Architecture Reading Material - A Kick Start


Experiencing Architecure by Steen Eiler Rasmussen

This book is wonderful for both freshmen architecture students and even seasoned designers.It offers a wholistic introduction to the elements of architecture and the modifiers of the experience of an architectural space such as colour, vision , scale and other basic variables of any architectural composition.

Even to the seasoned deisgner.One may find new insights as you read this concise and well written book again.You never know what new perspectives may spring up in the wisened mind.

Why Buildings Stand Up: The Strength of Architecture           Why Buildings Fall Down: How Structures Fail

Why buildings stand up & Why buildings fall down 
by Mario Salvadori

Two good books that offer a introduction in the complex yet ever neccesary facet of building known as structure.An architect must not only have an idea of aesthetics but must also design with some sense of rationality as to stave off likely  mortal combat between the engineer and you the designer.

This should be a preparation for design structures classes as it lays out the core principles of structure in an easy format with all the necessary diagrams and real life examples.

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

 A favourite of mine. 
101 things I learned in Architecture School by Mathew Frederick

This book all architecture students and architects should read . Basic rules and insights to make your life as a student easier & rules of thumb to make your design and illustrations more appealing.

All in a short and easy to understand format. Good read, Highly Recommended.

Analysing Architecture by Simon Unwin

One of the heavier reads in this section but if you know how to read selectively or better yet have time to read it all your mind will not leave empty handed.I assure you.The case studies are particularly helpful.

Architecture: Form, Space, and Order
DK . Ching

Everything really , all his works are entry level information for the aspiring arch student but if you said to me ' Pick one Alistair!' I'd say Form , Space and Order.

Dont forget to look at other books like A Pattern Language , Towards a New architecture by Le Corbusier. here are tons more but hey...this is just a kick start.

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The 4th of July - Not what you expect.

The 4th of July.
Rockets . Firecrackers [ clappers in Jamaica ] and all the fireworks you can think of in one day.
Pretty lights and Excitement?

Not for me or my family. American 'clappers' are a lot louder than the Jamaican ones and despite knowing that fireworks were going to be lit, Seeing the lights for half an hour and generally accepting that this would be going on all night...

Every time the fireworks went off it was hard not to jump.I especially disliked them geting lit behind me.
Senses pricked at each explosion .
Its a sad reality.How despite knowing one is in a safe environment reflex actions take precedent.This is the degree to which crime affects our citizens. I've never seen a gun in the hands of anyone other than law enforcers, I dont live in a unsafe area.I dont hear gunfire on a regular basis.Imagine a resident of the site of recent political unrest, Tivoli gardens. Or any other oppressed area for that matter?

I wonder what sounds, colours and smells that trigger negative feelings in people of other nationalities?


From Jamaica to Miami - Day 1 and beyond

Day 1 - Sketching in Public

I'm really impressed with what they have done with the Norman Manley International Airport in Jamaica.Its a heven of trusses, transparent panels and the controversial hinge joint. Now irregardless of if you hate hinge joints or not the NMIA has been redesigned and refurbished to a point that puts it in the realm of international standard airport and I've seen quite a few.Not only in design. The circulation is simple and well marked out.The seating is comfortable and spacious.

I only saw one thing wrong. Guess what. Guess.
A sign.One sign had some bad typography. Sorry its a bit of an obsession.

Now today I learnt that if you sketch in public , people will talk to you. Be prepared to answer questions and for people to ask you what your doing.

End of Day 1


Wallpaper - July



Video ||| Cracks in seabed - Oil flowing out unchecked

Yes. We could be heading toward a massive crumbling of the seabed releasing gallons upon gallons of Oil.

What to do.What to do....
and if the seabed crumbles what does this mean for Jamaica? Tourism,Our environment and Fishermen alike?


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