November 2nd Notes

Today’s Topics:

  • Understanding of architecture
  • Away from school
  • External projects

Understanding of Architecture

As many of you already know, I have been designing and learning about architecture since I was a junior in high school.

I have always been so eager to learn and explore the mystery of what architecture is and how architecture school transforms that.

At some in everyone’s life, architecture begins to make sense. And all of the work that you have done up to that point is all of a sudden bad design in terms of what you currently know.

That is not to say that my building does not look beautiful, or that I haven’t designed a realistic building, but rather there is no purpose in the way I have come to my design ideas other than just to be aesthetically pleasing.

I think I am just starting to scratch the surface of what truly makes architecture great. I know I am capable of great things if I continue to push myself further than just a simple aesthetic.

Away From School

One of most annoying parts of doing online school is the social aspect of it.

The only time I get to see my peers is on a video call sitting in my house.

I have occupied my time with coaching so that I am not so locked up in my house, but that is only a substitute for a social life.

I get to see one of my peers maybe once per month while every other Friday night is spent watching a movie.

But being on campus would not completely fix the situation.

Virginia Tech has announced that school next semester will pretty much be the same.

The last time I was on campus, we were free to do anything, hang out with friends, go to the gym, eat food, go to class, all without restrictions.

So there is no perfect answer to this whole COVID-19 thing except to just continue pushing myself to learn new things since that is what I attend college for.

External Projects

As normal, I always like to stay involved and do architecture outside of class and I have been working on, or getting ready to work on some projects.

Currently I am still working on the final iteration of the Design For America project. We have been designing an outbuilding for the local scout troop and I am really excited about the possibilities of this design being built.

The seismic design team is still waiting for a brief to be sent out and mode of competition as it will most likely be virtual. I am super excited to start working on it again and apply all that I know now to top the design that we did last year.

The Futurehaus team has started meeting this week, but unfortunately they are doing work in person that I cannot attend to so I am currently on hold with that project for now.

When the NOMA conference ended, they also released the design competition project for next year and I am looking forward to starting work with that.

Lastly, my roommate from last year sent me a potential project that we could work on.

I will continue to keep you all updated on these projects as I get more information and progress done.

Thanks for tuning into this week’s blog post, leave a comment if you have anything to add or if you want to hear more about any of my projects. As always, Dream Big!

Published by Alonzo Colon

Architecture Student at Virginia Tech

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