ARCHITECTURE_Chicago Trip

As promised, I worked on an architecture/design type post to document my Chicago trip I returned from last week. I also filmed quite a bit while I was there because I was very excited to have a camera that can record video in HD. If you're interested in that you can check it out at the bottom of the post to watch it! Otherwise, here are some of my favorite photos of the trip. My camera was dead for the day we saw the most monumental structures (a lot of Mies, Monadnock, Logan Center, University of Chicago, etc...) but I managed to get those with my iPhone, so I provided a mixture. Enjoy! IMG_0337

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Cannon Design office inside the Michigan Plaza Building_Mies van der Rohe

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Cannon Design office inside the Michigan Plaza Building_Mies van der Rohe

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Pin up of our studio work at Cannon Design office

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Aqua Tower_Studio Gang

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downtown Garmin store_Valerio DeWalt Train Architects

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Lakeshore Drive Apartments_Mies van der Rohe

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Lakeshore Drive Apartments_Mies van der Rohe

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Poetry Foundation_John Ronan

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Poetry Foundation_John Ronan

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Luminaire furniture store

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Luminaire furniture store

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Luminaire furniture store

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Cultural Center

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The Bean_Millenium Park

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Robie House_Frank Lloyd Wright

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Logan Center_Todd Williams and Billie Tsien

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lighting at the Monadnock Building

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and here is the video!

Thanks so much for reading! See you tomorrow for a new outfit post, and don't forget to keep up with punkrockparti on Instagram!

ARCHITECTURE_Bridge the Digital Divide

Yesterday, I shared this project I had been working on in studio. Today, I wanted to share another similar project that was completed on Wednesday. The assignment was another group project, which involved choosing another design solution from The Third Teacher book. My partner and I chose #77, "Bridge the Digital Divide." This topic challenged us to create a classroom which catered digitally to students coming from varying socioeconomic backgrounds.

Our design solution is below. I would like to stress that this was group project with Vanarath Phon, and we designed and produced these drawings in collaboration. The full presentation board can be viewed here, Digital Divide Final, but I have separated the images below for easier viewing.

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This space addresses the challenge of bridging the digital divide across various socioeconomic backgrounds. The three zones provide varying levels of comfort in the classroom.

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A large entrance at floor level welcomes users to an interactive space intended for those not familiar with operating a computer. This series of monitor walls is an approachable and hands-on tool.

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An enclosed group space provides opportunity for discussion and gathering, for those already accustomed to using a computer.

Thanks for viewing! My online portfolios can be viewed here (and will be updated soon!)

Note: These images are intended for viewing, please do not share without permission.

ARCHITECTURE_Make Peace with Fidgeting

Now that I'm back at school and working in my studio (alot...frequently...always...forever...) I want to share my architectural progress on a more regular basis. In the first week and a half of school, I already have two projects to share that have been completed. If you mainly read my blog for the fashion, I hope you still find this somewhat interesting, and if not, no worries because I'll be posting about what I wore on a regular basis! This quarter in my studio we will each be designing a sixty to eighty-thousand square foot middle school for an urban site in downtown Chicago (site visit pending in April...yee!) To introduce us to the realm of school design, my teacher referred to the "practical design ideas" from the book entitled The Third Teacher. In this book, there are "79 ways you can use design to transform teaching and learning." For our project, we paired up with another student and randomly selected one of the numbers. We then designed quickly using sketches and study models, focusing on concrete solutions and stayed away from formal moves at this point in the quarter.

My partner, Ariana Martin, and I chose number 22, "Make Peace with Fidgeting." The book described it as "brain development" and to treat it as so.

Finally, I would like to reiterate that this was a group project that Ariana and I collaborated on through all stages of the development--aka even though I'm the one posting about it, she deserves just as much credit as I do!

The full presentation board can be best viewed here: Fidgeting Presentation, but I have included the individual drawings below as well for better image quality.

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Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this type of post. If so, I will be sharing another assignment I worked on in the next few days. If you're interested in this project, you can learn more about The Third Teacher or check out our class blog, Learning Ecologies, where we will post all of our progress and inspiration.

If you'd like to see my past architectural portfolios, they can be viewed here.

DIY_Business Card

This is something I've been needing to make for a long time. I have finally designed my own business card! I was a little stumped about what is should look like, because I wanted something that could appeal to the person I am handing a business card to, may it be an architecture firm, a person interested in a custom skateboard, or just someone that compliments my outfit! My dad actually suggested "a pyramid with different choices you can click on" and he was right on point. I like that this design highlights my different skills, but is tied together into one cohesive shape. business cards for blogging

If you're interested in designing your own business cards, I ordered mine from Vista Print and got 250 for a good deal. You can also choose from their pre-designed options, or have someone design one for you. Mine are going to arrive in 2 weeks, and I can hardly wait! I guess I'll need to DIY a business card holder in the meantime...