new year, visiting an old project

It is now 2013! 2012 proved to be very lackluster in terms of me posting on this blog, but we’ll see what the new year brings. Since it’s the holidays, I’m back at home, and once again forced to go through my old stuff from architecture school and weed out the weak (in other words: clear out all my junk at the strongly-worded request of my mother).

130101 a boards

In one bag I found a bunch of rectangular pieces of laser cut matboard, and I realized that they were extra pieces from a model I built in 2008. It was for a construction class, and the project was to build a partial model of a building facade, so the rectangular pieces were the exterior cladding elements. Why I kept them for almost five years … I have no idea.

130101 b fixings

I also found little packages of some of the smaller construction elements, all laser cut from white matboard as well. And looking at some of those beams … goodness gracious I can’t believe I spent so much time gluing those little pieces! And they didn’t even get used! I definitely laser cut way too many. Either I was really wasteful, really worried that I’d mess up, or just really bad at planning.

130101 c detail

The building my partner and I chose was the Ricola Storage Buiding (1987) in Laufen, Switzerland, by Herzog and de Meuron. This is a detail of the completed model, which only exists in pictures since it was thrown into the trash shortly after completion due to lack of space. Well, now its spare parts are in the trash as well. Sadness. But hey, it’s 2013!

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

ah, chinese people

Some Chinese people in the US act the same as the Chinese people in China. Which can be extremely annoying, especially when you’re trying to watch a movie but the Chinese lady next to you is chomping away on some crunchy, smelly snack in a very crinkly bag. Movie theaters in China tend to be more noisy with people talking, eating, and talking on the phone without too much regard for the moviegoer who’s actually really into the movie. But … this ain’t China.

No one sleeps outside here though, probably because they realize that sleeping in public places is not very safe and considered pretty weird here. Very unlike China, where you frequently stumble upon random people napping on planter edges or at their desks after lunch. Or even at the National Stadium (Bird’s Nest) in Beijing. I went to see the Olympic buildings for the architecture, but apparently some view the stadium seating as prime nap potential.