Category studio environment

Tiny Desk Interview! [Alexis]

We’re continuing with Tiny Desk Interviews this week! Up now: Alexis. (To see the last installment, check out Jess P’s desk.) Name? Alexis Program? 3rd-year M.Arch Studio? Megalithic Robotics What’s on your desk? 1. Studio Project: “That’s my rock.” The Megalithic Robotics studio is studying Incan construction and digital fabrication. 2. Thesis Prep Readings: “I’m […]

Tiny Desk Interview! [Jess P.]

We’re bringing you a new series this semester! Tiny Desk Interviews, à la NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, will give you a brief glimpse into the studio spaces of MIT architecture students. These are the desks at which we eat, sleep, keep toothbrushes for all-nighters, glue ourselves to our models, cry, laugh, and have private dance parties, so it seems fitting […]

LaVerde’s, The Musical

In a recent conversation about LaVerde’s, one of my faithful followers, Gico Nuida, told me that one of his favorite parts about trips to LaVerde’s is the awesome 90’s music that’s always playing when he walks in there. In contrast to the monotonous polyline trimming in a dark, cold CRON room, this music always brings […]

Superlatives

 When you graduated high school, did your yearbook have a spread of “superlatives”?  Where people would get recognized (or condemned) for a certain characteristic?  I don’t remember what mine had…I think there was a lot of controversy around it and people were worried about offending people or leaving people out. I mean, we were all raised on […]

Store-Bought Emotions

[This post includes reference to another blog post,  http://laverdessecrets.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/treasure-trove-trix/ ].   On the Friday before Spring Break, a few friends and I walked over to The Muddy Charles.  No, not the Charles River-that’s icy right now after all.  If you are still clueless about The Muddy, it’s a bar on campus.  A BAR ON CAMPUS! Yea, it exists. […]

Copters over New Jersey

Last weekend, my studio went on a site visit the New Jersey Meadowlands. Our project is an urban design/landscape project that mediates between the development pressures of this site (just 20 minutes from New York) and its environmental factors. At 31+ square miles, the meadowlands is one of the biggest estuarine marsh systems in the […]

Architecture and Equality?

So, I don’t particularly consider myself a feminist. And I don’t mean to get all provocative up in here. But I do believe in equality, and it doesn’t take long in the discipline of architecture to figure out that there’s some kind of problem going on. Go to any review, and you’re most likely to […]