The Essential Library Of An Architecture Student

Gone are the days where picture books were fun. These days, being preoccupied with picture books make me cringe more than a book filled with non-stop text. Why? Studying architecture means learning visually is imperative, but sometimes lines on top of lines assembled to create a window section detail leaves me stunned and overwhelmed- a 0.05 dashed line to resemble a vapour barrier? Bring me back the essays!

It’s also no surprise to hear university students complain about their books they buy with the money they don’t have and the time they don’t use to read said books (pretty much paperweights at this point). It’s hard to quantify textbooks’ worth, when, as a student, it may not always be a priority. In the end, what do we learn from these books that we don’t learn in class or at work, or from others?

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The Birds And The Bees (No, Not That!) And The Design Of The Natural Landscape

Spring (dramatic pause) is almost here. There’s even a spring in my step as the temperatures rise this week. Even though the official first day of spring isn’t until a month from now, the sun has definitely started coming up early and setting late. People seem just a tad more cheerful, and outdoor events seem a lot more popular. Some things are better done in bright sunlight, pretty flowers, and great company, right?

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Tapping into Revit: First Impressions

While still in school, I heard multiple times that Revit is a must-learn software, an advanced building information modelling (BIM) application often used in highly technical architecture firms. The urge to learn basic programs like AutoCAD for school purposes, however, has previously restrained me from learning more comprehensive software like Revit. Motivated by Crystal to continue working on new year’s resolutions, I was encouraged to finally tap into Revit, and my first impressions are…

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Year In Review for Design of 2016 – Fashion, Architecture, and Graphics!

Just like last year it’s nice to reflect on what was trendy for the design industry throughout the year. This not only allows us a moment to reminisce and maybe remember to bring with us the design trends to the new year! Instead of looking at specifically architectural motifs this year, lets broaden the horizon to include some fashion, and graphic design trends as well.

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Making of an Architect

I remember this scene well.  probably too well…

The year was 1998, and I was sitting at one of those big study tables flipping through stacks of architecture books at the Columbia University Architecture School Library.  I took this photo during my recent trip to New York City, visiting the architecture school and trying to relive the moments I had as a student.  Continue reading →

V for Victory: outdoor stage in Toronto

It is ALWAYS easy to find seats at the Nathan Phillips Square (Toronto City Hall outdoor area).

Perhaps it has been that there were no events planned on the day I visited, or I happened to pass through at an early hour(11:00 am?), or I am incredibly just lucky at finding empty seats. OR, could it be that the Square is an “uninspiring” place for Torontonians / tourists who are not interested in visiting? Continue reading →