Recently I have seen a lot of posts from friends regarding a project called 365.  Everyday for a year, a picture will be taken and then posted.  These photographs will tell the story of a hopefully exciting year!  I will soon graduate [for the second time] with a Masters degree in Architecture!  New challenges will arise as I [fingers crossed] land a job and begin a new chapter of my life.  A personal challenge to myself is to complete this project as documentation of my personal growth and process over the year!

Click on the 365 link on my Flickr link to see my story!

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Six Words.

I have always been an observer.

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Exploration of Ideas

Below is a compilation of links I have used to help formulate ideas found in my pavilion.

While I did not create this video, I recently traveled to New York City and photographed many of the places seen in the video.  It was my first trip to the Big Apple, and need less to say, I was captivated.  The bright lights, the massive scale of the buildings, the amount of people, the life that oozed from this city is nothing like I had ever witnessed before.

A shortened film about the history of lights in architecture.  From clerestories to modern technology, examples of projects that use light to create intrigue and interaction.

This project uses the material I am interested in using.  The interaction and perception of seeing the image up close is very different from the image portrayed 1000′ away.  In the pavilion design I am interested in looking at how the experience is drastically different than viewing from 10 stories above street level.

And one just for fun… a lot of inspiration can come from observing the people around you and just getting to know those closest to you better.

A shortened film about the history of lights in architecture.  From clerestories to modern technology, examples of projects that use light to create intrigue and interaction.

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Why, as a culture, have we become so obsessed with image?  Today, image is everything.  It’s a statement.  An appearance.  Symbolism.  A personal reflection.  It’s your style.  A connection.  A status of who you are or who you want to be.

With all the below images, a certain brand comes to mind without ever seeing the company name.

Same goes for the images of people.  People now have the ability to display who they want to be and what impression they want to give by a personal expression.  By wearing a different piece of clothing, or by styling your hair differently, a person can change how others perceive their personality.

And by associating with iconic images and brands–like above–another layer of image is reached.  Typically, the clothes you wear align with the name brands and icons that have been associated with that style by society–in other words, a stereotype.  While no image is better than the next, the important thought is that all images are different and portray different iconic messages.

When it came to picking out criteria for a pavilion, I thought I had chosen a material and a reason–however, after further investigation, the idea of image and the thought of something appearing not in its true identity (the Fruit Loops as a thin plastic material not as a cereal) was intriguing.

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Ugly Molds?

In the previous post, I mentioned the idea of Resin Panels becoming the new material I use to create the temporary pavilion.  However, after continued thinking, I am not quite sold.  During the final critic for the Fruit Loop material, the idea of an ugly architecture stuck.  While it might be possible to find a Resin Panel that is of ugly shape or color, the idea of connecting the panels together in a systematic and functional way is not.  This streamline effect lacks the ugliness and “burnt” quality that the Fruit Loops provided.

Another characteristic that is lacking in the Resin Panels is the idea of molding and formulating shapes that was a potential idea in the beginning.  Sure the panels are formed into the rectangle shapes, but they are all created and molded into the same form–this is not necessarily bad–just something that I have given some thought to.

One project that I was able to find that combined both of these ideas is the Honeycomb in Shenzhen, China by SAKO Architects.  These forms have been molded and have been created to fill the space exactly how the architect planned.  They are seamless, yet seem to be created from a similar material to resin or plastic.  While I find the colors attractive and the material smooth, the holes seem to be a distraction; it is not quite ugly but it is a step closer.  Any thoughts?  Let me know!

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Next Steps–Formulation of Ideas

Next Assignment-Design a small, temporary pavilion on Ball State University campus.  Use the material from the previous project or fine a new “dance partner” to better exhibit thoughts/ideas/creativity.

Since the baked fruit loops provided little future in designing a pavilion (lacked a strong enough structure, becomes flimsy under the influence of water/moisture, and very brittle and breakable), I decided to find another material that combines the ideas of baking, melting, molding, and casting with color, light, and translucency.


temporary: (adj) lasting, existing, serving, or effective for a time only; not permanent

pavilion: (n) a light, usually open building used for shelter, concerts, exhibits

translucency: (adj) permitting light to pass through but diffusing it so that persons, objects, etc., on the opposite side are not clearly visible

bake: (v) to cook by dry heat in an oven

Type: Connected Hula-Hoops that illuminate at night

Interest: Light-weight material, individual units needed to make entire structure, ability for light to pass through

Drawback: Too much light permitted

Type: Nylon stretched over a pre-constructed frame

Interest: Diffusion of light, light-weight, small and private space created

Drawback: Needs frame to work–material is added, color is subtle–not as intense as I would like

Type: Skin comprised of patterned concrete block to allow light to penetrate

Interest: Individual Units, structured

Drawback: Concrete as a heavy material, very rigid, lack of color

After looking at numerous pavilions, some similar to these, some very different, I decided that certain characteristics must met before moving on.  The material should be an individual unit that connects to other units to create a pavilion.  This material must have color, translucency, and should have a definite shape (unlike the nylon that is required to have a frame to work).

Currently, I am looking at a type of Resin Panel.  I am really drawn to patterns that can be created through the resin that diffuse light but also keep the interior private.  These images also resemble the “bubbling” effect that was created when the Fruit Loops were baked in the oven (especially far right).

One example that I found (granted this is glass, not resin) which simulated the feeling of what I want my pavilion to create is the Jean Novel’s Serpentine Pavilion in Hyde Park, London.  The atmosphere is completely red (apparently I have a strong affection for the color red recently) and plays with translucency and opacity through different materials (glass, steel) instead of varying panel types.

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