Space Architecture

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.

Downtown Houston

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.Houston1 smallerHouston2 smallerHouston3 smallerHouston4 smaller


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.

Technical drawing scans

After drawing and scanning our upper and lower case letters, I’ve realized that it is not easy to get a good scan of a technical drawing with construction lines.  In order to still see the construction lines, the brightness and contrast can only be adjusted so much. Martha warned us that getting a good scan of a technical drawing would be hard and I am definitely realizing that.  To have all of my lines visible, the background color of the scans is not appearing completely white.  I am definitely interested in going back and redrawing the letters with all the lines darker so the scans can have a white background with visible construction lines.

3 inch cubes

Going back into projects such as the 3 inch cube, I learned how important precision and accuracy really are.  My first cube was just under 3 inches on all sides because I cut each piece to exactly three inches and then once I glued and sanded everything the dimensions were a little off.  My second iteration of the cube I accounted for blade width as well as sanding and made each piece just over three inches so when I sanded it down to make it smooth it would be accurate.  My decision to leave the second cube unstained was due to the natural wood grain and pattern of the long grain to end grain.  I think the second cube was more successful in fulfilling the prompt and learning about the machines in shop.

Documenting work

Throughout the semester, I have neglected photographing my work right after it is complete.  I have learned that by doing so, the models deteriorate and collect dust.  When I photographed my work, I was not happy with the way the models were portrayed because they were not clean and sturdy looking.  I also was not satisfied with the black paper roll that we used as a backdrop because it photographed with a yellowish tint that was distracting from the models.  I remade most of my models and used a black fabric sheet and discovered that I’m much happier with the way they turned out.  I definitely have learned that photographing work immediately is the way to go.

Rediscovering models

In preparation for our final desk exhibition, I have been going back and redoing models that have deteriorated or were not precise.  After remaking a few models I have learned that chipboard is not a durable or long lasting material.  The models I remade are much cleaner and sturdier. I also learned about the construction of my models that have deepened my understanding of the material and how the pieces fit together.  By remaking my models I think I have obtained a better grasp for design and it’s never ending endeavors.