K.Arch

quite boring if you don't like PROGRAMMMMMMMMES

Or maybe busy is a better word. I have no time to ruminate on things like I did in the summer. It's kind of nice though. I like my life to be action packed. Unfortunately for you, it's packed with all kinds of things you may find eye-bleedingly boring.

This week in school we are writing our programmes. Why is 'program' spelled 'programme' in architecture? I always wondered. Is there a difference?

The dictionary says:

Programme: (US)

1. (Performing Arts / Theatre) a written or printed list of the events, performers, etc., in a public performance
2. (Communication Arts / Broadcasting) a performance or series of performances, often presented at a scheduled time, esp on radio or television
3. a specially arranged selection of things to be done e.g., what's the programme for this afternoon?
4. a plan, schedule, or procedure
5. (Social Science / Education) a syllabus or curriculum

Program: (n)

1.
a. A listing of the order of events and other pertinent information for a public presentation.
b. The presentation itself: a program of piano pieces.
2. A scheduled radio or television show.
3. An ordered list of events to take place or procedures to be followed; a schedule: a program of physical therapy for a convalescent.
4. A system of services, opportunities, or projects, usually designed to meet a social need: "Working parents rely on the center's after-school latchkey program" (New York Times).
5.
a. A course of academic study; a curriculum.
b. A plan or system of academic and related or ancillary activities: a work-study program.
c. A plan or system of nonacademic extracurricular activities: the football program.
6. A set of coded instructions that enables a machine, especially a computer, to perform a desired sequence of operations.
7. An instruction sequence in programmed instruction.

So essentially... There's no difference. Programme just seems more arty.

Anyways. We've had two good lectures by our new instructor, Jesper, who is fast becoming one of my favorites this semester. He has worked in his own industrial design firm for 6 years or so, and is really used to having a strategy to get things accomplished. He's already passed on some really useful tools to help us collect our thoughts and make a clear path for what we want to accomplish this semester, both in our projects and personally. I wish I had had this class the first year I was in architecture.

The project is called 'Furnishing the Townscape' and it's about focusing in on a particular public/residential green space in Amager. My basic programmmmmmmme is as follows:

WHAT: Copenhagen has some great 'good-weather' public spaces. But it has no good 'bad-weather' public spaces. I would like to make a proposal for a place that can be used year round.

WHY: The weather is either windy, cold, dark, or rainy 85% of the time and people should not have to retreat indoors and battle depression just because the weather sucks. Public life should not have to suffer just because the weather is bad.

HOW: Strategic landscape and urban design to combat the four main perpetrators--wind, cold, dark, rain--with shelter, light, heat, and enclosure. An overall concept for the site, along with details of specific designs i.e., shelters or lighting to make the space more accessible during bad weather. Oh, AND A HEARTY DOSE OF GARBAGE CANS AND RECYCLING FACILITIES. *cough*

I sent off one of the first scholarship applications of this year, and I feel really positive about everything--my portfolio is great, my letter of research interests was honest and acheivable, my reference was very positive and willing to help. I'm thinking of entering a competition to design a 200m2 stand for the Nordic Countries being represented at the Paris book fair in 2011. Really, I just want to do anything that can bolster my portfolio and CV this year.

In non-school related news: my cousin Amanda is coming to visit! She'll be here Oct. 3 and while I'm slightly worried about the Tek 5 class that starts around that time, I am sure that we'll have a great time. I can't hope for much in the weather department, but just to put things in perspective it has already snowed in Alberta. WOOOOOT! Good old Alberta, never letting me down. I love you like an old, stinky, decrepit grandparent. Theoretically I care, but not so much that I want to be around you.

There now. Don't you feel better?