On Monday, I spoke with a woman who works for NASA and we got on the topic of my major, architecture. I didn’t really think that architecture and outer space has any relationship but after speaking with her I realized that they actually have a lot in common. Architecture is not just about building walls from the ground up; rather, it’s about defining spaces and designing to meet the needs of the client. Space architecture is something new to me as well as a lot of other architecture majors. I found an article about building a habitat for four astronauts for a 60 day mission that I found to be really interesting.
On the way to our hotel in Houston we stopped downtown for about 15 minutes to observe the city. I originally had no idea that downtown Houston was so vibrant and lively. A common theme I noticed was the use of color as well as reflectivity. The larger buildings shared a reflective facade while the smaller scale buildings tended to use a lot of color. Normally I wouldn’t think these two realms could be done so close together, but I realized that they could and they actually complemented each other. Here are a few photos from the trip of downtown Houston.
Our recent trip to Roanoke and the Taubman Museum have really made me start to focus on the design of a city rather than solely the individual design of each building. I used to overlook how a city fits together until we explored Roanoke. Roanoke is such an ecclectic mix of buildings and design but somehow it all fits together. I now look at the interaction of building materials, proportion, scale, pattern, etc of buildings near each other as well as of the city as a whole.
Here’s the link to my material video.