This post comes to you in three more-or-less easily digestible bits, or as one of my professors would put it, easy pieces (choke, sputter). Part two is here, and three here.
I had a lot to say at the end of the semester, but unfortunately I had too much to do to sit down and write it all down. Now it’s a bit late to work up the same level of sanctimonious fury over some of the less major bits. But for those who are interested, here’s a more-or-less factual run-down of my semester’s doings:
My housing studio this semester was an apartment (or more accurately a co-op) building on Division and Paulina (i.e. here). The main idea was to create a space for a community of creative types could live and work. To do this I put a series of studio spaces connected by a common terrace area at the top of the building, with each studio connected by a private staircase to one of the apartments below:
In keeping with the egalitarian concept of the building, all of the apartments have access to street frontage, each with a loggia protected from street noise and the southerly sun by wooden louvers. To get light into the long and narrow apartments, I put in light wells that also serve as individual (though not entirely “private”) terraces for the apartments. Access is from the front of the building through five staircases, each serving four apartments.
Here’s a rendering of the Division facade:
This is the layout of a single third-story apartment, with the studio space on top:
And here’s how the whole thing comes together:
All in all, this was a fantastic semester and a very interesting studio, even if I’m not entirely satisfied with the work I did.
This scandalously self-indulgent post continues here. Part 3, if you are so resilient, is here.
Just got done with my midterm review – a lot of good feedback, but it looks like I’ll have to start pretty much from scratch.
The project is live-work housing for artists. One thing I think I’ll keep is the communal space on top:
I also kind of like the effect I got on the elevation, but since I’ll be moving circulation space off the facade, it’ll probably stay in the form of loggias or balconies:
The past couple of weeks have been incredibly intense. Schoolwork seems to pile up no matter how many hours a day I put in. And I put in way too many anyway. I don’t know who came up with the idea that overworking students is a good idea, but they’re full of it, IMHO. Unfortunately the powers that be at UIC’s School of Architecture seem to subscribe to this view entirely. However – and I’m not the only one saying this – the overload only means we’re turning in work that’s nowhere near as good as it could be if we had more time (or more sleep, for that matter).
Handed in my Theory project today, together with a presentation for Technology, and managed to be no more than 15 minutes late to Structures with my homework. Hooray for me!
This semester’s studio is a refreshing change from last semester’s, which was all-digital. Not that I had anything to complain about with Paul’s class, but all the same it is nice to actually work with physical models for a change.
Now if I could spread some of this positive thinking to my family, I’d be set and happy as a pig in shit. Or something.
Bad writers are the bane of my existence, both at work and at school. Ever read Deleuze or Greg Lynn? Brrrgh….