Studio Ideas and Inspiration

9/11: Blueprint for Truth – The Architecture of Destruction

Posted in events by Sarah Gelbard on 23 April 2010

Truth Action Ottawa is pleased to announce that we are sponsoring a speaking engagement by Mr. Richard Gage, AIA, at Carleton University on April 30, 2010. Mr. Gage has over 20 years experience as a professional architect, and is the founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, an organization which now boasts over 1100 professional architects and engineers calling for a new investigation of the three World Trade Center collapses on 9/11.


Date: Friday, April 30th, 2010
Time: 7:30pm
Place: Kailash Mital Theatre, Carleton University
Admittance: $10.00 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away for a lack of money.


End of term

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by Sarah Gelbard on 10 April 2010

Thanks to all the students this term for contributing and congratulations on a great studio!

Studio 1A (Winter 2010): Allison Nielsen, Andrea Chiney, Camille Baello, Don Dimanlig, Ionna Laksono, Jennifer Horvath, Julien Hébert, Kat Forget, Nilakshi Roy, Pegah Peyman, Thompson Nguyen (with special appearances by our TA Rance Mok)

Have a great summer and best of luck next year.

P.S.  Since there are no new students for the summer term, please feel free to continue contributing if you feel like sharing interesting projects and ideas you come across.  Or, if you want to start your own blog, send me the link and I would be happy to add it to the site.

You know you’re an architecture student when…

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by Sarah Gelbard on 2 April 2010

…you know the janitors by name.

…your roommates say “good morning,” and you reply “good night.”

…you carry a toothbrush in your backpack.

…someone asks you for your phone number and you give them the studios.

…you start paying rent for your desk space in studio.

…You total up 3 meals of the day to your breakfast.

…’Red Bull’ is you favorite drink.

…all of the Christmas gifts you give are wrapped in trace.

…you ask Santa Clause for architecture supplies.

… the list keeps on going

(Unfortunately I have no idea where this came from originally.  It gets circulated virally by email every couple of terms.)

Noel Kerns – illuminated architecture

Posted in artists and architects by Sarah Gelbard on 2 April 2010

Noel Kerns is a Dallas photographer who risks life and limb finding derelict structures, crawling inside, illuminating them with small gelled lights and photographing them. The images that result have a stillness that says something about decay and the passage of time, but (thanks to the long exposures he often uses) a hint of life in the streaking contrails of stars and headlights flashing past on nearby interstates. They’re unsettling, and very beautiful. (Flickr)

via BoingBoing

Architecture and Alzheimer’s

Posted in interesting projects, studio 1a_2010 by Sarah Gelbard on 24 March 2010

Look what just popped up on Canadian Architect’s news feed:

Stephen Fai of Carleton University’s School of Architecture using digital media to speed treatment for degenerative diseases

Imagine quickly pulling together the scientific results of top researchers from around the world who are trying to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a visual diagram of interdisciplinary results – a snapshot of the latest research that can be easily shared among physicians, biochemists and neuroscientists.

Carleton Architecture Professor Stephen Fai is doing just that.

“It’s a universal language that everyone can understand,” says Fai. “This is the first time an interdisciplinary team has called upon the skills of architects to act as their go-between.”

Welcome BoingBoing visitors!

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by Sarah Gelbard on 24 March 2010

My friend Mekki submitted a story to BoingBoing referencing last semester’s studio project!

Ottawa joins the war on photography

Mekki sez, “The city of Ottawa has launched a security campaign funded by Transport Canada (federally) that asks people to report any ‘suspicious behaviour’, which includes photographers and sketchers. They explicitly list ‘An individual taking photos or pictures […], drawing maps or sketches’ as things to report. My friend Sarah Gelbard teaches in the Architecture department at Carleton University in Ottawa. She had her students do a project on transit in the city last year.

Thanks for visiting!  Take a look around.  I’m sure the students would love some comments.

Thanks for the link, Mekki!

Leaving traces

Posted in interesting projects, thoughts by Sarah Gelbard on 14 March 2010

This could be of interest to Julien and Don (and possibly more of you).  The moment of contact between people and material/architecture.  Polishing it times and covering it with “trash” at others.

Casa di Giulietta (from Wikipedia)

In Verona, Italy, a house claiming to be the Capulets’ has been turned into a tourist attraction. It features the balcony, lovely architecture, and in the small courtyard, a bronze statue of Juliet baring her breast. It is one of the most visited sites in the town. Legend is that if a person strokes the breast of the statue, that person will have good fortune.

Many people write their names and the names of their beloved ones on the walls of the entrance. That wall is known as Juliet’s wall and because of big note number, writing is restricted on just one part of a wall. Many believe that writing on that place will make their love everlasting. Unfortunately writing on Juliet’s Wall will be stopped because of protection of historical importance of that place.

Lego patch

Posted in interesting projects by Sarah Gelbard on 14 March 2010

Check out artist Jan Vormann’s project of reinforcing crumbling architecture with every architect’s favourite childhood toy!

Thoughts on material

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by Sarah Gelbard on 12 March 2010

Each material has its specific characteristics which we must understand if we want to use it… This is no less true of steel and concrete [than of wood, brick, and stone]. We must remember that everything depends on how we use a material, not on the material itself… New Materials are not necessarily superior. Each material is only what we make of it… We must be as familiar with the functions of our buildings as with our materials. We must learn what a building can be, what it should be, and also what it must not be… And just as we acquaint ourselves with materials, just as we must understand functions, so we must become familiar with the psychological and spiritual factors of our day.

Mies van der Rohe, From his inaugural address at the Illinois Institute of Technology, 193

There are two important things to make sushi. One is the material and the other is the skill… For sushi, both the power of the material and skill is important and their balance is very important. I believe that this balance is what people want. People and society are seeking the thing like sushi for the architecture and their city.

— Kengo Kuma

Putting ideas on paper

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by Sarah Gelbard on 5 March 2010

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