Studio Ideas and Inspiration

Irony in making green cities

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by macdoninri on 13 March 2010

Building an entirely carbon-neutral, self-powered, zero-energy island resort, unfortunately, costs a lot of energy

it is ironic

people’s opinions on the ZIRA ISLAND project has been mixed.

some say it’s an amazing architectural feat designing an entire island with green architecture, some say it is an energy eater in disguise as an eco-friendly island.

Official Zira Island Website —

Arch Daily —

Jetson Green —


The Coolest

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by macdoninri on 6 February 2010

why are we the coolest students in Carleton? – because we live in this social bubble.

I dont know if this is inspirational or not, i hope it is.

1. Architecture makes you smart

2. Architecture makes you strong

3. Architecture makes you cool

1. Architecture makes you smart

– you learn a lot of new things. architecture things. no more highschool stuff, like biology. or chemistry. :)

– your imagination is pushed to the limit as you con stantly have to come up with new ideas.

– it will teach you different methods to impress profs on crits. different profs. Unlike other courses, there is a given method. We have an evolving standard.

– you probably learn more photography than a photography major

– we learn how to manage study-type subjects (art history) combined with work-type subjects (studio). Unlike other courses, they probably just study all day.

– other course people say: “im going to study for calculus, and then after 2 horus i’m gonna work on physics, and then after 3 hours, im going to bed!” / We say: “hmm. im going to draw for 2 hours, so i’ll have time to eat afterwards, and then plan my drawing while eating, then draw for another 5 hours, which gives me.. 3 hours of sleep. YES! it fits! , then im going to wake up. then draw”

2. Architecture makes you stronger

– we learn how to survive on pizzas, subs, instant noodles, canned food, energy drinks and coffee.

– other people call sleep a ‘daily routine’. we call it either a Reward. or something you Plan.

–  other people would call it deadly, but we can actually stay up the next day with just a few minutes worth of sleep. minutes!

– build up your muscle by carrying a camera, a tripod, a bag, some wallack’s shopping and groceries all at the same time while running after the bus in cold weather.

– did i mention you have to run a lot? in bank street?

3. Architecture makes you cool

– you hav one fo the most demanding schedules / workloads, and yet you still throw the best parties. ever!

– you can talk about architectural jargon on the bus really loud.

– you have the rights to extreme fashion

-our building’s so unique, that there are no 2 places that look the same. unlike the building next to us, every corridor looks the same as the last

– “what do you study?” “uhm. you know. social sciences, what about you?” “Architecture” (BAM!)

so be happy that you’re with the coolest bunch there is

be happy you’re in Architecture.

stop drinking. keep working. :)

Your Working Attitude!

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by macdoninri on 6 February 2010


Drawing can get frustrating at times

here’s some tips so we can be better artists/architects, and also be better critics.

Your Drawing Attitude

Looks like something dragged out of water

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by macdoninri on 5 February 2010


An Excerpt from Wikipedia: The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (official Catalan name; Spanish: Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia; “Expiatory Church of the Holy Family”), often simply called the Sagrada Família, is a massive, privately-funded Roman Catholic church that has been under construction in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain since 1882 and is not expected to be complete until at least 2026. A portion of the building’s interior is scheduled to open for public worship and tours by September 2010[1].

Considered the master-work of renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926), the project’s vast scale and idiosyncratic design have made it one of Barcelona’s (and Spain’s) top tourist attractions for many years.

take a look at my favourite building: – don

Assembly Art

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by macdoninri on 28 January 2010

here’s some amazing assembly art from KUKSI

see more of his stuff at: