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(Another) Computer Problem, A Flood of Japanese Instagram

(Another) Computer Problem, A Flood of Japanese Instagram

You may be wondering why, after I went to the trouble of making a post about being in Japan and taking tons of photographs, I didn’t post anything. Well, about a week or two into the program, my computer died. Why I always have major computer issues while I’m abroad is beyond me. My poor […]


Six Weeks in Kyoto!

Six Weeks in Kyoto!

The website lives! I have a reason, and, hopefully, time to post regularly this summer. I am currently in Kyoto, Japan, on a six-week study abroad program in landscape architecture. We are living in a 350-year-old temple in a much larger temple complex. Other than emphasizing becoming better designers, we will be learning how to […]


Re-Envisioning South Willamette

Re-Envisioning South Willamette

In the Spring Term, my studio was about redesigning (or re-envisioning, if you will) South Willamette Street here in Eugene. The city is already involved in this process as they gear up for their next 30-year plan (an Oregon state requirement) and a possible expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary. South Willamette Street, despite having […]


Instagram

Instagram

Not every photo I take is on a fancy camera. No matter how much I want to,  I can’t carry my Nikon SLR around with me all the time to take photos of anything that catches my eye. Usually, however, I do have my ipod on me. Sometime in late winter I discovered a really […]


Whiteaker Block Party (Part 3): Fire Dancers

Whiteaker Block Party (Part 3): Fire Dancers

(You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here.) At the end of the day, just as we were getting ready to leave, we took one more walk along 3rd Avenue and came across a large crowd in the Wine Garden ooohing and aaahing at some kind of flashing lights in front of a […]


The Best Model Shot

The Best Model Shot

It’s Spring Break! Thank God! I’ve been working to update my portfolio so I can start the hunt for a summer job. So I’ve been going through a bunch of photos of models I took over the last two terms, thinking about including them. This is, by far, my favorite: a close-up of the laser […]


Assignment 5 – Final Facade / Perspective Rendering

Assignment 5 - Final Facade / Perspective Rendering

Spring Term is finally OVER! This was the term that just would not end – or, if you prefer, the term that just kept on giving. I have two weeks of vacation over which, of course, I will be working, picking up the shattered pieces of my life. Anyhow, above you will find a scanned […]


Facades

Facades

For your viewing pleasure, two facade studies from my current studio project. Not sure what the final thing will actually look like – probably something in between these two. These are hand-drawn, not digital, just so you know. Click through to embiggen if the mood strikes.


Assignment 4 – Plan & Section

Assignment 4 - Plan & Section

Here’s a (hastily digitized) plan of the Third Floor of this term’s studio project as of the last midterm. A section is below the fold. To see them in their full 1/8″ scale glory, click on either image. Be forewarned: they’re big.


Assignment 3 – Diagrams

Assignment 3 - Diagrams

I wish I had something interesting to say about diagrams. But I don’t. Not really. They’re one of many ways to organize thoughts and are damn important to any architectural presentation. After all, no one reads the words accompanying the images. Well, at least no one in architecture does. Have you ever read an architecture […]


Assignment 2 – SketchUp Site Model

Assignment 2 – SketchUp Site Model

Assignment 2 for Digital Media is to create a site model in SketchUp. This site, at NW 8th Ave. and Couch St. in Portland, is where we will be designing our studio project.


ARCH 610: Digital Media

ARCH 610: Digital Media

I’m going to start doing something a little differently here, at least until March. Right now I’m taking a class called Intro to Digital Media. As part of the class, we need to create a web journal to post our assignments. I figure, why create an entirely new site when I’ve got a perfectly good […]


More Martos

More Martos

I really just wanted to post something about where I am and what I’m doing these days, which will hopefully explain the randomness of updates. But how could I leave you without photos? Since I’m feeling a little nostalgic, I’ve decided to include a few parting shots of Martos as well. I left Spain in […]


Baeza & Ubeda

Baeza & Ubeda

Here are a few photos from a day trip we took to Baeza and Ubeda, two UNESCO World Heritage Site towns in Jaen province. These photos, I’m afraid, don’t nearly do justice to the place. Still, I think you’ll enjoy looking.


In the News!

In the News!

There haven’t been a lot of updates here, because I have been both incredibly busy (deciding where to study for the next three years, preparing a presentation for the kids on Canada, etc.) and incredibly lazy. Yes, it is possible to be both. But there was one thing that I wanted to share: I was […]


Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Just got back from a week-long road trip across the north of Spain with Dietrich, from Barcelona to Santiago de Compostela. Good times! We got back to Martos just in time to see the Easter procession. Plenty more photos where that came from… on my computer desktop. (Gimme a break, I’m relaxing today!) This song […]


Halloween v. Día de Los Santos

Halloween v. Día de Los Santos

On 1 November, Spain celebrates Día de Todos los Santos, or as we know it in English, All Saints’ Day. This is the day after Halloween (which, as you already know, I’m sure, comes from All Hallows’ Eve). Here it is one of several holy days that is celebrated throughout the country as a national […]


Feria San Lucas, Jaén

Feria San Lucas, Jaén

This is a HUGE festival here… It runs for a little over a week, all day and all night. Buses from all over the province stop at the fairground itself, which is just acres and acres of games, rides, food, and dance clubs. We went out on Saturday, saw the parade and then went out […]


The Arboretum

The Arboretum

Early last week I took an expedition to the Arboretum – that is, The  Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens – to get the dose of nature I’m not otherwise able to get thanks to the not-yet-quite-contained Station Fire. Although you would expect this to be located somewhere downton, it’s not. It’s in Arcadia […]


Looking Through Me

Looking Through Me