been listening to this a bit lately. pretty good stuff. made even better by their backstory. the music and lyrics and whatnot are done by Poison the Well, hardcore/metal band with some serious cred, guitarist Derek Miller and the vocals are done by ex- Cheetah Girl Alexis Krauss. Pretty insane... I have no idea how one could go from lyrics like "Smash me to the ground a thousand times as before/But I can't rationalize anymore / carry me away/on concrete pillows incinerate me once more" to poppy happy electronic indie stuff.
bunch of their songs HERE
at 1:22 PM
Our last project, and the only one we had more than a week and half to do, was a rare books library in the North End of Boston (super dense Italian neighborhood). The site was jammed in the middle of a block spanning narrowly between two side streets. There was a Franciscan church across the street on one side and a super ugly apartment building adjacent to the site that had no dialogue with the street whatsoever. There were two primary site axises, one running perpendicular to the two streets and one running diagronally across the site dividing the site into two triangular spaces. From the offset, I used these axes to define my formal moves. I developed a wrapping surface system which would define and divide the programmatic elements of the library and would provide a broad based formal gesture that would efffectively be reflected the materiality of the building as well as the structural elements of the building.
at 12:04 PM
This project was an initial study in part to whole relationships in relation to programmatic requirements. It was supposed to lead us into our next project, but I really didn't take anything from it.... Eh whatever. We were supposed to place 11 reading carrels in a thick wall condition of a library. The way I dealt with it was to randomly do whatever formal thing I wanted for fun based loosely on an idea of disparate seperation between light and heavy programmed moments to create an experiential affect in density.
at 11:54 AM
This is the first project of the semester in studio... It was a random masonry aggregation project sans mortar, so the geometry of the brick had to be intelligent enough to span in compression as well as operate formally as a bottom-up dialectic.
at 11:23 AM