Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
It's a Sad day for us all.
Yep, Good old "Drinkin Ed Bacon" has passed on.
Now, him and Lou Kahn can have a smack down in the next life. hahaha.
enough of christmas
I work in this little outdoor shopping mall type space. The kind that the tourists love. And about 5 minutes ago they started playing christmas music. What the hell...it is torture. Not only is it way way too early, but it is the chipmunks and I get to listen to them piped through the loud outdoor speakers for at least another month.
So this is what I have to say about christmas....
Sunday, November 20, 2005
new years inventory
Thursday, November 17, 2005
here is a pic from the trash rag new york daily news showcasing the GIANT COBRA MADE OUT OUT TUNA FISH CANS that i designed and helped build for the office for the philanthropical joke know as 'canstruction'. yes it is badass. so unless one of you has been withholding other news items, i think this means i'm the first to be published...
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Hey all! Just sitting here wondering what the $*%! have I gotten myself into ... it snowed on me walking to work this morning. For those of you unfamiliar with the term "snow", like me, they are little white flurries that fall from the sky, and do so quite often apparently when you live in cities like Chicago. So Jessica you know what you can do with your 85 degrees ...
I will be in Tucson December 22nd through the 28th for those of you in town, then it's off to San Fran/Monterey to visit the Northern Cali crew for New Year's!
Hope all is well around the country and hope to see some of you over the break!
Monday, November 14, 2005
kinda funny joke...not many out there about our kind
An architect dies and reports to the pearly gates. St. Peter checks his list
and says, "Ah, you're an architect. You're in the wrong place, fella." So
the architect disappointedly reports to the gates of Hell, wondering what he
did to deserve this.
Pretty soon, having accepted his fate, the architect gets dissatisfied with
the level of comfort in Hell, and starts designing and building
improvements. After a while, they've got air conditioning, flush toilets,
escalators, etc., and the architect is a pretty popular guy.
One day, God calls Satan up on his telepathic connection and asks, "So
how's it going down there in Hell?"
Satan replies, "Hey, things are going great. We've got air conditioning,
flush toilets and escalators, and there's no telling what this architect is
going to come up with next. We're having a wonderful time.
God replies: "What?!!! You've got an architect? That's a mistake -- he
should never have gotten down there. Send him up here."
Satan says, "No way! I like having an architect on the staff, and I'm
God says, "Send him back up here or I'll sue."
Satan laughs uproariously and answers, "Yeah, right! And just where are YOU
going to get a lawyer.
and joke twodirectly from my boss:
With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person, which almost went unnoticed last week.
Larry LaPrise, the man who wrote "The Hokey Pokey," died peacefully at age 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin.
They put his left leg in. And then the trouble started.
Shut up. You know this is funny.
HELLO FROM SAN FRANCISCO!
alright, so im bored at home sick with the flu and i decided to share some cool pics with you all...enjoy!
so, you all know by now that weve moved into our new place. we like to do fun stuff on the weekends especially drviving over and taking cool tourist-like pics from across the bridge...
here's a photo of the front of our flat on green street...yes...green street...one looking down at our shared patio...and another looking out our back window...
and of course we know how to have a happy halloween...
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
hide can you explain what we are seeing here?
remember people, the internet is not for talking about work and architecture, it was made for this...
Monday, November 07, 2005
im the Dude..
This was in the Seattle Times this morning, in case this Hippie city forgot there was riots in Paris and Tornado's killing mobile home parks, Juan need some building materials? Also last night I was watching the news and they announced by some Pole they took that women voted for the sexiest profession and Doctor and Firefighter were knocked off this year by guess who, ARCHITECTS!!! They said that the women saw us as very inteligent and somewhat mysterious. I have yet to locate the survey for any proof, but we all know who sits on top with the ladies.
Sunday, November 06, 2005
so i hear that UA football blew out previously undefeated no.7 UCLA saturday. i also hear that the fans rushed the field and unsuccessfully tried to pull the goalposts down, which i find pretty humorous. in other UA sports news, richard jefferson is putting up 27 a game in jersey, gilbert is 3-0 with the wizards. salim, putting up back to back 15 point games off the bench for the hawks - and channing with 12 for the 0-3 knicks today. do you think they will show pac10 games on the east coast? fat chance. insert unoriginal "east coast suckers" comment here, you west coast bastards.
last friday ryan and i caught the knicks final preseason game against jefferson and the nets. not surprisingly, it all started at chipotle with pre-game burritos (pssh - the amateurs forgot the fajita in mine). there is apparently not yet a 'chovies in the madison square garden vicinity, thus leaving us to settle for tgi fridays happy hour and weak featherweight beer that was definitely not nimbus. fortunately though, there are plenty of local alternative brews to nimbus; what is unfortunate is that sonoran hot dogs don't apprear to caught on in new york as of yet. anyone considering a career change might think of setting up a guero canelo or bk dog cart in manhattan.
simply enough though, life is good. i am comfortable knowing that i will be in the city for at least a couple more years and have subscribed to the thought that if can't find anything to do here then you suck - not the city. maybe the same is true anywhere though.
my folks are back to the states and living in colorado. i will be there for a few days over the holidays, and am considering swinging tucson too. role call again... who's around tucson for the holidays?
Friday, November 04, 2005
Architects seperated at birth
I thought you guys might enjoy this...
Jean Nouvel and Dr. Evil
Daniel Libeskind and that guy from There's Something About Mary
Frank Gehry and Gonzo the Great
Sanford Kwinter (right, with Rem) and Sideshow Bob
Rem Koolhaas and Daniel Emilfork (from City of Lost Children)
Thom Mayne and Bill Murray
Zaha Hadid and Ursula from The Little Mermaid
Stanley Tigerman and an Ewok
Carol Ross-Barney trying really hard to look like Isabella Rossellini
. my name is supposedly:
Wes, Wesman, Buddy, Partner……”you can do that for me, right?...partner?”, Daddy, and sometimes “Ya big Dummy”
. i am living in or near:
Good old Tucson!!......yes I am one of the people that stayed.
. the nearest chipotle is:
50 steps away……You can see it from the front door of our office. Needless to say, I have begun requesting “custom burros”. Like “Alright, all I want is a tortilla, and about three scoops of meat……no rice, no beans, just that addictive meat with the special ingredient that makes you crave for it nightly…ya smartass……ok, maybe a little salsa”
. i am employed by (or at least "hanging out" at):
D. Alan Roberts Architects. Our office is on the second story of Campbell Village at Campbell and Ft. Lowell area. This is the place I worked while in school……I started working there in 3rd year and it was just Alan and me. Now there are eight of us and I have some seniority. I did look at and entertain many other offers both in and out of state (Cali, Denver, Utah, etc.) but I got the best offer here, and I like the type of work we do. (By the way, our firm does mainly big custom homes in the “rich people” communities around Tucson. We also have started getting into some mixed use projects trying to help out the thriving down town of Tucson. ahahaha)
. my employer/hangout website or other publication can be found at:
dararchitects.com (note to all politically correct critics: My employer is a little liberal with the titles he gives people [i.e. -the careless use of the title “architect”…I know I am not technically one yet… but, there it is?!?)
. my employer/hangout has me working on:
Anything and everything, it’s cool cause I get to work on everything that comes through the office (the joys of a small firm) and at every stage, design, clients, consultants, CDs, and CA. I just finished and submitted the drawings for one of our “Street of Dreams” homes we are doing for a national home tour. I had a lot of design influence on this home and can’t wait for construction to begin. Also, three of us had a sweet team design pow-wow on the mixed use project we are doing, (yes, sketchup was used and brought into viz) and I did a huge design board that made the realtors drool on themselves (realtors…pffft……hate ‘em).
. on a scale of one to ten - ten being highest - my excitement about my employer/hangout would best be represented by the number:
Humm…that is a tough one. It fluxuates. Some days it’s 10…some days it’s 2. hahaha. Mostly I like it there, like the work, and my boss Alan has become one of my good friends, but I do know that I want to run my own show one day, and in a year or so I will hopefully have my license and be in a better position to do so. But for now, it is a great place for me to be.
. in arguing that my employer/hangout is better than yours, i would emphasize - even exaggerate - about my employer/hangout that:
Well, we had one beer Friday and I got way outta hand and started waving an x-acto blade around, throwing peanut M&M’s off the balcony, and cursing like a sailor at everyone……so they stopped having those. They told me it was non-alcoholic beer…but I was sick all night?!?...just kidding. Probably the best part of this Jig is having my own “private” office…with a door. Yes, it is nice…believe me; I have paid my dues with desk space. This is the 4th firm I have worked for and I have had my share of “creative workspace”, being stuck in the library, the kitchen, the storage room, and the like. So to have my own office (second biggest in the office I might add) is pretty nice. I can talk on the phone without the entire studio hanging on every word.
. also - in the interest of my argument - i would forget to mention to you or downplay the fact that:
We are forced to wear ties…everyday but Friday…except for some reason I usually have a meeting on Friday so I have to wear one then too. I guess it makes us look more professional and stuff but I don’t know……I feel like a banker or something. Hahaha. Not to mention the fact that Marty and Pete make fun of me when we get together for the occasional lunch…”yeah, check out the tie man (in the patented Marty voice)”.
Also, I am still here in Tucson…so hearing your stories of NYC, SF, and the Windy City, I do feel a little envy. I think that is awesome that you guys are taking it all by the horns and going for it…Keep it up, and live it up while you can…you’ll have plenty of time to “settle down” later.
. i will be interesting by exceeding the minimum solicited information and adding that:
When the new semester started a couple months ago I asked some of the people that stuck around if they felt weird cause we weren’t going back, and if they missed it. I think we all had the same answer…”we don’t miss the work, the long hours, and the late nights, but we miss the people”. It was a great time and I am glad that we are still keeping up on each others lives and times.
JOHN MOREFIELD + 206.320.8700
S H E DBUILDINGSOBJECTSIDEAS
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
hi everyone...i miss you guys...
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
what a mustach juan! woo-boy!
So, today I think I may have made a major boo-boo at work. who knew that surveyors and structural engineers set up their drawings all wackie and when you get the drawing files that you need to scale it and flatten it and set the orientation point before you start designing based on that drawing. This prevents you from doing stupid things like...oh designing a house for a site that is twice the size it actually is. Shitshitshitshitshit.......
So I did what any normal hard working want to get ahead in the company person would do upon discovering this mistake....I went home and had some wine. Should be fine. (hint of sarcasms in that robert sort of way...)
So what I would really love right now is to sit in the corner with robert and fake cry for about 20 minutes.
Or go smoke a pack of cigaretees with laura and bitch about how we should have been taught this.
Or shake juan at the shoulders and say "Juuuuuaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnnn".
Or go up to meeks shyly and ask if he knew this already, cause we all know that he did.
But ok, so robert is somewhere on the stupid east coast and I don't smoke anymore and juan, well his mustach would just make me laugh and that still wouldn't help and meeks, yeah he knew that but he's too far away to help me figure out how to fix it.
Looks like meeks is expanding his web intrests....
. my name is supposedly: formerly, meeks. now, just ryan
. i am living in or near: new york city
. the nearest chipotle is 5.9 miles away, (but only 2 blocks from work)
. i am employed by (or at least "hanging out" at): polshek partnership
. my employer/hangout website or other publication can be found at: polshek.com
. my employer/hangout has me working on: the new family intake center. in the bronx near yankee stadium, as the name implies a place where homeless families can come and be processed to receive housing. Somewhat of a dmv meets office building, meets social workers, meets armed guards. low profile for the office but high profile for the department of homeless services, and the nyc's new Design Excellence program or "City Architecture that Dosen't Suck." I'm in a small group with just two other guys i work with every day, and a few managers. all good people, and layed back for a bunch of ivy leaguers. i am not only the youngest in the office, but one of the few public schoolers, and undergrad educated. the project was just getting started when i arrived, so i am fortunate enough to be on this one from the beginning.
. on a scale of one to ten - ten being highest - my excitement about my employer/hangout would best be represented by the number: 9, everything is awesome, but do i really need a design partner, a managing partner, and a project manager on such a small project, not to mention the core 3( 2 architects and myself)?
. in arguing that my employer/hangout is better than yours, i would emphasize - even exaggerate - about my employer/hangout that: my boss was once invited to have lunch with the president of the united states, and turned him down... i'm not saying i agree with his politics, only that my boss' cajones are bigger than your boss' cajones. (yes CLINTON library is good (insert your own cigar joke here), but people in this office take being liberal to a whole new realm; they think the new york times is conservative, they loath themselves for being white males, they complain about not being able to complain about bloomberg, ect.)
. also - in the interest of my argument - i would forget to mention to you or downplay the fact that: i am involved in canstruction... a horrible pun for an event, that while noble, takes itself WAY to seriously. basically it's like chupacabras except; the firm pays for it (good), it reeks of corporate pride (bad, if i hear one more person say our sculpture represents the firm i'm going to vomit), most of these things look like ass (bad), the food bank gets a lot of food (unless you use sardines like "the firm" did last year, so cruel...) so we are making a cobra, going to be bad-ass. but these people are starting to piss me off, first they don't believe a six foot snake can be made out of cans (not to be arrogant, but they haven't seen my extracurricular resume), and second, given most entries are pathetic play-on-words, (green eggs and CAN, the CANes film festival, ect.) everyone is all concerned the snake is "negative" or "scary" or "not a good reflection on the firm," and this is mostly from grown men, which really makes me want to slap the crap of some people. God forbid someone's sensitivities are hurt, politics may border on socialism out here but everything else is damn conservative. as i try to remind people "it's just f%&$* cans!"
. i will be interesting by exceeding the minimum solicited information and adding that: these old guys drink me under the table. who can work all day, hit happy hour, skip dinner, move on to conference room 6 (a.k.a. tavern on jane) for endless pints, long after the new guy skips out while he can still find his way home?
ryan meeks 212.807.7171
PPABUILDINGS. OBJECTS. NUTZ IN YOUR FACE.
Shannon Gillman Orr
. my name is supposedly: Shannon Gillman Orr or when said to quickly on the phone "Sha-nor"
. i am living in or near: Nashua, NH a meare 45min from Boston MA and 15 seconds from the MA Border.
. the nearest chipotle is _more than 150_ miles away! - The last one I ate at was in NYC
. i am employed by (or at least "hanging out" at): TDI Architects or Team Design Architects, Inc.
. my employer/hangout website or other publication can be found at: www.teamdesign.net
. my employer/hangout has me working on: site mappings, sketchup renderings, and other tech stuff no one seems to be able to do - ie. plot a pdf!?
. on a scale of one to ten - ten being highest - my excitement about my employer/hangout would best be represented by the number: 8 its a pretty cool place, only downside is the 25min commute.
. in arguing that my employer/hangout is better than yours, i would emphasize - even exaggerate - about my employer/hangout that: Fridays are pretty much no work days. We BBQ in the back lot and chat from 1-5 and someone makes a beer and ginger-ale run (for me the mormon)
. also - in the interest of my argument - i would forget to mention to you or downplay the fact that: My boss about kills me when we go out of the office and he drives. Drawing, cell-phone use, and overall dstraction nearly take us off roading everytime.
. i will be interesting by exceeding the minimum solicited information and adding that: I am not an intern, but rather a fully employed individual who not only recieves benefits but also is allowed to make exectutive decisions. And I am one of 2 people who have not lived, bred, and existed in the North East.
. my name is supposedly: Erik "I don't really have a nickname, but sometimes people use my last name or just the letter - E" Petersen
. i am living in or near: I'm currently caged in Tucson
. the nearest chipotle is __1/4____ miles away from my house - The one on University - you all know which one I'm talking about
. the nearest chipotle is __2____ miles away from my work - I've converted the masses at work from La Salsa burritos to the mucho-grande chip-o-top-a-le burrito
. i am employed by (or at least "hanging out" at): ELA architects (I know the pain of riding the bus a well, my ride is only 45 minutes one way though)
. my employer/hangout website or other publication can be found at: www.elaarchitects.com
. my employer/hangout has me working on: Since I'm the only intern, I'm doing everything. Currently doing some renderings for a Hangar, C.A. work on Oro Valley Country Club, some shit for the Fox Theatre, a couple of local TIs, and about 10 other things. I do enjoy hole-punching stuff and we still have an old blue-print copier which I use sometimes for grins and to get a good buzz of the amonia
. on a scale of one to ten - ten being highest - my excitement about my employer/hangout would best be represented by the number: 0 - I just put his because everyone will be ranking their experiences really high. I enjoy where I work and have been given new challenges readily so it keeps me interested. I would like some more field work though.
. in arguing that my employer/hangout is better than yours, i would emphasize - even exaggerate - about my employer/hangout that: just the freedom I have, be it the time and hours I work, the lack of a dress code (unless there is an interview), the range of jobs, I even bring in my hookah on the weekends. Currently I'm wearing the 'architecture sucks" t-shirt and my boss ordered one for himself - it's become an instant classic
. also - in the interest of my argument - i would forget to mention to you or downplay the fact that: there are almost no windows in the office, and no real outside space to enjoy.
. i will be interesting by exceeding the minimum solicited information and adding that: the new nickel really looks like some kind of canadian coin - that kinda tweaks me - thus ends this contribution to the blog