In case anyone actually wanted to see some of what I presented at MidCrit, here it is!
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Can you smell that? It’s the smell of toner, overheating laptops, fixative, acrylic, and lots and lots of coffee. Walk into the studios this time of the semester and you’ll be in awe of how much stuff is around. Just stuff- almost anything you can imagine: models that are taller than you, bamboo sticks, concrete furniture, charcoal drawings so dark and precise you’d swear they were sharpie, plotter sheets like oversized streamers running along floors, copious shreds of sawdust from the wood shop, empty mountain dew bottles scattered on desks. It’s a beautiful site. When I first saw a scene like this, I was a junior in high school taking a tour of the Annex studios. My mother was a little disturbed by the chaos, I was inspired! Very rarely do people get to see the inner workings of the minds of designers, but enter the studios right about now and you’ll get an exciting show. You can feel the energy, it’s contagious, attractive, and exhausting at the same time. My mother couldn’t understand the appeal of seeing hundreds of students running a muck in what looks like a huge warehouse. She said, “Really? This is what interests you?” To which I replied, “Isn’t it beautiful.” Because my mom sees hundreds of students in a sleepless panic attack. I see hundreds of ideas just pouring out of creative minds in any and every way possible. Through paint, through graphite, through basswood, through plaster, through Photoshop, through Rhino, through the rigor and frustration and hyperproductivity that is required to express these hundreds of ideas! All of these students are full of amazing thoughts they need to release to the world or else they’ll just implode into creative abyss of antimatter. And there’s so many ways to do it!
Personally- I’ve tried every media and tool available (except the new 3d printers and robotic arm, I’ll get to those later). You name it and I’ve tried it – even the use of some toxic methods; don’t worry, I wore gloves. When you get to see all these ideas and media clashing together to create beautiful physical objects, it’s one thing. It’s a whole new level of satisfaction when you’re the one doing it. So we have an open house this weekend- TWO actually. And since we are in the three weeks leading up to finals, there’s A LOT of work to see from all the students.
As usual I’ll show off some of my own semi-finals work. I love the work flow of really intricate renderings. For this particular project my process is as follows.. Rhino>Maya>Rhino>Maya>Photoshop. This is the ideal workflow in one direction, In reality, there are a lot of backwards arrows as well, but hey, that’s part of the fun isn’t it.
As an artist / designer, every time you produce something, you give a little piece of yourself away; you expose an idea that until that moment, only existed in your head for you to see. Every time you produce, you sacrifice something that was created in your conscious being and existed solely in you, something no one else had access to. Production is necessary in order to convey and share these pieces of ourselves with the world. As artists, we can’t be selfish. We must produce. We must share our ideas and give away pieces of ourselves. But, how many pieces can one give away until there is nothing left to give? Until there are no more ideas to share? Does this limit even exist? Ask nearly any of the MArch students right now and they’ll say “I’ve reached that limit.” It’s only the first week of November, and we’ve reached that limit. People around the world are biting their finger nails over the Trump v Hilary polls, and the 80 of us are staring at computer screens waiting for inspiration to hit so that we may produce. Losing inspiration is a tragic event, it means you have no more pieces to give. An uninspired, unproductive designer is cranky, grouchy, unsure of herself, and sometimes can even get to the point of not wanting to be inspired.
Creativity – a trait all designers must carry- is intrinsic inspiration. We must inspire ourselves. Our professors won’t do it for us. Our computers won’t do it for us. Our critiques won’t do it for us. We spend so much time talking with professors and advisers and looking at our computers that we’ve come to rely on these external resources as THE resources of inspiration. But that’s wrong. We are constantly thinking, therefore, we are constantly “idea-ing”. We must inspire ourselves with our own ideas in order to have new ideas. That’s what makes us artists in the first place right? No. Everybody thinks. It is the production of our ideas that makes us artists, designers, and architects. Architecture is the physical production of an idea. So for anyone at anytime who claims to have “reached their limit” or is “out of ideas” I recommend sitting down with yourself over a strong cup of coffee and have a long conversation with … you; pick yourself apart. Because you know yourself better than anyone, right? So inspire yourself and produce something worthwhile.
Just remember, “The limit does not exist.”
Hello again everyone,
I’m in architecture school, so why in the world am I talking about a film fest? Well, because in Wentworth’s grad program we use almost any and every method known to man to convey our ideas (of which there are plenty). For thesis, we’ve spent the past several weeks making iterations of drawings and models. But certain ideas just need a little … animation, hence the films. They’re only two minutes long, but that takes hours if not days of editing! I can show off the drawings I’m making into an animation that I’m putting in the film or if you have two and a half minutes to spare, you can watch it on vimeo. I’m studying Ecological Urbanism and the interplay of the built and natural worlds; in my mind they’re the same, not two competing ideas. Hopefully that comes through in my film!
Also- it’s open house season! So anyone interested in seeing our amazing work in person should visit Wentworth October 30th, November 20th, or for just the MArch program, November 19th! I’ll of course be there giving tours and showing off everything my classmates and I do and hope we have a great turn out this year!
Bonjour Tout le Monde!
I think I said that right.
If the Masters of Architecture program at Wentworth is known for anything, it’s the travel studio. This year, there are 7 different studios whose projects are based in various cities around the world: London, Lisbon (Portugal), Benin (Africa), Bali, New Orleans, Shanghai, and Paris – which is my studio. I just returned to the states this morning after an amazing ten days over in France. Just to give you a quick summary, each studio class visits their designated city for ten days at the beginning of the semester, studies their site, comes back to Boston, and designs a project for that site. So yes, we spent time seeing the major landmarks, but we spent most of the time drawing, photographing, and analyzing qualities of the city to help with our design. In Paris specifically, we’re designing something (I haven’t decided what yet) along the Seine riverwalk. Needless to say, it was an unforgettable ten days and totally worth the mild jet lag. I can’t wait to find out what kind of design I come up with for the site – it’s always exciting not knowing what will spew out of your creative subconscious!
Here are some photos of the highlights, including our trip to the city of Nantes to study their riverfront and city development projects.