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Snapshots of the week

This week I:

With my good friend Lauren I finally went to half-price mac & cheese Monday at Keystone. It was delicious and much needed after starting this week with a (!) all-nighter. How an all-nighter happened on a Sunday is beyond me.

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Made step-by-step doodles/progression of myself trying not to fall asleep to keep myself awake during our integrated technologies class. It was actually a pretty interesting/exciting class. One of the professors gave a lecture on HVAC systems and was much more animated than I remember him being during our sophomore construction course.
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Got to DAAP early after going to sleep early. I’m much more of a morning person and I work much better at 5 am after getting sleep rather than working until 5 am not getting sleep. Trying to be disciplined enough to go to sleep at 9-10 so I can get to studio around 4-5:30 am. On my walk this morning a woman outside Riddle Road Market (a small convenience store nearby where I live) said she liked my boots. A little unexpected (it was dark so I didn’t notice her initially), but a pleasant experience. I feel more comfortable walking to DAAP in the early morning rather than walking home late at night (and I’m sure the morning worries my dad less), but, I still walk with mace in hand. Actually tested it out today since I’ve never pressed the button and…it’s pretty strong.
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Continuously working on my resume and portfolio. And when I say working on my resume and portfolio I mean I’m still really just on my resume. I have a document open in Indesign for my portfolio at least and this semester’s format inspiration is from Emil Ruder’s book Typographie. It’s a square format, which is new to me, but I’m looking forward to the challenge (as is every portfolio making is) and hopefully doing my inspiration justice.

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If you guys are curious, as of right now I have chosen Proxima Nova and Univers as my typefaces. Proxima Nova is one I recently downloaded from Type Kit (from Adobe) and I like how the round/humanist geometry of it contrasts with the slightly more stiff and vertical shape of univers.

I’d like to share more updates this weekend on what exactly I’ve been up to these last five weeks. So, more photos this weekend; I need to take photos of my models thus far (especially because on Wednesday I dropped a 1/16″ model and broke it. I was in the end able to repair it to a similar state. First time that has actually happened.)

 

I honestly cannot believe we are already almost to the 6th week.

Happy Friday!

DAAPcamp 2014

DAAPCamp is a week-long summer enrichment program offered to high school students interested in architecture, interior architecture, fine art, graphic communication design, industrial design, and fashion design.
This video specifically concentrates on interior and architecture design. Architects and Interior Designers are concerned with the built environment. They create and modify spaces that are durable, meaningful, and responsive. Their studio project focused on the design of a park located on the banks of the Ohio river in downtown Cincinnati.

This was shot with a Nikon CoolPix point and shoot.

Motion Graphic and Soundtrack Artist: Corey Kujawski
vimeo.com/coreykujawski
soundcloud.com/fauxsucre

The kids in this video were super awesome, and they all worked very hard–I think it shows! The video itself was really fun to make, and I’m already looking forward to the second one in July. There’s a another week of camp I’m working, CAMP (Cincinnati Architecture Mentoring Program), which is a day camp geared toward local middle school students. So, that’s coming up too!

Project 1

Project 1

 

4th week in, 1st project done. 2nd project in the works/making. 3rd project starting today/this week.

This first project is a case study on a local building, in this case: St. Monica Church. Through tectonics, we were challenged to abstract the building though line, plane and mass–as well as spacial zoning.

Unlike last quarter, where it was all about concept and how our design was propelled by that, this quarter is more about spacial organization and using that organization to guide us in our design process. So far, it’s a lot of abstraction–which is something that I had previously thought was difficult for me (at least when it comes to painting and drawing), but so far it hasn’t been problematic–just a good amount of thinking.

This quarter is also all about modeling, which, I must admit, is something that I’ve never claimed to be amazing at–I know some studio-mates with impeccable craft which always makes me drool.

so. I decided that this quarter, my goal would be to consciously work on my hand-skill/craft. So far, so good.

WOAH.

It’s school time already? Well. Sorry I didn’t update during the break at all! I’m back now, and I’m so excited for this quarter and all its possibilities.

Updates:
-I got a job at Whole Foods! I love it, although working and school (and AIAS and APX and SED) will definitely be a balancing act.

-Working on the portfolio now, exciting!

-1st studio project is already up and running, so you’ll be seeing that soon! I’m going to be better about scanning my sketches in also this quarter. Looks like I’ll be seeing the DAAP library that much more often (totally okay with me. I love the library).

and much more, but I’ve got some other things I gotta take care of this morning before class!

Winter Quarter 2012

WOAH.

It’s school time already? Well. Sorry I didn’t update during the break at all! I’m back now, and I’m so excited for this quarter and all its possibilities.

Updates:
-I got a job at Whole Foods! I love it, although working and school (and AIAS and APX and SED) will definitely be a balancing act.

-Working on the portfolio now, exciting!

-1st studio project is already up and running, so you’ll be seeing that soon! I’m going to be better about scanning my sketches in also this quarter. Looks like I’ll be seeing the DAAP library that much more often (totally okay with me. I love the library).

and much more, but I’ve got some other things I gotta take care of this morning before class!

In the CGC

Oooh. Revit renderings.

It’s amazing how long they can take, the process of rendering; I’ve heard of 48 hour renderings+. The longest I’ve dealt with is 10 hours, and I’m hoping that’s the only one that’ll take that long. I’ll definitely be photoshopping them–to add entourage and probably furniture. I’m just trying to get as many as possible because in this case… more is more.

p.s. CGC = computer graphic center = my home until probably Tuesday. Rendering on the laptop, working on the imacs. I feel so techie (:

DAAP 5401

Clifton Literary Center
First finished elevation for final iteration

To do list for today:

1/4″ = 1′-0″ model.

  • stain wood of the 1st floor
  • get the 1st floor structure down (48 columns total!)
  • put in the 1st floor walls

elevations.

  • south
  • get the breezeways ready to be rendered

other classes that aren’t immersion studio.

  • find out when co-op test is
  • start studying for arts and society
  • environmental technology.. study.

and that’s pretty much how life is. Studio stuff, and then everything else that has to do with studio kind-of, or not really. This quarter everything is pretty much related to main studio, except for arts and society. It’s an interesting class, at the least.

I need to also start thinking about my final layout. I have an idea, some studd sketched out, but I’ll look at other precendents to get something really sophisticated down.

introductory phase

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Here’s to my first blog post–and dare I say will not be the last.

I know, I know, it’s Thanksgiving. Why am I working? Well, if you knew me the answer would be obvious. So, instead of telling you why I’m currently working right now I’ll tell you a little bit about me.

My full name is Laura Azucena Soria; I’m 19 years old and currently a sophomore at the University of Cincinnati studying Architecture in the college of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (henceforth referred to as DAAP).

I stumbled across my major at the suggestion of my dad, one of my major role models (I’m sure I’ll talk about him in some other post but to be concise, he’s nothing short of amazing. He’s accomplished so much and has worked–works–so hard to provide me with the opportunities I have and the life I live today. I don’t think I could thank him enough.). When I was younger, my dream job was to be a veterinarian. I loved animals, animals loved me (who made friends with the baby skunks in the backyard? made a little house for a lost kitty? “fed” grass to squirrels (and then subsequently freaked out by her sister when told that she got rabies…yeah, all me.), it was a happy time. Easy. Come middle school, high school, my interests switched from that to other related fields to a couple of months where I wanted to be a fashion photographer (dad wasn’t too ecstatic about that) and then… I had no idea!

Then my dad suggested architecture. Yeah, sure why not? I applied to DAAP, subsequently got accepted and thus began the whirlwind that has become my life.

Architecture, at least studying it at DAAP, is not just the perfect blend of “science and art,” it’s so much more–it’s design. Design encompasses so much, everything, honestly. I’ve always had trouble keeping a serious focus on anything long-term but this… this is completely different. I’m in love.

Architecture is probably one of the most broad, if not the most broad area of study. You have to think about so much. Designing for a specific program, designing to work with the surrounding environment, with the surrounding context (or not), designing a place for people to inhabit, to visit, the list goes on.

And I think it’s because of this whole “everything-all-at-once” environment that keeps me so engaged. To a certain point, the more there is, the better (to a certain point).

Some more random things about me:
-I’m a vegetarian/locavore/almost vegan. I (mostly) abstain from dairy because it messes with my allergies, I’ll only eat meat if it’s from a local source/humanely raised.
-I have a wide taste in music, from classical (love Chopin) to dubstep to Usher to Ratatat to Hot Chelle Rae (current obsession). And yes.. even some country.
-I like the gym. Although I’m big into running outside–although I’m not an amazing runner or anything, I (generally) like the way it feels. Workout classes are my favorite, however, and yoga is definitely one of my top choices.
-Firm believer in that dark chocolate is better than milk chocolate.. and white chocolate isn’t even a part of that discussion.
-I’m a morning person.
-And a people person.
-And I really appreciate good use of grammar and the abscence of abbreviations.

And here are some random renderings of my current project!

"Indoor Courtyard" of my Literary Center
Autodesk Cloud Rendering = Amazing. The moment I realized that I only had 25 renderings = not as such.

This building is my design for a Clifton Literary Center, the site is a parking lot two buildings down from a Skyline Chili on Ludlow Ave. This quarter has been devoted to this project and with final critiques in less than three weeks, oh I think it’s two weeks now! 10 weeks to make one building, and a whole slew of environmental technology studies to go with (interesting, but also a whole other set of work). More on this later, I’ve got to get to bed!

p.s. I hope you have a fantastic day tomorrow!