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Learning Something New

Stemming from my time in school, I have found the best way to remember a place is to draw it. Most of my memories from the year I studied in Rome, Italy were of humble or monumental spaces where I sat drinking a cappuccino and drawing my surroundings. But now that I am not a student, I have to visit places on a more strict schedule. Though I almost always have a pencil and sketchbook in my bag, it is much quicker to capture buildings, landscapes, and sights with a camera. But as convenient and advanced as a camera phones have become, they still often are limiting in how a scene is captured. I have a semi-decent digital camera that accompanied me through my year abroad, but I had found myself wanting to take a step back and learn the basics. So I went on ebay and spent $40 to buy an Olympus OM-10 35mm camera. This camera is one of the first and most popular aperture- priority camera (meaning in a standard mode you adjust the lens for the amont of light you want to be exposed to the film and the camera controls the shutter speed and length of exposure) introduced about 35 years ago. By taking film back to analogue, it becomes fairly evident how important it is to learn what every knob on the camera and lens do in order to successfully capture a subject. The first two rolls I took, I wrote down the aperture setting, focus range, and weather/sun conditions to cross reference back to the developed photos. By doing this, I did not become an expert photographer by any strentch of the imagination, but it quickly built a foundation of knowledge and taught my brain the thought process for using the camera.b2ap3_thumbnail_unnamed.jpg

 

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As an architecture student in college, I noticed one of the major difference from kids in other majors revolved around text books. As my roommate was cycling through a new physics textbook what seemed like every month, I was using the same architectural theory book required for my first day as a freshmen. I realized that the books I was required to get retained their value throughout my schooling and now into the professional world. Even now I have a shelf full of a variety of books that I use regularly for reference, education, and inspiration. In this post, I’ll point of the types of books I have at my desk while highlighting a few of my favorites. Most if not all of them can be found available at your local bookstore or online new or used through online site like amazon.

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Drawing By Hand in a Digital World

With the constant and inevitable integration of computers and technology in our lives, we are always looking for ways to streamline and accelerate tasks. Wall calendars and memo pads have been replaced by desktop widgets, apps, add-ons, and plug-ins. The creative and design community has not gone unaffected by this change.

For better or worse, computers and digital media have changed architectural and design firms in countless ways. The advent of computer-aided drafting and products like Autocad and Revit have completely changed the way construction documents are created and shared. Similar to how modern word processing has moved the journalism world away from the days of the printing press, computers have allowed document production in architecture to a new level. For the most part, revising projects electronically is much quicker and safer than having to erase portions of drawings for redrafting by hand.

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