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.

The Hungry Architect:

Happy Birthday Dad!

Originally posted on the inspired biologist:

A few weeks ago, we celebrated my father-in-law Rob’s 60th birthday with a surprise party!  We started the day with a picnic with Ryan and Michelle’s cousin Christle and her husband Floyd, who came over from the Island (Floyd wearing the most amazing Marvel Hero shorts of course)!   The Sidhus hosted the party in their beautiful new home and Rob’s friends and family all joined in on the surprise (nice work Jeri)!!   With nearly a bottle of scotch given as a gift by every guest, Rob’s now got quite the library!  Happy 60th to my wonderful father-in-law – you deserve it!

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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!

Short video of UBC Pharmacy while I was assisting architectural photographer Marc Cramer shooting for HCMA and Saucier + Perrotte.

This is my first video I’ve made on my own. It was shot over 2 days, and a day of learning FCPX and uploading. Next step is to start getting into the technical side of recording. I’m not terribly happy with the quality of what I got out of my 5dmkii which I think can be greatly improved with some simple adjustments.

Shooting video is much different than photos but I’m keen to learn the process and get a grasp on how to piece footage together.

Enjoy!

The Architect & Photographer from Ryan Nelson on Vimeo.

After a good night’s sleep and a leisurely rise, we made our way down to Stumptown Coffee for a scone and coffee before heading out. By the way, Stumptown makes amazing coffee. I usually just go for the drip but they only french press or espresso, really nice stuff.

After coffee we strolled around to get a sense of the city. It’s quite well layed out by quadrants, north-west, north-east, south-west, south-east. The only interruption is the north end on the east side of the Willamette River where it bends and offsets the grid. Streets are easy to navigate, avenues run north south and are numbered starting at the river and streets are named a-y (doesn’t reach z) running north from well, Burnside is the major boundary. Not sure what the plan was for streets south of Burnside… at any rate, on to the food!

Of course, Portland has a well established food cart/truck industry that is just awesome. Entire city blocks are lined with carts of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, styles, and generate quite a bit of traffic. Apparently Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson visited Portland a few years ago and that’s the reason why Vancouver is starting to introduce food trucks. We’re big fans of Guy Fieri’s show Diners Drive-ins and Dives , yeah we know it’s terrible but it’s so fun! One episode he visited Portland and recommended a few places. One that interested us the most was Euro Trash. I ordered the escargot and A ordered the calamari baguette. The snails were drenched in butter, which is definitely not a bad thing, and came with some toasted garlic bread. A’s calamari came in a toasted baguette with a delicious wasabi dressed cole slaw. We carried our lunch to the nearest square and sat down to eat. Such a great start to our vacation!

After the arduous journey around the corner for lunch, we wandered around a bit more to tour some of the shops. I had been searching for a new camera strap to replace the one that comes with the camera. I found a few and a Portland leatherworker made one I liked. We found the shop and checked it out. I bought the strap!

Thanks A for the photo.

random bearded guy wearing a pink dress.

All this walking made us hungry… we almost felt guilty for more or less going from restaurant to restaurant but hey, we were on vacation and dammit we were going to enjoy it!

Most restaurants in Portland have a happy hour between usually 3-6 so we decided on oysters at The Parish for an appetizer before dinner. The service was excellent! We read some reviews complaining about the service and food, but it seems it must have just been a rough start because we enjoyed every moment! Both the servers were very knowledgable about the food and were able to identify each oyster. Our favourite were the Chelsea Gems from Washington, sweet and salty with no fishy flavour and finished clean. Of course you have to pair oysters with vodka martini’s too.

We asked the server to recommend a pizza place and she recommended “oh there’s a place around the corner, I think they make pizza.” Yes, they do make pizza. Delicious, wood-fired, hand made, artisan pizza. That place is Oven & Shaker. I’m a fan of the simple and fresh margherita so that’s always my basis of comparison for good pizza. I was SO happy to see a wood forno oven in Oven & Shaker’s open style kitchen and so we were looking forward to some great pizza! A ordered the bianca. Both were perfectly cooked with a nice crispy bottom and the dough was chewy and soft.

We’ll be back…

Eurotrash (Food Cart) on UrbanspoonOven and Shaker on UrbanspoonThe Parish  on Urbanspoon

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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