Saturday, July 11, 2009

Columbia: Week One

It's been four days since I started the Intro to Architecture program at Columbia University, and it's been quite a week so far. On my first day in NYC I ran into my friend Annie almost IMMEDIATELY after getting out of the cab from LaGuardia, which was fun and almost impossibly good timing.

Work has been crazy hectic, but fun. It's been a while since I had this much mental stimulation, so I suppose I should be grateful. Lots of time has been spent in the studio, but I've also been attending lectures and workshops and hanging out with the eclectic and talented members of my studio group.

For our first project we had to visit the new High Line park, an abandoned, elevated railroad that was recently converted into a city park. For the assignment we had to take a cross section of the railroad and add 100 lines to emphasize a theme based on rules instituted by the parks department. We also had to make a collage from ONE picture based on the same theme. We then had to combine the two into one, coherent presentation.

Here's my final work. My rule was no wheeled movement and I imaged a vengeful, angry park that searched for NYC hustle-and-bustle types and mercilessly destroyed them. It may be more surreal nightmare than architecture, but I like the results.

For our next project we have to draw 15 plans and cross-sections of Gary Chang's Hong Kong apartment on a single sheet of Mylar. More to come.

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