I looked at the winner of the 2012 design challenge, where the assignment was to redesign a school cafeteria. The winner was Stephen Hsueh from Chicago, Illinois. He designed this huge cafeteria, with a very modern and sleek look to it. It is a giant open area with lots of seating, the outside is a modern bright green and yellow design. The judges thought that is was the best design, however I do not like modern architecture or modern styles at all for that matter. I actually thought the design was a little boring. The inside of the cafeteria looked like an empty arena with a jumbo tron and tables with seating. If I had to choose another design to be the winner I would choose Tom Rasmussen, from Lincoln, NE. His design had both seating inside and outside, with a greenhouse attachment, it gave a more natural feeling with additives of nature within the design. 


http://www.discoverdesign.org/Competition2012
 
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This photo is from all the males who were involved in the cardboard furniture project in the art gallery. Our assignment was to create a room entirely made out of cardboard without adhesives. As a class we designed a lounge, including a bench, coffee table, rug, bookshelf, a chair and some wall art. We then set up the gallery into the shape of the lunge we designed the furniture for. Overall the project took way too long for my liking. It was a nice idea, except that it was a lot of work. My group made the coffee table and did not come out at all how we pictured the final project.

 
 
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Our architecture assignment was as a class we would design, create and build a "lounge" by making everything entirely our of cardboard including furniture and decorations. We then broke up into groups of three or four, and each group built a different piece of furniture. Our group thought that it would be interesting if we decided to build a coffee table. This was rather challenging because cardboard can be difficult to work with especially because some cardboard is flimsy and weak. We came up idea's for a table, but part of the assignment was creativity and uniqueness about the piece, so our original ideas didn't work because they resembled too much of an actual coffee table. Then we decided on this "crisscross" patern, we played with a lot of variations of the crisscross pattern. We had to make a prototype before we were able to start our final product, our designsworked except they weren't super stable or strong, we eventually got to our prototype. When we got to a prototype that was both approved and that we were satisfied with. Then had to decide what the scale should be on our finished product from the prototype. We measured all of the pieces of the prototype and then multiplied by 5 so that the final product would be 5 times larger than our prototype. We measured and cut out cardboard that were 5 times larger that were the same as our prototype. I think there is where we went, we didn't fix the problems from the prototype so the problems were the same only larger. We ended up using the same crisscross design except it was very stable when it was laid on it's side. So we then made a table top to fit the shape of the table. When we fit the table top to the table shape, it made it look more unique.

The White House

3/24/2013

 
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The White House, to me it is one of the most important buildings in history. The architect who created the building was an Irish architect James Hoban. Hoban was originally chosen by First president George Washington, however Washington would never live in the structure. The second President of The United States, John Adams would be the first to live in The White House. I think because of the rich history and events which involved or occurred in The White House, makes it the most inspiring building. The White House is the ultimate representation of success. If you are living in The White House you have become one of the most influential and important person on the planet. If the grand structure and representation of American history, doesn't inspire a young American to achieve the highest position in the country, I don't know what will. The White House is almost important as the American Flag it self, it represents what America has over come to get to the point we are at today, through the wars and battles, The United States still stands as "One nation". 

 
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Antoni Gaudi was born June 25, 1852, in Reus, Catalonia, Spain. Recently on 60 minutes they showed a special of the "Sagrada Familia" which is one of Gaudi's most famous structures. They explained how Gaudi was extremely advanced for his time. The Sagrada Familia has intricate art work throughout every aspect of the building, it is supposed to tell the story of the bible. The tall columns in the building are supposed to represent nature, which is pure of the catholic religion. The columns look as though they are twisted which is common among trees. The construction of the project  started in 1882, and Gaudi's plans were so intricate that he knew that he would never see his masterpiece come to life, so he made prototypes to make sure that future architects would build it to his exact specifications. His work has yet to be completed so far it has been 131 years since the project has been started and it is estimated to be finished in the year 2026-2028. In my opinion I think it is one of the most beautiful buildings I've ever seen. I wish I could go to Barcelona and see it for myself. What I find very cool is that Gaudi designed it so that it is just under the height of the tallest mountain in Barcelona, to still capture the fact that God overlooks his people. Gaudi had several other works such as "Casa Mila" and the "Casa Batllo". The shapes and design of the building was very advanced for his time period the shape and grand scale of the structure would have not been imagined by architects in that time period. Overall the Sagrada Familia is a wonderful, function masterpiece.        http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504803_162-57573479-10391709/the-construction-zone-tour-of-sagrada-familia/ 

 
My dream house is an Adirondack style house on a lake, in the woods, it includes a full man cave and a log style decor inside the home. I have a boat and a great view right on the lake. My bloodhound will be living with me and my family, and will keep watch. Also I will have a dream wood working workshop so I can work n projects. This is most certainly components I would want in my dream house.
 
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Yesterday the architecture class and myself went to the architecture firm "Bergmeyer Associates" in South Boston. When seeing the office space, it was creative and very artistic. The walls were gray and red, which gave a sense of personality compared to other offices which usually have white or single colored walls. The office was very unorganized to a person who has never seen their office. According to Bill Spaulding an architect at the firm, it is very organized to them. After listening to all the work that goes into becoming an architect, I've decided that I do not have any interest in becoming an architect. The office is too quiet and it seems not hands on enough for me. The field trip has confirmed my interests in being hands on and in the field and not be in an office planning a building for six months. I did however get some helpful and useful tips from the firms human resource officer Janet Tatten on how to prepare for the real world and job scouting. Most of what she said was just common courtesy and polite manners.  She said one thing that really stuck with me which was "Do not burn any bridges with former employers, and leave as professionally as you started" that really made me realize that if you go out of a job with a bang, and then for some reason need that job back you will not be receiving your old position. Overall I think that the firm was more interesting than the BSA or Boston society of Architects, for they only had a few exhibits and they were not super interesting. I'm glad that we saw how an architect actually works and function within their environment and that was interesting.

 
 
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IKEA is a Swedish company which makes quality furniture, at  very reasonable price. The company supplies the consumer with the pieces of the furniture, and cleverly designs them to be assembled with a few simple tools, thus allowing the price to drop significantly. IKEA is known for some funky pieces of furniture, one of their most recent marketing ideas is to create furniture out of the companies boxes. Creating furniture out of the companies cardboard boxes does not only represent the companies efforts to recycle and reuse all of their materials, but also shows the company's creativity and innovation. IKEA has designed a bed, a chair, and a lamp entirely out of cardboard. This is very interesting, creative and cool, I like the idea of creating a piece of furniture out of a material which would usually be thrown away or seen as junk.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IaSXJOGiuk