February 23, 2009

9. Oscar Favs, Why Not?

Rather than doing anything at all productive for my Collaborative Exercise last night, I watched the Oscars (in formal attire in my floor lounge, of course). Aside from being extremely pleased with most of the outcomes (Sean Penn for best actor anyone?) I was in awe for most of the fashion strutting down the red carpet. Here are some of my favourites of the night:

Halle Berry in Marchesa, with H.Stern jewels.
Nicole Kidman in L'Wren Scott.
Tilda Swinton in Lanvin, with Fred Leighton jewels and a Roger Vivier clutch.
Frieda Pinto in John Galliano, with a Leiber clutch.
Natalie Portman in Rodarte, with Kwiat jewels.
Evan Rachel Wood in Elie Saab Haute Couture, with Neil Lane jewels.
And my boyfriend aka Emile Hirsch in Giorgio Armani. (I had to.)



February 21, 2009

8. Excited/Terrified

I have 2 more sleeps until the most stressful/terrifying/sleepless/exciting week of my life so far. One of my 6 courses this semester is graded on a pass/fail basis, it is 1 week long, and all of my other classes are canceled. We are asked to design a monument to the Air India Flight 182 bombing in 1985. You probably don't know much about the bombings, if anything at all (I definitely didn't), so here is a little background of the tragedy. You should read it, really.

"June 22, 1985. Airline agent Jeanne Bakermans checks in two pieces of luggage at Vancouver International Airport that will change the course of history.

Hours later, the first suitcase explodes inside the baggage terminal at Tokyo's Narita Airport while being transferred to an Air India flight. Two baggage handlers are killed. Exactly 55 minutes later, the other bag, a dark-brown hard-sided Samsonite suitcase, explodes in the forward cargo hold of Air India Flight 182 as it approaches the coast of Ireland.

Some passengers actually survive the 747's fall from 31,000 feet only to die in the frigid waters of the Atlantic.

The attack kills 329 people, including 82 children. Among the victims are 280 Canadian citizens, mostly born in India or of Indian descent.

Anant Anantaraman lost his wife and two daughters in the Air India tragedy. Both his little girls, he says, were very talented violinists. For years after the crash Anant found it impossible to listen to music. Each June he marks the anniversary of their death ... and each June he hopes the nation will remember this was not a foreign tragedy ... most of the victims were Canadians." - CBC

There are monuments currently in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Ahakista, Ireland. There is nothing to commemorate the tragedy on the east coast, so that's where we come in. The site is the waterfront of Bathurst, New Brunswick, which happens to be undergoing a multi-million dollar revival at the moment. The top 5 proposals (including mine, hopefully) will be sent out to NB and could potentially be built.

How's that for a portfolio?

February 19, 2009

7. The Path Project

My last major project asked us to create a 100 metre pathway. My only other parameters were that it had to be located on a 30 degree sloped valley, and it had to share a story of colour.

My pathway tunnels through the slope on the northern side of the valley in order to take advantage of the maximal sun exposure. The windows are tinted with the pure colours of the visible spectrum and decrease in size according to the golden ration (1:1.68 for you DaVinci Code buffs) as the actual wavelengths of light decrease. The interior surfaces are mirrored to reflect the coloured light streaming in.

The final model is far more impressive that this computer model I put together super quickly because you can actually see the colour reflecting off the floor and curved wall.


February 18, 2009

6. Stratus

Today a few friends and I went to the Stratus Winery at Niagara-on-the-Lake for a project... and some wine tasting. The winery is renowned for its sustainable winemaking process, along with the efficiency of the building itself.

February 17, 2009

5. Girl Cheese

Ingredients for the best ever grilled cheese:

- Whole wheat bread
- Honey
- Margarine
- Mozzarella
- Tomatoes
- Basil

Assuming you know how to make a regular grilled cheese, just follow the routine.


February 16, 2009

4. Mughal Masterpiece

I'm in the midst of writing an essay on the Badshahi Masjid in Lahore, Pakistan. I'll admit that at first I was disappointed to be assigned this mosque, but after plenty of tea and research, I'm in love.

Sources of Badshahi Masjid images (Pakistan):
1 2 3 4

All other photos taken by Parshan Fatehi (Iran).

February 15, 2009

3. These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

Off to the theatre today for the Sound of Music ! Then home for the week for some much needed rest and real food.


February 14, 2009

2. Feeling Linear

I don't quite know where I found this, but it's an istallation by Zaha Hadid.

Happy Valentine's Day? Can anyone else feel the forced love?


ps. I apologize for not knowing the sources for all these, I'll work on keeping track of them.

February 13, 2009

1. Hello !

This is the new home of my inspirations and art/models/whatevers as they come about. These things come from architecture and design websites, literature, fashion blogs, friends' photos and artwork, anywhere really. They're currently taking up a lot of space on my computer, and I couldn't help but feel like sharing them, so here I am !

About me, I'm an architecture student/addict, I live in a hotel, and I wish i was 2 inches taller.


Below is my second favourite project I've done this year. I've yet to photograph my favourite, but I'll be sure to post it as soon as I do.