Sunday, September 30, 2012

Architectural Exhaustion

In case anyone didn't know about life in studio, it can be physically draining. The days begin to blend together like watercolors on canvas, and you lose track of the time. Minutes become hours become days -- and all you have to show for it is the work you've completed on your project.

Occasionally a specific week is way worse than the rest, and for me that was the past week. You sit in studio and you just don't feel like working, despite the necessity to really get some honest work done.

yep, that'd be me about ready to fall asleep at my desk...

There's no doubt that architecture is not exactly a major that you can just coast by in. But I think that's sort of the art of it; we are all here because we want to be here, even when we don't feel like it. In the end, it will all be worth the time we put in, both for the project and for our careers.

I'm hoping to start this week refreshed, with a new sense of motivation. Monday is just around the corner!

Today was just another day in...


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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Architecture Student or DJ?

As I spent my hours puttering around with models and things on the computer in studio one day, it occurred to me that architecture students were awfully similar to DJ's. Think I'm wrong? Give me a minute to explain. I tend to stand when I work, especially when model making. Sitting on a stool for four hours straight just isn't possible; you'll screw up your back more than you ever could doing anything else (take it from someone who never had a sore back and is now hurting at the end of each session...). And while my headphones were plugged in and I jammed to the electronic music blaring into my ears, as I switched from one thing on my desk to another, I suddenly had this image of a DJ, tweaking settings, changing things around... is this not what we do in architecture?

I'd imagine at this point, you want photo evidence. No problem:

Ladies and gentlemen, the architecture student. Bent over, focused on his work, and working hard.
And the DJ. Note that they are in almost the EXACT same position. Coincidence? I think not.
In the same way that architects are the artists of construction and design, DJs are the artists of music and note arrangements. It is easy to see how two completely different professions and fields have very interesting similarities. And while it is silly of me to see myself ever becoming a DJ, despite my love of music, I'm sure as hell going to continue to pretend while wasting away at my desk in studio.

Today was just another day in...


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