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Jul's SART project
The hanging city called "Fedora".

Welcome to Week 4! It's crazy to think that winter term is already half way over! The days are flying by and I am really enjoying my classes. In one of my classes, SART 65 (Architecture 1), we had our first project due on Tuesday. This project, entitled "Invisible Cities" required us to begin by reading "Invisible Cities" by by Italo Calvino. This book describes multiple imaginary cities; all of the cities were different in landscape, design and culture.

A sketch of a city plan.
Next, we had to select one of the cities to focus our work on. I chose the city called "Valdrada". Valdrada was a city situated on a lake. The author placed emphasis on the reflection in the lake and how it acted like a mirror of all the actions in the city. We had to take our ideas from the chapter of our city and begin to sketch some interpretations of that city. This was a challenging process, we had to take words and create something from our interpretation of these words.
A string city.

After our sketches were complete, we began to create sketch models of our cities. This was the first time most of us had made an architectural model and it was really fun to do "crafts" in class. As my classmates and I began to visualize what we wanted our final models to look like, we each began to create larger scale final model. We spent many hours outside of class in the studio, cutting wood, drawing plans, super glueing and most importantly, bonding. On Tuesday, we finally got to present our final models with our sketches. Our professor invited a visiting architect to help review our projects. We had snacks and spent about two hours listening to each of my classmates explain their creative process. It is awesome to spend so much time creating something and then have your work positively critiqued and celebrated by your peers and faculty.\

Even if you don't consider yourself an "art person" I would recommend taking a class that involves a creative process as it really helps you figure out how you process information. The thing that I love about this class, and art classes in general, is that there are no "wrong" answers!