CHRONICLE OF A PARAFOIL FORETOLD

Tuesday, March 24, 2009



This is this.

DRIVING RANGE IN THE NEWS

Wednesday, March 18, 2009





Grimshaw and Ken Smith are designing a driving range on top of a water treatment facility in the Bronx. I guess my thesis program wasn't too out there after all. Check out the full article.

NEW STUDIOWORKS IS UP

Tuesday, March 17, 2009



The new Studioworks was just posted. GreyMatters is looking especially gray.

DUDE, WHERE'S MY FORMATTING?

Friday, March 13, 2009



At one point, StudioOffice/Blog had some Flash formatting. It looked pretty good. What happened? Noel? Help?

REVIEW OF THE POINTLESS MIND

Sunday, March 8, 2009



Not knowing how many actual subliminal thoughts pass through my brain each day, there are probably at least a few hundred that spark the mental note that "I should add this to the blog." Very few of these thoughts are actually blog-worthy or even have have the ability to exist as more than a sentence and a picture, and yet there's the constant tick associated with each and every one of these thoughts that assumes they're worth documenting. For friends? Strangers? Myself? Posterity that is yet-to-come? Or maybe it's simply a sign of the times that so much modern-day thinking is associated with the phenomenal idea that information - all of it - is for sharing. All thanks to the internet.

So, since so few of my daily thoughts have any place here, maybe their frequency means that a review is in order. But wait, isn't that the definition of a blog in the first place? In other words, a streaming log that somehow gains relevance as a whole? And that makes this...what? A blog within a blog? Wow, sounds innovative! Let's take a look!

Ely for Secretary of Dance
Thanks to Emily for sharing, I highly recommend writing your local elected official and demanding that Ely Kim be nominated for Secretary of Dance. I could watch this like I breathe, which is a lot.

Spring will be Busy
I just made a Google Calendar schedule to organize March through May, and it's busy. Work every day; my stepbrother's graduate recital, Rachel and Michael's wedding and Critical Digital in April, Fly NY and CMU thesis reviews in May. How am I supposed to do the whole Springtime-in-Brooklyn thing? Cut-off shorts and Ray Ban sunglesses?

Outlining Sucks
The title says enough. When you finish school and your brain fills with thoughts that don't get their daily academic work-out, it gets really hard to lay them all out in an outline, and then to eliminate them one-by-one because they really have no relevance to the subject at hand. I need a mid-review like really bad.

Debbie the Digital Downer
Oh, and this outline is for my expanded Critical Digital paper. And as I'm writing it, I realize what a downer my paper is going to be. When I write outlines I like to try to condense things by writing out questions for each section, which the items in the outline try to answer. And already, I'm seeing things like, "has technique reached an impasse as a validation for built form (or a thesis)?", and "what is the effective scale and scope of a digital technique’s degree of applicability?" Long gone are the days of total technique domination.

Cats and Spatial Understanding
Andrea thinks I'm making this up, but I have a theory that Cadelle - and by extension, all cats - have a unique spatial awareness that allows them to position themselves in really interesting ways. It's like Cadelle knows where the exact center of the rug is, or where the center is shifted because of the presence of a table or something, and she knows to sit on that spot to achieve an ideal position and spatial proportion. This requires diagrams, I can feel it.

And to close, I should mention The Count & Sinden's "Hardcore Girls" and Hot Chip's "Out at the Pictures" as the hottest things to ever meet a tapping foot.

PLIANCY OR PONTOONS

Tuesday, March 3, 2009





Good news. The abstract was accepted and Studio Office is going to speak at this year's Harvard Graduate School of Design Critical Digital Conference. Very exciting for us, but leaves little time to figure out kites and personal lives over the next month or so. The announcement came about a week late via email, which had an odd collage of different fonts and colors (merge mail?), and also came with some cryptic criticism, about which we are completely clueless:

122. Accept Relevance: 7 Quality of Content:7 Quality of Writing: 8 Originality:7 Overall Grading:7 The paper is not critical enough to me. I like the author mention about external VS. internal effect on surface or digital model, but the examples that he is going to present is not very interesting. The proposed abstract is well organize and offers a thorough description of the actions to be taken in the accomplishment of the research target. However, it needs to offer a substantial level of criticality. The description of a series of actions is, of course, valuable in addressing the “how” questions, but that does not necessarily reflect also on the “why” question, that may be of similar importance.

From this, we . . . we have nothing. But we take it to mean that we're in pretty good shape. Meanwhile, the images above (original collage by Stanley Tigerman, 1978, JD remix below, 2009) are a graphic sampling of one of the paper's main focuses, namely the fluctuation taking place at present between discovery and responsibility, with explicit regards to digital technique in architecture.

Next up, we'll see what we can do with a collage of the Pruit-Igoe demolition images. Until today, I never noticed that you could see Saarinen's arch in the distance. You can barely make it out top left, just over the roof of the falling building. You can see it in a better image here.


THE GAME OF LIFE: MIKEY LIKES IT!

Monday, March 2, 2009



We're in the middle of figuring out a method for perforating the skin for our new kite using a cellular-automatic pattern generator similar to Conway's Game of Life. We're also trying to wrap our heads around Tom Ray's Tierra, a virtual evolution machine embedded with the ability to mutate its own source-code, and hoping this gives us the ability to generate some interesting patterns that enhance the kite's performance as a parafoil.

All your kites are belong to us.