근황

약간 ‘선발된’ 아이들로 구성된 학장님의 연구 수업의 주제는 ‘음식’이다. 사실 Foodshed라는 말을 뭐라고 번역해야할지 정확히는 모르겠지만, 당신의 밥상에 올라오는 길을 추적하는 것으로부터 시작되는 연구라고 하면 좋겠다. 요즘의 트렌드라면 트렌드다.

결국 대상지는 이미 정해져 있었다. 캣스킬이라는 2등급 토양 지역의 농부들이 어떻게 독립적으로 살아남아 있는가를 살펴보니 맨하탄에서 2시간 거리라는 장점을 이용, 직거래 장터를 성공했다는 것. 그래서 농부들을 인터뷰하고 책을 만드는 것이 이 수업의 목적. 사실 모든 음식을 다루다보면 그 지도는 대부분 중국과 캘리포니아를 향하는 화살표로 빼곡히 차이고 끝나고 말 것이다. 어찌됐든 ‘음식’이라는 주제는 도시외곽의 독립 농부들에 대한 이야기로 좁혀졌다.

주제가 뭐가 됐든, 이 수업의 결과물이 문제다. ‘책’을 만들어서 주정부 연방정부 각종 단체에 보내는 일을 해야한다. 아니 농림수산과도 아니고 어반디자인에서 그걸 왜 해. 하는 문제는 좀 다른 이야기이고, 어쨌든 책을 만들어야 한다. 문제는 책을 만들어본 경험이 없는 아이들, 선발된 똑똑한 아이들이긴 하지만, 책을 만들어본 경험이 없다보니, 쿨한 포맷부터 만들어버렸다. 결국 최종 디자인은 내 손에 떨어질 것이 뻔한데, 이 아이들을 어떻게 설득해서 일을 마무리할지 벌써부터 걱정이다.

Power Postcard

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Dear Buffalo.

You seem very tired recently. Maybe you need other energy drink, I’ll figure it out, don’t worry.

We are searching for other drinks in the history refrigerator, economic refrigerator, and political refrigerator. Yes, it’s tough, but power means not only electricity, we have to keep searching on every aspect of power.

Power is not just power itself. Wait. It takes time, but we’ll be there and check out first this weekend. See you soon.

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Dear Sunset park.

Your mojo was extremely powerful. I remeber your pictures of Brooklyn Army Terminal. It was one great fusion of infrastructure and building.

I’m looking for where your mojo’s gone. Yes, it’s not easy to find it, but I’m sure we can find your mojo because we are with Moji.

site matters

I think I found what I have to do in Queens West both in Studio work and RDNY class after reading the “epilogue” of the book, ‘Site matters.’ That is, why Kaja decided this area to be one of the 5 sites.

As part of a bid by New York City to host the 2012 Olympic Games, five multidisciplinary teams of architects, landscape architects, and urban designers and planners were invited to offer design ideas for an Olympic Village… Each team conformed to established presentation requirements, yet each nonetheless depicted their project and its urban surroundings in notably different ways. Despite common constraints regarding scale and size, the models varied widely in extent and character. One team focused on local edge conditions, conceiving the site in terms of immediate physical surroundings. In contrast, another treated the site strictly as conceptual terrain, using the proposals to engage the history of ideas about the area. Some teams viewed it as belongings to the city at large, “opening the site as a New York City attraction” or “creating the largest urban waterfront park in New York City.” ………. the other depicted a large swath of Manhattan Island, from the East River to the Hudson, situating the Olympic Village in relation to mid-town. The diffrent physical areas identified as relaaevant to each prohect and the distinct strategies used to see and understand these areas prompt the question : What constitutes a site in design? from ‘Site Matters

Yes. This idea of “definition of site” is nothing new. I already know, maybe every architectural students learn it from the beginning of the first time studio. However, “site matters” really comes to my mind, after the “real” example.

action drawing

(Action Drawing, GSAPP MSAUD Summer UD studio, Jun 23, 2009, A0 size poster)

After 2 week’s research on Queens west, I did not want to use the academic ‘term’ gentrification, but gentrification just too fit for Long Island’s situation not to use it in poster, even if ‘we’ learn this word just 1 day before pin-up. Through the historical research of landuse and builtyear, we can find there’s rapid change in LIC, and the milestones were flux of transportation. As landuse spectrum shows us, it makes change of industry and people’s life in Queens west. 100 years’ forming urban fabric was based on the industry, and step by step, slowly, but recent re-development was not. It’s too fast and forced by beautiful but not-affordable city’s master plan. It makes natives low-income queens native outside of Queens.

Continue reading action drawing

flickr+googlemap via Y!pipes

I tried many types of geotagging method on web, and here’s some ways I found. I really love to SHARE. – This comes up between class. To explain and record, I write those things here.

1. I tried to mash up Flickr’s KML and Google map. It was simple like copy and paste.

1) copy KML address.
2) paste it in the Google map’s search window.
3) and you can see the menu “View in Google Earth”

Continue reading flickr+googlemap via Y!pipes

flickr+googlemap via Y!pipes

I tried many types of geotagging method on web, and here’s some ways I found. I really love to SHARE. – This comes up between class. To explain and record, I write those things here.

1. I tried to mash up Flickr’s KML and Google map. It was simple like copy and paste.

1) copy KML address.
2) paste it in the Google map’s search window.
3) and you can see the menu “View in Google Earth”

Continue reading flickr+googlemap via Y!pipes

schedule

Day Time Location Class Begin-End
Mon 2:00pm-6:00pm 600 AVERY URBAN DESIGN STUDIO I 06/01/09-08/21/09
Tue 11:00am-1:00pm 114 AVERY URB THRY & DES-POST INDUS 06/01/09-08/21/09
6:00pm-8:00pm 114 AVERY READING NEW YORK URBANISM 06/01/09-07/05/09
Wed 2:00pm-6:00pm 600 AVERY URBAN DESIGN STUDIO I 06/01/09-08/21/09
Thr 6:00pm-8:00pm 114 AVERY DIGITAL MODELING-URBAN 05/26/09-07/03/09
Fri 2:00pm-6:00pm 600 AVERY URBAN DESIGN STUDIO I 06/01/09-08/21/09

3 times of studio in a week. I am going back to 96’s freshman life. I expect more “theory class” when I applied this ‘urban program.’