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  • What is Architecture?

    Posted on December 5th, 2012 Ge No comments

    After a semester of foundation design study, I have a better understanding of what Architecture is. I thought it was all about buildings before. But now, I realize there are so much more to it. Architecture is the combination of shape and space. Over the history of human existence, the evolution of shape and space dramatically change the building styles. Those changes are all varied by the human need at the time. Architecture is also a subject that brings people and the nature environment together.

    Here’s what Architecture is to some artists:

    Frank Lloyd Wright: “Architecture isn’t just the vast collection of various buildings, built to please the varying tastes. It is life itself, taking form.

    Karl Lagerfeld: “We need houses as we need clothes, architecture stimulates fashion. It’s like hunger and thirst — you need them both.”

    Yannick Heywang: “Being an architect isn’t only about construction, it’s about creating wide spaces with small spaces.”

    Ezra Pound: “A real building is one on which the eye can light and stay lit.”

    Kurt Vonnegut: “Artists use frauds to make human beings seem more wonderful than they really are. Dancers show us human beings who move much more gracefully than human beings really move. Films and books and plays show us people talking much more entertainingly than people really talk, make paltry human enterprises seem important. Singers and musicians show us human beings making sounds far more lovely than human beings really make. Architects give us temples in which something marvelous is obviously going on. Actually, practically nothing is going on.”

     

  • Study Enviorment

    Posted on December 5th, 2012 Ge No comments

    Today’s lecture was about how people function/ think. Personally, I thought I can multitask.  During the third activity, which participates have to subtract 7 form 100 while listening to a paragraph and try to remember as much information as possible. I did really bad at that activities. I didn’t get the number right nor remember the passage. The speaker mentioned how the public think that people at my age do better at multitasking than generations before. However, there is no valid prof. Some researches actually show that age doesn’t matter. People are not made to be multitasking.

    Now look back at how I always have music and cell phone around me while I work, these are actually distractions. Even though they have became such a normal part of my life, responding a text and listen to the lyrics of a songs are conscious actions. On some extends, they stop me from performing the best work because I was fully focused.

    For the future, I think I will try to isolate me as much as possible when I try to get a lot finish.  I guess everything is not what it seems like.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Waac–DC Trip

    Posted on December 4th, 2012 Ge No comments

    I have been having a lot problems uploading these pictures. I am sorry this is a really late blog post.)

    Couple weeks ago, I went to DC with the WAAC. It started at 6:00 a.m. We went to our first stop–Smithsonian National Air and Space museum at around 11:))a.m. The structure within the building surprised me in a way because they are s many construction polars. The fact that they didn’t cover them up changes how I perceive them. Then we went to the Washington-Dulles airport, Washington–Alexandria Architecture Center, Finnish Embassy, Newseum,  Smithsonian–national portrait gallery and national building museum. We didn’t get to stay at every place for a long time but at least we all get a general idea. I wished I could have more time. In general, it was an amazing trip !

    Here are some pictures from the trip :