Monday, September 28, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Last week on Wednesday I attended a talk by Marvin Malecha FAIA (2009 AIA President).
He spoke about traditions, creativity and how to challenge what you do. I enjoyed his talk very much, because he talked about how his grandmother was his inspiration and how she used a method called "Rumathy" when she would begin planting. It was a way of he testing the soil by her tasting it - meaning you can't rush or test creativity...
Another interesting point he made was the fact that even people - blind from birth - could draw in perspective by just touching an object. The reason is because they block all the 'noise' around them and are able to focus better on the shape itself.
-Know how to see (collect and give)
-Application of knowledge (test your knowledge)
-Expression -never be afraid to express your knowledge in studio because that is how you learn
He let us know that there is no right answer to a design problem. Remember to balance logic and Imagination. And always keep in mind the health, safety and welfare of the people. Embrace Ambiguity. There's the making of the clock and then there's the concept of time.
Out of the 3 human needs: Physical, Aesthetic and Intellectual - the Aesthetic is usually the one taken for granted.
When choosing a path, instead of getting lost in the Maze, go for the Labyrinth which is more of a (step/meditate , step/meditate type rhythm)
The last major subject Marvin touched on was a series of Domains and defining them. here are some of them:
- marks a place
- passes a way
- innovation from a precedent
- seeking the essence of an idea
- facilitates understanding
- nurtures learning
- story behind a story (connection between known and unknown)
- each foot of progress (new sketch) reveals a new effect, a new purpose - if men have faith - a new thing comes
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice and in practice there is.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
- International Market
- Walkway Expressway from NDSU to Downtown Fargo
- Circulation Routes in Downtown (walkways, bike paths, buses and cars routed appropriately for convenient and efficient transfer from point A to point B)
- Affordable Student Housing (studio apartments, dormitories, or smaller housing units)
- Downtown Student Union
- Farmer's Market or Chain of Local Merchants in vacant train Spaces
- Similar IACC/technology building for downtown students
- Library/Research building similar to one in Skills and Tech building for downtown students
- Parking Issues addressed
- Issues of Industrial buildings moved to their appropriate districts
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
I am interested in doing a Kevin Lynch study of nodes, paths, and edges of our site. I also have a few international friends that are interested in proposal for the International Market.
Another exciting suggestion for downtown Fargo is the possibility that the Great Northern Railroad might be replaced with a bike trail. There are storage area spaces next to the tracks that have a lot of potential for a possible chain of small shops or a local farmer’s market type.
An important point that Professor Yergens made in class today was the fact that when a new town comes about there is a lot of disdain for the old towns. One wonders what will happen to former paths such as railroad tracks. Some have been revealed under roads. .while there are proposals to tear old tracks out for a newer (perhaps greener) form of transporting oneself.
Many ideas are out there for Fargo and here is an example of how another city is dealing with their people and suggestions.
Here is an example of their Zoning Issues:
If you guys want to check out the committee's proposal to the city here is their URL: