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I’ve finally gotten around to having the energy/desire to post my thesis work online. I’m very proud of the work I did in the amount of time I feel I actually had direction. Without further adieu:

Abstract:

This thesis is an architectural exploration of The Serpentine Fen Wildlife Area in Surrey, British Columbia as a public park and an opportunity for environmental education for children. As public education becomes more environmentally con- scious, there is a need for architecture that sup- ports how the child interacts with and perceives their natural environments.

This thesis proposes the use of a single archi- tectural element as a transition between multiple site conditions to create a dynamic link between earth, air, water which affords the abilitity for a relationship to be developed between the user and their environment. This element will consist- ently be present in the user’s journey through the site and serves to encourage interaction with the identified site conditions. The thesis investi- gates how this continous element acts as locus, datum, frame, reference, stage and devise to en- hance the child’s experience of nature.

Thesis question:

How can architecture create a connection be- tween children and nature?

I’m definitely not going to post the body of the work here, though I will post a link at the bottom for those of you brave enough to open it.

Instead, I’ll just post the images I made!

SITE:

Site. Extra / Large SurreyThe Serpentine Wildlife Area

Site conditions:

Site conditions

Plans/Sections/Renders:

ONON
ON

ABOVEAbove
Above

INIn
IN

UNDERUnder
UNDER

WITHWith
WITH

Link to archived pdf.

I have a series of models that I made that I haven’t properly documented yet but I will do in the near future. I also did a lot more mini-renders, 2 for each ‘site condition’ and another 15 to describe the wood ribbon path throughout the site. After I document how they were presented, I’ll do another post about that.

Final pinup:

Pinup

I’ll have my degree in-hand hopefully by mid-June because I won’t be attending convocation on May 22nd.

Cheers!

I’m currently working in my final project for my Masters of Architecture so I have not put any effort into formulating posts. Hopefully I’ll be finished this spring but there is a possibility it might continue into late summer… I sure hope not though!

I’m looking forward to getting back home and digging my feet back into the amazing beer and food scene in Vancouver and the pacific northwest!

-r

Here is my feeble attempt at some street photography inspired by Stephen Shore, for my photography elective that I’m taking. I decided to go heavy with the VSCO film presets on this one too for fun and to give it a more retro look. I’m actually not unhappy with the results.

I just picked up my camera and went for a walk around downtown Halifax, which really is only 2 streets (Spring Garden and Barrington). As I take more photographs and get into the “groove” while shooting, it becomes easier and easier to disregard how crazy I must look. I usually end up just going for the shot I want and don’t pay attention to how people feel about me taking their photo. Thus far, I haven’t been met with any hostility and people usually look like they feel guilty about “interfering” in the shot by ducking or sheepishly smiling as they walk by.

I apologize for the lack of content recently. I’m about halfway through the first semester (“Thesis Prep”) of my thesis for my Master of Architecture.

It’s rather time, effort, energy, concentration, imagination, enthusiasm, motivation… etc intensive hence my lack of posting photos. I’m hoping to get out to PEI for a photography adventure for my elective soon, but we’ll see!

Here’s a map I’m working on showing just the building footprints and roads in Surrey, BC. Nothing special, but I’m hoping it begins to inform me about the relationship between the built and natural environment in Surrey. Surrey isn’t very dense at all, it’s basically made up of two things: suburban housing and the agricultural land reserve. “Surrey City Centre” is basically a strip of malls along the highway, a couple residential towers and they sky train… long way to go. I have high hopes for the city though, I feel that it has the potential to be an amazing city but there are a lot of contentious developments exasperating the degradation of the natural landscape that isn’t contributing to the city moving forward. Anyways… quick graphic.

Reza in the studio, test.

I’m taking a photography course at school and the current assignment is rephotography. Halifax has a decent amount of history (relatively speaking for Canada) and we are supposed to retake historical photographs and then merge them together.

The next assignment involves animation so I was immediately reminded of the beautifully animated GIF’s by Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg co-creators of the “cinemagraph” that Alison turned me onto.

Here is my first attempt at a cinemagraph. It took me about 30s to set up the scene: “ok reza, stay completely still then look at the camera and turn back.” Shot done. About 30 minutes of tutorial shopping, I settled on one from netmagazine which I found the easiest to follow. Then about an hour of actually making the clip, adjusting animation, deleting frames to get filesize down etc.. and here we are!

Today was the first official day of school. I have now begun the final step of my architectural education to complete my masters of architecture.

I share a studio with my friend Reza Nik (RN) so our initials together are [RN]². We decided that we’d spend the day organizing our studio and pulling all of our old supplies out of the random places we have stored it for the last 2 years while we were away working. I think we’re pretty well set as far as supplies go and have organized our space to suit our working methods.

I’ll likely be posting about my progress here and there when I have content to post so stay tuned!

rn.

I also modified my Bern helmet to be more… rn.

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