boat tour

hi!

guess where we were today:

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I also took some pics of the buildings along the Thames river. I guess I will upload them soon..until then….here is a picture of Kyle on the boat.

kim chee – korean fast food

londoners, you must try this place. this is basically the same come concept as Wasabi with Korean food. The one in Tottenham  Ct road closes at 9pm and from 8pm everything sells at 50% off! I got my deliscious bulgogi with rice and glass noodle for £2.50.IMG_1098.JPG

IMG_1106.JPGI guess my studio dinner time will always start from 8pm from now on…London has so many good fresh fast food options. Let’s go try all the options around the AA!

living-on-the-edge. no more.

Crazy express weekend getaway at Cinque Terre, Italy just got real.

To have make it thus far has been quite an adventure. Long story short, I got stranded at Pisa Centrale train station at 1:00 in the morning because the Italian train drivers are on a strike. The whole weekend!

Words cannot express how I felt when I realized I didn’t bring the right converter and my phone was dead, and basically I had to spend the night at the sketchy train station. Major panic attack. I’m getting too old for this. I cannot do this any more. I’m only doing high-class traveling from now on. Chauffeurs, first-class flights, private jet, etc.

Thanks to my dearest friends Hannah and Paul who found a guy who works at the pizza restaurant also owned by the hostel (very delicious btw, its called Bella Napoli in La Spezia) to drive 1.5 hours to come and save me. Hallelujah! Oh what a trip…

But today has been good. We actually went out to Cinque Terre and enjoyed the city. And it didn’t even rain like it said it would.

Pictures to come.

Ciao!

london walk with benny o looney

Benny’s chalk tour is famous amongst PennDesigners here at the AA. It is much talked about in previous PennDesign AA blogs —> http://quaakers.tumblr.com/

Benny is an architect and historian who has a tremendous knowledge about the city of London. And surely as I’ve heard, the tour was extraordinary. He started us off by sketching London urban history, then we moved towards the east side covering buildings from old to new.

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Talking about London’s development from the Ancient Roman times to Georgian era. All in just one chalk sketch!

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And some impromptu sketches here and there. In this one he is showing the detail of Renzo Piano’s Central St. Giles building where we almost got kicked out by a very rude security guard. We are just curious architecture students who want to touch the wall material. And smell it, too!

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Benny tirelessly fed us interesting information as the tour continued into the night.

“I got more and more excited everytime he called us comrades.” – Kyle Ingber

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Benny seriously never stopped sketching! This one is showing the structure of St. Paul church.IMG_0967

There couldn’t have been a better way to end the tour. Benny took us to the rooftop bar of Jean Nouvel’s One New Change building in Cheapside. And this glass elevator gives you a beautiful view of St. Paul’s church from the ground level to the top. When the elevator stops at the roof, everyone went “woah!”

Thank you for the wonderful tour Benny! We are meeting with him again this Saturday for Part II where we will go to our site area. Stay tuned for more!

first day

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Homa Fajardi, our studio professor together with Brett Steele, Director for the AA School welcomed us and gave us a little history background of the AA before we left to an adventurous walk to our site at Bishopsgate.

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And it turns out the studio will be studying how cities eat. We are looking at hybrid programs for a high density housing from a food centered perspective. I will be eating a lot for sure this semester! And as I suspected….my blog will be about food (refer to my “About” page).

I’m very excited.

museum 2: saatchi gallery

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Of course Mr Saatchi has a great taste in art and all, but what really blew me away was the gallery store. This is where i spent most of my time. 1 hour in the store, 30 minutes for the art. I think I looked at every single item in the store. you must goooo.

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i’m really taking advantage of London museums free entries. i feel so cultured. woot!

hello london =)

I’m so excited that people speak english here. I can understand everything and know exactly what I’m buying at supermarkets!

And why is everyone so nice!??