Monday, March 28, 2011

My Telephone, my, my, my Telephone (Blog Post 10)

The way we use our telephones has truly been about revolution. At first it meant to get calls you had to be home when someone called to answer, but as our lives began to take on different uses and functions so did our convinces, and now we made the calls come to us... no matter where we are.

It gave us more freedom. Didn't allow the use of the object to hold us back, but we made devices to bring it along with us. Our lives were no longer put on hold for waiting on calls. We were freed in a small kind of way... or maybe in a huge way... You decide. I know what my answer is.

all photos from google

Reading Response 10: London's House of Parliament

Monday, March 21, 2011

Reading Response 9: St. Paul's Cathedral

European Imports and American Exports (Blog Post Nine)

When I look at things that have influenced American Architecture and Design I look at many of the buildings in D.C. They all love very similar to buildings of Europe.

 With their domes and columns they follow a similar style of design that Europe has been doing for centuries.

New York City

Shanghai, China
The best exported idea from America to the rest of the world when it comes to design has a lot to do with the skyscraper. We started building them in or major cities like New York City and Chicago... and it caught on everywhere else. It was a way to add more more in cities where the land maybe limited, so if you can't build out, you build up.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Reading Response 8 : Chateau de Chambord

 This is the Louis XIV room. His brother was given the house by the king. The pay him back, his brother got his own room.

This is the original floor-plan for the building. For such a huge building, pretty simple looking layout, but don't be fooled. There is a lot going on both within and around the building.

The Chateau de Chambord is one of Frances most amazing structures that not only is beautiful to look at, but also has a lot of culture and history. One of the cutest facts I found out about the structure is if it looks familar to you, that may be because many parts of the chateau  is what the castle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Nautilus Shell: Points in Design Times (Blog Post 8)

The Nautilus shell with it's amazing spiral has been something of intrigue to people for quite some time. It sets such a perfect pattern in such a clean cut way... factory made if you will. It isn't surprising it makes for a great time line tool as well... That just so happens perfectly with design.

We start with the first spiral... Ancient worlds. We had columns and sacred circles, and even some stacks for ya.

followed by the Gothic period. We still see those circles and columns.

then the Renaissance period. That circle became a dome, and those columns still stand.

Then came the Baroque period. Columns are less strong this go around, yet I still see that dome hanging on.

There came some updates, but they had a similar style. It is a timeless spiral like the shell itself. Groves or columns, Stacks or layers, and Sacred circles or circles/domes can be seen throughout all these time periods, just more less intense each time period. Smaller would be the equivalent as the spirals on the shell.

Friday, March 11, 2011

a place for dining

Social Media Concept Design
 When the project began, we had to build a model of a social media product that could connect people to the world, I designed a piece that could be built into a kitchen counter where one could be fixing dinner, and checking emails for work, talking to friends, or looking up recipes for what they are making.

This idea lead me to start work on my dining space. For my space I chose a room within an old warehouse. The space would be very dilapidated and wouldn't exactly be the most "luxurious" place to dine. I find something to that though. This meal is about ending world hunger, and I thought it very fitting that the dining space not be over the top. I an extravagant and posh space would kill the true meaning of the reason to dine.
Model Exterior

Model Interior

When studying the space I came up with what I wanted to focus on. For Social I chose a kitchen, for Ritual I chose a Fire place, and for Dining I chose and idea of a dining room table. I wanted all three of these things to really play a big part in the overall use of the area. As we go on, perhaps you will see that inspiration put to use.

Table Top, Front and Side Views

Side Piece Top, Front and Side Views
I saw the space as being in an old warehouse. In a back space which would have at one time served as a managers office. I wanted an over sized door of plate glass leading into the space. A large armour would be by the door, this would house crates that would serve as seating as well as hold the plates and other eating items used for the dinner. There would be four tables in different corners of the room, when it would be time to dine they would be pushed together to make one large table. On the North wall would be a large indoor stove for heating the space in the winter. On the wall would be two screens used to connect to the world. In the space would also be a small kitchen to prep and cook the dinner. To pay tribute to the idea of ending world hungry the meal would be of dishes that the U.N. Food Project give to third world nation.


North Wall Elevation