Studio Ideas and Inspiration

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.


Piano Stairs

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by kforget on 8 April 2010

Architecture can truly have an impact on the individual’s experience through a building. It can also be an incentive to stay fit by taking the stairs… Check it out:


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.)

Crazy houses & buildings

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by pegahp on 1 April 2010

Lets have a little pun

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by jrhorvath on 1 April 2010

here are some really cheesy jokes about art and architecture that i got from
“An architect knows how to make a long storey short.”

What do the paintings of George Seurat have in common with a
vector? They are both dot products

How are architecture students told to leave?
They are shown the dooric

What type of pillars are found near printing presses?
Newspaper Columns

Why did the French art museum close?
A lack of Monet

Why did the 1700s artist apply for a loan?
he was baroque

How does an architecture student communicate with people?
You gotta column

What do the people of the back woods in Australia and artists both fear?
Brush fires

Stepping Back

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by mcdanza on 31 March 2010

I’m sure all of you are contemplating all the comments given from the crits yesterday.
As you back track through all your ideas, it is a good idea to go back to the basics: What are the experiential qualities of my design?

I suggest taking a break from studio, sit outside in the nice weather, and read through An Architecture of the Seven Senses by Juhani Pallasmaa.
It is not long, and you can definitely finish it in one afternoon.
His text is a good way of revisiting how each sense informs architecture, which is the focus of most, if not all, of your projects.
You can then use it to carefully structure your arguments for your final presentation.

The pdf is available below:
seven senses



Posted in studio 1a_2010 by tnsquared on 29 March 2010


Since a lot of us used watercolours for our hybrids, I thought this might be relevant for future explorations with the same media.

This is only a couple of them, there are more beautiful paintings in that link!


Matchstick Models

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by ionnalaksono on 26 March 2010

Hogwarts from Harry Potter



All of them made from matchsticks.

common sense.

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by tnsquared on 26 March 2010

Something to think about when you are designing your stuff.

You thought Cardboard was tedious…

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by andreachiney on 25 March 2010

Is the TOOTHPICK city. Yes. Toothpick.