get them into Heaven. They understood that good works is what salvation was all about. So instead of going out into the dark world and spreading the light of God they kept it all within their cathedrals, figuratively and literally. The vaulted ceilings within both cathedrals allow the light to penetrate heavily. The windows are also arranged into three different sections stacked on top of each other. The catholic church was focused on three things, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The architects of the church were most likely Catholic, so were their mind sets were already focused on the number 3. The stacks of the windows prove this.
Seeing the light through
Cologne Cathedral 

In catholicism, the priest are the only ones with a relationship with God. They stood at the alter where the majority of light penetrated the cathedral. This made the preist the focal poing at the church. Since catholics did not talk to God personally, they did not have God's light. The priest had it all, God's light and the sunlight. As heads of the church, they are supposed to share the light with the members. The priest got a little greedy with the light and did not let other have. The priest gave those of the church a skewed perception on the Christianity. Because they did not have God's light they were not able to have a relationship with him. They saw the Bible as a book of rules rather than tools that glorify God.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Unit 1 | Summary

unit 1| Foundations
“everything we do is related to a scale beyond us.” –Patrick Lee Lucas
how do we interpret  things such as objects, spaces, building, and places? According to Jules David Prown, there is a three step was to relate what we do to a scale beyond on us. The first method would be description.  Description is the physical inventory.  What the eye perceives at first glance. Next would be deduction. Deduction is using the senses to create a link between the sight and the world. Lastly, speculation. Speculation is imaging something through they eyes through hypothesis. For example, our first observation 
of stonehenge is a pile of rocks on top of a 
hill. We the further deduce that they are arranged 
carefully in a circle. Historians have come to the 
speculation that stonehenge lines up with the 
equinox and the solstice. The circle lets us know 
that there is a sense of equality being that it is a 
complete circle. they have also concluded that 
the center of the circle was used for sacrificial 
purposes. It also showed that the inside of the 
circle were those who were included and those 
on the outside were not. Showing that there was 
a sense of hierarchy even in three thousand bc. 
This shows how Stonehenge related to a scale 
that was beyond on us. The universe is far greater 
and beyond us. 

As stated previously, circles usually represent sacred spots. Stacks represent gatherings. Groups represent things stretching vertically.  The circle not only can be seen as sacred spot, but it also is the point where connections are made. Where things collide. Stacks are a way to gather things. For example a pyramid is a way to gather a dead pharaoh’s possessions and the gathering of stones in a mound formation.  Groups reach vertically, such as a group of trees. Sometimes, all three elements come together. The coliseum in Rome represents this idea well. The structure of it is in a circle. The center is used as the main entertaining space. The outside is arranged to where the layers of the building are stacked on top of each other. The columns all extended upward, creating the group effect. the reasoning for the environment which this space was built was because of the rituals performed in the space.  If the seats were not stacked up in vertically, it would make it incredibly hard for the audience to see what is going on in the middle of the auditorium.

In every society there is a hierarchy. Even in ancient architecture there was an order. The order helped structure things and also gave the building a sense of proportion. Of course, the most important things were the largest. The usual trend of ancient architecture seems to be that they all included a porch, court, and hearth. The porch was the entrance area. The court was the receiving area. The hearth was the most important area. The acropolis in Greece is a great example of it. The porch would be the small temple guarding the entrance, the temple of Athena nike. The court would be the center area. It is in the middle of the acropolis. From the court, our eye is drawn to the Parthenon, the temple of Athena. Even within the temple of Athena there is still a sense of order. The porch area was where are the people of ancient Greece would enter the area. Since only the priest were allowed inside the temple, the court would be the gathering area right outiside of the temple. The hearth would be the center of the temple where the statue of Athena stood.

“The end is to build well, well building hath three conditions, firmness, commodity, and delight.” –Sir Henry Wotton

One of the the biggest motivation in the ancient world, was to make buildings last. They were not worried about making a name for themselves, and then once they died, their name was lost forever. They wanted their name to live on forever. By using commodity, firmness, and delight in their buildings, they insured that they would last on. Firmness, maybe the most important of all, was to make sure it withstood the test of time. Commodity meant that it served the purpose in which it was intended. Delight meant that is was pleasing to look. Romans had a good sense of this idea. Not only did they incorporate these three ideas but also many others such as plan, roads, baths, basilicas, arches, columns, amphitheatres, coliseums, and domes. The city plan was probably one of the most influential things that the Roman empire left. Even though it started as a military plan, it was translated into many cities all over the roman empire. It is still influential in the building neighborhoods and plans today. The roman empire structure of planning streets and roads was laid out in a grid pattern. It was usually surrounding a body of water. It was firm because it was well thought out. Not only did it withstand the test of time but was replicated multiple times. It demonstrated commodity because it functioned well with all the things that goes on in a city. It was delightful because it did not have many issues and pleased numerous societies. 


Sunday, February 6, 2011

BP 2. commodity+firmness+delight all around us.

There are many things that make a buildings worth looking at, but there are only a few buildings that are worth looking at and worth lasting. 

For example, Pont du Guard represents commodity, firmness, and delight. Having been built in ca. 25 B.C.E. the firmness is impecable. It is still standing to this day. Although it does not serve much for commodity today, it served a purpose for the time when it was built. The technology at the time was nothing like it was today, yet it still has better quality than most of the architecture from this time. Therefore  it has high commodity and firmness. It is also very high in delight. It is hard to find someone who does not think that it is pleasing to the eye. It is also on the axis to a a major city in France. 

So what on our own campus can compare to Pont du Guard?
 Nothing really can compare to the greatness of Pont du Guard, but along the same principles, the entrance to the Jackson Library serves the same purpose.  The Jackson Library was built in 1948 and it was built with the intention it still serves today. The arrangement of the library is very useful for the purpose intended. The form of it is able to withstand all types of weather. It is firm, that it is able to support the weight of many books, computer, and other things that the library serve. The library very appealing in delight. It is a point at where the campus congregates to. It is the center of campus to where Walker street intersects the campus.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Design Manifesto

How do i view design? As a designer I takes a lot of things and turn them around as see how crazy and fun I can make it. I think that the best things in life are things that I enjoy, and I make design fun, so that I enjoy it. I also like to make design so that it is affordable. There are many people who can't afford good design therefore they have to settle for bad design. Why? There should not be a reason to settle for bad design.