Before the graduate school I had to complete five weeks Summer School in Constructed Environments. It was intense studies that did not give me time to think them though during program, but only after a week after completing and after fulfilling lack of sleep I have realized how much I have learned and how useful and diverse was this experience.
All students were divided in groups and I was lucky to have William Prince from PARK office as an instructor and Patrick Corrigan as TA. My schedule had Studio, Representation class and Field trips. In representation class we learned how to present our work, starting from hand drawings and ending with using such software as Abobe Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, AutoCAD and Rhino. On Field trip days we went to various places that included Lincoln Center, MOMA PS1 where we saw the current Warm Up installation and met the architect from INTERBORO – firm that designed it and office of which we visited the next class; Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, Cooper Union new building, Prada store by Rem Koolhaas and more. In studio we had two projects: first one was a warming up exercise and the second one was an architectural project on a real site in the city.
Theme of the first project was “Materials and Multiplicity”. The task was to find an inexpensive everyday material and by distorting it create models that would be 10’x10’x10’ filled with it cubes. The idea was to try to lose material’s mundane aspect and qualities and to made units that can be then multiplied, combined and put together in order to generate new substance. After that documentation and presentation had to be done.