Rachel on SoHo Housing Schematic Design… Rachel on Tools of Spiritual Reconstruct… Tim Darmour-Paul on Light as a Medium tonygonzalez545 on Skin
It was impossible to take a bad photo at the Citygarden in downtown St. Louis today. The caliber of sculpture, sittable space, dappled light, water and wildlife was absolutely incredible. Additionally I have found my new favorite sculpture – it is called Tai Chi Single Whip by Ju Ming.
It was great to see an immense amount of people, young and old, getting in the water or grabbing a snow cone…I tried not to take photos of the densely active spaces, because it feels weird when people have their shirts off…
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There are some incredibly beautiful spaces in the Central West End in St. Louis. The first is an image of my bedroom, the rest are right outside my door. Today was the first day I considered starting a ‘masonry of the midwest’ photography/drawing series, that could chip away at the hundreds of amazing masonry details found in the city…future independent study project? Enjoy,
I’ve given a second look to my sunday morning church sketches…gone through with some quick digital paint splashes. I’ve noticed they all come out to be some type of miniature environment, usually inspired by a scripture or something my father says in his sermons.
Should be a great discussion today about ir/rational programs/spaces, chapels in alleys, and whatever else the absolutely stellar panel our studio professor rounded up from across the U.S.
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Yesterday was our schematic design review for the 302 SoHo housing project. I’m still struggling with programming the 1st floor public access space, and have just recently decided on an interfaith community center. I am arguing for a humanistic ‘inside out’ approach to the project, designing 2-3 small affordable units that can then be repeated in various configurations to allow for complexity and individuality. Light, niches, nooks, wind and materials (aediculas?) are becoming phenomenological footholds, as I defiantly try to combat the hyper consumerist abstract division of space capitalism creates. Somewhat ironically I will have to ‘sell’ my project on the basis of: 1)each unit being a corner unit, which means it’s more valuable, 2) Money continues to be donated to churches despite other building production slowing down, 3) each unit is designed with the human body in/and mind. My architectural strategies will probably have to come from basic Japanese metabolism theories of ‘infrastructure’, plugging units into that infrastructure based on highly designed systems. There is much to do….
Here are some photos of the site model which I can’t take much credit for at all, since I was heavily involved in the Hansen Competition at the time of it’s completion(which I am happy to report that I tied for first place in!).
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