Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Symposia, Books, Bikes, Food, Design

This year, so far, has been defined, for me, by my ability to fill in the gaps with enriching participation in things that may lead to financial stability, but mostly provide-in order of importance-pleasure, education, fitness, concentration, sustenance, new ways of thinking.
Last night, case in point, I attended an event called Good Spirits, organized by Edible Brooklyn, Manhattan, et al. Billed as an "occasional pop-up cocktail party," situated at the Bell House, this event provided a wide open window into the current cocktail/food world: tons of plaid, beards, house-made pickles, house-smoked pastrami, house-cured pork belly, house-house house house. I love this stuff. I wish I had a house so I could make something in the house (my gigantic coop apt. alas lacks outdoor space, thus no chance for smoking/grilling/growing).
Architects love, obsess over, order. It's what we do in order to prove that the client paying extra for beauty must have us. It's what we know, it what we teach, it's how we prove the logic of the universe, something of course we really know virtually nothing about, but wish we knew all about.

Teaching architecture requires knowing more about architecture than anyone.  Of course this is never true; the thing is: those who teach architecture typically become distanced from the making of architecture, and therefore know what they know based on attending lectures, looking at magazines/blogs/designer's web sites, forms of media that show 2-D images and expansive or diminutive descriptions, compiling CE credits, drinking and debating the horrid state of building design with architects who build. 
I build, slowly, and learn from the process.  I also learn from my students.  I also learn from research.  I learn from riding, I learn from eating, I learn from talking. 
Now if only I could take photos on a regular basis, I could post them.  I'm learning.

Okay, here's one.  My work:
Well, this project is actually complete now, but I haven't had it photographed professionally.  So for now, this obscure photo of a not quite complete cabinet/door detail will have to suffice.  What is that anyway?  I actually really like this image, but that's so typical of an architect; that whole God's in the details thing.  I think it might actually be true.

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Brooklyn, NY
Kraft Studio is a multi-disciplinary design firm, involved in all types of space design investigations and fabrications.