The basis of the project is intersections: a point of interaction. The intersection of McKinley Ave. and Neely Ave. is the site for a proposed pedestrian bridge. The purpose of the bridge is to place emphasis on the North side of campus through an added attraction. It is not only used as a means of crossing the intersection, but also to engage the underutilized green spaces on campus.
The basis of my project is intersection. An intersection is a point of interaction, whether it is for vehicles, or the people of the site. The intersection point of McKinley and Neely is the site for the project. A proposed walkway and pedestrian bridge is being designed for the interaction of the people that will compliment the Village, on University Avenue, and tie the north side of campus to the datum line that McKinley creates.
After being introduced to a list of opposing architecture terms, two terms seemed to more prominent than the others to me. Less Hype, More Substance. Hype is often created at the beginning of a project and builds upon itself throughout the process of the work. It is a clever marketing strategy to gain interest of the community. Hype is often first started in architecture when the client decides that they are wanting to partake in a new building, especially if it is a wealthy client. The most hype is often created when the architect has been chosen. If a well known architect is chosen for the project, many people will be intrigued to follow the construction and visit the project once finished. With much hype come much expectations, therefore, there is a greater chance that the building could not live up to the hype that has been created. With this, more substance is needed. Because of all of the hype that has been created, the project must follow through. Buildings are more than just the architect’s name, so they must be captivating within themselves. Buildings should be eye-catching while still satisfying the original requests of the client. Thus, Less Hype, More Substance.
What is an architect in today’s society?
An artist using built forms as a medium to influence a city.
What is the definition of innovative architect?
An innovative architect is one that is able to satisfy the wants and needs presented by the client, along with implementing their own style into each project. They are able to compliment the immediate surrounding context while still keeping the project unique and interesting at the same time.
How should one practice architecture?
A person should practice architecture with dedication. Everyone should be dedicated to their work, otherwise the competition of the field and the drive of the person would decrease and the overall profession would suffer. Architecture is forever expanding, therefore dedication is needed to reach higher expectations.
What are the architect’s responsibilities?
An architect is responsible for designing a piece that will satisfy their clients, first and foremost. They are responsible for creating a building that does well to mesh with the surrounding context, without sticking out like a sore thumb. They are also responsible for the site response and climate control by implementing necessary technology that will benefit the building and possibly the adjacent ones. Sustainable and green technology are often used to fit this need.
What/Where is architectures laboratory?
There are no walls that define an architects library. The mind is the laboratory. The imagination of the architect is the greatest tool that they have. Some of the most extreme, creative ideas have been the basis of the most recognized buildings today. Architecture is so limitless that anything is possible.
How can architecture be taught today?
The most influential way to learn about architecture would be hands-on, rather than through a book. It is a completely different experience to see a picture of a building in a book and to see that building right in front of you. What you learn in a book is hard to relate to, without first having a real life example to relate it to. By receiving information directly, it is easier to apply it to future projects. Books should more or less be used as a reference tool to what you have already been shown, or to express the details of something that was learned. Professors are also a great tool, with their experiences and knowledge of issues that they have had.
July 28, 1951 – Present
Attempts design the impossible
Ph.D’s in structural engineering and technical science
Chose architecture after seeing a building by modernist Ludwig van der Rohe. Calatrava is fascinated by construction of large, load-bearing buildings, and bridges.
His works have been said to be animal in a way. Many have foldable parts; all rely on the eye of the artist and calculation of an engineer.
“Movement gives an added dimension to form. It makes form a living thing. Instead of thinking of a building as something mineral, like a rock, we can start to compare a building to the sea, which has waves that move, or to a flower whose petals open in the morning. This is a new, more poetic understanding of architecture.”
Calatrava has noted that his works have been influenced by those of other great architects including Antonio Gaudi and Eero Saarinen.
“The professions of architecture and engineering are linked together by the art of construction. The goal of putting a bridging landscape, or putting a cathedral in the middle of a city is the same thing.”
Six Words to Explain Myself
I am excited for the future.
The unlimited possibilities within Architecture is what fuels my interest. There is no cap that one can reach, in which they are unable to better themselves. Architecture is forever teaching, and forever excelling.
Architecture is always influencing the people that surround it. My goal is to successfully impact society, and bring creativity and enjoyment into the city realm.