30 September, 2007
28 September, 2007
at the top we peeked and assessed the situation of how to infiltrate the stadium. eventually, we made our way to the back of the stadium which was virtually unpopulated. so we (thanks to danni) scaled the gate using a makeshift metal boost. on the other side, the sketchiness ensued, as painfully apparent in the video. security guards, scaffolding and charlies' angels-esque evasion moves were involved.
moral of the adventure - we snuck into the olympic stadium to see the police. a story for the grandchildren.
23 September, 2007
Tonight we decided to finish the evening sitting in Plaza Mayor with the locals, and discuss the events throughout the day. We were one group out of many, just watching the people interact throughout the space throughout the carnival of entertainers
While photographing people in Plaza Mayor, an old man noticed us and proceeded over to introduce himself to us, assuming we were tourists of some sort. Being the nice human being I am, I of course said "hello."
He didn't respond.
No response, just a wave.
"Habla Aleman?" (Please don't tell the Spanish teacher.)
Still no response. He instead started to gesture to us. As we all looked in confusion, he proceeded to sit down, take out a pen, and use a tourist guide as makeshift stationary.
On it he wrote "Come up to the highest level."
"Shrink your presumption."
By this time, we were not sure quite what to think. We had assumed he was trying to sell us Hashish, or beg for change. He proceeded to write down "To understand the idea of God..." and pulled out a grape. Sara remarked "that's the biggest grape I've ever seen."
He then proceeded to split the grape... perfectly... and offered it to us. Of course, being from Clemson and not Texas A&M, we all politely declined. Although disappointed, he was not surprised.
Have lost their chance.
But this does not exonerate any of these persons from their duty to stop doing harm to the common interests of humans.
The refusal to share this fruit is the result of fear, educated and grown by motherhood and apple pie. From now on, Sept. 23. 07. All of you have to offer and share your privileges before being asked, of course, if you don't, you will lose them, so this is a friendly warning to all those who this word [of] God without having understood."
With that he handed us the card, and left the plaza. By then all of the other people sitting around us had vanished- an entirely new crowd of people were in the space, and we were the only ones left sitting.
20 September, 2007
MACBA is the only building I've seen so far in Barcelona that I can say I love. I'm not a big fan of the exterior...gotta be honest. It was a little stark, and I'm not sure why the front is so linear while the back is and the addition on the front are so curvilinear. The interior, however, made so much sense and was so light and spacious. The high ceilings, and the skylights. and the view down all the levels to the very bottom made the building seem weightless. The galleries were well-planned too -- very accessible.
19 September, 2007
yeah, i know. i'm the last one to post their second entry. i promise it's with good reason. here's a little justification for those of you who we woke up/disturbed from whatever you were doing without warning. kudos to hali, whit, and danni for helping make this happen! we just hope this makes everyone feel good in general--but mostly two certain people.
As adorable as she was, we decided to give her back. That is what happens when you compulsively buy pets. But now she is back with all her bunny little friends...
so for all you animal lovers.... as much as you may think a pet is cute... make sure you have the endurance to keep up with it.
Look how many letters I crammed into the upper right hand corner!
But fragmentation is what makes Santa Catarina so interesting. When sketching it I continuously got the impression Enrique Moralles just couldn't take his pencil off the damn paper when designing this thing. 5 shots of Spanish coffee and architect's block, perhaps. Nothing in it is simple and clearly defined, and even to this day I still don't have a grasp on the extent of the canopy structure.
MACBA is minimalist.
18 September, 2007
Since I have been in Barcelona, I haven't had a chance to go to the beach and just look around. This project gave me the opportunity to explore the beach and look closer and find whatyou cannot see with a human eye. I started my journey of the beach on the south side in the afternoon. I explored the way people acted, the direction in which they were traveling, the water, the sand, and even the noise. After actually sitting down with the crowd on the south end, my video camera and I made our way to the north side of the beach. I concentrated on the same characteristics. After my journey was complete in the afternoon, I came back to the beach later in the day. I came back arounddusk, where you could still see through the video camera lens.
Once again, I started on the south side and made my way to the north end of the beach. I concentrated on some of the same characteristics as earlier in the day. I began to realize some drastic differences. One major difference was the atmosphere of the beach. With less people, the beach seems more calm. I also realized more people being physical during dusk/night than during the day. Another major difference was the amount of litter on the sand. Earlier in the day, all you saw were cigarettes or can tabs in the sand. During the night, there were full two liter coke bottles, big plastic bags blowing in the wind, and beer cans. As it got darker and darker, the artificial lights came on around the beach. These artificial lights gave the beach a different, almost fake feeling. A beach is known for its sun and natural light. Adding artificial light to a beach takes away from one of its many unique characteristics. Another major difference was the noise. During the day, you would hear a lot of screaming, laughing, and people talking. During the night, all you would hear would be the waves from the water. So I found enjoyable characteristics in both my day and night visit. Maybe I will have to make a couple more trips to the beach to find out what part of the day I like more!!
17 September, 2007
On the boardwalk, the scale was brought down by the size of the people, umbrellas, coverings, stands, barrels, and vegetation. Because people played the role of living architecture by the beach, the pace was at a human scale: some people shuffled, others rode bikes, others sauntered about. The pace slowed even further under the intimate canopies beneath Gehry's Fish and the trees surrounding. The quickest motion there was that of the escalator. My favorite part of this video shows the platform in the water beneath the Fish. In one clip, you see a bum deem it a perfect spot to pass out. In another clip, you see the same platform chosen by a photographer to capture pictures of newlyweds. While in completely different situations, the idea that the area is peaceful and beautiful is shared. The newlyweds and the bum have the same pace. Architecture certainly shapes how we feel in an area, but also how fast we experience it. Speed and scale correlate.
Richard Meier, designer of the Museu d’art de Barcelona, was an influential architect known for his use of the color white. White heightens visual form to create intense contrasts of shadow
and light; it is the combination of all the colors of the visible light spectrum. As a tint, white
has the highest possible brightness, one hundred percent, and has no hue. The impression
of white light can be created by mixing appropriate intensities of the primary colors of
light: red, yellow and blue.
Although Richard Meier’s building is all white, it allows color to reflect off it when natural light is eliminated and chemical light is reflected on it, as
shown in the series of photos on the bottom left.
This is the process I took when analyzing this building. Instead of viewing the building in its natural color state of white, I used the three primary colors and sketched the building. This created a completely different perspective which allowed the different geometric shapes to converge and become more dynamic. Interestingly, when the colors were mixed they created black, which is also an achromatic color, but highly different then white. This project allowed me to physically see the difference between colors of light and colors on paper and also allowed me to experiment with a different medium.
MERCAT de SANTA CATERINA
The bottom building is the Igualada Cemetery built buy Enric Miralles and his first wife Carme Pinos. Like the Mercat de Santa Caterina, this Cemetery was designed to replace and existing place, the Cemetery Vell.
This building had many contingencies, mostly becasue it would be such a sacred place. The couple wanted the represent the cycle of life, linking the past, present and future. This picee transformed its surrounding aread, bringing new life.
Although they were bult at different times and with different wived,The Igualada Cemetery has many simialarities to the Mercat de Santa Caterina.
The Mercat de Santa Caterina was also built buy Miralles, but in conjunction with his second wife, Benedetta Tagliabue.
This site was not originally a market, it was a garden. The two quickly started working the the reconstruction of this building, when they ran into a little problem. In the building process, the construction worker dug up son old ruins which halted building until preservation codes could be discussed.
Like respecting the dead in the Igualada Cemetery, they had to respect the ruins found. Both structures contain floors below, this is where you can see some of the ruins in the Mercat.
SKETCHES AT GEHRY FISH
These sketches represent the path I took to the site where Gehry’s fish was. The lower sketch it the walkway to the North end of the beach. The following sketches, reading from left to right, area basic chronology of the sketches I did while filming the site. They are quick details of the full picture on the top right.
Well this is an interesting story; I filmed this video with an actual video camera, however, the file that it holds is not compatible with any form of video editing software. So, what i did was play it on my computer and then film it on my camera. This will explain the poor quality of the video.
Anyway, the point of this video was to capture the surroundings of the north end of the beach in a panoramic system at different times of the day. The video progresses through and past sunset. As the video plays, I zoomed in on different aspects to see how they were changing as the light changed. My favorite part was when the sky got darker and the beach was illuminated by lights that made the buildings and street glow.
these aren't my photos, but i thought they accurately show the unique aspects of this building.
In the boards for the video and case studies, I tried to demonstrate the experience of the places. For example, at the MACBA, I observed the many layers of shapes that created the facade of the building. The part I felt most interesting about the building was the voids that created form. Not only did these voids in the building allow for new shapes, but also created new areas of hang outs for homeless and skateboarders. The Mercat was also a very interesting space. The roof that covers the market is extremely breathe taking. I discovered that there had been a market in that same place since the 1840s, and before that vegetable pots had been planted there. The colors in the roof and the structure of the building reminded me of colorful plants springing up from the ground .
in my video, i used different textures that where both found in nature and created by man to convey a sense of energy throughout the area of study. i entitled it transitions as a way to make the viewer attentive to the changes in texture as one moves from the more urban spaces of the villa olympica to the sands of the beach. certain clips are sped to stress movement and the business of urban transport. longer shots are saved for the beach, as this more patient method reflects our tendency to seek the beach for relaxation. i wanted the video to be fairly abstract, so that the viewer could deduct on his/her own what the path from villa olympica to barceloneta would be like.
I concentrated my study of the beach through peeling back its layers, which, to me, came in three parts--the commercial, the social, and the natural. Starting at the beach (the natural, of course) one can lay on the beach and soak up the sun, or continue up to the sidewalk. This is the social area. It provides an open transportation space for bikers and pedestrians, connecting the various part of Barceloneta, and acting as a barrier between the shops and restaurants and the beachfront.
Barceloneta is special because of this confluence of traffic.
16 September, 2007
The video comes from the park with the playground that we went to. Casey, Kelly, and I revisited it while walking this weekend.
everything exciting i have done this week everyone else has posted about, but i guess i will sum up the odds and ends of these activities. like a lot of people, i went to the concert on the 11th. we were pretty much front and center. it was crazy to be in the middle of a spanish mosh. the music was fun, even though i didn't understand any of it. afterwards we walked down past the zoo towards the ocean. we found a sweet children's park, even though i think most of the park is probably not best for children. the seesaw-esque swings were a lot of fun. we even ended up revisiting the park after our video mapping. since we were already in born, we had to go to the amazing pizza place en route to the museu de la xocolata. we found the museum while wandering around aimlessly at the festival and decided to go back for a visit. the chocolate sculptures were very impressive and consisted of gaudi's most famous buildings here in barcelona, willy wonka's chocolate factory, and other various random things. the chocolate drink from the cafe there was to die for. however, i would recommend bringing a glass of milk with you. oh also this week, we had access to an oven since danni and hali were apartment-sitting. the other night we made pizzas and cookies. the pizzas were delicious. we discovered that american cookie recipes just don't convert well with the different spanish ingredients. nonetheless it was nice to have a home cooked meal that wasn't cooked on a burner.
(yes everything in the picture is chocolate)
Last Tuesday we went to tour the MACBA. The exhibits were interesting, most of them audiovisual installations exploring society's view of art and theater in coexistence. There were a wide range of topics some dark, some lighter. It was interesting to see the usually lit exhibit spaces darkened for the video projections. The building itself was interesting to walk through. Meier's organization of space was admirable, at no point was I lost in the gallery. The ramps made circulation throughout the galleries and exhibit rooms easier, and I was able to orient myself on every floor because of the open space and glass wall offering views of the city plaza. I have heard mixed emotions on Meier's MACBA from others I've talked to, but in comparison to some of his other works and noting the transformation it has caused in El Raval I think the building is a success. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and admire the museum's dedication to contemporary art and its ever changing mediums.
About 2 months ago they did so at Barcelona. and actually ran into trouble with the local law enforcement (at Starbucks, nonetheless.)
I'm sure all of you have been to every site shown in the video, so it's pretty neat to watch. WARNING: explicit language.
After video mapping on Saturday, two friends and I decided (since we were already in the Born) to go to the famed Museu de Xocolate since we are such dedicated chocolate fans. The entrance fee was only 3.20 with our UPC ids. The museum itself is not very large, but has interactive displays, amazingly elaborate chocolate sculptures and structures and a lot of historical information. However, the element that will make me visit the museum again was strategically placed at the exit of the museum. After walking through the museum, we obviously wanted our share of chocolate...and that is exactly what we received. I ordered a small drink of chocolate for 1.40. Literally molten chocolate. That was my heaven. We also received a plate of 90% cocoa. Again, heaven. Needless to say, after this experience our chocolate quotas were filled for the week. I strongly recommend this museum if not only for the amazing drink menu at the bar. Seriously, if you like chocolate -- go.
September 11 was the National Day of Catalonia. About ten of us decided to venture over to the Parc de la Ciutadella to see some of the festivities, but we all got lost in a sea of people. One of the most surprising things I noticed was the strong nationalism that was displayed in the various signs and posters. Many of them read "Catalonia is not Spain," "We are not a Spanish state," and even some references to a revolution of some sort. As someone who is interested in the local culture here, and also as a political science minor, I was surprised to see all of this powerful regional pride. I had already known that the Catalan people thought of their region as its own country with its own history and culture, but I didn't know that there were groups out there that want Catalonia to be its own national entity. This is why I am excited about our upcoming trip. We are going to Madrid, an area that is most likely proud to call itself Spain, and the Basque Country, which, just like Catalonia, sees itself as its own country. We will be mostly visiting to see Architecture, but I also want to get a glimpse of what the people that live in these areas think.
In my opinion, one of the most interesting things about the Barceloneta is how close the beach is to the city. Usually when I think of beach settings I think of that long walk from the beach house through the sand all the way to the shoreline. In Barcelona, however, the water is literally meters away. I think that the reason for this is because of both permanent and temporary conditions. A high volume of people on a hot sunny day may contribute to a thinner line between beachgoers and the city, depending on what time of year it is and the weather. But I think that permament conditoins are set so that the distance from the streets and buildings to the water and swimmers is short. Barceloneta's sand is swept away by the water after each winter, and the city council replaces the artificial sand. It makes me think of trying to install a beach at New York City. Also, the boardwalk is set up near the shore along with many restaurants. I noticed that the south side of the beach is more crowded than the north, just as Prof. Hecker said in class. The south beach feels much closer to the city than the north side, because of the many restaurants, plazas and buildings pressed right up against the beach. On the north side, it expands considerably as it becomes less crowded and the distance from the boarwalk to the water grows.
In my video I decided to walk along this imaginary border back and forth to investigate the details. I walked from the plaza and street on the south beach that leads to the metro stop, up to the Gehry Fish, which marks the end of the Barceloneta. I walked back along the top boardwalk instead of the bottom.
15 September, 2007
For the Catalan holiday, there was concert in a square near Parc de la Ciutadella, and it was FULL of energy. Tons of people were sitting on the grass, talking, eating, drinking. Then the concert started, complete with mosh pits and performers...I'm still trying to figure out the Spanish culture. The style of the people our age is a lot rougher -- a lot of abrupt haircuts and jagged clothing, rockish type music...All in all the concert was a lot of fun, because it was the largest crowd of Spanish people that I'd yet seen. Most of the crowds on Las Ramblas are all tourists...
14 September, 2007
11 September, 2007
From a distance, cranes, huge cruise ships, seemingly endless cargo boxes and the bridge dominate the built landscape of the Barcelona Port. However, from a closer perspective, human (vs. machine) activities are much more apparent. These aspects (namely sailing, fishing, strolling, shopping, and dining) and their development will greatly enhance the value of the housing project.
This is a sketch based off my observations of the port, and research gathered afterward. It tracks the different movements in and around Port Nou. The red shows the paths of cargo ships, the orange of automobiles and pedestrian, and the purple of the train systems. Problems with connection and congestion can be seen even with a simple observation.
I captured these images from the Las Golindrinas ride this past weekend. I took a shot every 5 seconds, in a perpendicular view from the boat. The images above are placed in close proximity (in reference to the ground plane map) to where they were taken. This serves to map out the path and view of the port from not only the tourist ride, but also from the frame of large quantity passenger and cargo cruisers. Specific areas are highlighted and labeled according to their purpose in the port proper. The light green section (under the photos) is Port Nou, the smallest extent of our site.
Investigating the different forms of movement throughout the site. Travel by automobile through the nearby highway is contrasted with the varying speed of nearby aquacraft (a cruise ship, tugboat, and party boat are examined)
The method was 10 second exposure shots in burst mode staggered at 30 second intervals.
last friday, a group of us "scaled the mountain" up to tibidabo. it was quite exciting, even while we were in transit on the finicular, just because the site is so easily seen from the city, yet seems so far away and inaccessible. it was interesting to finally be somewhere we had been seeing constantly in our peripheries. the amusement park, though infinitely tacky, and at times even more lame (ask rosalyn about the big red plane that just circles around and around and..yeah), was still quite entertaining.
we had a great view of the city (many of the rides were better than they normally would be at any lame state fair, as each one offered some new view down to barcelona. we were also quite close to Norman Foster's Torre de Telecomunicaciones. even if you don't like the work, it is quite impressive in its scale and, as we all know by now, stakes its claim on tibidabo. it was refreshing to see a really different area, and while it was steeping with tourists, i would suggest venturing up and being goofy for a day. you will get some amazing pictures, and a really great perspective of the city.
10 September, 2007
Montserrat was the site of a Benadictine abbey back in the day. It is both a religious pilgrimage site and a popular destination among tourists, but offers an escape from the city itself for locals. Residents of Barcelona or nearby Catalunya find it a relaxing and religious getaway. Rumor has it it's even acceptable as an excuse for not going to church.
Montserrat is accessable through the R5 line picked up in Plaza España, and is roughly 40km outside of the city of Barcelona itself. This was also my first time on Barcelona's mass transit system. R5 also connects to the outer "suburbs" of Barcelona, which is interesting to see in its own right.
The Monument Rock of Beth Chedruharizzeb
Once you get to the trails, go to the top- you're not limited to the marked trail and the view from up top is spectacular.
our site visit on bikes gave a better understanding of the area our project actually deals with. the area does not have any real foot traffic or visitors beyond runners, bikers, and a few fishers. the port serves thousands of people each week for cruises and shipping. it was interesting to see this area up close, and the different areas that surround it. montjuic directly overlooks the site. the airport and a large portion of the shipping are to the right side. the well-developed maremagnum and port vell attract personal boats and more pedestrians. from montjuic, it was interesting to see how the site compares to these three very different areas of the port, surrounding land and water and how our project needs to unite the areas.
- A compilation of data collected from Thursday's site visit- photos, statistical graphics, maps
We biked to the port as a class and later a group climbed Montjuic/rode the funicular and then the cable car to reach the fortress on top. The views were spectacular and very informative as far as site study is concerned. After Thursday's visit I researched the port more indepth and was amazed at the large scale of trade and transport. Barcelona's port is a hub for over 400 ports internationally and brings in an immense amount of goods and passengers from all over the world. I also looked at Montjuic's relationship to the port and its influences. Much more than just a pretty view, Montjuic is an important historical backdrop to the industrial port.
The port of Barcelona is a place of constant change and fluxuation. People are always coming and going in small crowds and massive crowds. Goods are exchanged.
The port is a gateway to the city, the place where many for the first time discover Barcelona. With such important roles in the city of Barcelona the port area has an obligation to deliver not only its cargo, but hospitality and a glimpse at the city itself.
kelly and i jogged a new and (for us) adventurous route last Sunday. we started running towards the statue of columbus, then took a left onto the paisseg to colom. here, we ran straight until we hit the parc de la ciutadella. let me just say that running through that specific park was truly an experience. there is plenty of room to feel somewhat isolated, especially earlier in the morning. the sun through the trees, perfectly manicured gardens and multiple paths make for an entertaining run. after the park, we ran north toward the arc de triomf the hung a left, running along ronda de sant pere.
this run basically takes you AROUND the gothic quarter, sparing you the small sidestreets and throngs of people. i recommend it for earlier morning and if you're feeling like experiencing great views of both nature and the busier streets.