Archive for March, 2011

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University of the West Indies - Learning Resource Center (St. Augustine)

Above is a sketch I did of the Learning Resource Center at the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad. The Campus has a distinctive and rich landscape of lawns  with magnificent groups of mature indigenous trees and shrubs. They are majestic and beautiful, and provides ample shade from the hot Caribbean sun while beckoning the cool Caribbean breeze.

Have a productive and happy Thursday everyone!

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Norddeutsche Landesbank in Hannover

Above is one piece of an exercise I did in 2006 using photos of the Norddeutsche Landesbank in Germany. My graphic design skills have improved a lot since then. Memories of the building, the exercise, and the place made me happy… so I thought I’d post it.

The Norddeutsche Landesbank by Behnisch Architekten,building was completed in 2002, on Hannover’s Friedrichswall, a street connecting the city centre with residential neighbourhoods to the south. The building measures a total of 40,000 square metres and provides office space for a staff of about 1,500. It starts out as a regular platform, from which a seventeen-storey building rises about seventy metres into the air, divided into horizontal blocks set at different angles. A light coat of steel cables and glass covers the projecting parts of the building: a “stretched flexible structure” of the kind normally used in suspended roofs, capable of resisting tensile stress.

From: www.architectuul.com

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The Church of Sant'Angese in Agone, Rome

I did this sketch of the Church of St. Agnese in Rome, Italy  in 2005 while sitting in the piazza thinking, “This must be heaven.”

The Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone is a seventeenth century Baroque church in Rome. It sits along the edge of the Piazza Novona in Rome, one of the main urban spaces in the historic center of the city and the site where the Early Christian Saint Agnes was martyred in the ancient Stadium of Domitian.

The rebuilding of the church began in 1652 at the instigation of Pope Innocent X whose family palace, the Palazzo Pamphili, faced onto the piazza and was adjacent to the site of the new church. The church was to be effectively a family chapel annexed to their residence.

One of Rome’s greatest public spaces, the piazza is the site of the ancient Circus Agonalis. The piazza’s linear, curved-end shape is formed by an almost unbroken perimeter of individual buildings rising from the pavement to modest height in silent agreement as to the nature of the public space they form.

Reference: A Proper Place by James Mccrery; First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life, 2010

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University of the West Indies, Trinidad

This is a sketch I did of the courtyard in front of the Main Library at the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad. I also have it on the Thinking Insomniac Architecture & Urban Sketches Calendar.

The Main Library and many other buildings on the Campus are of a Brutalist Architecture. Brutalist Architecture highlights the raw surfaces of the actual materials of construction, rather than any applied finish. Its trademark is that of uncovered, grey concrete as in the Main Library Building.  Architecture is created out of a series of statements on  materials, their articulation, their connections, and how they stand up. Buildings can be covered up – hiding how it is put together, or revealed – showing how it is put together. Brutalist architecture underlines the identifiable origins of materials, accentuates undisguised edges, and highlights the natural state.

Reference: Walls Have Feelings: Architecture, Film, and the City by Katherine Shonfield

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Visual Recipe - Chicken Chow Mein

Today’s Visual Recipe is Chicken Chow Mein, courtesy The Cooking Blog. Have a great weekend, and ENJOY!

Link to recipe >>>

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iSad, iBad, iMad and iGlad

I brought back this sketch of the iSad, the iBad, the iMad, and the iGlad today. Hope you all have a great day, doing good work.

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Sketch of Building in Bruges, Belgium

Above is a sketch I did in Bruges, Belgium during my Eurotrip in 2005.

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Building on Mucurapo Rd, St. James - Trinidad

6” x 8.5” Pen, ink,  and Sharpie in Ryman sketchbook

This is a sketch of a building on Mucurapo Road and Link Rd in St. James, Trinidad. It is not a house, but is in fact a little commercial building, with offices I believe.

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St. Mary's Anglican Church in Tacarigua, Trinidad

6” x 8.5” Pen, ink,  and Sharpie in Ryman sketchbook

This is a sketch of the St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Tacarigua, Trinidad. It is obliquely opposite the Eddie Hart Savannah between the Eastern Main Road and the Priority Bus Route.

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Boat off Las Cuevas Beach

6” x 8.5” Pen, ink,  and colored pencils in Ryman sketchbook

I did this sketch on Carnival Sunday at the beach. It was a lovely day; the water, the sun, the boats, the verdant hills… beautiful! Not to mention a day filled with laughs. Have a great Saturday!

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