Like every architecture school, there really is no such thing as a “syllabus” week. Instead we usually a “let me overload you until you cry so you are broken down into not having a life again” week. Well this would accurately describe the start of my semester, especially with our new project which will only be for 2 weeks. Yikes.
The project is a pedestrian bridge that will span the canal in Pantin (a suburb that borders the inner lines of Paris) and connecting what will hypothetically be turned into a park and public center. In reality the city is in the very early stages of figuring out what to do with this space, so it is very interesting to actually have a project space that could be considered real (something that does not happen much in architectural education). However, right now it is scary, to say the least. It is a very industrialized part of the canal less than a mile away from the famous Park la Villette. walking up to it was quite a transition from, “oh nice office park” to feeling like I needed the buddy system. It is amazing how much the central part of Paris is idealized, and how greatly it contrasts the other sections that surround it. For being known as a homogenous city, each quarter really does have its own personality.
Enough rambling, check out the site of my awesome new Project. She’s a beaut.