[2nd] Year Studio Update

October 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

Group projects can help students develop a host of skills that are increasingly important in the professional world! It’s helps improve communication skills and understand how to balance individual and group ideas to produce successful projects.

[2nd] year IARc students have teamed up to work on projects exploring product design, residential design & client interaction, and commercial design. Group 1 is generating ideas of changing a residential home located on Spring Garden into a bed and breakfast. Group 2 is researching different materials and cabinetry solutions for a future Soft Lab to be located adjacent to CAM studio. Group 3 is producing ideas for a commercial art supply store exploring seating and other solutions.

So stay tuned for future ideas and the final outcome of each of these group projects!

Contributed by NiShira Johnson, [2nd] year

Study Abroad Experience

October 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

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When I made the decision to study abroad, I realized that there would be challenges along the way. While I’m pleased to say that I am enjoying my stay so far in Plymouth, England, the process in getting here was much different than I imagined. Based on my experience, the best advice I would give to those considering to study abroad is always research your back up school choices. I originally was accepted into Manchester Metropolitan University but at the very last minute was told there wasn’t a spot in their studio. I had listed back up schools in my study abroad application but didn’t really look into them as much as I should have. At that point I wondered if I should even study abroad at all. It was a really difficult decision to make, but in the end I decided to attend Plymouth University. After learning more about their 3D Design program and school in general, I felt confident in choosing their university. I was lucky that Plymouth ended up working for me, but having extra knowledge in your back up school choices is really beneficial if you end up in a situation like mine.

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Thus far, one of the most obvious things about the city is the mixture of design styles. Right next to the ruins of a cathedral built in 17th century is a contemporary designed shopping center. Plymouth is a beautiful city and seeing all these design styles makes it seems confused as to what the city should be. Rather than try to adapt into the environment, designers seem to put their own design styles first. That being said, Plymouth’s coast is very exiting. The two main areas I’ve visited are called the Hoe and the Barbican.

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The Hoe is an open green space that looks off to the ocean. The two notable landmarks there are the 17thcentury Royal Citadel and Smeaton’s Tower. The Barbican is a marina with tons of sailboats, all different kinds of restaurants, and shops. This last Saturday, I took a boating cruise from one of their many cruise tours located there. Seeing Plymouth from the Barbican, to The Hoe, to where all their naval ships were located was lovely… and very cold. Remember to bring a jacket if you ever decide to go on any boat tour by the sea, because wearing a thin sweater was not smart at all.

The Spatial and Interior Design program’s 3rd year (their final year) project is to design an Exhibition that will eventually be made and placed in their studio by the end of the year to display their work/unique branding.  It also has to be made so that it can travel to a exhibition hall in London. The ultimate desire is that this design is seen as more of an installation than just a exhibition. Refer to the course briefing document for a detailed outline here, XTD307 briefing document 2014. As I’m only there for the semester, I’ve decided to design an exhibition that would promote and represent the Center of Community-Engaged Design (CC-ED). Over the summer, I did my internship there and will be working as a fellow during the spring semester. My exhibition would initially be placed inside the Gatewood Building atrium and eventually be able to travel to different locations. My exhibition will not only demonstrate the work that we’ve accomplished, but will incite curiosity and invite people from the community to learn more.

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I’ve had two classes so far, but the biggest difference in their design process is that they started off by modeling things. We tend to work through sketching and then making sketch models, but their reasoning is that it helps you begin to think about what could be successful in your designs. Mind you, these models weren’t meant to be works of art, nor were they our exhibition designs. They got us to start thinking about the direction our projects will go.

Contributed by Angela Glorio

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I’ve had only two classes so far, but the biggest difference in their design process is that they started off by modeling things. We tend to work through sketching and then making sketch models, but their reasoning is that it helps you begin to think about what could be successful in your designs. Mind you, these models weren’t meant to be works of art, nor were they our exhibition designs. They got us to start thinking about the direction our projects will go.

Doing “Our Part”

October 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

Home of the brave eagle atop trash!

USA…home of the brave eagle atop trash! Source Bald Eagle at Tomoka Landfill Author Andrea Westmoreland from DeLand, United States

IARc currently has general sustainability practices in place that encourage students and faculty to take a role in reducing our environmental impact as a department. The department has ensured placement of approximately one recycle bin for almost every trash receptacle in Gatewood. This along with the recycle rooms on every floor and the free piles throughout the building, show a concerted effort to “do our part”, but what else could be done to increase this awareness and participation?

Many community centers and small art schools hold collection fairs where members of the community, individuals and businesses, can donate reusable/repurposable items such as scrap wood/metal, wire, non-aerosol paints, fabric, and much more. This type of event, held quarterly, could really help our departmental and community initiative and provide students with some unique and otherwise wasted materials. Many businesses throw away more usable material than any of them would like to admit. Why not set up a pickup program where an IARc Sustainability group would arrange for monthly collection of wasted materials? This could benefit not only our department and the environment, but could provide companies with a donation or recycling tax write-off.

UNCG has made many efforts over the last five years to become a greener school. I would encourage everyone to visit the UNCG Office of Sustainability’s webpage to learn more about our school’s involvement and how you can be active http://facsustainability.uncg.edu/.  We also have a UNCGreen Facebook page for events and info https://www.facebook.com/UNCGreen.

UNCG provides an Environmental and Sustainability Studies BA program, but the lack of focused concentration on sustainable building and design processes leaves IARc students with the added challenge of incorporating this into our course of study unless we are to add courses for an approved independent study or a MFA in Sustainable Community Design/Build. We need this focus to be fully integrated within IARc basic undergraduate studies, so after graduation, we can go out into the world prepared to make a real impact on the future of this planet. If we commit to teaching sustainable practices with every course taken within the IARc undergraduate curriculum, we can expect to produce 100% environmentally conscious graduates. That is what I call “doing our part”!

Let us know in the field below what you think IARc can do.

Contributed by Kim Wypasek [2nd] year

[1st] Year Update

October 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

We just started our first assignment working with wood and began learning about the woodshop.  We received safety lessons and beginning demonstrations of how to use a few of the tools and machines during the past few classes.  Our assignment is to make a wooden container for a small object that has meaning to us.  I personally am not sure where to begin, yet a sketch model is due in less than two days; I hope my classmates are having better luck or realizing more inspiration than me.  I am excited about getting to start working in the woodshop.  Before we started this project, we finished the previous assignment before fall break with a critique during which each of us talked for approximately two minutes about a revision of a previous project.

In the Drawing Studio, we started working on reading a picture of top and front views of an object to see the 3D form it makes.  Right now the objects we are looking at are mainly cubes, but I can see how this is going to translate to floor plans!  So far it seems like a puzzle, which I enjoy.

Contributed by Celeste Holley [1st] year

A Guest Speaker from UNCG’s Theatrical Lighting Department

October 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

On Thursday, Maruja Torres and the rest of IAR 334, Light and Sound, took a field trip to UNCG’s Taylor Theatre. There, theatrical lighting designer Ken White spoke to the class about the process of designing with light for theatrical performance. He also emphasized the similarities and differences between theatrical and architectural lighting. One of the main differences between the two is that in theatre, the lighting design is temporary. Lights are installed, rigged, and programmed for a particular show, and when the show ends, the lights are removed and reconfigured before the next performance. That’s very different than the way we program light because architectural lighting plans are chosen once and, hopefully, rarely need to be changed. Its also interesting to note that in theatre, lighting designers are revealing something to a third party audience with little consideration for the way light affects the performers on stage. In an architectural setting, the focus is the opposite and those who are in the space are the main consideration for the types of lighting involved. This field trip encouraged students to look at light differently and to understand different ways of using light as a design medium. Additionally, it served as a reminder that Interior Architecture is an extremely diverse, interdisciplinary field.

Contributed by Chelsea Green, [3rd] year 

[4th] Year Critique

October 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

This semester, 4th year studio, led by Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll, has been working on their designs for a brew pub located at Revolution Mills in Greensboro, NC. On October 15th, 4th year students had a gallery style presentation of their brew pub designs. They presented to an audience including members from Natty Greene’s Brewing Company, Preservation Greensboro, Revolution Mill, Belk Architecture, One Design Center, ID Collaborative, The Health Department of Greensboro, and many more. The students received great feedback from professionals from all kinds of different professional backgrounds. The 4th year students will be pushing their designs through until their final due date and critique date of December 1st.

Below is a picture of the critique featuring work from Kimberly Mott, Lakeisha White, and Shelley Gates.

4th year critique

InDesign- Tech Hacks

October 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

Creating posters, boards, booklets, or anything other form of a presentation is a large part of the Interior Architecture program and designing. The concept and ideas can be great in your head, but it is about how you convey your ideas to everyone else that makes a design great, and InDesign is a great program to help you with doing so. Below are some tips to help you convey your concept and customize your presentation to more accurately show off your design.

Image Corners:

Make your concept show in every little aspect, even to the picture shape. Square or rectangular photos don’t always fit the concept, for example, if your concept is something that is round, curved, jagged, or pixelated, let your images be that way too. Once selecting an image in InDesign, a blue border should appear, and in the upper right corner of the border, there will be a yellow box that says “Click to edit corners” when you hover over it. Once clicked, yellow diamonds will appear and you can change the corners of the image by dragging all or a single corner.

A few options when editing corners in InDesign.

A few options when editing corners in InDesign.

Masking Images:

Another way to customize your images is to use “Paste Into” and have your image conform to a given shape. Simply click the circle in the center of the image, also known as the “content grabber”, which should then create an orange border around the image. Then go up to “Edit” and select “Cut”. Then select the shape that you would like the image to conform to, go back up to “Edit” and then select “Paste Into”.

An example of the "Paste Into" tool.

An example of the “Paste Into” tool.

Wrapping Text:

Sometime combining text and images can be difficult if you don’t have rectangular images and rectangular text ( who wants to look at that anyway?). If you have an image that you want to stand out more, or an image that has interesting edges that you would like show off, then wrapping the text around the image is the way to go. First, go up to “Window” and select “Text Wrap” to open the menu. Then, you can click on the image that you would like for text to wrap around, and then select one of the wrapping options from the menu. To learn more, you can check out this tutorial at http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-indesign-cc/wrapping-text-around-an-object-in-indesign-cc/.

An example of wrapping text around an image or an object.

An example of wrapping text around an image or an object.

For more information about InDesign tutorials or tips, please feel free to visit http://www.creativebloq.com/graphic-design-tips/indesign-tutorials-1232639.

Contributed by Beckie Yohn [5th] year

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