Thursday, April 28, 2011

First Year Critiques

From what I know about the project, the studio class did a renovation of St. Mary's house, in which they were to transform into a space to be used as a retreat for writers. This renovation was to provide a communal public space and private spaces for the writers themselves. Much like the artists space my studio class designed last year, much study went into the tasks and needs of the client so that these working conditions may be provided to them to create an environment which allowed for only the best work to be created.
After my experiences last year as a freshman in the program, I can definitely look back and see things I did, that I would change now, and wish I had someone there to point out to me. I find that in the first year of the program, you enter trapped in this box of what you think “design” might be. This box is comprised of what the media tells us design is. The goal of first year is to bring you out of this terrible box, and force you to think differently and abstractly about design and what it is to you. Design is not simply paint colors and pushing a bed into the corner of a room, but it is thinking outside of this box to find creative ways to supply ordain needs in an aesthetic way.
After attending the review, I very quickly found myself drawn towards the proposal of Shirley Bircher for this writers space. With the idea of “water” in mind, I quickly found that she was successful in breaking out of her box, as she fully explored this idea beyond colors, bringing it to not only interior structures, but concept. By pushing the boundaries of the project, I believe much success was found in her hard efforts. Right down to the use of shadow, line weights, and scale figures, she provided us with beautiful and very expressive renderings, detailed and correct technical drawings. She also did a great job with her presentation was she was sure to talk directly to her audience and not her board, and her clothing choice which was mute and natural and ran streamline with her palette.
These are just a few things I saw in her project that she could reconsider in the future:

-Be careful with the way you portray curtains. Just as with any window treatment, it can be hard to read, and really take away from what matters most in the space.
-Look further into the “wave” art piece which occupies one of your interior spaces. Could it have been made habitable by an individual?
-Be confident in what you have created! Although it is hard to stand in front of an audience, and know that what you do is solely based off of others opinions, you have worked hard and created something you should be proud of.

The goal is to break away from this traditional idea of design and create something new and different. If we all stuck to the common and usual stuff, there would be no reason for us to be in this field, for we would all be coming out with slight differences in essentially the same things. I commend Shirley for her efforts in this project, and I personally believe she has found her voice as a designer.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Lets get started...but beware because there is a

So here we are once again, except this time, it's the beginning of the end. Friday we received news from our professors of project Jenga 7.0, and once again we MERGE. The four teams of six are now two teams of twelve, and [E]merge is teaming up with Trepide. Today we met for almost two hours and discussed the similarities and differences in our two structures and contemplated the possibilities including the pros and cons of bringing them together. Needless to say, this ended up taking a lot longer than we thought it would, and we found that this wasn't something we could just throw together. Tomorrow we have a 3-hour design charette broken into three parts, which we now understand is going to be a crucial part of our design process as a newly 12-person team. We then picked two people who would co-lead our team of twelve, one person from each team of six. Austin and Dajana got assigned this task due to their great leadership skills, encouragement, drive, and excitement they bring to the team. Lastly,and most importantly, we decided on a team name...


Although we haven't decided on what exactly we have in common, except for the use of materials, here are the overall concepts for each team...
[E]merge: the use of horizontals and verticals and how they join. Emphasis on harmony and rhythm.
Trepide: Dematerialization. Architecture of an illusion. Light used to create loss of structure through transparent materials.

...after the charette tomorrow, there will be more to come!

Saturday, April 2, 2011


...So here we are at Jenga 6.0 already! I can't believe that we are only one away from the final project of the semester. For this project we continued working in our teams of six from Jenga 5.0. Our team, [E]merge, being comprised of Austin Loman, Kathryn Frye, Abigail Buchanan, Corry Mears, Kacie Leisure, and myself, truly came together on this project and realized what it was that our concept was all about. We found reason in joinery as community and the idea of togetherness became a major part of our strategy this round.














Through collaboration as a group, we have found that group work is a positive thing, and that we shouldn't run from it. When working in a team great things can be produced as each individuals bring their talents to the table.