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Lost interests

One of the biggest contradictions I faced in architecture school was a loss of my interests.  The interests above and beyond design are what make you unique and a better designer.   They give you a voice to apply to your designs and spring boards to bounce off.   They also rarely fit into the studio culture and crunch.    When you’re spending your nights and weekends living and breathing homework, it’s hard to find time to cook or take road trips or create anything that’s not directly related to your school work.   A lot of those interests beyond design get shoved to a back burner or the back of a closet somewhere.

When you graduate, it’s important to reintroduce these interests.They are what will make you interesting on a job interview, or to your coworkers.  They provide an outlet when work is stressful.  They might even help you relate to a boss or client.

I’ve found it very difficult to reintroduce my interests after graduation.   Since I’m still trying to find and land my dream job, there’s a part of me that says “Your hobby is finding and landing your dream job, you can dance and paint and write once you have it!”   I think it’s the same part of me that locked all of this potential inspiration out of my projects.  As much as I want to attain step 2 of my goal of becoming a licensed architect, I know I deserve to do things that make me feel happy and inspired.   This is as good of a place as any to try to hold myself accountable for those interests.   It even gives me a place to pursue one of them (writing) while possibly showcasing some of the others.  So I will try to start posting things…  A piece of writing, a recipe, a picture… something I did because I enjoyed it.

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Academic Assholes

Academic Assholes

This.  This. This. THIS.     Everything this blogger is talking about is spot on.    Plus I appreciate that she came from Architecture.  I’ve been trying to articulate this since my thesis review from hell last spring, and now,  someone else has.

Progress

Here’s a quick update with a pdf of our one printed board.  The bonus is it (somewhat) explains what we’re doing.

final

I throw the actual presentation up here when its done…

busy busy busy

So Maybe it’s tough to blog when I’m busy travelling, designing, and enjoying the city.

I’ll catch up on the scenery later, but here is an untouched up rendering from my and Josh’s studio project. One of the two buildings…

Halfway!

Officially reached the halfway point of my stay in Buenos Aires! Its fitting that studio midterms are today. After school today we all get a much needed break to catch up on everything that isnt studio. The past week could be characterized by coffee and takeout and lots of errands to get the weekend’s travel plans in order. The next few days will be laundry and blogging and getting ready for the 16+ hour bus ride to Puerto Iguazu. I’m really excited for a much needed escape from the busy city. One thing I’ve learned from being here is that I probably shouldn’t start looking for jobs in New York. Big city life is nice right now, but I couldn’t live like this in the long term. I like my single family home and my car and my farmers market way too much!

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The food blog

Before I left for Buenos Aires a coworker who had been here gave me a list of foods to try.  Since I’ve been here for nearly 2 months I’ve finally gotten through most of the list.  Here are some of the foods I’ve tried and my thoughts:

Empanadas:

For the most part yum. Granted I’ve had good and bad experiences (cold empanadas in the school cafeteria are not all that great) my favorites are Eulogia (Carne with olives and raisins), Humita (kinda like corn chowder in an empanada), Caprese, and Carne.

Choripan:

No one told me this was just a sausage sandwich.  Some places go a little heavy on the bread on these, but overall I like it.

Chorizzo:

Sometimes the texture is a little off, but its sausage.

Gnocchi:

Not a fan.  To me these where like a terribly heavy version of cavatelli

Pollo Milanesa Napolitana:

After some less than exciting chicken experiences I went for the veal milanesa instead.  I enjoyed it.

Alfajore:

I’ve tried quite a few of these.  I think my favorites are the plainer ones with dulce de leche and not too much chocolate or white chocolate or anything else.

Matte:

I finally bought my own matte cup so I can have this.  I have to say I prefer the citrus flavored one to the original, just because the original is muy fuerte!

Flan:

YUM.  Enough said.

Budin de Pan:

I think this is bread soaked in flan? don’t know but it was also good.

Dulce de leche:

This goes well with popcorn, peanut butter (which we successfully found thank goodness), crackers, bread, apples… oh and on ice cream.

I still have a few more to try, but overall the food here is usually good enough that I don’t miss too much from home, although I do kind of miss a lot of normal tomato sauce on my pizza!

I miss my car

No pictures right now, because I’m going to take this opportunity to reflect on the things that aren’t totally fabulous about this fine city. This week we had a lot of places to be. I already mentioned that we had a project site that was a a 40 minute train ride from the city, in addition to that we had a meeting at a gallery in Recoleta, an event near Congresso, a lecture in Palermo, and a payment due at a travel agency near the obelisk. All of these events happened between Thursday afternoon and Friday afternoon. Now none of these places are incredibly far from each other, but when accessed by foot and public transit they seem to be. I think I reached some sort of quota on jam packed sardine style subte rides. And when I say jam packed I really mean it. Imagine the most crowded Phoenix light rail ride on a First Friday when there is also a Suns game and some sort of convention downtown… Then multiply by about 4. That is a jam packed subte ride. Additionally I really wish I had brought more shoes. My indigo boots are taking quite a beating as are my converse, my toms don’t get out much as I’m often afraid it’s going to rain, overall I wish I could rotate more because my feet are in a constant state of ouch-ness.

In conclusion I am starting to miss my car… And bike… And other shoes…

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Adventures

Studio has started, which means even more adventures.  Our first little project is in Tigre, which is about a 40 minute train ride outside of Buenos Aires.  It’s known as a get away for the city dwellers, but its still more densely populated than your average American suburb.  On the first excursion there we visited 3 museums and our site.  Since we’ve traveled out there 3 times, we’ve become very acquainted with the train.  It’s a much longer ride than the subway, and even though the first time we rode it we talked about how much we wouldn’t want to have to ride it standing, guess what we’ve done on the last 2 trips over?  Stand nearly the whole way there.  Here are a few images from the town: