STUDIO UPDATES

Hello everyone!

The weather is slowly starting to cool down. I am able to wear jeans outside, even though some days I feel like I am drowning in them.

I know its been awhile. It has been hard for me to update every single day because of school, so I am thinking about just doing a weekly update? Or perhaps every few days? So I am going to go through what has been happening the past week and a half.

Studio: If you know anyone who has gone through, or is currently in architectural studio at a university, you would know that it is one of the most strenuous majors to be in. At my university, it is simply called Architorture. We live, eat, sleep, breathe studio. I am in studio 90% of day, everyday of the week. Studio is extremely stressful. You are critiqued constantly my professors and random students, including your peers. It’s good criticism, although sometimes people take it to heart because what we create is apart of us, right? Our creations are us, basically. But, studio teaches you to have tough skin and soon enough, you are the one giving critiques.


Anyways, this is my second year of studio and my professor this semester is probably be the toughest yet. He is eccentric, crazy, fashion-forward, intense, smart, and so on. We have two projects this semester, essentially plotted on the same land, next to each other.

The last project, as I mentioned in a previous post, is a fashion pavilion for Vivienne Westwood. The projects will be rendered using the digital architectural software, Maya by Autodesk.

The first project, the one I am currently working on, is a pavilion based on studies of a house from a famous architect. We are to choose five house floor plans, three from The Case Study Program from the 1940s-1960s (one, being Richard Neutra), one from a random architect, and one house from the New York 5 group (Peter Eisenman, Charles Gwathmey, John Hedjuk, Richard Meier, and Michael Graves). Then, we have to narrow our choices down to three houses, completely excluding the New York 5 group because their houses were already worked by previous studios.

I chose Case study #6 The Omega House by Richard Neutra, Case Study #5 The Loggia House by Whitney R. Smith, and Antonio Carlos Siza House by Álvaro Siza. From our selection of floor plans, we must diagram each house in a series of operations: shift, overlap, rotate, and/or weaken.  These operations will help us misread the floor plans and perhaps suggest new theories or questions.

Our assignment that is due next Monday, is to focus on our theories of the diagrams for each house and present, using architectural language, what our theories are and why we chose to operate in certain ways. I have received good reviews so far. My professor is very helpful, despite being completely intimidating. I feel like I need to clarify my plans and really elaborate my diagrams in a clean manner. At the moment, my diagrams are a little rushed.

Overall, I would have to say this studio is already stressing me out to the point of complete exhaustion of the subject and possible transfer out of studio. This studio is a big change from what I am used to doing and also, with my interests in fashion, I do not really see myself doing the types of designs my professor is interested in. But, I am willing to learn new things, push myself, and maybe I can apply this stuff in the future, who knows! I just need to relax and stick to my instincts. It is only one studio for one semester, it is not the rest of my life.

I will keep you guys updated as much as I can with my projects! I will post pictures of my progress in my next update when I have my clarified diagrams ready.

That’s all for now, back to fashion!

xx

Sophia

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