J.Kipnis in the house by Shida Salehi

We all were anticipating the worst…. anticipating a malicious architecture critique. A man we were told could make a student shiver while presenting.

But what we really got was a brilliant professor who was honest and humorous. I mean how could you argue with a man who watches the Simpsons and can solve any math or physic question, and give a lecture about post-modernism in the simplest way. Jeffrey Kipnis means architecture and that’s what he gave us.

I was lucky to be one of the few students to present my work. I went in knowing that what I have been doing has only been striking to myself and he’s seen it all but for me it was about …. Well, it’s not everyday Kipnis comes around to see your work.

In the middle of my presentation he even indulged me; yep we talked about fashion and Alexander McQueens latest shoes that my friend is an example of DRIEVE.

Too bad he had to leave….sigh

from LGA to FRA by Shida Salehi

We spent the weekend with Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina discussing the diploma thesis topics and the traveling architect. For me it was a breath of fresh air for some New Yorkers to come in and talk about travel. I must say I was caught in a bit of nostalgic moment, just thinking about New York….. I know I know I do that all the time but it was even more obvious this time…sigh… Anyway, Mark lectured about the Myth of Local….Does an architect need to see the site to really build “good” architecture?….and Beatrix gave us a glimpse into the traveling life of Le Corbusier (a very different travel experience). These are moments you dreamt of while applying to your masters of architecture.

Insane in the Membrane by Shida Salehi

This week we had a shared workshop with the ICD crew from Stuttgart about ….MEMBRANES!! Exploring the membrane which is lycra through tension and the composite which is epoxy. We played with the saddle form and just experimented through out the week with spatiality by creating layers, joints, elasticity and texture. It was an intense week but really interesting. On the last day Achim, Johan, Anton, and Sean got a chance to review the class and once again blind sided us like a freight train. Sometimes you go into these reviews thinking that maybe this time after all this effort and thought you might just have it in the bag…..but noooooo this is architecture school you fool!!…. And even while they are trying to comment and you trying to decipher what they are saying the whole time the only thing your thinking is …”how did this happen, again!?”

***and some of the other photos are from the second year kimono workshop