Sunday, May 1, 2011

Falling Water and Monticello Field Trip!

The exciting thing about beign a first year is field trip! For a first hand look at two wonderfully designed homes we traveled to Monticello designed by Thomas Jefferson and Falling Water designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  Out of the two i would have to say although I love the history tied to Thomas Jefferson's home, I was blown away by the design of Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water. 

Stairs off the front of the house leading to the waterfall? I think it would be a nice area to sit and dip your feet in the water and enjoy.

This is the canopy connected the main house with the visitor house.  It mimics the stairs below and was designed to look as if it were flowing and floating just like water.

This is the enterance to falling water which was made from rock just as the floor of the house and much of the house.  This enterance is less traditional than Monticello's enterance. It is also more geometric.

It is interesting how the house is designed to look as if it is 2 stories when it is actually 3

The view from Monticello. (Much different than the Falling Water view)

This is the enterance if Monticello.

Theory Response # 5

Quotes from A Whole New Mind  by Daniel Pink that I have found inspirational and enjoyed.

"Everything in your midst has been designed."

"Their learning to bring disparate things together to a solution. Thats what designers do." "We are producing people who can thing holistically." -Claire Gallagher

"Today it is economically crucial to create something that is also beautiful, whimsical, or emotionally engaging."

The most helpful and inspirational thing to me when it comes to design and architecture is first hand experience at seeing historic house, visiting designers and design factories, etc.  This is originally what sparked my love for design and architecture because since I was a kid I have traveled all over visiting design sites. 

I find design magazines such as Dwell to be insirational in gathering ideas. 

A History of Interior Design by John F. Piles is helpful in understanding the history of interior design and the future of interior design.

Architectual Sketching and Rendering: Techniques for Designers and Artists by Stephen A. Kliment is a good  reference in practicing skills for rendering and sketching.


For our final portfolio we were to design and make our own portolio that represented us as a designer.  For my idea I thought back to my blog header and the ideas I had around designing it. With this I came up the idea of creating a luggage case because as a designer I wish to explore and see all there is to see in the world of design and I wish to combine the old world of design and architecture with the future of design.  My luggage case is made of brown matte board 20'' x 26''.  For binding I used leather strips with gold paper fasteners and velcro.

Writer's Retreat Precedents and Parti

For my parti for our Writer's retreat project, I layed out a list which was held every room that I was to put in my space and what items I was going to place in that space. This helped me to draw out a bubble diagram and decided how big each room was to be.

Social Networking Project

For our second project in studio we were researching the impact that social medias/social networking had on the world and in design.  We got a little creative for this project and were to design a product that enhanced social networking.   For my design I proposed a social networking wrist bracelet.  The bracelet was to have a bar code on the face and can be scanned form cell phones, computers, etc. to access a personal profile.  On the profile it held ones facebook account, twitter account, business cards and resumes, documents for work, etc.  With the bracelet someone can access any information that a person wishes to been accessable. It is the way of the future!