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holy crap im in it deep again!! just like last yr!!
4 things ive got to do ( and have like less than two weeks
left for them)
1. WIKI - area project - kesington - deadline - 25th NOV!!
2. Ejournal - deadline - 25th NOV!!!!
3. V&A essay!!! - 19th NOV!!!!!
4. bridge/tower/chair/media drawing projects - 19th NOV!!
- clean my room!!!
- visit bank!!
- fill out job forms!!
- Get more money for venice!!!
- confirm with uni that my address is southwark not
so i guess ill start with my ejournal - interesting points
during the last few weeks!!
- record (writing about what happened, when it happened
and who was involved, in order to get the full context)
- reflect (thinking about and interepreting the
expreience - aims to show the development of your ideas
over time) why did this happen? how could i improve the
way i did things? how could the situation be improved?
what effects would these improvements have?
- analyse (Analysis of experience or content, integration
of experiences with theory, demonstration of improved
awarness and self development.........
i guess i have to start by thinking of eventful events..?
right from when i started the course to now. im such a
wally. i could have made this so much more easier for
eventful occurrances..? NB: (DECIDE WHICH ONES ARE PAST
TENSE AND WHICH ARE PRESENT TENSE)
1. starting the course - welcome from geoff makstutis, our
course director, first impressions differencess from last
yr etc, some students from last yr. looking forward to
architecture. tutors introduce themselves....
2. first project - chair project - building a structure
that can hold they weight of an average male adult - in
this case, our course director Geoff, 180kg... thoughts on
the project in general. not to test our abilitiy to build
an actual chair, its not about builiding a chair but more
about seeing how able you are to find a solution to
problems etc, how willing you are to experiment, how far
you are able to push limits, how different people
interepreted the brief(so more like a getting to know you
exersice)how cleverly you can manipulate the brief or how
disciplined you can be...etc etc
3. discuss first contextual studies lecture by Oscar. at
backhill the campus i was in last yr for art foundation,
in the sub basement. getting to know every1. every1 chose
an image of a structure to discuss. that they felt defined
the term 'futurism'. intellectually i got more from this
session than any other during that week.
also, listening to how each person defined the term
futuristic or futurism gave me an insight into the kinds
of people they were, their backgrounds, thier interests
and even aspirations in an architectural context and this
which was very inspiring. Oscar stressed the importance of
being inquisitive and always curious of all things
concerning architecture, and being accutely aware of
culture, now and historically, and context.(revise later)
I found this was very motivating. and as a result i've
began to carry this in mind whenever i'm researching a
topic or visiting a gallery. this session helped to break
the ice and towards the end of it the atmosphere was less
formal with everybody more willing to contribute to the
conversation or begin a dialogue.
at the end of this lecture, we were divided into groups
for a project that would be based on the serpentine
gallery which we would also be visiting later in the day.
3. Cookies!! and some serious work too, of course.
what better for a tutor to introduce themselves/what
better way to introduce yourself/to win a class over than
with cookies!!....the others should take a leaf out his
book...??? WHACK?? in this lesson, we were introduced to
the wiki project(area project)put in to groups for this.
each group given a key part of london to research and
visit and write about....
3. monday/tuesday - dicussed chair progress with
amritt/amanda got feedback. this week we also had help
from ron came in and gave us insight.... feedback .
v.useful.. moments/sources of inspiration whilst doing
chair project. (could 3& 4 be together)
4. monday (day before final presentaion when geoff tested
it out) - thoughts on seein every1's chairs.
Before we were assigned this project, we were asked to
research, experiment and play around with corrugated
cardboard. to find out its properties, and ways it could
be used and manipulated etc. however we didnt know that
this experimentation would be the basis for the following
project. and it was interesting to see the outcomes.
i thought it was good that we were kept ignorant about the
chair project and its brief and parameters etc, it gave us
the chance to experiment freely and organically without
any limitations in mind, something I learned is very
significant to the journey you take to reach your final
outcome. experimentation is about being being daring and
seeing how high you can jump before you hit the ceiling.
and the further you can push it, the more
interesting/unique/justifyable..?/substantial your final
outcome will be. this became very apparant when discussing
our finihsed pieces, because that some of the experiments
that some people did with corrugated cardboard before they
knew about the project, became the basis, or strength for
the structures that they created for a chair.
And eventhough I had always been told that experimentation
(and documenting it) was an essential part of the creative
journey, and eventhough i'd always done so, I wasn't sure
why it was absolutely necessary. I think I did it mainly
for points so it was enlightening to understand and
actually see it in play.
5. v&a museum vist - thoughts on the museum(record) then
analyse - makes me realise that everything( architecture
is such a broad subject made me excited and removed any
doubts, because i now saw that in studying architecture i
would inevitably gain knowledge in other seemingly
unrelated subjects - history, politics (discuss the power
etc)that in doing this subject - it became exhausting and
energy draining walking around a gallery but in spite of
this, i stayed and not because i felt obliged to, but
because i wanted to and i was enjoying learning
about...cold war...and how it affected our world today.It
is exciting when you realise that something grabs your
interest more than you'd anticipated.
I learned why ..power....america...hard power...great
depression...therefore architecture in a historical
context. history shapes our world today and agian oscar
mentioned the cruciallity of having background knowledge
on your subject. how history/politics/society/ shapes
architecture, and how architecture can even shape society
politics etc...(give e.g. here blow up city - the concept
came from when america thought of using this pneumatic
like structure to proctect NYC from millitary attacks... )
6. Chair project presentation - doin a runner at the last
7. Tower project - working in pairs for this project -
parameters are: to use only satay sticks, paper and blue
tac and/or clay. unlimited amounts of blu tac/clay and
satay sticks were allowed but only 4 sheets of A4 paper
could be used. a similar brief to the last project of
building a structure that can hold 180kg.
the introduction to a new project ive found, is one of
the most exciting and productive periods during a project
for me, so as soon as ron's lecture had finished, I began
drawing, listing and discussing concepts and ideas with my
partner liu. I felt pleased to have a partner who was as
enthusiastic about the project as i was.
7. Architects came in and gave us some v. useful feed back
on our towers. found this very helpful.
.visited the ICA decided to go at the last minute..but
happy i did in the end or i think i would have missed out
on a vital event. who was there? what you learned, how
could this experience contribute to improving your work
wednesday october 29th - contextual studies final
presentaitons of serpentine gallrey v pavilion etc... -
once again oscar stressed the point that one has know the
context surrounding their subject, in order to back up any
point or to give substance to whatever you state. He gave
presentation of how to research a topic thouroughly. how
to look underneath the surface/apparant in order to find
more answers or unlikely connections etc. We were shown a
method....colour...shape...who did it? its taught me to
ask questions such as... - look at the life of that
artist/architect..where did they study? who was their
mentor/inspiration/muse/influence? what was key about the
period in which they practised, grew up? what was they
political era at the time like? etc I found the method
which he showed us, very interesting and I felt like i had
learned something quite valuable.
now, i carry these steps/questions in mind whenever i'm
researching a topic or visiting a gallery, or reading a
magazine. I take note of seemingly unimportant, but key
points that i might have ignored once.