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Principles and Elements of Design Class
I signed up for this class with UC Berkeley extension. After buying all sorts of designer furniture and accessories I really wanted to start creating my own designs. Designing and sketching happen to be the rare things that I love even though I suck badly at both. So, here I went, plugged my money down and made a commitment to attend 15 weekly sessions plus homework..ugh!
Our teacher is Charles Kahn, a professional interior designer and architect who did a lot of restaurant interiors in the Bay Area, including Noah's Bagels, Pasta Pomodoro and others. The class covers 2D work, 3D work, color, sketching. I can highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in interior architecture and design.
Building Architecture vs. Software Architecture
amazing realization that occurred to me during this class is the number of similarities
between building architecture and software architecture. In both cases, there
is no right answer, no single 'recipe' for success. In most cases, we can point
out if something is wrong, but cannot really tell why something is right. Successful
architecture in either case is achieved through careful balancing of a set of
principles and objectives, that often times contradict each other. The role
of the successful architect is to apply experience, creativity and logical reasoning
to create a solution that optimizes the objectives. Each architect has his or
her individual style and leaves a distinct fingerprint on his or her creations.
Once I read Christopher Alexander's book "A Pattern Language", I realized that the concept of Erich Gamma's book "Design Patterns" (the reference book on object-oriented design patterns) is actually based on Alexander's book. I always felt that my interest in software architecture and software engineering, combined with building architecture and design is a rare combination. Now I realize that it is actually a lot closer than commonly perceived. I still think that the area of software architecture is generally poorly understood and underappreciated. I hope that it will mature over time and great software architects will receive the same recognition (and compensation!) that great building architects do.
|March 25||Field Day At Charles' House|
|Feb 15||Project #2: Pattern|
|Feb 22||Project #3: The Space Chunk|
|March 1||Project #4: The Colored Space Chunk|
|March 8||Project #5: Shrine for an Ancestor|
|March 15||Project #6: Memorial Garden|
|March 22||Project #7-1: Minimal House|
|March 29||Project #7-2: Landscape|
|April 5||Project #7-3: Minimal House - Interiors|
|April 12||Project #7-4: Landscape II: Synthesis|
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