Fun Post: Minecraft.

Since we had a little fun talking about Minecraft I thought I'd post a little Minecraft based architecture.

Projects can also get very dedicated in Minecraft as well...

And the game site:

Centering text in InDesign

When you are clicked inside your text box, go to the drop down menu called Paragraph (you can access this from Window > Type and Tables > Paragraph) and select center align.   You will also find this icon in the top toolbar when you are clicked into the text box.  When in doubt, you can always google your question or use the InDesign help!

Is there a reason why an image might look great in Photoshop, but once put in InDesign at the same size, it looks pixelated? 

Studica Deals for Design software.

Since it was asked before here's the site for the design software deals.

Concept Statements - Rewritten

Areas of intersection and overlap identified in both the selected artworks and observed at the site are the organizing framework for the proposal. Moments of penetration between otherwise separated spaces create a unified connected experience. 

Through the blurring of perceived boundaries, the visitor’s experience extends beyond the limits of each individual artwork and the proposed architecture. This encourages a reinterpretation of the pieces, their relationship to one another, and their situation within the surrounding urban context

By inserting moments of pause within areas of activity and motion, this proposal creates tiered spaces of obscurity revealed only through exploration and experience. View and anticipation at once disorient and ground the visitor within the structure, and subsequently, the site.

This proposal is framed as a series of contrasts, namely:
These opposing conditions encourage movement and awareness of both the natural features on the site, as well as the artworks themselves.

Using lines to connect existing site markers, volumes are inscribed that describe a dichotomy of density and dispersion. Manipulations of scale, in addition to the expansive arrangement of the artworks throughout the landscape, create spaces for meandering, discovery, and a shifting understanding one’s own position relative to the surrounding environment. 

Presentation Tips - Things to Remember


- keep your presentations between 5-7 minutes
- plan out your presentation both visually and verbally in advance of the review. then do it again. and again...
- provide a verbal outline of your presentation to your reviewers (e.g. first I will give you some background on the project, then I will go through my design process, finally I will …)
- be succinct, yet clear and comprehensive
- face your entire audience, make eye contact with each person from time to time, make sure they are well positioned and that you do not block your work with your body. you should always be facing outward from your work.
- think about how will you walk people through the design and the design decisions that led to the final proposal
- write and rewrite your concept statement regularly
- include site photos if you are working with a physical site
- make clear from the beginning what the current state of the design is. point to it if necessary.
- be aware if the audience is following your pace of presentation
- be honest


- jump around too much from drawing to model to drawing during the presentation. know which drawing you will use to describe the various aspects of your proposal
- be self-deprecating -- this makes reviewers uncomfortable
- say things that you don’t believe
- cite your studio instructor. it is your project. you own it.
- say “I was playing with…”
- say “I didn’t want to do ____” or “I wanted this to do ____”
- say “I was playing around with…”

- say “I kinda liked how…
- say “I thought it was fun to play with...”

Chichu Art Museum - Tadao Ando

Here are some links with information about the museum that Sky mentioned in the review last Monday.  It only houses 5 galleries with works by 3 artists!

This is the website for the museum:

Some images below:

Rothko Chapel

Definitely check this out if you haven't and read the "About" and "History" sections as well!  I think it ties in a lot with what we've been working on.

...also interestingly, the famous 20th century composer Morton Feldman composed a piece entitled Rothko Chapel (1971) which was inspired by and composed to be performed in the chapel.