Well, it finally got cold here in Boston; the strangely temperate weather we've had for most of the fall and early part of winter was replaced by frigid winds blowing the temperature down to a mere 10 degrees at night, and a deceptively chilly 26 during the day. Thankfully, I'm settling back into a studio space at school, so all my work is centralized. I no longer need to worry about shuttling back and forth between school and home to find a book or drawing or whatever; it's all at my desk again. What a relief.
I think this is my first entry for the new year, so a very belated Happy New Years to everyone who read the tetslog! This year began busily and hectically with many trip to the west coast within a short one month span, but things are getting back to normal as the school semester begins. Classes officially started last Wednesday, but seeing as I'm not taking any classes this spring, I'm not technically obligated to be anywhere at any given time. Thesis is th`e only class I'm taking this spring; my last and final semester here at the GSD. It's kind of scary to think about, so I won't dwell on it too much, but this is it; after this semester I no longer have classes and I'll have to start paying my loans back. . . yikes.
This past week has been spent finishing, printing and binding my thesis prep. document; a large and unwieldy 110 page dissertation on what I will attempt to focus on for this next semester in designing a concert hall for Walla Walla. In a nutshell, the document focuses on the various architectural notions of music and architecture, the importance of understanding acoustics and the difficulty in placing large architectural works in small, rural communities such as Walla Walla. It also discusses my research into concert hall typologies as well as my investigation into potential site location. Check it out if you desire, but it's a big pdf file, so it may take a while to download.
I don't know how to start the design quite yet, so I will continue to refine the programming of the building, which I believe is an essential aspect of developing a framework for a successful building of this magnitude and scale in setting such as Walla Walla. The need for a variety of appropriate uses beyond just the concert hall will determine the success and viability of the overall proposal.
I shall also stay busy with working for a professor in the History of Art and Architecture department here at Harvard, who is teaching a course on Japanese Architecture. Once again, I will be leading, hopefully, two discussion sections for this undergraduate course. I'm excited to have this opportunity again not just for the added pay check, but also because I think I'll further my understanding and knowledge of Japanese architecture in general. After this semester, I will have studied under the expertise of four separate professors teaching about Japanese architecture and urbanism here at the GSD and Harvard which is certainly something I never imagined happening when I left the University of Idaho.