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If you are anywhere near the realm of architecture… You have heard about the Venice Biennale.  Biannual (hence the name) it is a wonderful playground for modern architects to collectively comment on current themes in society.  This year, the theme was common ground.  What is interesting is how broad this term stretched, and how differently each architect responded to it. Some looked to current projects that either looked at their impact on the community (or vise versa) while others looked at common ground in architecture and the network that forms within the profession.  Needless to say, this was the reason I went to Venice, and it was one of the best decisions that I could have made. Here is part one of some of my favorite images from the exhibits. 


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We all get caught up with life. I mean its what we are supposed to do: live. But lately I have been so caught up in the negative aspect to it that I have not even been able to see straight, let alone see the wonderful gifts that I have available to me. Thankfully a much needed walk with a good friend during one of the most beautiful sunsets I have seen helped me gain some perspective.  As much as we want to accomplish everything (and I mean everything) its all for nothing if we do not take that moment to realize what we are doing and give ourselves some much needed credit. So please take a second and just be happy you are who you are, and just be.

Of course I say all this and will probably only get three hours of sleep tonight, but hey I have class in Paris tomorrow, and fly to Venice afterwards. There is no way I will complain.

A few weeks back, we went to Berlin for just a few days. Definitely not a long enough time. One day alone was spent in the Jewish memorial Museum.  While there are admittedly many flaws to Daniel Liebeskind’s designs, his ability to convey emotion specifically with the voids created throughout the building are unparalleled to anything else I have experienced.  Not afraid to be in your face, I really wonder what his design would be like without the restrictions of the museum, which are blatantly obvious in the exhibition space (its quite cheery, especially juxtaposing his windows and internal viewpoints).  Needless to say, his forms that are fully committed to sensory architecture are the most successful, and make the more obvious forms like the stairwell seem a little more contrived. Now, I am only saying this out of critique and it is physically impossible for an architecture student to ever say “I like it!” In reality, the space was a perfect marriage of realistic and removed. You felt the gravity of the situation without leaving suicidal. And for the masses that is a wonderful balance. For an architecture student who sees every building as a playground, its nowhere nearly enough. ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

So I got back a few days ago an have been rushing to finish up all of my assignments from the trip to turn it in and start class again! Because of this, I am a little worn out on writing, so we are going to play a fun little game. Its something that we like to call architect or homeless. (hint they are all both!)